Travis sends this 4/6/17 story:
Speaking at a behind closed doors forum for the highest echelons of government and staff in his home city of St. Petersburg, Putin responded to questions about the metro blast by pointing out who is responsible for the vast majority of world terror attacks: the U.S. deep state, and the radical Islamic groups they sponsor to destabilize key regions in the world... The Russian president said that “95% of the world’s terrorist attacks are orchestrated by the CIA,” and the St. Petersburg metro bombing must be investigated “with this in mind.“
Putin claims that the CIA is a rogue element of the deep state, and “an expression of the will of world oligarchy and their vision for a New World Order.“ “The CIA does not work on behalf of the American people or act in their interests.”
Moon of Alabama says Syrian gas deaths and reprisal attack were "Trump's theater", a made-for-TV movie. (A movie like this would take a long time to stage/produce. The script/casting would have already been in place when Trump entered office, right?).
Thierry Meyssan also figures it's Trump's show.
Former DIA Colonel says intel. analysts are freaked out over this sloppy lie and:
There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.
President Trump is now threatening to take America into a war against Syria, Iran and even Russia, a war he says is justified by “evidence” he has received from the Syrian White Helmets, ... a “Deep State” organization, a melding of CIA, al Qaeda and Britain’s intelligence services.
Swedish Doctors For Human Rights (swedhr.org) analysed videos, the rescue after an alleged attack by Syrian government forces. The doctors found that the videos were counterfeit, where even Arabic stage directions were overheard, and that the alleged “Rescue” in actuality is a murder. On first analysis, it looked as though the doctors working on the child assumed he was already dead.
The White Helmets, supposedly an independent NGO, receives up to $100m from the CIA and UK Foreign Office, “dark project” funding. Murdering children is their stock and trade...
Russia and Iran say the US "crossed a red line" in Syria, and that they will retaliate with military force if this is repeated. (Dangerous set-up!)
Secretary of State Tillerson will not meet Russian President Putin on his upcoming trip to Moscow. He will have talks with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov (lots to discuss).
Following the Syrian attack on a weapons depot 4/4/17, which released toxic chemicals (Sarin too?), Russian President Putin called Israeli PM Netanyahu, castigated him for false-laying-of-blame. Putin also made a deal. Russia has always said East Jerusalem is the future capital of a Palestinian State. Now Russia still says that, but "within that context" West Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel. That is a big present for Bibi. What does Bibi Netanyahu give as quid-pro-quo? Thanks Eleni.
Chinese paper (presumed government opinion) says that Trump's attack on Syria is a threat to China that North Korea is headed for a bloody-decapitation. (Critical date: April 15)
US Carrier task force heads to Korean Peninsula.
(I'm not looking for threat, but decapitation on 4/15/17, when Kim Jong Un celebrates his Grandfather's birthday with a missile launch. This is one day before Turkey votes on whether to elevate President Erdogan to Sultan.)
This laser, mounted on a 747, was not quite enough to shoot down ICBMs, but it was enough to shoot down a lot of other things. The YAL-1 got canceled, mothballed, then dismantled. Where did the weapon go? (Hey, wouldn't it be easy to zap Kim Jong-Un if he were standing outside, talking to a big crowd, or watching an ICBM test launch? Hell, just how far away could your airplane be? Could you call in a beam-attack from space?)
Charles Hugh Smith discusses "Signaling" among power elites. It's different from talking. Signaling carries an implied force, since it indicates costly investment and commitment. (There are still various policy options after a signal, and the signal the ruling elites see is often dramatically different from the signal seen by their captured populations. Within this context, the urgency of the signal from Washington's attack on Syria, it's flimsy and sensational pretext, the rapid, unexpected attack, and bellicose pivot of foreign-policy, mean that decisions must be taken right-away! What are the secret communications, which will guide and possibly coordinate elite actions?)
"The uncritical, willing, acceptance by western governments of the truth of what was obviously a false flag gas attack suggests to me that the Borg is serious this time. Americas allies know it. No equivocation is going to go unpunished. I saw this attitude once before in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. We knew about two months in advance that the game was afoot, long before President Bush publicly announced his decision to invade. Then there is President Trumps ominous suggestion that he isn't finished with Syria yet."
"A pair of veteran leaders on the left, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, called on Hawaiians to vote Rep. Tulsi Gabbard out of office after the Democrat questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for last week's chemical attack."
EU anxiety broadens as French elections become a 4-way race going into first round. Communist candidate Melenchon is now in the top 3, and rising. The EUrocrats worst scenario would be a LePen/Melenchon run-off.
Transcript of November 2016 discussion between (real) economists, Michael Hudson and Steve Keene:
Classical economics was all about separating the rent-extracting sectors - landlords, monopolies, and finance - from the rest of the economy. That was unearned income. It wasn’t necessary. The whole idea of classical economics from Quesnay’s Tableau Economique all the way through Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill was to look at the finance sector, the landlord sector and monopolies as unnecessary. You’re going to get rid of them. You’re going to tax away the land’s rent or else nationalize the land. And you are going to have public enterprises as basic infrastructure so that they couldn’t be monopolized.
Well, you had a revolution against classical economics in the 1890s and 1900s, and the national income accounts now make it appear as if the financial sector and the real estate sector and the monopolies - oil and gas - are all contributing to GDP. So a few months ago, you had the head of Goldman Sachs - Lloyd Blankfein - say, that the Goldman Sachs managers are the most productive workers in the United States, because they make $22 million a year in salary, and they get bonuses.
Mish Shedlock has the highlights of the most comprehensive article I've seen on the secondary effects of self-driving vehicles, and a shift to electric vehicles. No gas stations, no cross-country drives, no accidents, safer bicycling, repurpose all that parking. Delivery-bots... Lots of jobs lost.