Monday, October 31, 2016

A First Impression Of 9/11

Professionally Opinionated,

Donald Trump Interview: 9/11/01: "It wasn't architectural defect. The World Trade Center was always known as a very very strong building. Don't forget that took a big bomb in the basement (1993). Now, the basement is the most vulnerable place because that's your foundation and it withstood that and I got to see that area about three or four days after 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 the building was standing solid and half of the columns were blown out.  This was an unbelievably powerful building.  If you don't know anything about structure it was one of the first buildings that was built from the outside.  The steel, the reason the World Trade Center had such narrow windows is that in between all the windows, you had the steel on the outside, the steel on the outside of the building. That's why when I first looked - and you had these 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 is steel that was, you remember the width of the windows of the World Trade Center folks.  I think 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 plane, even a 767 or 747 or whatever it might have been, how could it possibly go through this steel? I happen to think that they had not only a plane but they had bombs that exploded almost simultaneously, 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 shaft.  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."     Donald Trump: "Right.  I just think that there was a plane with more than just fuel.  I think obviously they were very big planes. They were going very rapidly, because I was also watching where the plane seemed to be not only going fast it seems to be coming down into the building.  So is getting the speed from going down hill so to speak. It just seemed to me that to do that kind of destruction is even more than a big plane because you're talking about talking about steel, the heaviest caliber steel that was used on the building.  These buildings were rock-solid and you know it's just an amazing amazing thing. This country is different today and it's going to be different than it ever was for many years to come."  (Thanks, Cat)

Artificial Intelligence (but pretty smart, and considers a LOT of  opinions) computer/program, which has been getting good at political predictions, based on electronic communications "chatter" says Donald Trump will win big in the voting on 11/8/16.

If I were the Clintons, Bush family, or Obama family, and might be indicted by a Trump administration, this would (rightly) worry me. There are many others in the US and foreign countries who played a part in this massive false-flag attack, which allowed the forever-war to start. The forever war, the drone strikes, the renditions, and so much of what has been done in these 15 years are deeply immoral and illegal and punishable by death after conviction in American courts of law. Are the Obamas, Clintons and Bushes going to leave the US for countries which do not have extradition treaties with us?

Paul Craig Roberts: "Trump attacks the Oligarchy so strongly that it is hard to believe that Trump isn’t real. Trump is asking for a bullet like John F. Kennedy, like Robert Kennedy, like Martin Luther King, like George Wallace."

Charles Hugh Smith surmises that a rationalist faction of the "deep-state" is finished with the neocon agenda of total dominance through endless slaughter, and is taking-out the neocon team, starting with Clinton, to avert national disaster.     "These blast points on Hillary's campaign... too accurate for the Mainstream Media. Only the forces of the Imperial Deep State are so precise."

The FBI now has that warrant to search the emails on Huma Abedin and Anthony Wiener's laptop. They've probably got a good start on the job unofficially, so Hillary Clinton may get her request of their revealing everything pretty soon. I think we may all agree on this point.

In their initial review of the laptop, the metadata showed many messages,apparently in the thousands, that were either sent to or from the private email server at Mrs. Clinton’s home that had been the focus of so much investigative effort for the FBI.

James Comey revived the investigation of Clinton's email server as he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents, sources say.
  •  The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary.
  •  He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents.
  • Comey was also worried that Republicans would accuse him of granting Hillary political favoritism after the presidential election. 
  •   'Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,' said the source. 'They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.'

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the government will soon submit a bill to Parliament to reinstate the death penalty amid calls for the execution of the plotters of a failed coup in July. Addressing crowds in Ankara on Saturday, Erdogan said he would ratify such a bill once it passed despite any objections it might spark in the West. 
    Turkey fires another 10,000 civil servants in post-coup purge. 35,000 suspects remain in custody. ("The possibilities are endless", but Stalin, Mao and so many others have set the bar so very high, already.)
    US Dept of State orders families of employees in Istanbul to leave the country. (What? Something's up?)
    "When The Mob Owned Cuba" is an engaging Smithsonian article presented here. Meyer Lanskey and Lucky Luciano saw themselves as officers of important multinational corporations, which is how officers of multinational corporations usually see themselves. (There's some kind of parallel here that I'm reaching for. I'm sure of it.)
    "Why Humans (driving cars) Should Bully Driverless Cars". Unlike the military drones that are now so prolifically dealing death to anybody in the general vicinity of a suspected target of the US military, driverless cars are programmed to avoid harm to any human, in any way possible. You can play chicken with them. You can cut them off. This article takes the entertaining stance of advocacy for robot-bullying, but it does lay out some difficulties we can expect to arise in the transition period when there are people AND robots driving. (When the Google cars were here a lot in 2014-2015, maybe early 2016, they spent a lot of time on my bike commute routes, which I think was purposeful. One time, at a 4 way-stop. I was track-standing, awaiting my turn to go, but it was the self-driving car's turn first. I realized that it could not possibly go with me track-standing, so I had to cross the intersection out of turn. I wasn't a bully, though...)
    Standing Rock Sioux tribal police apprehended a man unharmed, after he tried to infiltrate water-protectors and instigate violence, an agent-provocateur, employed by the pipeline company.  “An armed security agent employed by the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was arrested Thursday after he was caught entering the camp of activists protesting near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in southern North Dakota. After a car chase and a standoff during which he allegedly pointed his assault rifle at a local Sioux teenager, the man, whose ID indicated he was an employee of Dakota Access LLC, was arrested and handed over to the FBI.”
     Thwarting Evil

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Messengers Under Fire

    Shooting From the Hip

    The Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday against FBI Director James Comey for interfering in the Presidential election. (Previously, a man of integrity and common sense, he has obviously become a tool of the evil Vladimir Putin.)

    Here is a different read of recent events. 
    Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova suggested Friday James Comey's reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails was the product of a "revolt" inside the FBI.
    "He sent those letters today because he is in deep trouble inside the bureau," he said. "Comey sent this letter today because he had to. He has no moral authority inside the agency right now, he's a joke, he's a laughingstock of the agency, and among former FBI agents, he has become an anathema." 
    "These were found on the phone that was used by Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin," he said. "Why was that phone not looked at originally?"
    "And why this letter was sent today was very simple: the agents came to Comey yesterday, they told him about the evidence, and he said oh 'S', and realized that his goose was cooked, that this would prove conclusively that his original investigation was incompetent, and he knew that the agents running the Weiner case would leak it if he did not send this letter to congress."
    "And I've also been told something very significant, it's been reported that those laptops [belonging to Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson] were destroyed, they were not, and the reason is the FBI agents refused to do it."

    Looks like president Obama just canceled 4 out of 4 planned speeches for Hillary Clinton. He did add one in Orlando. Word is that the Justice Dept. and White House were blind-sided by the FBI announcement. (Comey might have been in a situation beyond his control.) I guess it is clear by now. 

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised Comey against sending a letter to Congress about the FBI's reopened investigation into Clinton's emails.
  • Comey broke away and sent a memo to bureau staffers explaining his decision to notify Congress.
  • He wrote that the FBI would not 'ordinarily' inform Congress about its ongoing investigations.
  • But said he noted he felt an 'obligation to' given that he testified repeatedly in recent months that bureau's investigation was completed.
  • (They say "lying to Congress" is bad.)

    "Justice" Department tries to put defensive line up for hobbled quarterback Clinton, in her own end zone, for one more play.
    We do not have a warrant,” a senior law enforcement official said. “Discussions are under way [between the FBI and the Justice Department] as to the best way to move forward.” (They know what's in there, but they don't officially know. Cat not going back in bag.)
    The Disaster of Inflation (for the bottom 95%) Charles Hugh Smith  It's getting worse and worse for most people, and has for a long time.

    The US Quest for Global Domination Depends on Space Technology 
    (The clear objective is nuclear first-strike capability on Russia and China, with enough missile defense to block most of the retaliatory strikes and nice bunkers for "deciders". Controlling all tribute-nations within the military electronics network is also key. This only works for First Strike Destruction of All Enemies. This is useless as an ongoing arrangement during war. Way too vulnerable. No real civilian protection, either.)

    Russia Destroys most ISIS Heavy Weapons; US drops 50 tons of Weapons into Syria (war must not end)

    Wanna become collateral-damage in WW-3? Me neither. 
    Why are we all still standing in this line? Really? Is there another line? 
    Chris Martenson:  "My growing concern here is that the juggernaut that leads to war has already been untethered and is building up steam. I see it in the propaganda pieces against Russia on an almost daily basis. And I see Russia doing everything it can to both try and get the West to calm down and be reasonable, while getting its own citizens ready in case those efforts fail. Recently, for the very first time in my entire life, I have begun undertaking actual personal preparations for nuclear war."

    Mass Consumption is Causing Mass Extinction. Can We Stop (voluntarily)?

    Our Landfill Economy, more Charles Hugh Smith

    Zika Virus: "Mostly Harmless"
    Mosquito-teratogen-Pesticide, Pyriproxyfen: Causes microcephaly through same mechanism as human teratogen Accutane 
    (Stop using it in Northern Brazil, folks!)

    Spitting Into the Wind

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    In Wiener's Lap


    Well this is embarrassing...
    The FBI had to look for sexual-predator emails to underage girls, and they accidentally found "tens of thousands" of emails between Secretary of State Clinton and her aide, Huma Abedin, backed up and forgotten on Wiener's laptop. Breach of security, much? Putin again? FBI Chief Comey had already taken as much controlled-burn as he could stand, and kept his promise to report any new findings to Congressional members, which he has done. They say they don't know what's in there yet, but obviously, they do.

    "...emails that are at the center of Friday’s announcement that Hillary Clinton ‘s entire email server investigation will be re-opened -whether formally or not is moot-, were obtained by seizing devices from Anthony Weiner in relation him sexting to a 15-year old girl. And seizing devices was exactly what was never done in Hillary’s case, though “agents assigned to that case knew Abedin hoarded classified emails on her electronic devices.” They were seized neither from Hillary nor from her closest aide Huma Abedin, who now probably- and probably rightly- fears that she may be thrown under the bus at the first convenient moment."  (That "bus" may have already left the station.)  "Weiner is a huge and obvious risk as a blackmail target. For all we know, he may have already provided classified files to parties threatening to go public with photos he sent exposing his weiner to underage girls."
    Justice Department Head, Loretta Lynch, who really ONLY has butter on one side of her bread, was unable to block for Quarterback Clinton on this play.
    "Comey revealed two core reasons for the action: a sense of obligation to lawmakers and a concern that word of the new email discovery would leak to the media and raise questions of a coverup. What he did not reveal, and as has emerged overnight from a report by the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, is that Comey also acted in contravention to DOJ practices, and more importantly, acted contrary to the "preference" of DOJ head Loretta Lynch."

    Clinton demands that "FBI reveal everything right away". I'm certain that we can all be-with-Her on this issue. Any of y'all wanna' demand anything of the FBI this weekend?

    Watergate's Carl Bernstein figures the Wiener cache must be "a real bombshell, or the FBI would not re-open the case", and on a Friday, too.

    In 2006, NY Senator Clinton, running for re-election, proposed rigging Palestinian elections to a group of Jewish journalists.
    On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election as a U.S. senator. Her trip making the rounds of editorial boards brought her to Brooklyn to meet the editorial board of the Jewish Press. The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer.

    Wikileaks is still releasing Clinton/Podesta emails. 36,000 down, about 12,000 left to go. Who can even keep up with all this?

    Julian Assange, still not dead, got an interview out, explaining that the Wikileaks search-bot was going through the Podesta/Clinton email cache without him, and posting the results daily without him, and that he still figured that Clinton would win, because all the vested interests back her. (Thursday's words, published on Friday, look kinda' outdated, somehow...)

    Dennis Kucinich, a politician I really miss, explains how warmonger-think-tanks are fed by the teat of the military-industrial-complex. Simple, really.

    Way back on Wednesday, Nomi Prins wrote about "Waking Up in Hillary Clinton's America", a good article about our current elite ruling cabal, and how they manage the rotations between policy and phlebotomy, rotating between Washington and Goldman, planning their lies ever so carefully:
    "Between 2013 and 2015, she gave 12 speeches to Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and other financial corporations, reaping a whopping $2,935,000 for them. In her 2016 presidential run, the securities and investment sector (aka Wall Street) has contributed the most of any industry to PACs supporting Hillary: $56.4 million."

    CETA will get signed tomorrow? Sunday? 
    I thought it was all off, a matter of principles of democracy vs supranational corporate courts, and brave Wallonia. 
    (Whose wives and children had to be threatened with rape, torture and murder to make this happen?)
    On Thursday, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said that after marathon talks they had agreed on an addendum to the deal which addressed regional concerns.

    They shoot horses (too), don't they?
    The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by DAPL.  Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared.
    Photo by Jonathon Klett

    Kicked in Groin

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Bigger, Faster Nothing

    Car Won't Start,

    The TPP is the strategic relationship which gives transnational corporations control of the Pacific Rim, backed by the American military and special courts. 
    Well, that was the plan, anyway. It's not going so well, is it? Is "loyalist four" becoming "loyalist three" now? Thanks Tom.
    Already Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia have formalized growing economic ties with China.  The debacle of the TPP has just accelerated the shift toward China’s new trade pact (RCEP).  The US is left to rely on its ‘loyalist four’, a stagnant Japan, Australia, South Korea and its impoverished former colony, Philippines, to bolster its quest to militarily encircle China.
    Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton has been forced to denounce the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TPP), one of her own pet projects when she was Secretary of State.
    Washington’s entire “pivot to Asia” has centered its vast military build-up on its access to the Philippines.  This access is now at risk.
    According to a recent ruling by the Philippine Supreme Court, the controversial US military base agreement (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) imposed by the former President Aquino by fiat without congressional ratification can be terminated by the new President by executive order.

    Last Friday's DDoS attack on American networks looks like it was amateurs, playing with power, who found a way in through that rapidly-growing "internet-of-things". Simplify...
    “So IoT devices are not really a target for the attackers — they are a vector. This is how they get in to the network behind it. And IoT devices are almost always the weakest link in the chain.”          

    How to pay Bill Clinton $3.5 million a year to head your board of directors, with no conflict of interest for anybody, get $6.3 million out of Coca Cola for a visit to the Oval Office, and gads more such opportunities; first, keep Chelsae out of things, she's a disaster-on-the-loose. More Wikileaked inside-CGI emails to Podesta.

    Hillary Clinton to Goldman Sachs: "the good news is that China is forcing down wages", and the implications for American workers, as well as Chinese workers, and also Goldman Sachs...

    How Whistleblowers are Silenced and Punished by the US Government. 
    It's really pretty basic. First, you sign away all your rights to legal process to get the job, then they beat you up, intimidate, ruin and fire you if you don't fully comply with what you never suspected you would be forced to do. For the more delicate projects, you have to get your chip put in, too. Thanks Cat.

    How and why American military spending will increase, no matter who gets elected, as it has since 1950:
    Industry leaders like Lockheed’s Gross were poised to take advantage of such planning. In a draft of a 1950 speech, he noted, giddily enough, that “for the first time in recorded history, one country has assumed global responsibility.” Meeting that responsibility would naturally mean using air transport to deliver “huge quantities of men, food, ammunition, tanks, gasoline, oil and thousands of other articles of war to a number of widely separated places on the face of the earth.” Lockheed, of course, stood ready to heed the call.

    "Don't Diss the Dark Ages", says Charles Hugh Smith. It was a time of meaningful transition and restructuring after the collapse of the vast Roman Empire, which depleted the resources it needed (Spanish gold and north African wheat) to sustain far-flung operations.

    Global wildlife populations have fallen 58% since 1970.

    Arctic sea ice is at record lows, with Antarctic sea ice near record lows.

    Owning Desolation

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Better Liars

     The more a person lies, the less he/she is bothered by it. Practice makes perfect. Science says, "start small and work your way up".
    Slouching Toward Election Day, Welcome to the George Orwell Theme Park of Democracy, 
    Kunstler figures it's fine for Clinton to win and go down with the whole damned Neocon ship. I'm not so sure. 
    "Credit, where credit is due", is how he sees it. 
    Texas voting machines have been getting caught switching straight-Republican ticked selections to straight-Republican-except-Clinton/Kaine. 
    DON'T LOOK! Just click and walk-away, OK?
    1975: Out with Nixon, In with Big Banks and Monopolies (oops) 
    "At the same time that the nation has achieved perhaps the most tolerant culture in U.S. history, the destruction of the anti-monopoly and anti-bank tradition in the Democratic Party has also cleared the way for the greatest concentration of economic power in a century. This is not what the Watergate Babies intended."
    "Wright Patman was a legend in his time. His congressional career spanned 46 years, from 1929 to 1976. In that near-half-century of service, Patman would wage constant war against monopoly power. As a young man, at the height of the Depression, he challenged Herbert Hoover’s refusal to grant impoverished veterans’ accelerated war pensions."
    President of Wallonia specifically clarifies that it is "NO" on CETA, even with a few days to "reconsider", and who knows what threats.

    Sweden takes EU good-cop role with Brexiting UK.

    Role Playing

    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Voting Conscience

    Unswayed by Fear,

    I voted Green this morning, in the first few hours, so that is done. 
    I reviewed the positions of all the local candidates for Council, school board and community college board. I voted against more bonded debt for more roads. 
    I got some smiles for my I Vote Green t-shirt, and some folks rigidly averted their gazes.

    The Internet was down in a lot of places last week, a distributed-denial-of-services (DDS) attack. The hackers found a huge network of linked computers to hack and exploit for this attack, Chinese Security Cameras, zillions of 'em, everywhere. 
    Presumably, they were not watching us, while they were distracted by this other project. 
    "Internet of Thangs", ya'know? I'm sure it will be all cleared up by Thursday.

    Smartmatic voting-machines "SUSPECT"? Oh, No! At least they don't use 'em here in Texas.

    "Ungovernability" is another essay by Ilargi, at The Automatic Earth. 
    Political and economic systems adapt until they snap. 
    That adaptation has been promises-of-a-better-tomorrow for a long time now, and things have limped along, getting worse for most people, but there's that 401k, and the house-value, and Social Security, and the US dollar is strong, so Wal-Mart stuff is cheap.
    The complex bureaucracies of globalism and vast central government are extremely expensive, inefficient, and often completely against the interests of the people who feed them, us. When growth stops (as it did, years ago) in a system predicated upon growth, only promises can hold it together, and those are wearing thin. Any shock will do for the US Empire, the UK, the EU, Global Financial Capitalism. How much worse will that feel for each of us?
    All of our current systems can only work against us as they are now configured. This may be the biggest reset in human history. 
    (Plant vegetables and ride a bike, with flat-resistant tires. Help friends and family.)

    Two Sets of Solutions as the Status Quo Crumbles, Charles Hugh Smith

    Army Major says "Everything's in place" to round up antiwar protesters for military detention. Thanks Cat. (War against Russia and America at the same time will be a big job. I'm glad to know that adequate preparations have been made.)

    Voting Against War

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Illusion Of Consent

    Elected Anonymously, 

    Rigged Elections, an American Tradition. 
    (Hey folks, this has always been an important part of the American game, ALWAYS. Fairly recently, too and repeatedly, and already in the Democratic primaries, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...)

    In an Oligarchy, Voting is a Tool to Manufacture the Illusion of Consent
    ("Protest votes" are easy enough to comprehend. I'm early-voting Green/Jill Stein tomorrow.)

    "I have nothing to say about Wikileaks, except to say that we should all be concerned about what the Russians are trying to do to our election."
    "HER" on how she got that invisible $12 million from the King of Morocco to put on her Clinton Foundation summit in Marrakesh.            Abedin told Podesta and current Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook that the lavish May 2015 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative was based on a $12 million pledge from Moroccan King Mohammed VI to host the event. “The King has personally committed approx. $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting,” Abedin wrote. Clinton Foundation records do not show any direct pledge of funding from the king or government of Morocco to the charity. Commitments to the charity’s CGI program are agreements only to aid the program’s international projects, not to directly fund the Clinton Foundation itself. Clinton was no longer serving as secretary of State at the time of the meeting in Marrakesh.

    Rational-conformist-PC-guy asks Jill Stein if she isn't just helping elect Trump, with the implication that she'll be as much to blame as the green-suicide-bomber, Ralph Nader, who he mentions, only to disparage.
    3 minutes of EXCELLENT answer are here.  :-)

    JOE-35 is the Pentagon's scenario-forecast for 2035, which the Archdruid looks at here, and translates to English, analyzes a bit, and finds that it is TODAY'S scenario, not a future environment at all. At no cost to the national budget, the Archdruid does a fine job of pointing out the situational risks which seem straightforward as an empire declines, which is happening, already. 
    This empire is clearly overripe on the tree.

    The moderate-terrorists in East Aleppo are shelling, threatening and killing any civilians who try to flee along the open humanitarian-corridors. Human shields will stay in place to die in the upcoming battle, unless they would prefer to die right now.

    Ignoring the Debt Problem, Volcker/Peterson:

    Leading UK banks are preparing to leave London in early 2017 (GASP!)

    Following the Money