I have seen Mike Cernovich's name a lot recently. He broke the story about Susan Rice approving the unmasking of Americans on the Trump TransitionTeam, and dissemination of that information within the intel. agencies for easy and untraceable leaking. He seems to have a good (unnamed) source for information about the new NSA head, General HR McMaster, a Petraeus acolyte and source of the plans for full scale American army invasion of Syria. Here is his story on that, then one of the more recent stories which references it. (Thanks Eleni)
Trump said "no" to troops in Syria, his aides aren't so sure:
Charles sent this article, Conspiracy With and Without Conspirators, which is really superb in explaining what happens when all real decisions are made in the shadows of an official mechanism, but are not actually accountable, even though there is accountability in the official structure. Very useful conceptual framework!
America's "Beautiful Piece of Chocolate Cake" Foreign Policy, the "new normal" (gulp!). Pepe Escobar details the Empire of Chaos' latest tactic. (How endearing?)
North Korean missile launch from submarine base at Sinpo, early Sunday morning, after the Saturday celebration of Kim Il Sung's 105th birthday had fully passed.
This was not a big ICBM, and it did fail, as most of them have failed since the US started hitting them with electronic attacks. (I suspect that the use of submarine launched ballistic missiles with nuclear capability is the big threat to the US mainland. How invisible are North Korean subs? I doubt they are as invisible as Russian, Chinese and American subs.)
The US deigns not to participate at all in regional peace talks among Afghanistan and her neighbors.
“I think just to end it, we just felt that these talks – it was unclear to us what the purpose was,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday...
The latest round of peace talks included Russia, China, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Snipers and Infiltrators at Standing Rock Crush Protest at Taxpayer Expense ("Your" tax dollars at work, and unaccountable. Have a peek at the party-favor list for the guys.)
Hackers released code the NSA uses to hack the SWIFT bank transfer system on Friday. This is the thing that kills an economy if they are excluded from it, like North Korea is... Russia and China have developed an alternative "SWIFT-like" system. I wonder if it can be hacked... (Also released into the public domain by hackers is the software to hack Microsoft versions prior to Windows-10, versions like mine.)
Wikileaks (non-hackers) release details of CIA infiltration program, "HIVE" which infiltrates your computer, looks around secretly, sends a hidden homing signal to the control station, notifies it of what it can do in your system, and obliterates itself without a trace if it doesn't hear back from the mother-ship in a certain amount of time.