Russia’s Lack of Reaction to Israel’s Strikes on Syria Is Disgusting

Russia’s Lack of Reaction to Israel’s Strikes on Syria Is Disgusting

11-05-18 10:20:00,

“There is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it”

There have been major developments this week, all of them bad, including Putin re-nominating Medvedev as his Prime Minister, and Bibi Netanyahu invited to Moscow to the Victory Day Parade in spite of him bombing Syria, a Russian ally, just on the eve of his visit. Once in Moscow, Netanyahu compared Iran to, what else, Nazi Germany. How original and profound indeed! Then he proceeded to order the bombing of Syria for a second time, while still in Moscow. But then, what can we expect from a self-worshiping narcissist who finds it appropriate to serve food to the Japanese Prime Minister in a specially made shoe? The man is clearly batshit crazy (which in no way makes him less evil or dangerous). But it is the Russian reaction which is so totally disgusting: nothing, absolutely nothing. Unlike others, I have clearly said that it is not the Russian responsibility to “protect” Syria (or Iran) from the Israelis. But there is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it. For all my respect for Putin, this time he allowed Netanyahu to treat him just like Trump treated Macron. Except that in the case of Putin, he was so treated in his own capital. That makes it even worse.

[Interestingly, while whining about “Nazi Iran” Netanyahu did say something truly profound and true. He said “an important history lesson: when a murderous ideology emerges, one has to push back against it before it is too late”. That is indeed exactly what most people across the world feel about Israel and its Zionist ideology but, alas, their voice is completely ignored by those who rule over them. So yes, it sure looks to me like it is becoming “too late” and that the consequences for our collective cowardice – most of us are absolutely terrified from speaking the plain truth about our Zionist overlords – will cost us all a terrible price.]

Then, of course, there is Donald Trump pulling out of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in spite of Iran’s full compliance and in spite of the fact that the US does not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw from this multilateral agreement.

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The Dark Side of Israeli Independence

The Dark Side of Israeli Independence

11-05-18 09:58:00,

On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Each May 15, Palestinians solemnly commemorate Nakba Day. Nakba means catastrophe, and that’s precisely what Israel’s independence has been for the more than 700,000 Arabs and their five million refugee descendants forced from their homes and into exile, often by horrific violence, to make way for the Jewish state.

Land Without a People? 

In the late 19th century, Zionism emerged as a movement for the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Although Jews ruled over kingdoms there more than 2,000 years ago, they never numbered more than around 10 percent of the population from antiquity through the early 1900s. A key premise of Zionism is what literary theorist Edward Said called the “excluded presence” of Palestine’s indigenous population; a central myth of early Zionists was that Palestine was a “land without a people for a people without a land.”

At its core, Zionism is a settler-colonial movement of white, European usurpers supplanting Arabs they often viewed as inferior or backwards. Theodore Herzl, father of modern political Zionism, envisioned a Jewish state in Palestine as “an outpost of civilization opposed to barbarism.” Other early Zionists warned against this sort of thinking. The great Hebrew essayist Ahad Ha’am wrote:

We… are accustomed to believing that Arabs are all wild desert people who, like donkeys, neither see nor understand what is happening around them. But this is a grave mistake. The Arabs… see and understand what we are doing and what we wish to do on the land. If the time comes that [we] develop to a point where we are taking their place… the natives are not going to just step aside so easily.

Jewish migration to Palestine increased significantly amid the pogroms and often rabid antisemitism afflicting much of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century. As control of Palestine passed from the defeated Ottoman Turks to Britain toward the end of World War I, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Israelis and their supporters often cite the Balfour Declaration when defending Israel’s legitimacy. What they never mention is that it goes on to state that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

Those “existing non-Jewish communities” still made up more than 85 percent of Palestine’s population at the time.

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What Really Causes Inflation & Deflation? | Armstrong Economics

What Really Causes Inflation & Deflation? | Armstrong Economics

11-05-18 07:42:00,

QUESTION: why national debts eventually default Martin to answer this question you said:

we need to introduce currency. France and Germany were less impacted by converting to the Euro than Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Why? Currency Inflation!

My question is if it is not the quantity of money that is making $1 million buy fewer Cadillacs, then what is the trigger?

Is it the national debt, being devalued by a lower dollar?

What then is causing that dollar to go lower and purchase less if not a quantity of money causing fewer goods to be chased by more money?

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ANSWER: It is a combination of many trends. The idea of inflation is caused by an increase in money supply has been the one-dimensional answer. It may sound logical, but it is far from the actual cause. Inflation and Deflation are more directly impacted by the credit cycle than the creation of money by the state.

Here is a chart of M2, which includes a broader set of financial assets held principally by households. M2 consists of M1 plus: (1) savings deposits (which include money market deposit accounts, or MMDAs); (2) small-denomination time deposits (time deposits in amounts of less than $100,000); and (3) balances in retail money market mutual funds. If we look at money supply, then inflation should always exist without end. Clearly, money supply is not the only factor involved.

Here is what is known as the adjusted monetary base, which equals the sum of the monetary source base and an appropriate RAM adjustment. The adjusted monetary base is composed of the adjusted total reserves and adjusted nonborrowed reserves. When we redefine the money supply looking at the entire monetary spectrum, you get to see the Quantitative Easing and it peaked in line with the ECM.

Now let see if the money created actually made it into the economy. The Fed also created Excessive Reserves because the banks did not want to “stimulate” the economy by lending. This is why I have said the QE was an utter failure for the banks just parked the money and it was not lent out.

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Major ‘news’ media pretends to be honest

Major ‘news’ media pretends to be honest

09-05-18 06:22:00,

Latest

These proposals show the dichotomy between the philosophy of US and Russian foreign policy

Published

9 hours ago

on

July 19, 2018

The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea.

The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its nuclear arms development, but in increasing that pressure even as DPRK Chairman, Kim Jong-Un, is serially meeting with world leaders in a bid to secure North Korea’s security and potential nuclear disarmament, a major move that could deescalate tensions in the region, end the war with the South, and ease global apprehensions about the North’s nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, Russia is proposing to the UNSC sanctions relief in some form due to the North’s expressed commitment to nuclear disarmament in the light of recent developments.

Reuters reports:

MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to North Korea said on Wednesday it would be logical to raise the question of easing sanctions on North Korea with the United Nations Security Council, as the United States pushes for a halt to refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang.

“The positive change on the Korean peninsula is now obvious,” said the ambassador, Alexander Matsegora, according to the RIA news agency, adding that Russia was ready to help modernize North Korea’s energy system if sanctions were lifted and if Pyongyang can find funding for the modernization.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

China tried late last month to get the Security Council to issue a statement praising the June 12 Singapore meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expressing its “willingness to adjust the measures on the DPRK in light of the DPRK’s compliance with the resolutions.”

North Korea’s official name is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Systematic News-Suppression in Today’s U.S.

Systematic News-Suppression in Today’s U.S.

09-05-18 06:22:00,

Latest

These proposals show the dichotomy between the philosophy of US and Russian foreign policy

Published

9 hours ago

on

July 19, 2018

The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea.

The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its nuclear arms development, but in increasing that pressure even as DPRK Chairman, Kim Jong-Un, is serially meeting with world leaders in a bid to secure North Korea’s security and potential nuclear disarmament, a major move that could deescalate tensions in the region, end the war with the South, and ease global apprehensions about the North’s nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, Russia is proposing to the UNSC sanctions relief in some form due to the North’s expressed commitment to nuclear disarmament in the light of recent developments.

Reuters reports:

MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to North Korea said on Wednesday it would be logical to raise the question of easing sanctions on North Korea with the United Nations Security Council, as the United States pushes for a halt to refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang.

“The positive change on the Korean peninsula is now obvious,” said the ambassador, Alexander Matsegora, according to the RIA news agency, adding that Russia was ready to help modernize North Korea’s energy system if sanctions were lifted and if Pyongyang can find funding for the modernization.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

China tried late last month to get the Security Council to issue a statement praising the June 12 Singapore meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expressing its “willingness to adjust the measures on the DPRK in light of the DPRK’s compliance with the resolutions.”

North Korea’s official name is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Is There A Global Climate Engineering Cover-up? A Live Debate, Parts 1 and 2

Is There A Global Climate Engineering Cover-up? A Live Debate, Parts 1 and 2

09-05-18 03:23:00,

Is There A Global Climate Engineering Cover-up? A Live Debate, Parts 1 and 2

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

Have illegal and highly destructive global climate intervention programs already been fully deployed? Or are such controversial climate engineering operations only “proposals”? This question is addressed in this one our live on-air debate that was hosted by WBAI radio in New York (hosted by Geoff Brady). Dane Wigington (lead researcher from GeoengineeringWatch.org) presents evidence to corroborate the conclusion that climate engineering / geoengineering operations are fully deployed and causing immense damage to the planet’s life support systems. Paul Beckwith (professor and engineer from the University of Ottawa) adamantly denies that climate engineering is occurring, yet he states it should be immediately deployed. The purpose of this debate is to allow the listening audience to decide for themselves whether or not climate engineering is actually occurring. There were two one hour debates between Wigington and Beckwith, this is the first one hour debate.

Part 1

Part 2

Coming to credible conclusions requires objective investigation of facts, there is no place for ideology, bias, or preconception. The whole of academia is denying the ongoing geoengineering operations, to do otherwise is a bad career decision for them, or worse. So, while the the science communities are trying to protect their paychecks and pensions by denying climate engineering, the biosphere assault from geoengineering operations continues to wreak havoc on Earth’s life support systems. All are needed to help in the battle to expose and halt climate engineering, help us to sound the alarm.
DW

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Frontrunning: May 8

08-05-18 02:09:00,

  • Trump to announce decision on Iran nuke deal (Reuters)
  • U.S. Allies Brace for Trump to Exit From Iran Nuclear Deal (WSJ)
  • Iran seeks constructive global relations (Reuters)
  • More Pain Ahead for U.S. Drivers? (BBG)
  • Trump, Republicans Raise Alarms About West Virginia Primary Race (BBG)
  • Powell Says Emerging Markets Equipped to Navigate Turbulence (BBG)
  • New York Attorney General Resigns After Abuse Claims (BBG)
  • China’s Xi Meets Kim Jong Un for Second Time in Two Months (BBG)
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Change Its Name to Bausch Health (WSJ)
  • Five Star Fires Starting Gun for New Italian Elections (BBG)
  • Reimposing Iran Oil Sanctions May Spell Trouble for Turkish Lira (BBG)
  • Japan’s Takeda clinches $62 billion Shire deal as pharma M&A rolls on (Reuters)
  • NYSE Owner ICE Is Said to Be Working on Bitcoin Trading Platform (BBG)
  • Goldman, Wells Fargo Look to Credit Cards for Bigger Returns (BBG)
  • China’s Exports Climb, Imports Jump on Solid Global Demand (BBG)
  • A Fix Everyone Loves to Hate for the $4 Trillion Retirement Savings Gap (BBG)
  • European regulators: We’re not ready for new privacy law (Reuters)
  • Victims of Japan’s forced sterilizations demand justice after decades of silence (Reuters)
  • The 50 Richest Zip Codes in the U.S. Northeast (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– Snap Inc Chief Financial Officer Drew Vollero is stepping down, leaving the social-media company that has struggled since he helped take it public last year, the company said in a securities filing. on.wsj.com/2rrI3ii

– Activist investor Elliott Management Corp is pushing to take Athenahealth Inc private, arguing the health-care software company is botching an opportunity to expand and,

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American Journalist Killed in Turkey for Revealing the Truth Regarding ISIS-Daesh | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

American Journalist Killed in Turkey for Revealing the Truth Regarding ISIS-Daesh | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

08-05-18 02:08:00,

Killing the Truth: In this article, first published by the Duran and GR in October 2016, the journalist who exposed the truth regarding the State sponsors of ISIS-Daesh is killed. Who are the state sponsors of ISIS-Daesh.

Although all signs point to foul play, indeed murder, by Turkish intelligence, until now the US government has neither conducted nor demanded an inquiry into the events of the alleged car accident which Turkish officials say was the cause of Shim’s death, let alone offer condolences to the family.

Serena Shim was at the time reporting on Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), from the Turkish side. She was, in her own words, one of the first, if not the first, on the ground to report on ,“Takfiri militants going in through the Turkish border”. These include not only ISIS but also terrorists from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).

As Shim’s sister Fatmeh Shim stated in 2015, “She caught them bringing in ISIS high-ranked members into Syria from Turkey into camps, which are supposed to be Syrian refugee camps.”

Serena Shim’s January 2013 expose, “Turkey’s Pivotal Role in Syria’s Insurgency: PressTV Report from Inside Turkey,” showed footage of what she estimated to be 300 semi-trucks “awaiting militants to empty them out”; included testimony explaining how Turkey enables the crossing of foreign terrorists “freely” into Syria; spoke of the funneling of arms via the Incirlik US Air Base in Turkey to terrorists in refugee camps or on through to Syria; and highlighted the issue of terrorist training camps portrayed as refugee camps, guarded by the Turkish military.

Shim named the World Food Organization as one of the NGOs whose trucks were being used to funnel terrorists’ arms into Syria, and stated this in her last interview, just one day before being killed. Notably, in that interview she also explicitly stated that she feared for her life because Turkish intelligence had accused her of being a spy. She told Press TV:

“Turkey has been labeled by Reporters Without Borders as the largest prison for journalists, so I am a bit frightened about what they might use against me… I’m hoping that nothing is going to happen, that it’s going to blow over. I would assume that they are going to take me in for questioning,

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Protecting Israel Is Their Full-Time Job

Protecting Israel Is Their Full-Time Job

08-05-18 08:08:00,

Donald Trump leaves Iran deal (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)

Chip Somodevilla / Getty

by Caroline Glick9 May 2018567

Opponents of President Donald Trump claim that President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iran deal blocks any chance of a new agreement with Tehran and wrecks U.S. credibility with its allies.

Trump’s supporters, for their part, argue that the president opened up the possibility of negotiating a better deal with the ayatollahs by abandoning his predecessor’s lopsided nuclear pact.

Both sides are wrong. And, more to the point, they miss the larger picture.

For more than twenty years, successive U.S. administrations have been vexed by the challenge of Iran’s illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons. And from the time the problem first emerged during Bill Clinton’s tenure at the White House, there have only been two viable means to block Iran’s path to the bomb.

The first path is the path of regime change. This option requires the U.S. to precipitate Iran’s economic and social collapse through crippling economic sanctions and active support for the Iranian people as they rise up against their theocratic overlords.

The second path is to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations and assets through limited covert and overt strikes.

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Parallel to these two options, over the years, U.S. policymakers — first and foremost President Barack Obama — created two imaginary options for contending with Iran’s nuclear program. Obama and his advisors framed the public discourse around their nuclear negotiations as a contest between them.

First, they said, is the option of all-out war. The U.S. could lead an invasion of Iran, along the lines of the U.S.-led invasion of Iran in 2003. In the course of a massive war, the U.S. goal would be to overthrow the Iranian regime and forcibly end its nuclear program.

The other option, they insisted, was to cut a deal with Iran under which Iran would voluntarily give up its nuclear program in exchange for trade deals, and for international acceptance of Iran’s other malign behavior – from its sponsorship of terrorism and regional aggression, to its development of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

The purpose of the Obama administration’s propaganda war on behalf of the nuclear deal was to delegitimize criticism of the content of the deal by claiming that everyone that opposed the policy was a warmonger (or,

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Can US Russian Sanctions Start A Financial Crisis? | Armstrong Economics

Can US Russian Sanctions Start A Financial Crisis? | Armstrong Economics

08-05-18 08:04:00,

The US sanctions against Russia are pointless and are placing the West at risk the politicians are too stupid to even comprehend. Already, some Russian companies have asked the government for liquidity injections of up to $2 billion. Even the world’s second-largest aluminum producer Rusal has asked for help. Nevertheless, the impact of sanctions goes beyond the internal borders of Russia for they also impact the international financial markets.

For example, Rusal had previously made clear that the US sanctions are threatening their ability to even meet debt obligations. They carry $7.7 billion of debt in US dollars of which about $1 billion in debt is maturing within five years. In terms of US dollars, Rusal cannot even pay the debts because it would have to do so through US banks. That means, under the sanctions, they would have to default on their bonds. Now let’s turn to Polyus, which is Russia’s largest gold producer. Here they have also $5 billion in US debt. Those US dollar bonds maturing in 2024.  doubles as sanctions become known.

The same story applies to many Russian companies for they still have to conduct business in US dollars regardless of the sanctions. For example, let’s look closer at Rusal. Here the company conducts over 60% of all its business in US dollars. The US sanctions prohibit Americans from doing business with the affected Russian companies or individuals. This is really crazy. Any Russian state-controlled bank cannot step in as an intermediate because they could then become the target of sanctions itself.

Western investors are actually the ones who will be punished by the US sanctions if the Russian companies cannot pay their debts under the law. They cannot even go to an intermediary in Europe for they too could then be targeted by the US for violating the sanctions. The US sanctions would actually justify Russian defaults on all their debt. Will the US then bail out the Western bondholders?

This may end up simply as a 1931 event where one default starts a panic and the entire house of cards comes crashing down.

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Legal Action Update: Government Controlling Weather Forecasts To Cover Climate Engineering Crimes

Legal Action Update: Government Controlling Weather Forecasts To Cover Climate Engineering Crimes

07-05-18 07:07:00,

Legal Action Update: Government Controlling Weather Forecasts To Cover Climate Engineering Crimes

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

How much longer can our government continue to hide the global climate engineering assault in plain sight? How much longer will populations continue to blindly accept the official government narrative of lies and denial in regard to the clearly visible and rationally undeniable ongoing geoengineering operations? How is it possible for the power structure to create and maintain the official denial of fully deployed climate intervention programs? By completely controlling the flow of information, including the weather forecasts themselves. 

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Geoengineered skies, Phoenix, Arizona (3/21/18). Photo credit: Joe Cornwall

GeoengineeringWatch.org and Stop Geoengineering Minnesota are relentlessly continuing with our legal efforts to force disclosure of the ongoing illegal climate engineering operations. The statement below was made by the lead attorney for our Legal Alliance to Stop Geoengineering, Julio Gomez, Esq. The statement is a response to a handful of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documents that have finally been released to us as a direct result of the lawsuit that we filed to force NOAA to release the information. Though thousands of documents have been promised to be reviewed for release, to date only a few have actually been disclosed and received. The documents we have been able to acquire make it clear that the US government is doing all they can to completely control weather forecasts all the way down to the local level. Why? So that forecasts are based on the scheduled weather produced by the climate engineering operations, not by nature. In order to help hide the ongoing climate engineering crimes, the government is desperate to enforce consistent and completely controlled weather “forecasts”.

PROPOSED ANNOUNCEMENT

Last week the NOAA – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a series of documents concerning the restructuring of the National Weather Service under a program entitled Operations and Workforce Analysis.  The documents were released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act Request made by Stop Geoengineering Minnesota in collaboration with 

GeoengineeringWatch.org

 and was filed last year.  The documents are being released because Stop Geoengineering Minnesota filed a

legal suit against the US Department of Commerce

for failing to respond adequately to the FOIA request.

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The Biggest Economic Problem You’re Hearing Almost Nothing About (Video)

The Biggest Economic Problem You’re Hearing Almost Nothing About (Video)

07-05-18 03:24:00,

Not long ago I visited some farmers in Missouri whose profits are disappearing. Why? Monsanto alone owns the key genetic traits to more than 90 percent of the soybeans planted by farmers in the United States, and 80 percent of the corn. Which means Monsanto can charge farmers much higher prices.

Farmers are getting squeezed from the other side, too, because the food processors they sell their produce to are also consolidating into mega companies that have so much market power they can cut the prices they pay to farmers.

This doesn’t mean lower food prices to you. It means more profits to the monopolists.

Monopolies All Around 

America used to have antitrust laws that stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits. No longer. It’s a hidden upward redistribution of money and power from the majority of Americans to corporate executives and wealthy shareholders.

You may think you have lots of choices, but take a closer look:

1. The four largest food companies control 82 percent of beef packing, 85 percent of soybean processing, 63 percent of pork packing, and 53 percent of chicken processing.

2. There are many brands of toothpaste, but 70 percent of all of it comes from just two companies.

3. You may think you have your choice of sunglasses, but they’re almost all from one company: Luxottica – which also owns nearly all the eyeglass retail outlets.

4. Practically every plastic hanger in America is now made by one company, Mainetti.

5. What brand of cat food should you buy? Looks like lots of brands but behind them are basically just two companies.

6. What about your pharmaceuticals? Yes, you can get low-cost generic versions. But drug companies are in effect paying the makers of generic drugs to delay cheaper versions. Such “pay for delay” agreements are illegal in other advanced economies, but antitrust enforcement hasn’t laid a finger on them in America. They cost you and me an estimated $3.5 billion a year.

7. You think your health insurance will cover the costs? Health insurers are consolidating, too. Which is one reason your health insurance premiums, copayments, and deductibles are soaring.

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Trump aides reportedly hired an Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s Iran deal team

Trump aides reportedly hired an Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s Iran deal team

07-05-18 01:21:00,

source
Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Aides to President Donald Trump reportedly hired a
    private Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s
    negotiators of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • The presidential team contacted the firm days after
    Trump visited Israel during his first trip as President in
    order to “discredit those who were pivotal” in the
    deal.
  • The wives of two members of Obama’s administration were
    contacted by dubious foreign investors, as was a prominent
    Iranian-American writer.
  • The firm aides contacted was reportedly Black Cube, the
    same organization Harvey Weinstein used to discredit his
    accusers.

Aides to President Donald Trump contacted a private Israeli
intelligence agency to dig up dirt on negotiators of the 2015
Iran nuclear deal who worked in the Obama administration,

The Observer
reported Sunday.

The aides contacted the firm days after Trump visited Israel
during his first trip as president, sources told The Observer.
During that trip, Trump promised Israeli President Benjamin
Netanyahu that Iran would
never get nuclear weapons
.

A source with knowledge of the “dirty tricks campaign” told
The Observer: “The idea was that people acting for Trump would
discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it
easier to pull out of it.”

Investigators were told to look into negotiators’ careers,
personal lives, and what contact they’d had with lobbyists and
journalists, but its unknown how much, if any, work was
undertaken.

Sources close to the deal had strange experiences

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caption
Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
source
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

At least two men who worked under the Obama administration were
targeted according to The Observer: Ben Rhodes, a former deputy
national security adviser, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to
former President Barack Obama.

Both men told The Observer they were unaware of the campaign and
Rhodes added that he was unsurprised by the “chillingly
authoritarian” move.

But after reading The Observer report Kahl
took to Twitter
to relay a “very creepy memory”

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

05-05-18 04:00:00,

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

What is the truth? What are the lies? How are each rapidly determining our collective futures? How can we have any chance of deciphering truth from lies unless or until we are willing to honestly investigate? The biosphere implosion cannot be hidden for much longer which makes the power structure more dangerous than ever. From the 911 attacks to wars of aggression in the quest for resources, those in power have been preparing for what they knew was coming for a very long time. What haven’t we been told by the power structure controlled mainstream media? Who is really pulling the strings and why? What is the end game? The latest installment of global alert news is below.

Those who attempt to expose harsh and unpopular truths will always face fierce resistance from those who refuse to investigate what the truth actually is. Ideology and programmed bias is increasingly ruling the day. Only if we collectively stand firmly in the effort to fully expose verifiable truths do we have a chance of changing course. Investigate, verify facts, and make your voice heard in the fight for the greater good.
DW

This week’s GeoengineeringWatch.org outreach booth is at the Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. Geoengineering Watch also wishes to thank Deborah Whitman from the Enviromental Voices nonprofit group for assisting with the Geoengineering Watch outreach booth. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A geoengineeringwatch.org booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

05-05-18 09:33:00,

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wants to tax anyone who makes over $250,000 to the tune of nearly $3 trillion over ten years, then use the proceeds to provide universal basic income (UBI) to every working American who makes under $50,000 a year, including those providing services such as child care and elder care. 

Hughes, 34, now devotes his time to evangelizing for higher taxes on the rich, such as himself. He’s proposing that the government give a guaranteed income of $500 a month to every working American earning less than $50,000 a year, at a total cost of $290 billion a year. This is a staggering number, but Hughes points out that it equals half the U.S. defense budget and would combat the inequality that he argues is destabilizing the nation. –Bloomberg

Hughes, who has a related book coming out, has made tackling income inequality his top priority by partnering with the Economic Security Project – a major recipient of his philanthropic efforts. The group is focused finding solutions to provide “unconditional cash and basic income” in the United States due to the effects of “automation, globalization, and financialization” forcing the discussion. 

The plan would essentially be an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-to-moderate income individuals and families.

The Economic Security Project is a network committed to advancing the debate on unconditional cash and basic income in the United States. In a time of immense wealth, no one should live in poverty, nor should the middle class be consigned to a future of permanent stagnation or anxiety. Automation, globalization, and financialization are changing the nature of work, and these shifts require us to rethink how to create economic opportunity for all. –Economic Security Project

While Hughes notes that the annual $290 billion annual price tag is half the U.S. defense budget, he contends that income inequality is destabilizing the nation – and that there is a “very practical concern that, given that consumer spending is the biggest driver of economic growth in the United States and that median household incomes haven’t meaningfully budged in 40 years,”

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DHS Expands Police Spying… | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

DHS Expands Police Spying… | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

05-05-18 09:30:00,

Not content with surveillance cameras on buses, the police state has now begun adding them to bus stops.

Last month an article in WTVR 6 revealed that the Greater Richmond Transit Center (GRTC) is installing more than one hundred surveillance cameras at bus stops.

What should really concern everyone is the amount of cameras being installed at each bus stop.

Each of the 26 new stops, built to accommodate the bus line’s need for more efficient transit, includes about four cameras, making for more than 100 new surveillance devices on the roughly 7.5-mile stretch of road… (Source: Style Weekly)

WTVR also revealed that police can use the cameras to spy on commuters 24/7.

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“The system will be live 24 hours a day and will be connected to Richmond 911 call center,” Rose Pace said.

According to Style Weekly, police will now have access to more than three hundred surveillance cameras.

This new system will bring the total number of easily accessible, city or government-owned cameras available to police and other authorities to more than 300, including roughly 200 stationary cameras Richmond police already have easy access to, and 32 cameras owned by city police.

What’s wrong with adding four surveillance cameras to bus stops you ask?

Every one of GRTC’s buses are already with four surveillance cameras that are capable of spying on
1.6 million commuters.

If you combine bus stop cameras with police cam-share cameras, the picture becomes even more frightening.

Businesses across the country are being encouraged to allow police to have real-time access to their CCTV cameras, effectively creating a city-wide police surveillance network.

At a time when violent crime is at historic lows one has to ask, why do we need city-wide police surveillance networks?

Who’s behind city-wide police surveillance networks?

TSA-style scanners at train stations

DHS and the TSA’s role in turning public transportation into city-wide police surveillance networks is unmistakable.

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Ole Dammegård and Ronald Bernard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Ole Dammegård and Ronald Bernard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

05-05-18 09:29:00,

DVM-TV has invited Ole Dammegård to come to the Netherlands. Again for a couple of days, like the last time and we asked him to give two lectures about False Flag operations. This idea could now go ahead, because by organizing this in collaboration with Studium Generale Breda we can use their beautiful location for this event.

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Ronald Bernard was also on our wish list for a lecture. That gave Studium Generale and DVM-TV the idea to bring these two special speakers together in one day. This has led to a unique day.

DVM-TV heeft Ole Dammegård uitgenodigd om naar Nederland te komen. Opnieuw voor een aantal dagen, zoals de vorige keer en we hebben hem gevraagd om een tweetal lezingen te geven over False Flag-operaties. Dit idee kon nu doorgang vinden, omdat we door dit te organiseren in samenwerking met Studium Generale Breda hun prachtige lokatie kunnen gebruiken voor dit evenement.

Ronald Bernard stond ook op onze wensenlijst voor een lezing. Dat bracht Studium Generale en DVM-TV op het idee om deze twee bijzondere sprekers op één dag samen te brengen. Dit heeft geleid tot een unieke dag.

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Ole Dammegard was born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, grew up believing he lived in a free and democratic society. As he started to investigate the political assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, he noticed there were some very strange and glaring similarities in these two cases. Since that time, Ole has investigated many other political assassinations, deaths of musicians and false flag events, and has shown the common thread behind them all: the New World Order Agenda. Ole’s aim is to spread this information and to promote a stance of “no-fear”, of peace and recovery from the atrocities and trauma that we have been subjected to for so many years. We are many, they are SO few. Shine the light on these conspiracies, get involved and transcend this evil agenda so we can get on with this amazing and beautiful life.

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Putin Has Shown Weakness in Armenia and Syria – His Credibility Is Collapsing

Putin Has Shown Weakness in Armenia and Syria – His Credibility Is Collapsing

04-05-18 12:45:00,

“since the Ukrainian crisis of 2013-2014, to many observers of the Russian scene it was clear that Putin was not a master strategist who plots his moves well ahead of his opponents. …  At best he is a manager who keeps divergent forces within Moscow’s power structure in balance, rather than a statesman.”

The author is a Serbian-American writer on international affairs and foreign affairs editor for the paleoconservative magazine Chronicles.

Tens of thousands of Armenians converged on the capital Yerevan on Wednesday morning, blocking roads and government buildings in protest over the ruling party’s reluctance to transfer power in the country to opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan.

Protesters said they would stay on the streets for as long as it takes to oust the ruling Republican Party and install Pashinyan as prime minister. Apparently it worked: by the end of the day Pashinyan announced that all parties would support his bid for power, and called for an end to protests. “The issue has practically been solved,” he told the cheering crowd at a rally in Yerevan. “All [parliamentary] factions say they will support my candidacy.”

The regime-change operation in Armenia has been a textbook color revolution every step of the way, tried and tested in Belgrade (2000), Tbilisi (2003), and most notably Kiev (2004, repeated 2014). There is a significant difference, however. Unlike Serbia, Georgia or Ukraine, Armenia is a formal ally of the Russian Federation, a member of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC)—two pillars of President Vladimir Putin’s presumed geopolitical strategy. Significantly, Armenia also hosts a major Russian military base in Gyumri, leased until 2044, which the current government’s defense minister Vigen Sargasyan described last year as “a vital component of our country’s national security system.”

Armenia is déjà vu all over again. “Envision people from all walks of life—students, teachers, workers, artists, journalists, clergy, soldiers—smiling, laughing, and hugging one another,” a friendly observer gushed. “A sea of flags . . . fills the square, and taxi drivers are honking their horns and popping champagne. The atmosphere is stirring and electric! These are ordinary people who stood up for transparent and accountable government.

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Frontrunning: May 4

04-05-18 12:43:00,

  • Trump Gambit Over Disclosing Porn-Star Payment Stuns Staff (WSJ)
  • U.S. Wants $200 Billion Cut in China Trade Imbalance by End of 2020 (WSJ)
  • Here’s What the U.S., China Demanded of Each Other on Trade (BBG)
  • Small manufacturers tap the brakes as tariffs bite (Reuters)
  • Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote (Reuters)
  • Trump not seeking to curb US forces in South Korea: U.S. national security adviser (Reuters)
  • U.S. jobs growth expected to regain momentum in April (Reuters)
  • Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged in U.S. over diesel scandal (Reuters)
  • In Birthplace of Junk, Investors See Risks After Decade of Debt (BBG)
  • A Haircut Costs 5 Bananas and 2 Eggs in Venezuela (BBG)
  • How to Look Like a Pro at Buffettpalooza This Weekend (WSJ)
  • Palestinian leader Abbas offers apology for remarks on Jews (Reuters)
  • Should Supply and Demand Determine the Price for a Fast Commute? (WSJ)
  • Walmart Beats Amazon in $15 Billion Flipkart Battle (BBG)
  • 5 Questions for Buffett Ahead of the Annual Meeting (WSJ)
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Braces for ‘Wild’ Swings From New Accounting (BBG)
  • What to Do Now the Deduction for Investment Fees Is Dead (WSJ)
  • Altria Group and Nikon Quietly Stay Away From the NRA’s Big Show (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– JPMorgan Chase & Co is investing further in artificial intelligence. The largest U.S. bank by assets said Carnegie Mellon University’s head of machine learning will join JPMorgan in a new role, head of artificial-intelligence research. on.wsj.com/2HRRaU0

– Private-equity firm KKR & Co said it would convert to a corporation from a partnership, a significant shift to its structure that signifies how the new tax code is changing the contours of business in the U.S.

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Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

04-05-18 10:24:00,

It seems like rich nonsense, but should peace be attained on the Korean peninsula, with arrangements entrenched to ensure durability as opposed to unconvincing window dressing, President Donald Trump might well join the list of frauds and charlatans who have obtained the Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination for the 2019 prize came in a letter from 18 of Trump’s Republican supporters in the House of Representatives to the Nobel Committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen, which starkly resembled the narrative of fakery the President delights in. Trump, went the signers, should receive the prize “in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region.”

The Republicans seem to have things the wrong way around.  Rather than incite instability, Trump supposedly calmed the waters.  Rather than creating teeth-chattering fear amongst allies, he brought accord where there was disagreement.  “Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region.” He was the great unifier, bringing on powers such as China “to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history.” (Never let history get in the way of a good tale.)

All this, despite sketchy details of a as yet unplanned summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un to take place at the end of this month or early June.  Agendas are also in their infancy: where to with the actual issue of denuclearisation, and what lasting security guarantees might be put in place.

There have been some howlers in the hall of Nobel Peace Prize recipients, and Trump’s addition to the role would be perversely fitting.  Henry Kissinger retains the mantle of the manifest absurd, despite being the blood spatted Iago of US foreign policy. Under his sagaciously poisonous direction, democracies were withered in favour of murderous regimes.  Countries – Laos and Cambodia – were subjected to illegal bombings.  Murdering high officials was condoned.

Importantly, he was given the Nobel for supposedly concluding the war in Vietnam despite frustrating the Johnson administration’s efforts to do so in 1968.  (Fun if cruel fact: the Vietnam War would only conclude in 1975, two years after Kissinger’s award.)  Along with that dark lord of mendacity and cunning Richard Nixon,

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1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

03-05-18 02:32:00,

Relevant Zero Hedge article first published and crossposted on GR in April 2017.

Prophetically foreshadowing the current crisis (and apparent action plan), leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad’s father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State plan coalescing to “bring real muscle to bear against Syria,” toppling its leader (in favor of one amenable to US demands), severing ties with Russia (its primary arms dealer), and paving the way for an oil and gas pipeline of Washington’s choosing.

As ActivistPost.com’s Brandon Turbeville detailed (just a day before Trump unleashed his Tomahawks), as the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, its obvious anti-Iran and pro-Israel positioning, and support for a very questionable “safe zone” plan for Syria, the odds of a rational U.S. policy in regards to Syria has lower and lower odds of existence as time progresses.

Yet, despite the fact that the Trump administration is apparently poised to continue the Obama regime’s proxy war of aggression against the people of Syria, an example of seamless transition, it should also be remembered that the plan to destroy Syria did not begin with Obama but with the Bush administration.

Even now, as the world awaits the continuation of the Syrian war through a Democratic and Republican administration, the genesis of that war goes back to the Republican Bush administration, demonstrating that there is indeed an overarching agenda and an overarching infrastructure of an oligarchical deep state intent on moving forward regardless of which party is seemingly in power.

As journalist Seymour Hersh wrote in his article, “The Redirection,”

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

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Global military spending remains high. ​​​​​​Spending falls sharply in Russia, but rises in Central and Western Europe

Global military spending remains high. ​​​​​​Spending falls sharply in Russia, but rises in Central and Western Europe

03-05-18 08:21:00,

SIPRI for the media

Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion

2 May 2018

World military spending 1988–2017. Data and graphic: SIPRI
World military spending 1988–2017. Data and graphic: SIPRI

(Stockholm, 2 May 2018) Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for more than two decades. Russia’s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, while spending by the United States remained constant for the second successive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at www.sipri.org.
‘Continuing high world military expenditure is a cause for serious concern,’ said Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. ‘It undermines the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world.’
After 13 consecutive years of increases from 1999 to 2011 and relatively unchanged spending from 2012 to 2016, total global military expenditure rose again in 2017.* Military spending in 2017 represented 2.2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) or $230 per person. ‘The increases in world military expenditure in recent years have been largely due to the substantial growth in spending by countries in Asia and Oceania and the Middle East, such as China, India and Saudi Arabia,’ said Dr Nan Tian, Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme. ‘At the global level, the weight of military spending is clearly shifting away from the Euro–Atlantic region.’

​​​​​​China leads continued spending increase in Asia and Oceania 
Military expenditure in Asia and Oceania rose for the 29th successive year. China, the second largest spender globally, increased its military spending by 5.6 per cent to $228 billion in 2017. China’s spending as a share of world military expenditure has risen from 5.8 per cent in 2008 to 13 per cent in 2017. India spent $63.9 billion on its military in 2017, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared with 2016, while South Korea’s spending, at $39.2 billion, rose by 1.7 per cent between 2016 and 2017. ‘Tensions between China and many of its neighbours continue to drive the growth in military spending in Asia,’ said Siemon Wezeman,  » Lees verder

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

02-05-18 06:22:00,

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

This one hour live debate on WBAI radio in New York (hosted by Geoff Brady) presents two opposing positions and conclusions regarding the state of the climate and the biosphere. Dane Wigington (lead researcher from GeoengineeringWatch.org) and Patrick Wood (author of the book Technocracy Rising) debate the facts. The significance of the threat posed by ongoing global climate engineering operations is addressed, along with the role that climate engineering operations are playing in the rapidly unfolding climate / biosphere collapse, which Mr. Patrick Wood denies is occurring. 

Facts matter if credible conclusions are to be reached. Opinions and conclusions that lack verifiable facts, are ideology. If we are to have any chance of gaining desperately needed traction in the critical fight to expose and halt the climate engineering / intervention insanity, we must stand on credible data. All are needed in the effort to wake the masses to what is unfolding at blinding speed, make your voice heard.
DW

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US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

02-05-18 12:44:00,

The 13 Russians indicted allegedly represent  the “Internet Research Agency” merely referred to as “the organization” throughout the FBI’s highly publicized indictment (PDF). The Internet Research Agency was allegedly run by Concord Management and Consulting.

However, the FBI failed to establish any link between the Internet Research Agency’s supposed operations and the Russian government. It attempts to claim that Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering are “related Russian entities” with various Russian government contracts – however the FBI failed to detail what this statement meant, merely insinuating that the Internet Research Agency may have been another Russian government contract.

The “Russian meddling” described in the FBI indictment consists of Facebook ads and the creation of accounts posing as American social media personalities commentating on US political issues. The FBI’s indictment failed to list any instances of Russian government money, or money from an alleged intermediary being funneled into any actual US political parties, opposition or activist groups, or any US-based media organizations.

Putting the “Full Shape” of “Russian Meddling” Into Perspective 

The FBI indictment claims that monthly funding for the Internet Research Agency’s “influencing operations” peaked at $1.25 million, but did not provide any additional information regarding the organization’s budget, or how significant this peak was when compared to monthly averages.

The Western media has presented this number as significant. The BBC in its article, “Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering,” would claim (emphasis added):

On Friday, Robert Mueller’s team released a slate of indictments that lays bare what it asserts is the full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.

And what an apparatus it was. In the run-up to the US presidential election “Project Lakhta”, as it was called, had an operating budget of more than $1m a month.

Yet, to put that “$1m a month” budget into perspective, the BBC alone operates on an annual budget of between 4-6 billion – or up to $500 million a month. This is a monthly budget up to 400 times larger than that of what the BBC calls the “full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.”

Considering that the BBC coordinates its own “influence operations” with other multi-billion dollar media corporations in the United Kingdom,

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“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

02-05-18 12:08:00,

“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

The unfolding planetary climate collapse is accelerating by the day with covert global climate engineering operations further fueling the overall process. In an ever more desperate attempt to hide the climate engineering assault from their populations, governments are taking draconian steps to completely control the flow of weather related information. Egypt is the latest glaring example of the crackdown on any and all “unauthorized” weather forecasts. Excerpts from a new report from The Guardian, UK, are below.

Donald Trump may routinely rail against the “fake news media”, but Egypt is going one better by cracking down on “fake” weather reports. 

Meteorological authority prepares draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

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Egypt is… cracking down on “fake” weather reports.

The head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority has said it is the only government body authorized to make predictions about the country’s weather, and is preparing a draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

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… a draft law… seeks to punish anyone “talking about meteorology”… without consent (of the Egyptian governmental agencies)…

… it reflects the government’s view that it has a right to regulate any and all information, even information that should be a product of apolitical scientific analysis.

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The head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority has said it is the only government body authorized to make predictions about the country’s weather, and is preparing a draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

The country (Egypt) has experienced some unusual and extreme weather in recent weeks…

From the illegal federal “gag order” on US  National Weather Service and NOAA employees, to the new weather information crackdown in Egypt, global power centers are increasingly desperate in their attempts to hide the climate engineering atrocities from populations. In the coming days, GeoengineeringWatch.org will publish statement from our legal team that address the US government’s escalating efforts to muzzle weather forecasters. Global “climate intervention” programs are mathematically the greatest and most immediate threat we collectively face short of nuclear cataclysm.

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Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

02-05-18 12:00:00,

It’s a trend that is quickly becoming accepted reality – biometric identification at U.S. airports.  However, until now, it has been marketed either as an elective measure for preferred travelers who wish to expedite clearance or for inbound international travelers.

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As I previously reported, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a “quick and easy roll out across U.S. airports,” according to Jim Peters, chief technology officer for SITA, one of the information technology companies working with airlines.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, British Airways has become the first in the nation to employ the new routine at Orlando International Airport, but all of the airport’s 25 international carriers are expected to adopt biometric processing in the near future:

The passengers had shown no boarding pass, passport or any other identification.

Instead, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer was comparing each traveler’s passport photo on file – or a visa photo of those not from the U.S. – with their newly captured portrait.

[…]

John Newsome, the airport’s chief information officer, said all of the airport’s 25 carriers with foreign flights and the two border checkpoints will be equipped for biometric screening through this summer.

The decision means spending $4 million on gates and high-definition cameras for departing and arriving international flights.

The technology is being touted as being “quick as a Google search for most passengers.”

As we know, however, privacy and data breaches have become as common as the days of the week, so I personally don’t feel reassured by the reference to Google when my biometric data is being harvested.

If you are a U.S. citizen, the plan is to dispose of the photos collected within 14 days and, according to CBP’s deputy director, “At some point in the future, that time frame is going to shrink, and photos of U.S. citizens probably won’t be kept at all,” Dan Tanciar stated.

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Frontrunning: May 1

01-05-18 01:08:00,

  • Netanyahu says not seeking Iran war as U.S. faces deadline (Reuters)
  • Trump Extends Relief, Confusion as Allies Get Tariff Reprieve (BBG)
  • Canada repeats that U.S. steel tariffs would hurt American jobs (Reuters)
  • Dollar goes positive for year before Fed meeting (Reuters)
  • As Cities Gentrify, Efforts Help Families Stay (WSJ)
  • Boom time comes early to West Texas oil patch (Reuters)
  • Mnuchin Says U.S. Isn’t Looking to Put Rusal Out of Business (BBG)
  • How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There (WSJ)
  • Fed likely to keep rates steady; investors bet on June hike (Reuters)
  • Guitar-Maker Gibson Brands Files for Bankruptcy (WSJ)
  • Peter Thiel-Backed Venture to Help Big Investors Bet on Bitcoin (WSJ)
  • Mall Owners and Retailers Clash Over Avalanche of Online Returns (BBG)
  • Netanyahu told Trump about Iran claims at March 5 meet: senior official (Reuters)
  • Forget 3%. That Amazing Bull Run in Treasuries Ended Years Ago (BBG)
  • Weinstein Company set to be taken over by Lantern Capital (Reuters)
  • BP Shares, Boosted by Higher Oil Prices, Hit Eight-Year High (WSJ)
  • Michael Cohen Hit With New Taxi Taxes, Owes New York $282,000 (BBG)
  • Insurgents start leaving south Damascus pocket, release hostages (Reuters)
  • Tomorrow’s jobs require impressing a bot with quick thinking (Reuters)
  • Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni Divide Eases, in Unity Against Islamic State (WSJ)
  • Banker’s Alleged Use of F-Word Sparked Legal War With Jersey Guy (BBG)
  • North and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers, fulfilling summit pledge (Reuters)
  • Pfizer revenue misses as breast cancer drug sales disappoint (Reuters)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

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Bill Binney: “Impossible To Communicate Safely… NSA Knows Our Weaknesses”

Bill Binney: “Impossible To Communicate Safely… NSA Knows Our Weaknesses”

01-05-18 07:51:00,

If the statements below are correct a lot of people have gone to jail using illegal evidence and parallel construction. I would guess many defense attorneys would like to know more about type of behavior and how to stop it.

“Question: And is that what Snowden was complaining about?”

“William Binney: Yes. Now, it even gets worse, because once NSA has all this data, they have to have a customer for it, and it’s now turned out to be law enforcement… It’s the FBI and DEA and they’re going directly into these databases and querying them and looking for criminal activity and then they use this data to go arrest people… when they do that, they can’t take it into court, because it wasn’t acquired with a warrant, so it’s not admissible in court. And, these are the rules for the– this is the– in the DEA is this SOD, or the “Special Operations Division”. It’s specifically tasked to look at NSA data for criminal activity. In the SOD is FBI, CIA, DEA, of course, DHS and the IRS.”

[IRS involvement in spying and harassment]

“Question: Is that just your hypothesis?”

“William Binney: The only key point I have is the– I can’t remember her name, but I have it at home. She was testifying to the House Judiciary Committee. This was one of the people targeted by the IRS. And she mentioned some of the questions they were asking, she said, “They asked me a question about– what’s my relationship with this specific other person?” …my question now is (not what her relationship is) but how did the IRS know that she had it? The only way they [IRS] would know is looking right into SOD at the graphing in NSA. They would know that from that.”

[Parallel criminal case reconstruction]

“William Binney: …they participate in the parallel reconstruction… when you [Law enforcement] can’t use the data, you [Law enforcement] have to go out and do a parallel construction, means you use what you would normally consider to be investigative techniques, go find the data. You have a little hint… NSA is telling you where the data is, it makes you look really good. If you have it quickly. So then you can justify, taking it into court and use that in court…I call that perjury…

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Bernie Proposed Every Gets a Job & Free Healthcare | Armstrong Economics

Bernie Proposed Every Gets a Job & Free Healthcare | Armstrong Economics

01-05-18 07:16:00,

You really have to wonder just when will these people stop with the promises of robbing the rich to hand out free everything to everyone else. Bernie Sanders wants to introduce a plan to guarantee everyone a job at $15 an hour. He is clueless that if you raise wages, people spend more and prices rise and will NOT remain the same. You end up back where you started. To begin with, not everyone wants a job. There are plenty of people who have no problem living off of welfare. But he also wants to guarantee healthcare to everyone. That may be a wonderful idea, but you MUST first nationalize all hospitals and then doctors must become government employees. You have to lower the wages of doctors and you have to eliminate the lawsuits or specify how much you will be paid for what injury.

Without a comprehensive structural reform, all these proposals are absolutely worthless and would bankrupt the entire system as is. We simply have to let it burn down to the ground and start from scratch. Healthcare and education will ONLY become affordable when people cannot get insurance and to stay in business, prices will have to drop.

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Millennial Homeownership Rate Collapses In Britain

Millennial Homeownership Rate Collapses In Britain

01-05-18 07:10:00,

Theresa May could be entirely correct. Britain’s real estate market is severely dysfunctional and needs to be reformed. Homeownership for millennials has collapsed over the past three decades; the investigation reveals that millennials are facing a housing crisis from London to Manchester.

The homeownership rate for millennials aged 25- to 34-year-old has nearly halved in some regions of Britain, showing that the housing affordability crisis extends far beyond the boundaries of London.

According to The Guardian, the report was conducted over a two-year investigation of “intergenerational fairness in Britain,” supervised by think tank Resolution Foundation and directed by former universities minister David Willetts. The team discovered that overpriced homes in Britain had forced millennials into “increasingly cramped and expensive rented properties that leave them with a longer commute and little chance of saving for a home.”

The figures below show how a collapsing homeownership rate for millennials is much more widespread than thought:

“Ownership among 25- to 34-year-olds has plummeted in Greater Manchester from 53% in 1984 to 26% last year. It has fallen from 54% to 25% in south Yorkshire, from 45% to 20% in the West Midlands, from 50% to 28% in Wales and from 55% to 27% in the south-east. In outer London, the proportion has collapsed from 53% to just 16%. Out of 22 regions analysed by the commission, in only one – Strathclyde in Scotland – has home ownership among the young remained stable. It stood at 32% in 1984 and 33% last year, having peaked at 45% in 2002.”

Shockingly, with today’s sub-par economic growth conditions in the region, millennials are expected to be at the same level of homeownership as the previous generation by the age of 45. The Guardian notes that inheritances could speed up the home buying process, but added that “nearly half of young non-homeowners have parents who do not own either.”

Nearly two-fifths of millennials rent by the age of 30, double the rate for Generation X, and almost four times the rate for baby boomers. It was estimated that millennials spend roughly a quarter of their net income on housing, which is three times more than the pre-war generation.

The Guardian explains how millennials are facing smaller living spaces with longer commutes to their jobs.

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May 1st: As long as capitalism exists, every generation of workers is condemned to wage the same struggles again and again – for dignity, wages, conditions, hours

May 1st: As long as capitalism exists, every generation of workers is condemned to wage the same struggles again and again – for dignity, wages, conditions, hours

01-05-18 07:10:00,

Today, May 1, we struggle not to forget the sacrifices of generations of workers  to etch onto the world’s collective conscience the crucial principle that labour is not, and can never be, just another commodity. We struggle to remember past struggles so that the next struggles can be won in the name of humanism.
The 1st of May commemoration is not an exercise in remembrance alone: Today’s generation is struggling against the same monsters that crushed the workers in May 1886 in Chicago – and for the same reason: The struggle to limit working hours to 8 per day, to extract from employers a living wage, to secure decent conditions, to safeguard the workers’ dignity in an era where young people are forced to choose between Uberisation, endless internships, or a soul-destroying process of branding and re-branding themselves as ultra-flexible, all-hours wage slaves who live for the corporation and not for themselves.
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Why Did the US and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Why Did the US and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

30-04-18 02:49:00,

Seven years after the popular uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the NATO intervention that removed him from power, Libya is extremely fractured and a source of regional instability. But while Congress has heavily scrutinized the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi a year after Gaddafi’s overthrow and death, there has been no U.S. investigation into the broader question of what led the U.S. and its allies to intervene so disastrously in Libya.

However, a corruption investigation into former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is opening a new window into little-known motivations in the NATO alliance that may have accelerated the rush to oust the Libyan dictator.

Last month, French police detained and questioned Sarkozy about illicit payments Gaddafi is said to have made to Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. A few days after Sarkozy was released from detention, he was ordered to stand trial for corruption and influence-peddling in a related case, in which he had sought information on the Gaddafi inquiry from an appeals court judge. The scandal has highlighted a little-appreciated bind that Sarkozy faced in the run-up to the Libyan intervention: The French president, who took the lead among Europeans in the military campaign against Gaddafi, was eager to compensate for diplomatic blunders in Tunisia and Egypt and most likely angry about an arms deal with Gaddafi that went awry. Sarkozy, it now appears, was eager to shift the narrative to put himself at the forefront of a pro-democracy, anti-Gaddafi intervention.

Libya today is divided between three rival governments and a myriad of armed groups backed by external powers like the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Security gaps have allowed terrorist groups to step up operations there and permitted a flow of weapons across the Sahara, contributing to destabilizing the Sahel region of northern Africa. The lack of political authority in Tripoli has also opened the door for the migrant crisis in Europe, with Libya serving as a gateway for migrants to escape Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. Although far fewer people have died in the Libyan conflict than in Iraq or Syria, the problems Libya faces seven years after NATO’s fateful intervention are no less complex, and often have more direct impact on Europe than what’s happening in Syria and Iraq.

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