Jimmy Carter is the only former US President to RSVP for the Trump inauguration. (Maybe the others have been too busy with Christmas shopping until now.)
President Obama lets a toothless UN Security Council Resolution pass, which tells Israel to stop building "settlements" on illegally-occupied Palestinian property. Prior resolutions had called for return to pre-1947 borders, and right-of-return of all Palestinians who were militarily dispossessed as their family members were killed. Everybody is acting like this is a big affront to the Israeli-Genocide-Machine, a slap in the face to the elite "Zionists" (not "all Jews", as propaganda would claim). This UNSC Resolution just seems to move the goalposts to another field, entirely, which is a very comfortable position for the "master-race".
The co-creator of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, Robert David Steele, has a lot of "drain-the-swamp" advice for President-Elect Trump here, but what sticks out most to me is his advice to eliminate all taxes except a financial transaction tax, the tax most detested by our financial elite owners. (This is what Goldman Sachs grads in the new cabinet just can't allow. "Loyalty test".) Thanks Colleen.
Charles Hugh Smith looks at another form of tax, the taxation of immobile assets, Property Tax. Greeks are getting hit hard with this, and are losing claim to their family land and homes if they cannot pay the higher and higher taxes. This is property-stripping by the financial elites. They will take everything, if permitted to, and who can stop them?
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a huge financial transfer scheme, based on 2014 contracts, assuming $100/bbl oil and lots of demand. There are big losers if Energy Transfer PArtners gets their way. Nobody needs this pipeline in 2017, but ETP investors want all that money from the other investors on the other side of the contracts. Those contracts turn into pumpkins on New Year's Day.
Russian Special Forces infiltrated mercenary/rebel forces in Aleppo and had hollowed out their defenses, marked targets, marked critical leaders airstrikes, and determined the best routes for Syrian Army forces to come into the occupied city, including tunnels. Aleppo mercenaries fell faster than Turkey/US/Saudi-Arabia et.al. expected.
Russia explains that giving anti-aircraft-shoulder-fired-rockets to moderate-terrorists in Syria would be a "hostile act", since they would be used against Russian and Syrian armed forces. (Probably civilians, too. Those things are so hard to keep from traveling.)