There is a lot to suggest that the assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey was a staged event. The natural assumption of anyone (outside the US) would be that the US sponsored this hit, since the US and Israel do so much of this kind of attack, and because it is OBVIOUSLY against Turkish interests (are they shifting?)
The first link has the most good pictures of the immaculate, bloodless crime scene.
The second link has the face-on video of the ambassador speaking and "being shot". You can quickly click between play and pause for stop-action.
Note that it takes 9 seconds for the brain to become unconscious after the blood stops going to it.
The actor on this stage is the 22 y/o Turkish police officer, who fires off all his shots then struts and makes pronouncements for the cameras, then successfully disappears for hours. (Then what really happened? We hear he was killed.)
The bloodless ambassador falls flat on his back immediately and never moves.
I have seen people and animals die from various causes, including gunshot wounds. It is not simple. It is complex. There are agonal struggles and convulsions of the dying body.
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Israel lashed out at the Obama administration "friends don't act that way" after Ambassador Power abstained (refusing to veto) as The United Nations passed a resolution demanding Israel to stop settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory. As NYTimes notes, the administration’s decision not to veto the measure broke a longstanding American tradition of serving as Israel’s sturdiest diplomatic shield, and defied extraordinary pressure from President-elect Trump. :-)
Berlin truck-terrorist suspect is stopped on street in Milan Italy, shoots cop, and is shot dead by partner cop.
The call goes out in Europe to "Circle The Wagons!" Merkel and the German response will be probed and questioned for weeks to come, another target of Eurosceptics has emerged: Europe's passport-free travel, the Schengen Area, which allowed Amri to cross two international borders without as much as a question. As a result, leading Eurosceptics have blamed the Schengen agreement, which allows passport-free travel between many European Union states, for Anis Amri's easy journey across Europe. Marine Le Pen, who leads France's far-right National Front party, said: "This escapade in at least two or three countries is symptomatic of the total security catastrophe that is the Schengen agreement." Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Twitter: "If the man shot in Milan is the Berlin killer, then the Schengen Area is proven to be a risk to public safety. It must go." http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-23/euroskeptics-enraged-europes-open-borders-after-details-berlin-killers-trip-emerge#comment-8677785
Charles Hugh Smith: "People were poor by today's standards, so why do people remember the plantation life fondly? The answer is simple: community, purpose, sacrifice and meaning. I attended high school in a classic plantation town in 1969-70, Lanai City, owned by Dole Pineapple, my summer employer. Housing was cheap, work was plentiful and secure, and any married couple with plantation jobs could save enough to send their kids to college: my classmates are living proof of this. The plantation town was not just a work place--it was a community. In the old days, bathrooms and showers were communal in sugar camps. You didn't just wave to your neighbor from your car--you shared the communal bath house." (This is the usual condition of working together to grow crops, into which our species evolved, folks.) http://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec16/crisis-work12-16.html
War on Cash Update: "If this looks like a catch-22 situation, that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Governments cannot press too hard on decommissioning physical cash (unless they’re willing to throw their economies under a bus, like India) unless and until the demonetisation has been delivered by “the market”. But “the market” isn’t remotely interested in making the necessary investment while it is “threatened” by the competition from the established market player, namely physical cash." http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/12/the-global-war-on-cash-lessons-from-history.html
Uber ships self-driving cars to Arizona, after registrations revoked in California. “Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck,” Uber said Thursday in an e-mail. “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-22/uber-pulls-self-driving-cars-from-california-for-arizona
Changing Times? According to a 2015 United Nations World Drug Report (pdf), Colombia’s drug cartels make $1 to $1.5 billion a year in wholesale proceeds from both heroin and cocaine, whereas illegally mined gold earned smugglers in the country between $1.9 and $2.6 billion a year. The story is similar in Peru: the value of illegal gold exports, approximately $2.6 billion a year (pdf), now exceeds the value of cocaine trade—$1 to 1.5 billion annually—by a wide margin. http://qz.com/867104/illegal-gold-mining-has-supplanted-cocaine-trafficking-as-latin-americas-criminal-endeavor-of-choice/
Air Pollution Contributes to 1/3 of Deaths in China (Holy Shit!) Smog is related to nearly one-third of deaths in China, putting it on a par with smoking as a threat to health, according to an academic paper based on the study of air pollution and mortality data in 74 cities and published in an international journal... An academic paper co-authored by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, Tsinghua University and Peking University in China, plus the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 concluded that bad air has cut life expectancy by an average of 5.5 years in the north of the country. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2056553/smog-linked-third-deaths-china-more-deadly-smoking-study-finds
For the second year in a row, the Arctic is facing a late December heat wave (at least by Arctic winter standards). Temperatures are forecast to soar about 50°F above normal, which would bring them near the freezing point at the North Pole. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/north-pole-temperatures-may-soar-to-50-degrees-above-normal/
Donald Trump opens the arena of nuclear weapons negotiations:
"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand it's nuclear capability, until such time as the world comes to it's senses regarding nukes."
"Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass, and outlast them all." (This seems like Trump code for "let's talk".)
Putin addressed Trump's comments about the need to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying they were perfectly normal. Trump's comments, made in a tweet on Thursday, seemingly in response to Putin's own comments earlier in the day. But Putin said he was surprised by the fuss Trump's tweet had caused and how it had been linked to his own statements about Russia's plans to modernize its own nuclear arsenal. Putin said on Thursday Russia's military was "stronger than any potential aggressor". He made clear on Friday he did not regard the United States as a potential aggressor. "I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military was the most powerful in the world," said Putin. "Nobody is arguing with that." http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-23/putin-slams-us-democratic-party-shameless-losers-says-russia-alone-believed-trumps-v
Donald Trump has received, "A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path." Excerpt: "I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able – by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner - to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level," the Russian leader wrote. The letter comes following comments by both Putin and Trump over a build up of nuclear weapons, and speculation of a new arms race with Russia. Trump tweeted on Thursday that he supported strengthening the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Those comments came on the same day that Putin made similar statements about his own country's arsenal. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-23/trump-releases-very-nice-letter-he-received-vladimir-putin
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