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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rumors Of Wars

Interested Parties,

Remember how Reagan's "Star Wars" was designed to bankrupt the USSR as it tried to keep pace? Kupperman said what many thought.
​ ​President Donald Trump’s acting national security adviser, former Reagan administration official Charles Kupperman, made an extraordinary and controversial claim in the early 1980s: nuclear conflict with the USSR was winnable and that “nuclear war is a destructive thing but still in large part a physics problem.”
​ ​Kupperman, appointed to his new post on Tuesday after Trump fired his John Bolton from the job, argued it was possible to win a nuclear war “in the classical sense,” and that the notion of total destruction stemming from such a superpower conflict was inaccurate. He said that in a scenario in which 20 million people died in the U.S. as opposed to 150 million, the nation could then emerge as the stronger side and prevail in its objectives.
​ ​His argument was that with enough planning and civil defense measures, such as “a certain layer of dirt and some reinforced construction materials,” the effects of a nuclear war could be limited and that U.S. would be able to fairly quickly rebuild itself after an all-out conflict with the then-Soviet Union.
​ ​At the time, Kupperman was executive director of President Ronald Reagan’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament. He made the comments during an interview with Robert Scheer for the journalist’s 1982 book, “With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War.”

​Eleni sent this. Tuesday's vote in Israel determines if Bibi stays in power or goes to prison. 
He's in a tight spot. Putin and Trump have more leverage than usual.​
Israeli Attacks On Syria Halted After Russia Threatened To Shoot Down Jets

​Eleni also sent this, about how Sheldon Adelson (and Bibi Netanyahu) need Trump right now.​ (Adelson looks like a zombie.)
Sheldon Adelson needs Donald Trump more than Trump needs Adelson (no kidding!)
​ ​Donald Trump fired the fire-breathing national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton was gifted to the Trump administration in 2018 by Sheldon Adelson, Trump's biggest donor, and Trump duly ended the Iran deal once Bolton came aboard.
​ ​Now Trump has fired Bolton, thereby signaling that he is open to renegotiating the Iran deal. And Trump's Defense Department has all but criticized Israel for its drone war in Iraq and Syria that is threatening Americans and American proxies.
​ ​Trump is showing more independence of the rightwing Israel lobby than he has his entire administration - after three years of doing everything for Israel that the rightwing lobby wanted, from Jerusalem to the Golan to UNRWA.
​ ​The simple explanation for Trump's conduct is that he at last has the upper hand in his relationship with Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson.

Netanyahu advertises that only he can "recruit Trump" for further illegal land grab.​ Israeli political perspective piece.​
Netanyahu’s Last Minute “Sovereignty Extension” Gambit Unlikely To Succeed
Netanyahu, feeling the increasing unpopularity of his alliance with the religious parties, dangles the carrot of sovereignty extension only possible in the Trump era

​ ​ Immediately after the last election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined to members of his inner circle a plan to extract him from facing trial. The plan was based on obtaining immunity from the Knesset and passing legislation to prevent the High Court of Justice from removing that immunity. If his bloc wins 61 Knesset seats next week, Netanyahu will presumably resort to this rescue plan. For him it will be the Day of Judgment. “Stop being frightened. It’s time for them to be frightened,” Netanyahu told his confidants, referring to justice officials, headed by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, who have decided to indict him in three cases, subject to a hearing.
​  ​Netanyahu told his confidants why he insisted on his destructive plan, telling them he had lost all confidence in the legal system on all levels – the attorney general’s office, the state prosecutor and the court system. “They want me in prison,” he told one of his cronies, noting that if he were indicted that would indeed be the result – not because he had crossed a red line, but merely due to the jurists’ collective hostility toward him and his ideology.

​This looks like the perfunctory slap-and-spit-in-your-face of Trump beginning negotiations with another country...
​ ​In a sharp, if perhaps not unexpected, escalation, US Secretary of State - now without John Bolton by his side - tweeted at 4pm on Saturday, that contrary to earlier reports, "there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen" and instead accused Iran of launching today's "unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply" which has now indefinitely taken offline as much as 5mmb/d in Saudi crude production.
​ ​In a follow up tweet, Pompeo said that he calls "on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks" which is odd as not even Saudi Arabia accused Iran of today's aggression (which many speculated could have been a Saudi false flag in hopes of sending the price of oil soaring ahead of the Aramco IPO). Pompeo concluded that "the United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression."

​ ​An attack on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday is believed to have disrupted half the country’s production capacity, making the United States the only real holder of the global supply cushion via its ability to raise own output or to soften sanctions against other major oil producers.  

 The Trump administration is prepared to tap U.S. emergency oil reserves if necessary after drone attacks shut oil output in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, a Department of Energy spokeswoman said.
​ ​Energy Secretary Rick Perry “stands ready to deploy resources from the Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil markets as a result of this act of aggression,” spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said.  

​ ​China gave Britain a stern warning this week that any naval maneuvers conducted with the US near its declared territories in the South China Sea will be met with a military response.
​ ​Beijing rapped London further, telling it to dump its “colonial attitude” with regard to Hong Kong. However, the ultimate leverage, was the caustic reminder to Britain that if it wants to trade with China in the future, then it better mind its manners.

Trade-warrior-in-chief gets more ammo to use against "friends".​
​ ​The United States has gotten the green light to impose billions of euros in punitive tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies granted to European aerospace giant Airbus. Four EU officials told POLITICO that the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. in the long-running transatlantic dispute and sent its confidential decision to Brussels and Washington on Friday. The decision means that U.S. President Donald Trump will almost certainly soon announce tariffs on European products ranging from cheeses to Airbus planes. One official said Trump had won the right to collect a total of between €5 billion and €8 billion. Another said the maximum sum was close to $10 billion.  

​The Spy Who Failed:
Scott Ritter probes Oleg Smolenkov’s role as a CIA asset and the use of his data by the director of the CIA to cast doubt over the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

​Secret agent Man​

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Talk Is Cheap

Usual Suspects,

Selected Democrats (Not Tulsi Gabbard) sorta' debated Thursday. Here are a few quotes:
–Cory Booker: “I’m the only person on this stage that finds (Justin) Trudeau’s hair very menacing”
–Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders: “For a socialist, you’ve got a lot more confidence in corporate America than I do.”

–Bernie Sanders: “It goes without saying that we must — and will — defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country.”
–Kamala Harris: “But the bottom line is this, Donald Trump in office on trade policy, you know, he reminds me of that guy in “The Wizard of Oz,” you know, when you pull back the curtain, it’s a really small dude?”
–Amy Klobuchar: “What [Trump] has done here, has assessed these tariffs on our allies, he’s put us in the middle of the trade war and treating our farmers and workers like poker chips in one of his bankrupt casinos.”
–Pete Buttigieg: “Well, the president clearly has no strategy. You know, when I first got into this race, I remember president Trump scoffed and said he’d like to see me make a deal with Xi Jinping. I’d like to see him making a deal with XI Jinping. Is it just me or was that supposed to happen in like April?”
–Julian Castro to Joe Biden: “Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. He wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that, your plan would not.”
–Elizabeth Warren: “I was in the United States Senate when 54 Senators said, ‘let’s do background checks, let’s get rid of assault weapons’ and with 54 Senators, it failed because of the filibuster. Until we attack the systemic problems, we can’t get gun reform in this country.”
–Beto O’Rourke: “We’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
–Andrew Yang: “My campaign will now give a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month for an entire year to 10 American families”

​Ed Snowden told the truth and lived to keep telling. He has a book now.
​ ​Meeting with both The Guardian and Spiegel Online in Moscow as part of its promotion​...​
​ ​While The Guardian interview is 'okay,' scroll down for the far more interesting Spiegel interview, where Snowden goes way deeper into his cloak-and-dagger life, including thoughts on getting suicided.
​ ​First, The Guardian:
​ ​Snowden describes in detail for the first time his background, and what led him to leak details of the secret programmes being run by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s secret communication headquarters, GCHQ.
​ ​He describes the 18 years since the September 11 attacks as “a litany of American destruction by way of American self-destruction, with the promulgation of secret policies, secret laws, secret courts and secret wars”.
​ ​Snowden also said: “The greatest danger still lies ahead, with the refinement of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition.
​ ​“An AI-equipped surveillance camera would be not a mere recording device, but could be made into something closer to an automated police officer.”

Snowden: Entering the world of espionage sounds so grand. I just saw an enormous landscape of opportunities because the government in its post-9/11 spending blitz was desperate to hire anybody who had high-level technical skills and a clearance. And I happened to have both. It was weird to be just a kid and be brought into CIA headquarters, put in charge of the entire Washington metropolitan area's network.
DER SPIEGEL: Was it not also fascinating to be able to invade pretty much everybody's life via state-sponsored hacking?
Snowden: You have to remember, in the beginning I didn't even know mass surveillance was a thing because I worked for the CIA, which is a human intelligence organization. But when I was sent back to NSA headquarters and my very last position to directly work with a tool of mass surveillance, there was a guy who was supposed to be teaching me. And sometimes he would spin around in his chair, showing me nudes of whatever target's wife he's looking at. And he's like: "Bonus!"
DER SPIEGEL: You became seriously ill and fell into depression. Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
Snowden: No! This is important for the record. I am not now, nor have I ever been suicidal. I have a philosophical objection to the idea of suicide, and if I happen to fall out of a window, you can be sure I was pushed.

​Pepe Escobar presented 50 unanswered (officially) questions about 9/11 on 9/11/09, 10 years ago​. Thanks Eleni.

On the afternoon of 9/11/01, Real Estate Developer, Donald Trump was interviewed by Channel 9 in New York City:
Channel 9: “There is a great deal of questions about whether or not the damage and the ultimate destruction of the buildings was caused by the airplanes, by architectural defect or possibly by bombs, or after-shocks. Do you have any thoughts on that?”
 Donald Trump: “It wasn’t architectural defect. The World Trade Center was always known as a very, very strong building. Don’t forget that it took a big bomb in the basement [in 1993]. Now the basement is the most vulnerable place, because that is your foundation and it withstood that. And I got to see that area about 3 or 4 days after it took place, because one of my structural engineers actually took me for a tour because he did the building. And I said ‘I can’t believe it’. The building was standing solid and half of the columns were blown out. This was an unbelievably powerful building if you know anything about structure. It was one of the first buildings that was built from the outside. The steel, the reason the WTC had such narrow windows is that in between all the windows you had steel on the outside of the building. That’s why when I first looked at it you had big, heavy I-beams. When I first looked at it I couldn’t believe it because there was a hole in the steel. And this was steel that was … you remember the width of the windows of the World Trade Center, folks, I think that you know, if you were ever up there, they were quite narrow and in between was this heavy steel. I said: How could a plane, even a 767 or 747 or whatever it might have been, how could it possibly go through the steel? I happen to think that they had not only a plane, but they had bombs that exploded almost simultaneously. [italics mine]. Because I just can’t imagine anything being able to go through that wall. Most buildings are built with the steel on the inside around the elevator shafts. This one was built from the outside, which is the strongest structure you can have. And it was almost just like a can of soup.”
Channel 9: “You know…we were looking at pictures all morning long of that plane coming into Building #2. And when you see that approach the far side, then all of a sudden within another millisecond the explosion pops out the other side.”
Donald Trump: “Right. I just think that there was a plane with more than jet fuel.” 

​UN report says US forces may have committed war crimes in Syria. (Narrative control slipping...)

​ ​Houthi rebels in Yemen say they deployed 10 armed drones which hit two large Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday morning, causing massive fires and huge clouds of smoke on the sites.
​ ​The attack was carried out by the Houthi Air Force, the spokesperson for the Yemeni rebel group, Brigadier Yahya Serai, said on Al Masirah TV, vowing to “expand the operations against the Saudi regime in the future.”
​ ​The drones targeted a refinery in the city of Abqaiq in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province, which state-run giant Aramco describes as the world’s largest oil processing plant, and a refinery at the vast Khurais oil field, around 150km from Riyadh.  

California bans private prisons. Good Move!

Trade war is part of everything-war, so there's plenty of room for enemies of the empire to do deals. Trump does want his own deal with Iran.
 In direct defiance of US sanctions against Iran, China has stepped into the breach, increasing its oil purchases from Iran while becoming Iran’s major energy trade and finance partner. Like Russia, it seems that Iran is moving towards a military alliance with China. If the west worries about China’s expansive moves in the South China Sea, along China’s own borders, what to make then of China moving in on Hormuz, where some 30% of world oil is transited each day?
​ ​If these are considered winning policies for the West, one has to ask what failure looks like.
​ ​The West is already slowly becoming aware of the blowback this disastrous policy has caused. Evidence for this can be found in Macron’s efforts to persuade Trump towards a peaceful resolution with Iran.
​ ​It is well known that the US has been in secret meetings with Iran representatives, much to the dismay of the Saudi Arabia and Israel. As Bloomberg reports, after the G7 meeting, Trump publicly and repeatedly stated he was ready to meet with Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani. Bloomberg also reported that in a meeting with his Cabinet, Trump announced that he was ready to ease sanctions as a possible way to open negotiations between the two countries. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin agreed with the President, while National Security Advisor Bolton voiced strong opposition, that only one day later, led to his firing. Secretary of State Pompeo stated that Trump may meet on the sidelines of the upcoming UN meeting with Iran’s President.
​ ​The firing of Bolton was immediately followed by a fall in the price of oil and gold. Allowing Iran to continue to increase supplies into already well supplied oil markets will add downward pressure on oil prices. For the Trump administration, this is not necessarily a bad thing… unhappy consumers at the gas pump make for unhappy voters.

​ ​Despite the media’s obsession on gender, race and sexual orientation, the real and determining divide in America and other advanced countries lies in the growing conflict between the ascendant upper class and the vast, and increasingly embattled, middle and working classes.
​ ​We’ve seen this fight before. The current conflict fundamentally reprises the end of the French feudal era, where the Third Estate, made up of the commoners, challenged the hegemony of the First Estate and Second, made up of the church and aristocracy...

 Today’s neo-feudalism recalls the social order that existed before the democratic revolutions of the 17th and 18th Century, with our two ascendant estates filling the roles of the former dominant classes. The First Estate, once the province of the Catholic Church, has morphed into what Samuel Coleridge in the 1830s called “the Clerisy,” a group that extends beyond organized religion to the universities, media, cultural tastemakers and upper echelons of the bureaucracy. The role of the Second Estate is now being played by a rising Oligarchy, notably in tech but also Wall Street, that is consolidating control of most of the economy...
 Together these two classes have waxed  while the Third Estate has declined. This essentially reversed the enormous gains made by the middle and even the working class over the past 50 years. The top 1% in America captured just 4.9 percent of total U.S. income growth in 1945-1973, but since then the country’s richest classes has gobbled up an astonishing 58.7% of all new wealth
in the U.S., and 41.8 percent of total income growth during 2009-2015 alone...
 The new feudalism, like the original, is not based simply around the force of arms, or in this case what Marx called “the cash nexus.” Like the church in Medieval times, the Clerisy sees itself as anointed to direct human society, a modern version of what historian Marc Bloch called the “oligarchy of priests and monks whose task it was to propitiate heaven.”  ...
 Like their predecessors, today’s Clerisy embraces an orthodoxy, albeit secular, on a host of issues from race and gender to the environment. Universities have become increasingly dogmatic in their worldview...
​ ​The new feudalism increasingly defines geography not only in America but across much of the world. The great bastion of both the Oligarchy and high reaches of the Clerisy lies in the great cities, notably New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. These are all among the most expensive places to live in the world and play a dominant role in the global media...
 The impact of the rising Clerisy and Oligarchs poses a direct threat to the future of the Third Estate. On the economic side, relentless consolidation and financialization has devastated Main Street. In the great boom of the 1980s, small firms and start-ups powered the economy, but more recently the rates of entrepreneurship have dropped as mega-mergers, chains and on-line giants​ ​slowly reduced the scope of opportunities.  

"Medicare For All would cut poverty by over 20%" ("but the jobs, the jobs lost!" :-o)

​Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings has a mind of his own, and a widely ranging life history. 
"Brilliant" is not in question​, but he is seen in different lights by various friends and enemies. 
He is decisive, clear-headed and often impolite. He's hated and feared. 
He loves math and Russian literature, in Russian. 
He admires Otto Von Bismark, Richard Feynman and Sun Tzu.

There is near-mutiny over policy at the European Central Bank. Draghi just didn't let anybody vote on his recent QE action. He decreed unanimity.

5G goes live in Switzerland, with immediate and widespread onset of neurological symptoms.
 As soon as the antennas were installed, several residents and entire families in the heart of Geneva reported similar unusual symptoms of loud ringing in the ear, intense headaches, unbearable earaches, insomnia, chest pain, fatigue and not feeling well in the house. 29-year-old Geneva resident, Johan Perruchoud, called up Swisscom and was told that indeed the 5G cell towers were activated on the same day he began to feel the symptoms. When others called Swisscom they were told everything is legal and within guidelines.

Israel is accused (by those in the know) of setting up special cellphone towers near the White House, to intercept cellphone conversations and data and positions. Israel says, "We never spy in America". Trump says nothing at all.

Scientists race to save bananas from spreading killer fungus through genetic engineering. ("Roundup ready"?)

Vaping is causing weird diffuse lipoid pneumonia from inflammatory response in lungs, due to oil-vehicles in the vape mixture. 
Stricken Speechless

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Longer Wars


 Over a century of hot and cold war between the US and USSR/Russia is documented here. The hostilities commenced in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson sent 13,000 American soldiers to fight bolsheviks and sink Russian ships under Bolshevik control. 
The term "Red Scare" originated in 1919, during this action.
In 1933 FDR finally recognized the USSR, as most countries had done over a decade before. (There was a lot of fear among American capitalists!) 
 At the start of the Cold War, Stalin was strictly adhering to what Roosevelt and Churchill had agreed at Yalta. Truman accused Stalin of breaking the agreement, because FDR had just lied to Congress about what the agreement said. Truman, who FDR despised, was never in any of the loops.
 We all know that George HW Bush promised up and down to never expand NATO an inch towards Russia, and that he and Reagan both said there were "no losers, only winners" when the cold war ended. 
All of this was first broken when Bush, running for re-election said the US won the cold war and inferred that the Russian losers could take what we gave them.
Clinton gave them Russia's Idi Amin, Boris Yeltsin the drunk toady mass murderer. 
Yeltsin was precisely that bad. See the details here:

Foreknowledge of the WTC-7 collapse is one of the sloppiest points in the sloppy cover-up of the events of 9/11/01. 
Everybody on the street was told for an hour before the 5:20 PM collapse to get away, that the building would be brought down soon. 
"The Lehman Building" was announced as having already collapsed on BBC news, as it still stood in the window in the background. 
"Lucky Larry" Silverstein spun on camera that the Fire Department told him WTC-7 was a goner and he told them to "go ahead and pull it" (demolish). There is camera footage of firemen telling people the building would soon come down, to get away. 
On 9/8/19 I posted the story about the U. Alaska, Fairbanks study that basically found that nothing but controlled demolition could have done it. 
That's always been the case. The top of WTC-7 hit the ground in freefall time. 
A basketball dropped from that roof at the same moment would have tied hitting the same ground.

Mass Media Purges always align with imperial interests, because it is a global corporate empire, without real lines between the CIA, NSA, Google, Facebook, Mossad and Wall Street. (It's perfect, really, and shall remain perfect until we all die in our isolated solitary confinement.)
Sister Caitlin in Oz has the story, until she gets deplatformed again. 
There is a Democratic Debate tonight. I should probably get bounced when I send this out today. It's an experiment.

Matt Taibbi has this (brave judge should not fly in small planes now)
​ ​A judge last week ruled the federal government’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), which secretly categorized more than 1 million people as “known or suspected terrorists,” is unconstitutional.
​ ​Like a number of “War on Terror” reforms instituted in the Bush years, the TSDB’s unconstitutionality was obvious from its inception. Indeed, the very idea that we needed to “take the gloves off” in our post-9/11 “State of Exception” was an original selling point of some of these programs.
​ ​The TSDB is cousin to the No-Fly List (a different and more restrictive list ruled unconstitutional in 2014), the Distribution Matrix (the drone assassination program also known as the “Kill List”), the STELLAR WIND warrantless surveillance program, multiple expansions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the broadened use of National Security Letters to obtain private data without warrant, the “Enhanced Interrogation” program the rest of the world calls torture, and countless other War on Terror initiatives that were and are clear violations of the spirit of the constitution.

Asia Times says Bolton's firing raises the odds of a US-China trade deal. (Stocks went up and gold went down on the news.)

Today's hot rumor is that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might serve both as as National Security Adviser, and as Secretary of State, as did Henry Kissinger. Other candidates for Bolton's vacancy are also discussed. 
This will be another signal regarding US foreign policy and sincerity of negotiation overtures going forward. 
Bolton was always a genocide-first kind of guy.

Charles Hugh Smith
All of America's bubbles will pop, and sooner rather than later.
​ ​Financial bubbles manifest three dynamics: the one we're most familiar with is human greed, the desire to exploit a windfall and catch a work-free ride to riches.
​ ​The second dynamic gets much less attention: financial manias arise when there is no other more productive, profitable use for capital, and these periods occur when there is an abundance of credit available to inflate the bubbles.  

​ ​Humans respond to the incentives the system presents​ ...​  
(Note to New Green Deal advocates: if corporations reckoned they could earn more by investing the $2.5 trillion in alternative energy projects rather than stock buy-backs, they would have done so.)  

​ The European commission’s incoming president has been pilloried for giving the EU’s most senior official on migration the job title “protecting our European way of life”...
  The British Labour MEP Claude Moraes, a former chair of the European parliament’s justice and home affairs committee, said the title could not stand. “Calling the European commission migration portfolio ‘protecting our way of life’ is deeply insulting,” he said... “If that [title] survives then we are in a bad position as progressives, because it is an embarrassment for us.” ...
​ ​The fuzzy aspirational titles contrast with the outgoing commission, which uses prosaic factual terms, such as “foreign policy and security” or “digital single market”.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
​ ​The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.
​ ​Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border.
​ ​The shift reverses decades of U.S. policy.  

(US policies of covert military and economic warfare continue, however.)


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Same Day Again

Propaganda Targets,

It's that day again, 9/11. 
18 years ago the global deep state, comprised of US and Israeli deep state elements, and high finance, complicit US military,  and shadow-president Dick Cheney at the command console, murdered 3000 people, and demolished the World Trade Center. The WTC contained massive evidence of financial fraud and criminal conspiracy (and a lot of gold in the basement). They also destroyed the area of the Pentagon where financial fraud investigation was taking place.
"Ragheads with box-cutters did it", was the official story, despite the laws of physics having been as violated as a 13 year old virgin visiting Epstein's island. 
No plane parts were found at the Pentagon, or Shanksville "crash sites". 
The Pentagon had a through-and-through hole, like cruise missiles with penetration warheads make, and so on.
Paul Craig Roberts has this:
​ ​Patrick Pasin, a French author, provides additional evidence of Mueller’s misuse of his office to protect an official lie. An English language translation of Pasin’s book, The FBI Accomplice of 9/11, has been published by Talma Studios in Dublin, Ireland.
​ ​Pasin’s book consists of his organization of the known evidence, which has been suppressed in order to perpetrate a false story of 9/11, into a compelling account of how a false flag attack was protected from exposure.  He details the plan “through which the FBI tried to prove the government conspiracy narrative—no matter the cost.”  Keep in mind that Mueller is the one that the Deep State set on President Trump.  Dirty business is Mueller’s business.
​ ​Pasin collects the evidence and weaves it into a compelling story.  It is all there.  The insider trading in advance of the airliner hijackings, the impossibility of cell phone calls from airliners in 2001, the anthrax letters sent to senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy which paved the way for the PATRIOT Act, the effort to blame American military scientists for the letters once it emerged that the anthrax was unique to a US military lab, the total implausibility of finding an undamaged passport in the rubble of the twin towers where fires allegedly were so hot that they melted steel.  

Tom Luongo on John Bolton's dismissal (one day before 9/11):
​ ​Bolton was the height of the neoconservative ethos; an academic with no real world experience, daddy issues and a knack for getting close to the most influential people in the world to warp policy to their Trotskyite goals of permanent revolution.
​ ​Now, thankfully, he’s out of a job. Next up has to be Haspel at the CIA as well as Mike Pompeo. These people are a stain on the U.S. They diminish not only Trump, who doesn’t apparently need any help in this regard, but all of us as Americans.
​ ​It’s clear Trump made this move for re-election purposes. Bolton was a liability. If more heads don’t roll after three years of foreign policy blunders of epic proportions Trump’s second term will look just like his first, a shambolic mess long on bravado and short on consistency.

​Who will replace Bolton as National Security Adviser?​
​ ​At least seven people are believed to be in the mix. They include, according to multiple sources: the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell; U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook; Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun; the ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra; and Rob Blair, an aide to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. A source close to the discussions said multiple senators called the White House on Grenell’s behalf on Tuesday.
​ ​Appearing on Fox News' "Special Report" on Tuesday, South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Hook, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg and former deputy national security adviser Rick Waddell are under consideration.
"Those are three names that the president mentioned to me," Graham said. "There are others on the list."

​Bibi promises "Greater-er Israel" Vote Bibi:
​ During an address on 10 September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea, if he is re-elected in the upcoming general election on 17 September, calling it the country's "defence wall".
 The prime minister further stated that more West Bank settlements will follow suit after the US President Donald Trump administration publishes its "deal of the century" peace plan in full.

Eleni sends "Pipeline Wars Revisited", the most clear and concise assessment of the major battlefields that most people don't know exist.
Iran-Iraq-Syria (Friendship) Pipeline
In July of 2011, the Iran, Iraq, Syria (or Friendship Pipeline) pipeline agreement​ ​was signed, just subsequent to US State authorizing the CIA’s Timber Sycamore ‘dirty tricks’ operation, ie the US-Israeli inspired attempt to destabilize and destroy Syria.

T​he weapons superhighway into Northern Syria goes to where either the Saudi or the Iranian pipeline is supposed to pass. Funny... 
 Speaking at the Justice and Development Party's meeting in Eski┼čehir, a city in northwestern Turkey, Erdogan said he wouldn't sit back in the shadows anymore about a superhighway of weapons supplied by the US, amounting to more than 30,000 truckloads of weapons, equipment, and ammunition to northern Syria to support YPG terrorists.

​Idlib?  Hey Eleni, isn't that where ISIS and assorted mercenaries are bottled up, needing to get out or get killed by the Syrian army?
​ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Saturday his threat to open the border to Europe for Syrian refugees, noting that Ankara alone cannot afford another potential migration flow from Syria.
 There is a “new migration threat” from the Syrian province of Idlib along the Turkish border, Erdogan said, urging the European Union to provide adequate financial assistance.
 “Either you will share this burden or we will open the border,” the Turkish president warned, reiterating that the EU has not yet fully fulfilled its promise of financial assistance under the 2016 Ankara-Brussels agreement.

Pepe Escobar has insights from Lula, about Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Iranian nuclear deal, and western politicians in general.
“It was fantastic, Obama’s capacity to deliver beautiful speeches, but the next day nothing happened, nothing, nothing. I think the United States was too big for Obama, he was too young, too inexperienced. And you know that the US State Department is very powerful…. I think Obama was a good man. When I went to visit him the first time … I left with a lingering doubt: there was no one remotely similar to him in the meeting. I said to myself, ‘This guy has no one matching him here.’  

Targeting the Tongass National Forest for Amazon-like Destruction​  

​Sick as Ever​

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Freeing Truth

Analyzing structures,

​ ​This week, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth announced their partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in releasing a draft report of an in depth four-year study on what actually brought down WTC 7.
​ ​After conducting comprehensive modeling and studying countless scenarios, the study’s authors, J. Leroy Hulsey, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., UAF, Zhili Quan, Ph.D., Bridge Engineer South Carolina Department of Transportation, and Feng Xiao, Ph.D., Associate Professor Nanjing University of Science and Technology Department of Civil Engineering, concluded the following:
​ ​Fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse. The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.

​Carbyne has a system that hijacks all smartphones and other electronic sensors in any area, or any other related pattern, to create a complete space-time information and movement picture. The system will decide when to call in police, ambulances or military. 
People won't have to call 911 at all. Isn't that great? It's what Jeffrey Epstein and Ehud Barak were financial partners in. 
Your tax dollars at work for the Mossad.  Whitney Webb has the story:
​ ​As part of the partnership, Carbyne’s President of North American Operations Paul Tatro told Government Technology that the Carbyne platform would combine the data it obtains from smartphones and other Carbyne-connected devices with “what’s available through nearby Cisco-connected road cameras, roadside sensors, smart streetlamps, smart parking meters or other devices.” Tatro further asserted that “Carbyne can also analyze data that’s being collected by Cisco IoT devices … and alert 911 automatically, without any person making a phone call, if there appears to be a worthy problem,” and expressed his view that soon most emergency calls will not be made by human beings but “by smart cars, telematics or other smart city devices.”  ​...
​ ​In early August, in the wake of the shooting at an El Paso Walmart, President Trump called on big tech companies to collaborate with the Justice Department in the creation of software that “stops mass murders before they start” by detecting potential mass shooters before they can act.

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?​  Matt Taibbi

David Stockman predicts what will be the Subprime Mortgage CDOs of the next (big) reset:
 It’s the mother of all bond market bubbles. And it’s not just that speculators have driven the price of almost all sovereign debt way above par. It’s going to come back to par, either when the market corrects or when the bonds are redeemed—and somebody’s got a capital loss of large magnitude sitting right on their balance sheet at the moment.
​ ​That’s the crisis because it’s being done on leverage. Of course, there are some cash buyers, but all the smart money and the speculators are buying this low-yielding or negative-yielding debt on repo and collecting the capital gain. Let’s say the price moves 110 to 120 on 95% leverage, and they’re laughing all the way to the bank. This is big-time speculation.
​ ​When it reverses, they’re going to unwind these trades and all these elevated, insane prices in the bond market.
​ ​That’s what $16 trillion of negative yield means. It equals insanity.
​ ​So, the point is it’s going to correct, and when it does, it will correct hard. It will ricochet through the entire financial system.

​The main point of US trade war with China may just be making the US less dependent upon one big rival power. Rebuilding American manufacturing will take time, and it will take a cost adjustment. Too many costs like healthcare and retirement have been loaded onto the price of American labor. That can be reduced a whole lot, by (GASP!) socializing them, like everybody else does.​
​ ​It’s important to note that decoupling, even if the trend continues, isn’t necessarily a bullish force for the U.S. economy. It doesn’t mean there will be any increase in American jobs, as the expected Google moves to Vietnam and Thailand make clear. The tariffs on Chinese goods are also not making America richer or directly growing our economy, no matter what the White House says.  

 Russia and Ukraine have completed a long-awaited exchange of prisoners.
Those freed include 24 Ukrainian sailors and - controversially - a "person of interest" over the downing of flight MH17 which killed 298 people.
The swap is hoped to ease tensions between the two neighbours.
Greeting the Ukrainians at the airport, President Volodymyr Zelensky said: "We have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war." Russia said it was glad its citizens had returned home.

​Mish Shedlock's read is that the wording of the Benn Bill, which tells Boris Johnson exactlyy what he must do, removes his prerogatives of action, and therefore requires "The Queen's Consent". Johnson does not have to do as he is commanded by Parliament without The Queen's Consent. (Court decisions are implied. How long will that take? When? What triggers that?)​
The Benn Bill requires Johnson's approval. What do you think the odds of that are?
That's the long and short of it.
It's unclear if Benn knew this or not. It's possible he did and hoped Johnson would not catch it. More likely, the drafters of the Benn bill did not know.
Either way, the point is moot.
There is no way to force Johnson to approve this. And he won't, even if Bercow demands.

Tom Luongo also figures Brexit Boris is on top, because he is fronting for the team within the power elites, which is destined soon to win.
If Brexit is locked-in as the absolute and unavoidable Halloween even, then, and only then, does Boris Johnson have negotiating power with the EU to toss out the Irish Backstop border closure. The Eurogroup has shown, in Greece, that it can do whatever it bloody-well pleases, after all.
 This week’s Brexit drama was vitally important for Boris Johnson. And intentional or not he has maneuvered events to a very interesting inflection point.
​ ​The random acts of vandalism performed by Remainers on all sides of the political aisle in the House of Commons were, I think, invoked by Johnson himself strategically...
If the vote succeeded the price for Brexit would be the validity of the British system of government. We have nearly reached that point...
​ ​He simply refuses to offer the bill to the Queen, which is within his Prerogative as he is in charge of treaty negotiations not Parliament, prorogues Parliament with the bill pending. It expires along with all the others outstanding.
 T​he clock restarts when they come back on October 14th. At that point there isn’t time for a General Election so reintroducing the bill would be pointless because Johnson can then run out the clock.
Parliament would then have to take whatever Johnson offers when he comes back from Brussels.
(And Brussels would have ​had ​to give him something.)

​Amber Rudd resigns from Johnson's cabinet. He's been making decisions without her. Looks like she couldn't be trusted, doesn't it?
​ Amber Rudd has claimed it is unclear who is running the country following her shock resignation from the government.
 The former work and pensions secretary said she did not think the cabinet was having “proper discussions about policy”.
 When asked who was running the country, if not the cabinet, she told The Andrew Marr Show: “If I knew that I would have perhaps had further conversations with the prime minister or them.”
 Ms Rudd, who announced her resignation from the cabinet on Saturday, said she quit because she had not seen enough evidence of planning for a no-deal Brexit.
 She claimed she was shown a “one-page summary” when she asked for evidence of the government’s work in negotiating a deal with the European Union.

Mish has really done further homework, and he is sending some of it to Nigel Farage without public disclosure. 
He says Boris Johnson has 9 interwoven options. Interesting analysis.

Final Inning

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gray Champions

Odd Bedfellows,

With your leave, I will advance a thesis that we can look at "history rhyming" within a generational framework, which has periodic growth decay, crisis and restructuring, 4 seasons: summer, fall, winter and spring.
This is not a new model of looking at history, and any good model can have great utility going into a historical epoch.
The Bolshevik Economist, Nikolai Kondratiev postulated waves of economic/financial cycle, posthumously named "Kondratiev Waves"  ("K-waves") in his honor, after Comrade Stalin found them to be counter-revolutionary or something,

A more recent adaptation of generational cycles of history is that of American authors, Strauss and Howe, who wrote "Generations" and "The Fourth Turning" in the 1990s. 
Basically, there are 4-generational cycles of crisis, rebuilding, health, decay and again, crisis. 
I'm a "baby boomer", which is a "prophet generation". My kids are millennials, "hero generation". 
It is a little hard to find a likable explanation of this theory, but this guy does pretty well. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Gray Champion (excerpted):
  The crowd had rolled back, and were now huddled together nearly at the extremity of the street, while the soldiers had advanced no more than a third of its length. The intervening space was empty--a paved solitude, between lofty edifices, which threw almost a twilight shadow over it. Suddenly, there was seen the figure of an ancient man, who seemed to have emerged from among the people, and was walking by himself along the centre of the street, to confront the armed band. He wore the old Puritan dress, a dark cloak and a steeple-crowned hat, in the fashion of at least fifty years before, with a heavy sword upon his thigh, but a staff in his hand, to assist the tremulous gait of age.
​ ​When at some distance from the multitude, the old man turned slowly round, displaying a face of antique majesty, rendered doubly venerable by the hoary beard that descended on his breast. He made a gesture at once of encouragement and warning, then turned again, and resumed his way.
​ ​"Who is this gray patriarch?" asked the young men of their sires.
​ ​"Who is this venerable brother?" asked the old men among themselves...
​ ​Meanwhile, the venerable stranger, staff in hand, was pursuing his solitary walk along the centre of the street. As he drew near the advancing soldiers, and as the roll of their drum came full upon his ear, the old man raised himself to a loftier mien, while the decrepitude of age seemed to fall from his shoulders, leaving him in gray, but unbroken dignity. Now, he marched onward with a warrior's step, keeping time to the military music. Thus the aged form advanced on one side, and the whole parade of soldiers and magistrates on the other, till, when scarcely twenty yards remained between, the old man grasped his staff by the middle, and held it before him like a leader's truncheon.
​ ​"Stand!" cried he.
​ The eye, the face, and attitude of command; the solemn, yet warlike peal of that voice, fit either to rule a host in the battle-field or be raised to God in prayer, were irresistible. At the old man's word and outstretched arm, the roll of the drum was hushed at once, and the advancing line stood still. A tremulous enthusiasm seized upon the multitude. That stately form, combining the leader and the saint, so gray, so dimly seen, in such an ancient garb, could only belong to some old champion of the righteous cause, whom the oppressor's drum had summoned from his grave. They raised a shout of awe and exultation, and looked for the deliverance of New-England.
​ ​The Governor, and the gentlemen of his party, perceiving themselves brought to an unexpected stand, rode hastily forward, as if they would have pressed their snorting and affrighted horses right against the hoary apparition. He, however, blenched not a step, but glancing his severe eye round the group, which half encompassed him, at last bent it sternly on Sir Edmund Andros. One would have thought that the dark old man was chief ruler there, and that the Governor and Council, with soldiers at their back, representing the whole power and authority of the Crown, had no alternative but obedience....
​ ​"Are you mad, old man?" demanded Sir Edmund Andros, in loud and harsh tones. "How dare you stay the march of King James's Governor?"
​ ​"I have staid the march of a King himself, ere now," replied the gray figure, with stern composure. "I am here, Sir Governor, because the cry of an oppressed people hath disturbed me in my secret place; and beseeching this favor earnestly of the Lord, it was vouchsafed me to appear once again on earth, in the good old cause of his Saints. And what speak ye of James? There is no longer a popish tyrant on the throne of England, and by to-morrow noon, his name shall be a by-word in this very street, where ye would make it a word of terror. Back, thou that wast a Governor, back! With this night, thy power is ended--to-morrow, the prison!--back, lest I foretell the scaffold!"

Jim Quinn, on recent "Gray Champions":  
 In Part One of this article I laid out the reasons for Gray Champions arising to meet challenges during crisis periods in history. We are ten years into this Crisis and I have been pondering where we go from here. The plot line of the Game of Thrones has opened my eyes to the fact there isn’t just one Gray Champion during a Fourth Turning. During the Civil War, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were Transcendental prophet generation representatives of the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln and William Tecumseh Sherman were Gray Champions of the Union.
 These were men who would do anything to further their cause, from ordering thousands of men to their deaths on Cemetery Ridge, to burning down cities, to suspending the writ of Habeas Corpus, and seceding from the Union. They were destined to brandish their terrible swift swords in achieving total indisputable victory. But, we know only one side could win.
 During the World War II/Great Depression crisis FDR is known as the Gray Champion who took drastic measures on the economic front with his New Deal and sent 16 million young men into battle on a scale never seen in history. Douglass MacArthur commanded many of those men in battles to the death across the Pacific. What is less discussed is the fact Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin were also members of the Missionary prophet generation and were the Gray Champions of their nations...
Gray Champions are not necessarily good, admirable, or moral. Most have narcissistic tendencies and have at least as many enemies as allies. All of the men I’ve named were deeply flawed and in some cases malevolent. What they all had in common was tremendous confidence in their own abilities and an unbreakable determination to achieve the outcomes they desired. Winning was all that mattered to these men.​..

​Jim Quinn looked at prior Gray Champions in American history, and the complexity of their travails in critical times. 
They were fought, hated, and perhaps Lincoln and FDR were both murdered by their enemies. It's hard to know about FDR's death.​
"At each of these great gates of history, eighty to a hundred years apart, a similar generational drama unfolded. Four archetypes, aligned in the same order – elder Prophet, midlife Nomad, young adult Hero, child Artist – together produced the most enduring legends in our history. Each time the Grey Champion appeared marked the arrival of a moment of “darkness, and adversity, and peril,” the climax of the Fourth Turning of the saeculum." ​ ​– "The Fourth Turning" – Strauss & Howe

The "false recovery"​ is a narrative of manipulation of finance, by money conjuring at the top, and trickle down to the top 10%, at best. This has created the narrative of economic recovery, in an emperor's-new-clothes sort of fashion. Everybody believes that everybody believes there is a recovery, even though they have private knowledge that it's not including them, or that it is fake, but their stock valuations and house valuation are rising, so they are winners. Te Federal Reserve has been keeping stock "markets"​ propped up by massive buying of equity-index-futures, and CEOs and "activist investors" have been getting companies to borrow money at low rates to buy their own stock, which the CEOs and shareholders sell at personal profit, leaving Sears and other gutted companies to collapse. 
The Lehman Brothers crash marked the transition from private-knowledge of financial collapse, to common-knowledge, and the rush to the exits did the deed. 
What/when will it be this time?
For the vast majority of ordinary Americans, the 2008-09 great recession never ended...
Q II 2019 GDP was revised lower to 2.04%. “Manufacturing and oil and gas production are in decline.”
“Real new orders are in their worst contraction since the (2008-09) great recession.”
Construction spending fell to its lowest level since that period, the same true for freight activity
Re-engineered US inflation to how it was calculated in the 1980s (by Williams) shows it exceeds 5.5%, not the phony sub-2% official number.
Rasmus asked “if 60% (of US workers) didn’t get any wage increase at all, how could wages be rising 3.1% or even 1.5%?”
If real US inflation exceeds 5.5%, average wages for working Americans declined, a further drag on the economy, compounded by record high consumer debt exceeding $13 trillion.
McKinsey Global Institute data show US “median wages have not risen at all since 2007,” Rasmus reported.
Adjusted for real inflation, they’ve fallen, exacerbating the widening US wealth gap, have and have not economic reality in the country.

​The military industrial complex swallowed Red-Riding-Hood's Grandmother and the economy. 
There's no way out, and the wolf is dying of peritonitis. The vast "hidden spending" is not even included here.
​ ​In the almost 12 hours of Democratic Party presidential primary debates on June 26-27 and July 30-31, the words “Pentagon budget” or “defense spending” were not uttered, except for a fleeting, unanswered comment from Senator Bernie Sanders.  (Hmmm, Tulsi Gabbard?)
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... Fo​r 65 years the military budget’s inexorable expansion has not been controlled by the dramatic changes in America’s actual national security needs but by political and independent cash flow demands from inside the Pentagon, Congress, industry, and think tanks.
​ ​Secondly, we need to recognize that this inexorable money growth has shrunk our forces and weakened their capabilities so dramatically that today we would be utterly unready for and incapable of supporting–much less winning–Korean or Vietnam war sized campaigns. War with Iran would be disastrous according to insightful current military assessments.

The promises of a better future down this road are what politicians have to sell, no matter what they see themselves. I personally think the things Bernie Sanders proposes are dual-use, such as a government jobs program, which is currently needed, and will be needed worse in the next financial crisis, which won't be papered over. Bernie Sanders is an archetypal Gray Champion, focused more on building and protecting than on battle. I am coming to think that he could actually work well within the country, while Trump fights global trade war. Sanders has said a lot of bad things about Trump, but both men have long personal histories, which show that they don't dwell on such things when there are deals to make, neither of them... (Yeah, Biden is "gray", but he's a senile, corrupt pedophile, washed-up.)
A few highlights from the Democratic Climate Town Hall statements last night:
​ ​“The truth is it costs a lot more to build a new nuclear plant today than it does to build solar or wind,” said Sanders at the town hall. “I think it is safer and more cost-effective to move toward sustainable technologies like wind, solar and geothermal.” 
(Nuclear reactor retirement and failure costs are infinite.)
​ ​Biden also noted that he plans to double the rate at which the U.S. is currently installing solar and wind. In 2018, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, the U.S. installed about 10.7 gigawatts of solar, a decline of 2 percent from additions in the previous year. The wind industry is slated to install 11.9 gigawatts in 2019 and 14.6 gigawatts in 2020.
​ ​Several candidates, including Biden, Warren, Harris and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, also floated plans for drastically increasing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
​ ​The Green New Deal — which many candidates credited for the very existence of a televised climate-focused town hall — also featured prominently, with candidates promising millions of good-paying jobs and support for marginalized communities that have faced disproportionate impacts from pollution and climate change.

​Some initial details of the Sanders Plan are here. Note that it assumes that capitalism keeps going like the Energizer Bunny, as does Elizabeth Warren's plan, and that capitalists take orders from politicians, not the converse, and so on. Anything should be seen as a first adjustment to the reality-tsunami. It's just the tide sucking out so far.​
"The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future," the plan stresses, "But we must act immediately."
 Sanders's plan aims to achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity and transportation by 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050.

Matt Taibbi raises a point about how standard political analysis fails in historic times of rapid historic change:
 At the Republican National Convention, I ran into a Democratic pollster who sat me down and said the favorability numbers just don't work. There aren't enough uneducated white males to deliver the election for Trump, because if you look at his favorability numbers, they never creep high enough to win a majority of registered voters.
​ ​But there was a huge flaw in that analysis: That Trump ended up doing extremely well with voters who considered both choices unfavorable. So roughly one in five registered voters in November 2016 disapproved of both Clinton and Trump. And Trump won those voters by nearly a two-to-one margin.
​ ​So people who disapproved of Donald Trump were one of his biggest constituencies, so that is kind of the problem going into this campaign that I see people making the same mistake. They say the numbers just don't add up. Whereas if you just go by what you see on the campaign trail, and the realities that I've seen recently say, if anything, he is doing better than he was doing at this stage in the race last time.

​Big Pharma has to go to trial over pushing addicitive drugs and killing people. 
(Can we also sue the CIA, please?)

Don Quixote