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Feb 01 21:39

Psychopaths, Basketball Players & Politicians

A while back, your intrepid philosopher - webmaster here had the opportunity to engage in a political discussion with a highly uninformed acquaintance named Ron. He was telling me of his inside knowledge of how corrupt the Mayor of his small town is. His serious allegations didn't surprise me at all. Always trying to steer people towards the "big picture," your tireless activist here stated to Ron that at least half of the people who enter politics are actual psychopaths to begin with. And the worst of the worst inevitably reach the higher levels of government (Congress, Senate, Governors etc) -- with at least 80% of the high climbers being hard core psychopaths. Not in the metaphorical sense -- I mean true clinical psychopaths, albeit officially undiagnosed.

Feb 01 13:40

Watch: US Harvard law students walk out en mass as Israeli ambassador begins to justify Jewish settlements

Israel may have occupied the United States White House and other seats of power in the world but it is hardly winning hearts and minds among ordinary people in the West.

Watch the video below. It shows Harvard University law students walk out in mass as the Israeli ambassador begins to give a talk about the “legitimacy” of the Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Feb 01 13:22

Palestinian Authority cuts all ties with US, Israel over 'deal of century'

"We are informing you that there will be no relations with you (Israel) and the United States," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday.

Feb 01 12:33

US deploys “usable” nuclear weapon amid continuing war threats against Iran

The Pentagon deployed a new, smaller nuclear warhead aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee as it sailed into the Atlantic last month in the midst of the spiraling crisis with Iran. The weapon, known as the W76-2 warhead, has an explosive yield of roughly five kilotons, a third of the destructive power of the “Little Boy” bomb that claimed the lives of some 140,000 people in Hiroshima in 1945.

Feb 01 12:31

US, Israel ramp up nuclear weapons testing, deployment amid regional provocations

Israel says it has ramped up the deployment and testing of nuclear and nuclear-capable weapons amid heightened regional tensions after the US assassinated top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and unveiled a biased Middle East plan.

The ministry of military affairs of the Israeli regime on Friday announced that it had conducted a launch test of a “rocket propulsion system from a base in the center of the country”.

The ministry refused to disclose any additional details regarding the nature of the missile, contrary to its usual conduct following satellite launcher and missile interceptor tests.

Feb 01 05:22

Bernie Sanders Leads Trump, All 2020 Candidates in Donations From Active-Duty Troops

No other 2020 candidate for president, including Donald Trump, can come close to matching Bernie Sanders’ level of support among members of the U.S. military, to go by the most recent campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission.

Feb 01 05:14

The Real John Bolton

Bolton, who used student deferments and service in the Maryland National Guard to avoid serving in Vietnam, is a classic Chicken Hawk. He supported the Vietnam War and continues to support the war in Iraq. Bolton endorsed preemptive military strikes in North Korea and Iran in recent years, and lobbied for regime change in Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. When George W. Bush declared an “axis of evil” in 2002 consisting of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea, Bolton added an equally bizarre axis of Cuba, Libya, and Syria.

Feb 01 04:47

Doug Casey on What the Elites at Davos Are Really Up To

International Man: It’s that time of the year when a bunch of out-of-touch, self-anointed elites gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

It’s where they discuss the big issues of the day. The most influential world leaders attend, as do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media, and top academics. Central bankers attend too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.

What do you make of Davos and the people who attend it?

Feb 01 04:43

Jared Kushner Taunts Palestinians Because He Wants Them to Reject His ‘Peace Plan’

It turns out that Kushner copied parts of his proposal nearly word for word from a book “by” Benjamin Netanyahu — a man who surely has never wanted to genuinely negotiate with the Palestinians.

On the left, an excerpt from Netanyahu’s book “A Durable Peace.”

On the right, the Trump/Kushner “peace” proposal.

I don’t know an academic integrity panel at any university that would let this fly. pic.twitter.com/NvgzWOsL2r

— Dylan Williams (@dylanotes) January 29, 2020

Jan 31 18:10

Zerohedge Suspended On Twitter

First it was Facebook, then all of New Zealand; now Twitter has decided to suspend Zero Hedge.

Just as in the prior bans, which were eventually overturned, so in this case it is unclear what prompted Twitter's abrupt censorship: the only notification we received from twitter was the following:

Jan 31 14:35

FLASHBACK: Veteran Concussion Research: Examining Combat-related Brain Injury

Former Army specialist Dan Hof, a veteran of the conflict in Iraq, sustained a concussion in 2005 while deployed and has been struggling with troubling symptoms of his injury ever since. Dan is one of the 20 participants in a study of mild traumatic brain injury in veterans led by Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In cooperation with the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, Dr. Lipton is using advanced MRI techniques and cognitive tests to investigate the effect of repeated combat-related blast exposures on the brains of veterans with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment

Jan 31 13:58

The Geopolitics of a Latent International Conflict in Eastern Mediterranean

The conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean is dormant but could flare up at any moment, with serious consequences for North Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe. The militarization of the region and deep-rooted political disputes give ample reason for concern.

In the current scheme of things, the Eastern Mediterranean is sitting atop a dormant volcano. Developments in other hot spots in the Middle East, such as the carnage in Syria, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the Saudi-Iranian standoff in the Gulf and the civil war in Libya, have diverted the attention away from a latent yet perilous conflict. If triggered, such a conflict could have tremendous ramifications for countries in North Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe as well as for the stability of shipping transportation and energy markets worldwide.

Jan 31 13:51

Huge oil discovery on Golan Heights

Estimates are that the amount of oil found will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come.

https://www.rt.com/business/317906-oil-golan-heights-israel/

Jan 31 13:44

FLASHBACK: The New Mediterranean Oil and Gas Bonanza

The discovery in late 2010 of the huge natural gas bonanza off Israel’s Mediterranean shores triggered other neighboring countries to look more closely at their own waters. The results revealed that the entire eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves. That discovery is having enormous political, geopolitical as well as economic consequences. It well may have potential military consequences too.

Preliminary exploration has confirmed similarly impressive reserves of gas and oil in the waters off Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and potentially, Syria.

Jan 31 13:06

Joe Biden’s Crimes Were Put on Trial. And No One Expected This Verdict

President Trump’s lawyers made their case that Joe and Hunter Biden engaged in corruption in Ukraine.

It was the first time the American people learned the facts about the Biden family’s shady dealings.

Joe Biden’s crimes were put on trial. And no one expected this verdict.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi took center stage on day two of the President’s lawyers’ opening arguments.

Adam Schiff and his rogue gallery of House Managers committed a tactical error during their opening arguments when Schiff and his motley crew spent time trying to cover up the clear conflicts of interest on the part of Vice President Biden after his son Hunter took an $83,000 a month job on the board of directors for the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma in an example of what many saw as typical swamp influence peddling.

Jan 31 13:04

Texas Democrat Embraced by Beto and Top 2020 Candidates Loses in Landslide

Democrat Eliz Markowitz suffered a major loss in Tuesday's special runoff election for Texas House District 28, despite a flood of support from liberal groups and top Democrats like Beto O'Rourke.

Jan 31 13:03

Trey Gowdy: “Both Sides are Wrong” in Whistleblower Fight

Speaking to Fox News, former Representative Trey Gowdy said that “both sides are wrong” in the fight as to whether or not to call the whistleblower to testify.

“I Don’t Need Him – I’ve Got the Transcript!”

Jan 31 11:13

Follow the Real Money Behind the New Green Agenda

From Greta to Bonnie Prince Charles, the themes at Davos 2020 were dominated for the first time by the climate change agenda. What comes through the interstices of the meeting of some 3,000 of the world’s corporate giants, is that a major global campaign is being orchestrated and it includes the world’s largest capital investment fund heads and the world’s major central bankers.

Jan 31 10:41

Trump’s deal is bid to complete the evil “Plan Dalet”

Stuart Littlewood argues that President Trump’s “deal of the century” fulfils the thoroughly nasty “Plan Dalet” – the Zionists’ blueprint for the violent and murderous takeover of the Palestinian homeland. >>

Jan 31 09:07

The Nasty Secret Behind Aramco, ISIS and Trump in Syria

In 2017, soon after Trump took office, Aramco, the Saudi owned oil conglomerate, opened offices in Deir Ezzor province in Syria.

Under the protection of both ISIS and the United States Army, Aramco began an exploration of 12 new oil and gas deposits recognized by American SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) military satellites, retasked for this purpose.

These oil and gas fields represent significant finds, equaling the Kirkuk field in Iraq and the largest of Saudi Arabia’s oil finds.

Similarly, as early as 2012, massive oil and gas deposits were discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, some off Gaza, others off Cyprus, but the largest traversed inland, into Syria, across Latakia and Idlib Provinces, areas now held by ISIS and al Qaeda with US support.

Jan 31 08:46

Democrats Begin to Meltdown as Their Loss Looms

There was lots of drama on the Senate floor on Thursday as it began to dawn on Democrats that their years long campaign to drive President Trump from office was falling apart.

Jan 31 08:34

‘Deranged Human Being’: Newt Gingrich Takes Aim at Adam Schiff’s Fake Trump-Putin Conspiracy

Adam Schiff, one of the key figures in the Democrats’ efforts to unseat Donald Trump, has fantasised on the Senate floor about possible secret talks between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich has ripped into Rep. Adam Schiff for pushing the Russia conspiracy again as he made the case for impeaching President Trump.

Speaking on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Gingrich branded Schiff a “deranged human being” and a “pathological liar”.

“It all disintegrated. He looked like a fool. He learned nothing. He came back and lied again and again. Here we are at the end of the cycle, he goes back and decides to lie again. I think somehow people have to decide that Adam Schiff is a compulsive, uncontrollable liar.”
His rebuke was in response to Schiff hypothesising about an alleged meeting between Trump and Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One could well characterize this, as "desperation on the cusp of madness"; and at the end of the day, it appears right now, that THIS is all Democrats will have from this whole, insane, and miserably concocted, process.

Jan 31 08:13

Here are the lawmakers who defected on Iran legislation

A handful of House lawmakers crossed party lines Thursday on legislation designed to rein in President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

The two measures came to the floor less than a month after Trump authorized an airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a move largely lauded by Republicans but criticized by Democrats who questioned the constitutionality of the action.

Four Republicans — Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Warren Davidson (Ohio), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.) — crossed the aisle to support the bill authored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) that would block funding for military force in Iran without congressional approval.

Jan 31 08:12

New Report Details $174 Million in Foreign Funding to D.C. Think Tanks

Foreign governments gave the top 50 think tanks in the United States $175 million to influence Washington policy and public opinion from 2014 to 2018, but don’t for a second think that is the extent of their giving.

In fact, since there is virtually no transparency when it comes to foreign influence in our think tanks, that number could easily exceed $500 million, noted Ben Freeman, director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, which released its much anticipated study of think tank funding on Wednesday.

“This is a floor, not a ceiling,” he said of the total figures.

Jan 31 08:12

The FBI Has Been Lying About Seth Rich

A persistent American lawyer has uncovered the undeniable fact that the FBI has been continuously lying, including giving false testimony in court, in response to Freedom of Information requests for its records on Seth Rich. The FBI has previously given affidavits that it has no records regarding Seth Rich.

A Freedom of Information request to the FBI which did not mention Seth Rich, but asked for all email correspondence between FBI Head of Counterterrorism Peter Strzok, who headed the investigation into the DNC leaks and Wikileaks, and FBI attorney Lisa Page, has revealed two pages of emails which do not merely mention Seth Rich but have “Seth Rich” as their heading. The emails were provided in, to say the least, heavily redacted form.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at these revelations.

Jan 31 08:11

Harvey Weinstein says he hired Israeli firm Black Cube ‘for days like this’

Disgraced producer, on trial for rape, questioned about use of private investigators to track and silence journalists and accusers

Jan 31 08:11

How Can the Coronavirus Impact China’s Economy?

Jan.27 -- John Quelch, dean at University of Miami Herbert Business School, examines the potential economic impact the spread of the coronavirus could have on China’s economy. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Balance of Power.”

Jan 31 07:43

Central Vietnam: An Enduring Legacy of How Far Washington is Willing to Go

Nothing has changed.

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire

My Lai. My Son… This story is short, but it is telling. And I have travelled far, in order to bring it to my readers.

My Lai hamlet in Central Vietnam may be one of the most gruesome and symbolic places on earth, like Nanking or Auschwitz. It clearly depicts just how monstrous war can be, and how ruthless, appalling the occupiers can become.

It is also a place we should have on our lips now, when it appears that the “Empire” ruled from Washington is once again ready to attack several countries, all over the world.

But is President Donald Trump an insane anomaly, or just a continuation of ruthless and sadistic rulers?

To answer this question, I travelled back to Vietnam, a country which used to be my home, almost two decades ago.

Jan 31 07:26

President al-Assad: The American presence in Syria will generate military resistance which will exact losses among the Americans, consequently force them to leave

He pointed out that the American presence in Syria will generate a military resistance which will exact losses among the Americans, and consequently force them to leave. “However, America cannot believe that it will live comfortably in any area it occupies. We remind them of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Syria will not be an exception.”

President al-Assad indicated that the immediate and most effective solution is to unite as Syrians and as patriots and this would cause the Americans to leave the Syrian territory.

Jan 31 07:04

Horrifying Video Shows Officers Mock Suffering Father Until He Turned Blue and Died

“Help! Help me! Help!” Ellis said.

As he begs for help, officers can be heard on the video mocking him and refusing to call medical.

Instead of helping him, Ellis was threatened with being shackled to the floor. Hours later, at 1:38 p.m. Ellis was found unresponsive in his cell. At 2:03 p.m. he was hauled out on a gurney and finally brought to the hospital. But it was too late. Ellis would be pronounced dead on arrival.

“If it weren’t for the negligence and total disregard to human life, Terral would still be with us today,” Harrington wrote in his letter. “No one deserves to be treated like that. Something needs to be done.”

Jan 31 06:58

Wilbur Ross Says China's Coronavirus Outbreak Will "Help Bring Jobs Back To America"

This epidemic is starting to make sense now. This is an attack on the Chinese economy.

Anxieties about the knock-on impact to the global economy from the coronavirus outbreak, which appears on track to shave whole percentage points off China's GDP, have pushed stock futures back into the red Thursday morning.

But during an interview with Maria Bartiromo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross argued that the North American economy may stand to benefit from the outbreak as companies "reevaluate their supply chains" to dial back their reliance on mainland factories, along with the broader region.

Jan 31 06:51

Rising Numbers of US Troops in Iraq with Traumatic Brain Injuries

What Trump dismissively called “headaches and a couple of other things…not very serious…no Americans…harmed,” the Pentagon admitted otherwise in delayed after-action reports.

After initially saying nothing, then reporting 11 US military personnel evacuated from Iraq with concussion-like symptoms, the Pentagon raised the number to 34, then 50 and now 64, perhaps a larger number to be revealed ahead.

Jan 31 06:41

How Viral Pandemic Benefits The Globalist Agenda

The world today suffers from highly fragile economic and geopolitical conditions. This is not news to most people in the liberty movement that have been tracking the downward spiral for years, but it is news to a majority of average Americans who rarely venture to get in-depth information on any issue. The fact of the matter is, even though there are millions of us who are aware of the danger, we are still in a minority.

This creates a serious set of frustrations. When the common citizen is oblivious to the existence of a threat, trying to explain to them the source of that threat becomes a waste of time. How can they see the root of the problem if they don't even know the problem is there?

Jan 31 06:38

The United States: a Record-Holder in Political Assassinations

The crowing by Donald Trump that he “terminated” the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, Major General Qaseem Soleimani, simply because Trump believed, mobster-style, that he had it coming, should remind the world that the United States government stands as the world’s record-holder in either directly carrying out or coordinating with other parties the assassination of political leaders, American and foreign.

§1116. Murder or manslaughter of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons
https://corpuslegalis.com/us/code/title18/murder-or-manslaughter-of-foreign-officials-official-guests-or-internationally-protected-persons(4) “Internationally protected person” means—

Jan 31 04:58

DNC In Disarray After Chairman's Secret Golden Parachute Revealed

The perpetually broke, deck-stacking DNC has been thrown into disarray just days before the Iowa caucus after Buzzfeed revealed that a cadre of top officials at the Democratic National Committee approved, then concealed a 'generous exit package for the party chair, Tom Perez, and two top lieutenants,' which has left Democrats 'confounded over the weekend by the optics and timing of the decision on the eve of the presidential primary."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Completely disgusting, but perfectly predictable.

Jan 30 20:37

FLASHBACK: How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

March 23rd, 2018

By Nicolas J.S. Davies

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11th 2001.

But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars on countries and people who were not responsible for the crime committed, as former Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz patiently explained to NPR at the time......

Jan 30 20:32

The First Son-In-Law Jared Kushner: Palestinians Have Never Done Anything Right in Their Sad, Pathetic Lives

The first son-in-law has warned Palestinians not to “screw up this opportunity” at peace that he’s so graciously given to them.

By Bess Levin
January 29, 2020

Last June, more than two years after his father-in-law assigned him the task of bringing peace to the Middle East, Jared Kushner held a big kickoff conference in Bahrain to unveil the economic portion of his plan—and it did not go well. For starters, Palestinian leadership boycotted the entire event, feeling that the plan was missing a few key details, such as, just as an example, solutions for control of the West Bank and Palestinian statehood

Jan 30 19:18

Evangelicals Love Donald Trump for Many Reasons, But One of Them Is Especially Terrifying

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was reportedly instrumental in pushing for the killing of Soleimani, is also a master of such messaging. In March, during an interview in Jerusalem with the Christian Broadcasting Network (founded by another apocalyptic preacher, Pat Robertson), Pompeo showed his familiarity with another Iran-centric Bible story popular with End Times evangelicals. In the story, a Persian king is urged to slaughter the Jews in his kingdom at the urging of the evil adviser Haman. But his Jewish Queen Esther convinces him not to and saves her people. Asked whether he thought Trump could be a modern-day Esther, saving the Jews from Iran, Pompeo replied, “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.” The secretary of state’s End Times beliefs made headlines again after the Soleimani killing, as meme-makers circulated a quote from a speech he made in a Kansas church in 2015.

Jan 30 13:19

Poroshenko ‘most corrupt president ever,’ Hunter Biden’s board job may have been bribe for his father – UkraineGate documentary

ormer Ukrainian officials told a French journalist that President Petro Poroshenko was directly involved in corruption, and that Hunter Biden’s job at the gas company Burisma was a bribe to his father, the US vice president.
US President Donald Trump is currently on trial in the Senate, having been impeached by the House over Democrat allegations that withholding military aid to Ukraine over corruption concerns amounted to an abuse of power. Former Ukrainian officials and anti-corruption activists, however, have testified that not only was there corruption involving Burisma, the natural gas firm tied to former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son, but that it went all the way to the top.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by these revelations.

Jan 30 13:16

US targeting of Nigeria: Is it really about terrorist problem or is America fearful of Africa’s first superpower emerging?

Darius Shahtahmasebi

is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions.

Hitting Nigeria where it hurts

Nigeria is facing one of the world’s gravest humanitarian crises as a result of a conflict which has dragged out for approximately ten years. As a result of the relentless violence perpetrated by the terror outfit known as Boko Haram, 7.1 million people are in need of life-saving assistance, and 1.8 million people have been uprooted from their homes (the majority of whom are women and children).

Jan 30 12:35

IMPEACHMENT’S BIGGEST ABSURDITY: OUR TOXIC FIXATION ON USELESS AND CORRUPTING UKRAINE AID

The temporary postponement of the Ukrainian aid was practically irrelevant considering that US assistance efforts have long fueled the poxes they promised to eradicate – especially kleptocracy, or government by thieves. A 2002 American Economic Review analysis concluded that “increases in [foreign] aid are associated with contemporaneous increases in corruption” and that “corruption is positively correlated with aid received from the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continuing to give money to a government which is, in its very essence, flawed by massive corruption from which it will not extricate itself, is stunningly stupid, and has to be stopped.

Jan 30 12:29

Israeli rogue regime cuts medical lifeline to remote Palestinian villagers – again

Stuart Littlewood highlights yet another Israeli crime – depriving Palestinian villagers of medical assistance – and the UK’s complicity in Israel’s crimes and its double standards towards the rogue entity and the occupied Palestinians. >>

Jan 30 12:28

Trump’s “deal of the century” won’t bring peace – that was the plan

Jonathan Cook views the unrealisable preconditions of President Trump’s “deal of the century” and argues that it lays the groundwork for permanent apartheid in the Palestinian occupied territories and paves the way for greater bloodshed.>>

Jan 30 12:24

Are Virginia Politicians Really So Fragile They'd Pass A Bill Making It Illegal To Criticize Them?

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

There’s a very good reason that Virginia wants to disarm civilians with a rash of new, unconstitutional laws. That’s because they seem to be modeling themselves after one of those countries where the government cannot be publicly criticized without great risk to the critic.

Yet another new bill is on the table and this one criminalizes criticism of certain government officials. The summary of HB1627, proposed by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne, reads:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this bill actually get passed by Virginia's legislature, the state will truly be at the tipping point of becoming a full-on dictatorship.

Jan 30 08:49

The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election

Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to “remove themselves as a factor” in the 2020 presidential election to “benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere.”

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