Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A reading by Chris Hedges on how hate and revenge result in wars ...

and how the elite take advantage of those raw feelings to start wars.

I want to end this year with once again posting this great reading from Chris Hedges.  It does not matter in the least whether you are Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Zorastrian or whatever .... as long as you are a resident of planet Earth, wars can affect 99% of us.  Caste, creed, color has no defence against the war machine, a machine whose driver's seat is occupied solely by the 1% of this planet's population.  Why do we let the 1% use us as pawns for enriching themselves?????????

Chess moves with a Poker face

Poking the Bear will come to no good but when has the West ever listened to any of the good advice its citizens throw at the elite, free of charge?  If the advice came from those fat-salaried consultants then there's a possibility our dumb politicians would perhaps think about it.  From citizens though?  No ... shoo...go away.

Now here below is someone giving some pointers to the man, the man who is designated by the powers-that-be  to be the most evil human being ...... Vladimir Putin.  Will Putin even know or care what's being said of him or how some well-meaning folks want him to act.  Of course not!   All politicians are of the same color and creed, including Putin.  They are in those high positions for one thing and one thing only.  To enrich themselves and to enrich their friends and family. Everything else is secondary. 

Ron Holland of Daily Bell at ZeroHedge:
........The entire world is watching Putin play poker  with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin. America's goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status........

.......Is This Just a Repeat of the Versailles Treaty, Russian-style?

This has all happened before. It's the same old game with different players. I fear we are watching a repeat of the Versailles Treaty, Russian-style. If you look closely at real history rather than the establishment-directed propaganda dished out to the public, you'll realize that the Western financial elites and central banking cartel seldom change tactics. Why should they? Their financial empires continue to grow during all major wars and financial crises and if they should guess wrong, then they get taxpayers to bail them out.

The Goldman Sachs, Rothschild and Soros types control the Western democracies as well as the financial markets and use paid or blackmailed cheerleaders and front men to advance their best interests to the populace as acceptable economic or political policies.........

.........So Where Does Russia Go from Here?

First, the US cable pundits are suggesting that Putin might retaliate by invading Ukraine. Why would Russia want Ukraine? Except for substantial agricultural resources that can be purchased on the open market, this is a bankrupt country with a long list of failed governments. The country has become a pawn in the battle between East and West, and its people have already suffered so much. Now Russia might move in the East to protect Russian-speaking areas and could be willing to suffer the additional economic consequences of creating a land bridge to Crimea but the military option appears quite limited and counter-productive at best.

No nation will win a shooting war between the US, UK and EU versus Russia and China. The consequences are too horrible to be contemplated but Russia has an ace in the hole that can win the financial and economic battle going on today.

First, Russia should join with China in a new gold, oil and natural resource backed monetary union as an alternative to the failed debt democracy model pushed by Wall Street, the central bank cartel and self-serving politicians in the West. It simply does not work in the long term to finance prosperity and improved standards of living through mountains of debt placed on future generations........

.......Second, Russia should act offensively rather than defensively on the financial front by creating corporate tax-free/low income tax zones and welcoming corporations, successful individuals and entrepreneurs to take up residence and create jobs and prosperity. The Hong Kong model does work to create industry, service industry and free-market prosperity and to win, Russia needs far more than a resource-based economy.

Russia needs more population and a larger middle class and should offer residency and citizenship opportunities to productive and successful workers, entrepreneurial businesses and corporations etc. with the right of reasonable financial and corporate privacy along with the low tax benefits.

Canada, the wonderful country I live and work in today, offers permanent residency benefits and citizenship to hundreds of thousands of foreigners wanting to work and immigrate to Canada together with low corporate tax benefits.

Russia can and should do the same, although the market will require bargain prices as Russia does not have the long history of rule of law, security and peace like Canada does. Russia should look at good climate areas like Crimea and other areas around the Black Sea and maybe Kaliningrad in the north directly in the middle of the EU.

Competititon, free markets, minimal regulation and low taxes are the 21st century solution to military aggression, over-indebted and resource-hungry empires. Putin said it best in his news conference last week.

"They won't leave [the bear] alone. They will always seek to chain it. And once it's chained, they'll rip out its teeth and claws. The nuclear deterrence, speaking in present-day terms. As soon as this happens, nobody will need [the bear] anymore. They'll stuff it. And start to put their hands on its Taiga [Siberian forest belt] after it. We've heard statements from Western officials that Russia's owning Siberia was not fair." – Vladimir Putin.....

On the Side of the Road

Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli, was partly educated in Canada and is the director of "On the Side of the Road" a documentary film that won't go well with the delusional apologists for Israel's many misdeeds under Netanyahu.  Below is part 1 of 3 of her very compelling interview at the The Real News network.

To view other segments of the interview go to Reality Asserts Itself of the The Real News network. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The US military is the US $'s bodyguard?

The article below is definitely thought-provoking if nothing else.

Yuram Abdullah Weiler writing at PressTV:
US military protecting international banking cartel  
“My assessment is that 90% of the value of the US dollar comes from the US military.”— Former Assistant Housing Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts
For decades, America has used its armed strength to enforce the use of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, effectively making the US military the armed wing of the international banking cartel (IBC). Since 1971 when President Richard Nixon stopped paying US debt obligations with gold, America has increasingly used its military might to prop up the value of the dollar and enforce a global financial structure whose primary beneficiary is the US itself, and whose central bank, the Federal Reserve, serves as the IBC’s supervisory authority.

Who or what is this IBC?  It consists of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo along with Deutsche Bank, BNP and Barclays. Eight families reportedly control the IBC: the Goldman Sachs, Rockefellers, Lehmans, Kuhn Loebs, Rothschilds, Warburgs, Lazards and the Israel Moses Seifs.  Besides owning the US oil behemoths Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco, IBC member institutions are among the top ten shareholders of nearly every Fortune 500 company. While the IBC itself has no formal status, nevertheless its members are represented by an international body, the Financial Stability Board (FSB).  Organized as the Financial Security Forum in 1999 by G7 finance ministers and central bank governors, the FSB “seeks to give momentum to a broad-based multilateral agenda for strengthening financial systems and the stability of international financial markets.”

War is extremely profitable for the IBC, since not only do its members profit from financing arms sales to both sides during the conflicts that they themselves often initiate, but also from the post bellum reconstruction. In fact, the most powerful of the central banking institutions in the world, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), was established in 1930 to oversee reparation payments imposed upon Germany by the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. In addition to providing banking services for central banks worldwide, the BIS supervised the Bretton Woods international currency agreements from the Second World War until the early 1970s, when Nixon reneged on pledges to pay US debt obligations in gold. The BIS also works with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to expand the IBC-imposed debt-dependency cycle among the nations of the world.

The methodology for global financial domination is really quite simple: America imports more goods than it exports and therefore dollars flow out of the US and accumulate in the central banks of other countries. Since the US has refused to honor these obligations in gold, the central banks are forced to invest in US treasury bills, bonds and other US financial instruments that pay interest which is financed by the issuance of further debt. The result is a US-dominated global financial system dependent upon maintaining the value, or more correctly, minimizing the rate of depreciation, of the dollar, allowing the US to enjoy an extravagant consumer-based economy at the expense of the rest of the world. .....

......When former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi tried to establish a state-run central bank and trade petroleum in non-dollar currencies, the IBC tapped NATO to intervene. On March 19, 2011, a mere month after initial internal unrest, the Transitional National Council “rebels” announced they were establishing the Libyan Oil Company as the supervisory authority on oil production and policies, and designated the Central Bank of Benghazi as the authority for monetary policies.  That a local group of rebels one month into a rebellion would form a national oil company and designate a private central bank astounded Robert Wenzel of the Economic Policy Journal who remarked, “I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising.” Confirming suspicions of IBC involvement, the US Treasury placed sanctions on Qaddafi’s National Oil Corporation, but assured the rebels, “Should National Oil Corporation subsidiaries or facilities come under different ownership and control, Treasury may consider authorizing dealings with such entities.”.........

Corrupt politicians

Corrupt politicians are like cockroaches.  Here are two smelly ones that have been brought kicking and screaming from the slimy gutters they dwell in, into the glare of sunlight.   One is a Democrat the other is a Republican.  

From NYDailyNews:
Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress, days after pleading guilty to tax evasion: sources 
EXCLUSIVE: The Staten Island Republican, who won reelection in the fall despite a pending federal case, has decided to vacate his seat, after speaking with Rep. John Boehner. He pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge in federal court last week....
Rep. Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress in the wake of his guilty plea on a felony tax evasion charge, sources told the Daily News Monday night....

.... Before his plea, Grimm had been scheduled to go on trial Feb. 2 on charges of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in receipts and wages at Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant he owned before he was elected to Congress in 2010.....

 From NYTimes:
U.S. Said to Investigate Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Over Payments

Federal authorities are investigating substantial payments made to the State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, by a small law firm that seeks real estate tax reductions for commercial and residential properties in New York City, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have found that the law firm, Goldberg & Iryami, P.C., has paid Mr. Silver the sums over roughly a decade, but that he did not list that income on his annual financial disclosure forms, as required, the people said.....

.....Mr. Jacob, in a 2009 letter to East River shareholders, noted that the city had raised the development’s assessment to $28 million, and that its tax certiorari lawyer “was very successful in reducing what could have been a $3,000,000 increase to a $750,000 increase” in taxes.....

Method and Madness of the Israeli racist nation

Vid 1/5

To view other segments of the interview go to Reality Asserts Itself of the The Real News network. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Anglosphere MSM getting punked by jihadis and their supporters

In its mad rush to be the "first to report"  the MSM constantly fails to conduct even a cursory investigation into stories and pics they publish .... but come to think of it, why should the "journalists" employed at these lying, sensational creating media outlets even bother.  They know the sheeple will swallow everything and anything they write... hook, line and sinker.  

From TheGuardianUK:
Twitter user claims Daily Mail story  of white British jihadi is a hoax
Blogger claiming to be based in Yemen boasts of fooling UK newspaper as extremism experts examine photo’s authenticity

A Twitter user claims to have pranked the Daily Mail with a story about a white British teenage boy who purportedly joined Islamic State after failing to get a university place.

The story, headlined Who is Britain’s white jihadi youth?, first appeared on MailOnline on Boxing Day and showed a photograph posted on Twitter of the teenager, said to be called Jonathan Edwards, sitting between two jihadi fighters in front of an Isis flag and clasping a rifle. The story also appeared in the newspaper on Saturday.

Twitter user Abu Dawud – who posted the picture with the caption, “Meet Jonathan Edwards – applied for Ucas to [sic] late and wasn’t accepted in any university, so he joined the Islamic state” – gleefully claimed on Saturday that the article was a hoax, adding that he had successfully “trolled” British media.

The picture was first posted at the beginning of December by ResistanceER, who wrote: “Creepy Isis. Soldier in their rank of ‘Brave and well Trained’ soldiers.” It was then tweeted again by Abu Dawud, a blogger who claims to be based in Yemen.

“My trolling made Daily Mail,” he said in one tweet. “I lied Wallah.” He added: “I humiliated the British media all by myself. I am a lone wolf.”

His revelation also brought derision on the newspaper from an anti-terrorism expert. Shiraz Maher, a senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College in London, tweeted on Saturday that it had repeatedly warned that the story was fake.......

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Floods in Malaysia while their honcho played golf with Obama in Hawaii

You see folks .... there's truly a "they" and "us" ... and no matter how much you want it to be otherwise it will never be so. Politicians are all scum.
And, I wonder why the Malaysian PM was meeting with Obama on the golf course.  Was Obama offering a huge bribe to the Malaysian PM to knife Russia in the back and go along with the USA's view of what happened to the MH17. Wonder how much bulkier the Malaysian PM's bank balance will get in the very near  future... courtesy the USA. There couldn't have been any other reason for the two to meet all the way in Hawaii if not to discuss the MH17 disaster. Many a dirty deal is done on the golf course.

From SkyNews:
More than 160,000 people have been forced to flee  Malaysia's worst flooding in decades, local media has reported.

According to The New Straits Times, the number of people forced to evacuate was up from 100,000 just a day earlier.
Rescue teams are struggling to reach the worst-affected areas in the northeast of the country, where at least five people have lost their lives.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has admitted that rescue efforts have been hampered by power outages and roads being washed away by the floods......

......Prime Minister Najib Razak travelled to the worst-hit state of Kelatan on Saturday, a day after cutting short his holiday in Hawaii. ....
.....The Prime Minister became the focus of criticism after pictures emerged of him playing golf in Hawaii with US President Barack Obama during the storms.....

America spends Billions of Dollars fighting wars on behalf of other nations ....

but cannot spare even a small percentage of that money on her own homeless and poverty-ridden Americans. Close to 600,000 homeless in the great Empire? Disgusting to say the least!! Have American politicians and the ruling elite made up of the stinking rich, lost every last molecule of humanity they might have ever had within their souls?

Mary Wisniewski writing at Reuters:
As more cities ban homeless camps, advocates fry foul.
For Teresa Sigerson, a former waitress who has lived under a Chicago expressway bridge for three years, the camp she shares with eight others provides shelter, companionship and some measure of security.

"There's safety in numbers," said Sigerson, 51, who begs during the day and sleeps between concrete bridge pillars under a highway northwest of downtown. "Everything's convenient here - you're by the stores, the highway."

This year, Sigerson almost lost her space when construction began on tall concrete barriers on the raised slabs where the homeless were make their beds. The project, which was halted this summer, was meant to dislodge the decade-old camp in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.

Across the United States, local governments are moving to prevent outdoor camping by the homeless, according to advocates for the nation's nearly 600,000 homeless, estimated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Government officials say they are trying to limit outdoor camping for the health and safety of the homeless and other residents. But homeless advocates say the bans are not a solution to homelessness and further stigmatize the poor.........

Third plane disaster plagues same region

How strange and sad it is that Earthmen have the technology to travel to Mars and beyond but have still not developed the means to find things that fall into our own planet's deep oceans.

From CBC:
Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing on Sunday after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore........

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Propaganda comes of age

Worth a read.

Raúl Ilargi Meijer writing at Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
From just about as early in my life as I can remember, growing up as a child in Holland, there were stories about World War II, and not just about Anne Frank and the huge amounts of people who, like her, had been dragged off to camps in eastern Europe never to come back, but also about the thousands who had risked their lives to hide Jewish and other refugees, and the scores who had been executed for doing so, often betrayed by their own neighbors.

And then there were those who had risked their lives in equally courageous ways to get news out to people, putting out newspapers and radio broadcasts just so there would be a version of events out there that was real, and not just what the Germans wanted one to believe. This happened in all Nazi — and Nazi friendly — occupied European nations. 

The courage of these people is hard to gauge for us today, and I’m convinced there’s no way to say whom amongst us would show that kind of bravery if we were put to the test. I certainly wouldn’t be sure about myself.

Still, without wanting to put myself anywhere near the level of those very real heroes — please don’t get me wrong about that — that’s not what I mean, I was thinking about them with regards to what is happening in our media today. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t think Joseph Goebbels had anything on US and European media today.

That propaganda as a strategic and political instrument has been refined to a huge extent over the past 70-odd years since Goebbels first picked up on Freud’s lessons on how to influence the unconscious mind, and the "mass-mind," as a way to "steer" an entire people, not just as a means to make them buy detergent. These days, the media can make people believe just about anything, and they have the added benefit that they can pose as friends of the people, not the enemy..........

The New American Revolution 2014 .... Police Brutality Protests getting stronger and wider

Chickens have come home to roost.  America has been responsible for creating chaos, coups, civil wars, regime changes and deaths of millions of earthmen on our planet. Now, let's see how well the bully nation stomachs an uprising in its own belly.

Latest rumors, which might be tomorrow's facts,  seem to suggest that American Muslim groups are also holding "sympathy" protests in support of the protesters. 

World War III News and Updates .... December 27

Some of the countries in it, in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea,  Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt,  Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico.....

From CentCom:
Dec. 26: Military Airstrikes Continue  Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Dec. 26 using fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct sixteen airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted fifteen airstrikes in Iraq Dec. 26 using fighter, bomber, attack aircraft, and remotely piloted aircraft against the ISIL terrorists.

The following is a summary of those strikes:
* Near Kobani, thirteen airstrikes destroyed three ISIL buildings, two ISIL staging areas, an ISIL vehicle, and nineteen ISIL fighting positions and struck two large ISIL units and four ISIL tactical units.
* Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles and struck a drilling tower.
* Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL staging area.

* Near Al Asad, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar, an ISIL rocket system, four ISIL vehicles and struck a large ISIL unit and two ISIL tactical units.
* Near Sinjar, three airstrikes destroyed three ISIL vehicles and struck three ISIL tactical units.
* Near Mosul, three airstrikes destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL commercial vehicle and struck two ISIL tactical units.
* Near Al Qaim, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL storage container, ISIL equipment and struck two ISIL tactical vehicles.
* Near Bayji, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
* Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL vehicle.
Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.....................

From Reuters:
Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks.......
Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative.
Two rounds of peace talks this year in Geneva failed to halt the conflict which has killed 200,000 people during more than three years of violence and there was little sign of the latest move gaining traction.......

From Stripes:
1,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne headed to Iraq
Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq early next year to help the Iraqi security forces take on the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The soldiers from the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., will begin to deploy in late January to train, advise and assist the ISF, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
Their mission is part of the coalition effort to build up the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga so that they can recapture territory from Islamic State militants.
The paratroopers are preparing for a nine-month deployment, according to a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne......

From AlJazeera:
Soldiers die in attack on Libya oil terminals
Fajr Libya fighters firing rockets from speedboats at al-Sidra port set oil tank on fire, amid clashes in Sirte.
More than 20 soldiers have been killed in a surprise attack in which fighters used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals, according to officials.
Fighters launched Thursday's attack on al-Sidra port by firing rockets from speedboats, setting an oil tank on fire, security sources told AFP news agency.
Soldiers damaged three of the vessels before clashes in which the fighters were eventually repelled, sources said.....

From Reuters:
Libya has called on Italy  to send firefighters to prevent a fire spreading out of control at Es Sider, the country's biggest oil port, officials said on Saturday.
A rocket hit an oil storage tank last week at the port in the east of the country during clashes between forces allied to Libya's competing governments.....

From VICE:
Al Shabaab Gunmen Attack a Christmas Party  at an African Union Base in Somalia
African Union troops fought off an ambush waged by at least eight gunmen at a base in Somalia on Thursday, during an attack carried out by al Shabaab militants that was reportedly targeting a Christmas party at the compound.

The deadly clash left at least five militants dead and lasted for several hours, after an unverified number of fighters from al Shabaab infiltrated the AU mission (Amisom) base, which is located just outside of the international airport in Mogadishu. While the offensive was underway, al-Shabaab confirmed it was behind the attack.........

From Janes:
Rocket attack on Yemen's Balhaf LNG terminal signals AQAP militants' growing intent to systematically target energy assets
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants fired two inaccurate Grad-type rockets at the Balhaf liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Shabwah province on 18 December.

Yemeni media reported that one of the rockets had landed in the sea, whereas the other had landed near the complex perimeter without causing casualties or material damage.
AQAP took responsibility for the attack on 21 December, claiming that the operation was in retaliation for the use of an adjacent airstrip to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and to stop the French energy producer Total, which co-operates the LNG terminal, from "looting the Yemeni resources".........

From ABC:
2 Car Bombs Rock Southern Sweden's City of Malmo
Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden's third largest city.
Police spokeswoman Linda Pleym says no one was injured by Saturday's pre-dawn explosions in Rosengaard, a district dominated by immigrants from Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Lebanon. One car bomb exploded at the foot of a building, the other in a parking lot nearby.
It was unclear who was behind the two explosions and if they were connected. No arrests were immediately made.
The blasts were the latest in a series that has rocked the southern.........

From BBC:
Swedish mosque hit by arson  in Eskilstuna, injuring five
An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said.
About 15 to 20 people were attending midday prayers in the mosque, located in the ground floor of a residential building, when the fire broke out on Christmas Day.
Local media footage showed smoke and flames billowing from the windows before firefighters put the blaze out.
The incident comes amid a fierce debate in Sweden over immigration policies.
The far right wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90%, while mainstream parties are intent on preserving the country's liberal policy.......

From Yahoo:
Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane shot down in Syria
 Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane was shot down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.
Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa......

From BBC:
Colombia Farc ceasefire starts after deadly attack Colombia's Farc rebels have begun an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire.
The group unexpectedly announced on Wednesday that it would begin a truce for an unlimited time from Saturday.
The move has been welcomed by the UN and the European Union. However, Colombia's government said it would not join the rebels in the truce........

From WSJ:
Pakistan Military: Dozens of Militants Killed in Strikes Near Afghanistan Border
Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of a continuing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.
The airstrikes were carried out Friday evening in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region, an army statement said Saturday, adding that an underground tunnel system and a large underground cache of weapons and ammunition were also destroyed......

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cultures and Traditions

Worth listening to Oksana Boyko and author/historian Hanne Herland discussing our present day cultures and traditions and how wars stemming from politicians are turning our planet into one big hell.

What and Who exactly brought down the Jordanian fighter aircraft?

The coalition lead by warmonger USA wants us to believe that the jihadis did not down the jet and that the jet crashed.  But, they don't tell us how.

Here's what I think has happened.  In February this year we learnt via WSJ that the Saudis agreed to provide Syrian Rebels with Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles. 

This was around the same time that the USA also got the Syrian rebels (FSA) on their payroll and monthly salaries in US Dollars were paid to the jihadis for killing Syrians anywhere, any place, any how as long as they also got Assad.

The Saudis and also other actors from the region hoping to send Assad six-feet under, pooled their black gold billions into buying Chinese and Russian Manpads and antitank guided missiles which were sent to the Syrian rebels in a never-ending supply.  Where do you think all those missiles and manpads are today? Many of those arms must have been sold to jihadis even outside Syria and Iraq and large quantities might have been either captured or sold to the newer brand of jihadis known as ISIS or IS.

So .... now when the #1 warmongering nation is propagandizing that the Jordanian plane was not brought down by the jihadis, it's probably a big fat lie.  Why?  The answer is simple.  The weapon that brought down the coalition jet was a weapon from the coalition itself.  Capiche?!  That's a big hard bitch slap to the coalition's collective face. 

Additionally, now the coalition will be willing to meet the demands of whatever kind of ransom the jihadis want in exchange for the Jordanian pilot.  The demands might be millions in cash or release of a long list of  their jihadi brothers. Or maybe both. Keep your eyes open for the release of certain jihadis from GITMO, Iraq, Afghanistan and especially from Assad's prisons. We won't know .... at least until much later .... what Assad will get in return for releasing jihadis from his dungeons. However, take it for granted that there will be an exchange of several hard-core jihadis for the downed pilot or tonnes of money.  If the demands are far too outrageous, then they won't be met.  In that case you can expect to see the pilot's head paraded around by one of the Frankensteins for those Muslim Heritage Photographs.  

Journalist ventures into the bowels of jihadi hell .....

and for "protection"  takes along his adult son.  Make of it what you will.

From WashingtonPost:
Over the past few days,  the remarkable story of Jürgen Todenhöfer, a German author who traveled to areas of Iraq and Syria held by the Islamic State, has captivated international media. Todenhöfer has received coverage from outlets such as CNN and the BBC, and he has been dubbed the "first western journalist to be given access to [Islamic State] areas in Syria in Iraq."

Todenhöfer's journey has certainly produced some fascinating insight into how the Islamic State operates. Notably, he says that, based on what he has seen, the Islamic State is stronger than the West believes and will be far harder to stop than it anticipates. But Todenhöfer has a complicated reputation in Germany, and the responses to his latest work haven't all been positive.

By Todenhöfer account, he traveled to the Islamic State's proclaimed "caliphate" because he hoped to write a book about the extremist group. "It’s difficult to uncover the truth without taking a risk," he explains on his Eeb site, noting that he had reached out to the Islamic State through a German jihadist to ask permission to film.

When the group responded and offered him "security" for the trip, he was not sure if he could trust the offer. In an interview with German website, he said that he argued with his family about the trip for seven months. When he decided to go, his son came too to film and offer some protection.

The Islamic State has shown no fondness for journalists over the past year. A significant number of Western journalists have been held hostage by the group, and a number – including two Americans – have been killed by them. Few Western outlets have gained access to the area, and those that have have faced significant obstacles.

The New York Times, for example, reported from inside the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, Syria, but withheld the reporter's name, apparently out of fear for that reporter's safety. Vice News' reporter Medyan Dairieh also reported from Raqqa for an impressive video series. As was the case with Todenhöfer's trip, Vice had permission from the Islamic State. “These are managed trips, so you are there with their permission,” Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice’s head of news programming in Europe, explained to the Huffington Post. “While they are, to some extent, keeping you safe ... you are also an interloper.”............

Drone Strikes are counterproductive ....

but try telling that to the suicidal  Empire whose politicians are in the pay of armament manufacturers.

405 drone strikes in Pakistan have killed over 2000 people and almost half of those were civilians and approximately 200 were children.  

Educational institutions might suffer in a bubble like scenario?

Could colleges really have to close down because of what is opined in the article below?  I hope not.

I often wonder why the governments of Canada and the USA not lessen the burden of those outrageous tuition fees on students by halving them or better still, giving fully free education to citizens.  Instead of sending taxpayers' dollars to countries outside our own, why not allocate a big chunk of it for the educational institutions?  What madness to send money to countries outside your own while your own citizens are in dire need of it ! A more widely educated population might be less prone to crime and better equipped to gain employment and prosperity.  Charity begins at home .... but our politicians think "home" means their own pockets and the pockets of their cronies.

Myles Udland writing at  Business Insider via Yahoo:
Mark Cuban thinks colleges are going to go out of business.

In a clip on , Cuban talks about the student loan bubble, which he says will burst and end badly for colleges.
The end of the student loan bubble, Cuban says, will be like the housing bubble, where tuition collapses the way the price of homes collapsed. 
These collapses will put colleges out of business.
"It's inevitable at some point there will be a cap on student loan guarantees. And when that happens you're going to see a repeat of what we saw in the housing market: when easy credit for buying or flipping a house disappeared we saw a collapse in the price housing, and we're going to see that same collapse in the price of student tuition, and that's going to lead to colleges going out of business."
Cuban also talks about the impact student loan debt is having on the economy, saying that people burdened with student loans can't afford to spend money on anything other than the bare necessities.... 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jesous Ahatonnia ... Jesus is born

This is my all-time favorite Christmas carol.  

For more info about the song, the English translation, the controversy about the wording in the original version of centuries ago and later versions go here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Original assumptions in the downing of MH17 were probably right

Those who speculated that the Malaysian commercial aircraft looked similar to Putin's plane that flew over the airspace thereabouts a few hours before the MH17 was brought down, by lunatic Ukrainians who  thought:  "we kill Putin, we will be heroes and the USA will make us millionaire if not billionaires" but wound up killing hundreds of innocent passengers, were probably right all along. And, what does the Western press do about it all?   They blame not the real culprits but the separatists in Novorussia.

Of course, there have been other speculations both for and against.  See one of those in the tweet below....which is also pretty believable.

Latest news has it that a whistleblower from within the Ukrainian inner circle has leaked what happened and has subjected himself to a lie-detector test which he has passed.

From SputnikNews:
Russian Foreign Minister  claims that an international investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine is riddled with numerous violations of the norms established by ICAO.
MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) — An international investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine is riddled with numerous violations of the norms established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"All ICAO norms are being violated as the Ukrainian security services are directly involved in the ongoing investigation," Lavrov said in an interview with Russia's Kommersant newspaper published on Thursday.

"The country where the tragedy took place could be involved [in the probe], but it cannot run the show as it happens now," the minister said, adding that it was dishonest to use a tragedy to achieve one's geopolitical goals.......

From TelegraphUK:
Russian investigators Wednesday said they had new proof from a witness that a Ukrainian pilot fired a missile on the day of the Malaysia Airlines crash which killed 298 people.
The witness, who was not named, worked at an airfield in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk where he claimed to have seen a warplane take off on July 17 with air-to-air missiles and return without them.
An Investigative Committee statement said the testimony of the man "is important proof that Ukrainian military was implicated in the crash of the Boeing-777."

The MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, who have been fighting Kiev forces since April.
Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of supplying the rebels with a surface-to-air missile launcher, but Russia has issued several opposing theories, one of which involves a Ukrainian military jet allegedly seen next to the Boeing.

The statement by investigators comes the same day that Kiev and the separatists are to hold a new round of ceasefire talks, and shortly after Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published an interview with the "secret witness" who said he worked at the airport on the day the Boeing 777 was downed.
The man, who was filmed by the paper with his back to the camera and even the back of his head blurred, said he saw a Sukhoi-25 jet take off armed with air-to-air rockets and return to the base without them.
"(The plane's operator) could have launched them into the Boeing out of fear or revenge," the witness said, identifying the pilot of the jet as Voloshin. "Maybe he mistook it for another plane."................

Israel the traitorous nation continues to help jihadis who kill Christians ....

by not only healing the wounded jihadis back to health so they can go forth and continue to kill more Christians, Shiites and secular Sunnis in Syria .... but Israel is also supplying them with state of the art weaponry.  

How all those Israeli apologists still keep hasbara-ing that Israel is not supporting the jihadis never fails to amaze me. The governments of both the USA and Israel and  the governments of Sunni sheikhdoms are wallowing in bed with each other. Even when Israel drops missiles on the Syrian govt's weapons' warehouses pretending that they are destroying weapons going to Hezbollah, the pro-Israel Anglosphere MSM pushes those treacherous acts under the carpet. Disgusting!!! 

Helpless people looking on at the madness happening in the Middle East can take solace in the hopeful feeling that "bad deeds never go unpunished" and wish for the punishment to come sooner than later.

The American revolution of 2014 geared up anew to march on into 2015

Things are getting from bad to worse in the great Empire.  If America breaks up, I am wondering which states will be ruled by Obama, Axelrod, Holder and gang and which will go to the Bush and Clinton families and their hangers on.  Gotta take a look at the map again to come to a "maybe" conclusion and imagine where the future borders between "white" America and "black" America are gonna be.

I am also wondering if the police officers, say from just the last 3 years' of black men shot in police incidents, if most of those officers were trained by Israelis or were trained by Americans who were trained by Israelis.  I have this feeling that that would be telling a lot about the deadly robotic, devoid of human emotions whatsoever behaviour from the cops.  

The African Americans, especially those who are under-educated are often crime-bend and in several cases, the cops' actions can be justified.  My peeve is that the cops once they start shooting they pump away and don't stop until their victim is stone cold dead.  Why shoot to kill instead of just wounding the target???

From ABC:
A man was shot and killed    
by a police officer Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri, authorities said -- sparking new unrest in a region already reeling following an August police shooting a few miles away in Ferguson.

The town's mayor worked to calm the unrest this morning by saying that there are major differences between the two cases.

"All of us are saying the same thing: 'It's a white policeman killing a black man, and when does this stop?' I can assure you that is not what happened last night," Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said this morning.

Hoskins said that he has watched the video of the incident and, though they are going to complete two thorough investigations by both the local police and the county police, he differentiated Tuesday night's shooting from other recent cases.

"You couldn't even compare this with Ferguson or the [Eric] Garner case in New York," said Hoskins, who is African American. "The Garner case in New York, they had the video; Ferguson they did not. We have the video. I can assure you what is on the video, we're going to use."

The latest shooting happened at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday at a Mobil gas station, St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar said in a morning news conference.....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Cartoon: A lesson from Maxine on the correct greeting at Christmastime

Canadian Tire has at least one "Merry Christmas" defender

I find it treacherous that stores make the most money at Christmastime but refuse to credit Christmas for their windfall by opting to call the Christmas season a "holiday" season. What's with that morons?????  

From CBC:
Canadian Tire backs worker's wish to use 'Merry Christmas' greeting.
Sudbury Canadian Tire employee takes issue with manager's request to use 'Happy Holidays' as a greeting.

A festive greeting has prompted a disagreement at a Sudbury, Ont. store.

A sales representative at a Canadian Tire in Sudbuy says he's upset because he's been encouraged by his managers to say happy holidays, instead of Merry Christmas.

But Johnathan Scott doesn't agree with his managers.

“It is sad to see that something as little as ‘Merry Christmas’ has sparked such an uproar through society,” he told CBC News.

“You know, everyone is scared to say Merry Christmas for offending one.”

Scott's store manager told CBC News that she has apologized to him and his family.

Michelle Novak said she was trying to be sensitive to people of all faiths, but noted Canadian Tire does not have a seasonal greeting policy.

That’s been confirmed by Canadian Tire’s associate vice president of corporate affairs, Jane Shaw, who made the following statement:

“Canadian Tire is Canada's Christmas store — and any of our employees wishing someone a Merry Christmas is certainly welcome and in keeping with the season's sentiment.  We have spoken to our store's dealer to determine the facts and can tell you with certainty that any suggestion that an employee was sent home or had their hours reduced for saying, 'Merry Christmas' is simply not true at all.”

Outside Canadian Tire, some customers told CBC News they prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘Happy Holidays.’.......

Are Germans thirsting for blood again ... this time the blood of Muslims?

First it was the Jews they hated, now its the Muslims.
Look,  I will never deny that I can't stand religious Muslims and that most of them are nothing but trouble.  However, before we jump for joy that Germany is waking up to the Muslim problem, we should reflect on  what had happened during Hitler's reign. The kind of hatred the present day Germans are now showing towards Muslims is the same kind their parents and grandparents showed towards Jews.  It all starts just as we are seeing today in Germany.  

I definitely don't like seeing the ongoing hatred in Germany.  It spells of worse things to come in Germany and perhaps to the rest of Europe too.

From TelegraphUK:
Record numbers rally against 'Islamisation' in Germany
More than 17,000 gather in the eastern German city of Dresden for the latest in a series of anti-Islam marches.

A record 17,000 anti-Islamic protesters rallied for their tenth demonstration in as many weeks Monday in eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.
Germany has for weeks grappled with the emergence of the "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident" or PEGIDA, whose ranks in the city of Dresden have swelled rapidly from just a few hundred in October.
About 4,500 counter-demonstrators marched through the city under the slogan "Dresden Nazi-free", warning that there was no space for racism and xenophobia in the country that perpetrated the Holocaust.
Most PEGIDA followers insist they are not Nazis but patriots who worry about the "watering down" of their Christian-rooted culture and traditions. They often accuse mainstream political parties of betraying them and the media of lying.
Braving cold and wet weather, they gathered outside the historic Semperoper concert hall for their pre-Christmas recital. Police put their numbers at about 17,500, up from the previous high of 15,000 a week earlier........

France deploys troops in its streets

After the many recent Muslim attacks,  the government has decided to up the security measures across the country.  According to the many French dhimmis, the latest attack had nothing to do with islam but everything to do with the man's mental illness.  What can you expect when islamists are banging their heads on the terra firma umpteen times a day? The casing for our brain is not meant to be dashed against the ground  like the Muslims do during their constant prayer sessions. If the medical profession was truthful and stopped being politically correct,  it would have brought out a study showing how the constant striking of one's forehead against  a solid surface can in time damage the brain and the mental problems the Muslim males suffer from are mainly due to that and more so when coupled with their koran.  No segment of our non-drug taking population has more mental problems than the Muslim male so why is that fact not made well-known to all, especially to the Muslims?

From RT:
France is boosting  security during the Christmas holidays employing up to 300 soldiers across the country, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says. The move follows three successive and violent attacks in separate cities.

"The number of patrols will be increased during this [Christmas] period. Two hundred to three hundred soldiers will be deployed in the coming hours," PM Manuel Valls said live on TV after an emergency meeting with ministers on the recent violence.

The attacks started on Saturday when a man armed with a knife shouting "Allahu Akbar” stabbed three officers at a police station in Joue-les-Tours near Tours in central France. He was killed by police officers, according to the country's Interior Ministry. Police confirmed that he was born in Burundi, Africa, in 1994, but was a French citizen.

French prosecutors said the Dijon attacker had no terrorist motives. He has a long history of severe mental illness, receiving psychiatric care over 150 times in the past 13 years. The authorities found no link between his actions and the attack on Saturday in Joue-les-Tours......

Was North Korea's internet outage pre-planned and the Sony hack was a false flag to bring it about?

Yup .... I very much think so.  Why else would the prez of the greatest country on Earth poke his nose in something not only small potatoes but was clearly a Hollywood/Sony issue?  

I wonder what sort of a bug was planted in the North Korean tech airwaves during the outage by the bully nation.

Has anyone noticed how America does not give a damn any more who knows how rogue it has gone?  This internet attack on North Korea is now going to be used as a precedent for similar attacks here, there, everywhere.  Wait and see.   And who started it all?  It definitely wasn't North Korea... not by a long, long, long shot.

This incident will get China, India, Russia and others building their own web service and divorcing themselves from America, the numero uno bully ... just like Brazil has started doing.

Is Obama trying to wean nations off America?  Is that the goal? If so ... it's working beautifully. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

CrossTalk discusses the utter chaos that is the present Ukraine

The unholy plan to dismember Russia

Lyndon LaRouche is of the firm opinion that the United Kingdom is at the bottom of everything evil under the sun. Yeh ... it's possible.  A dead Empire might be bearing a deep grudge towards the reigning one that fought a civil war and threw out the colonizers and went on to become the greatest of Empires. A dead empire might be wishing that the reigning empire also die.
In almost all of Lyndon LaRouche's writings and also the writings of his team,  UK seldom escapes the major part of the blame for the faults of their own countrymen's disastrous foreign policies. 

Oh well!  I love to see the diversity in opinions.

By EIR Intelligence Team
Who Is Behind the Drive To Dismember Russia?
Dec. 11—Contrary to the line in the orchestrated international media, the current increasing tensions between the NATO nations and Russia, have nothing to do with the “Ukraine conflict,” and the fact that Crimea has rejoined Russia. The conflict stems from the fact, openly identified by numerous Russian government spokesmen, as well as by certain British and U.S. war-party strategists, that the United States and NATO have adopted a policy of strategic confrontation against Russia, including “regime change,” which is intended to force the world’s second greatest nuclear power into subservience to the West. If this policy is not rejected in the West, it will be rejected by Russia, and therefore can only lead to a Third World War, a war of annihilation.

President Vladimir Putin said in his Dec. 4, 2014 annual message to the Russian Federal Assembly:
“I’m sure that if these events [the coup in Ukraine and so-called Crimean Spring—ed.] had never happened, ... they would have come up with some other excuse to try to contain Russia’s growing capabilities, affect our country, or even take advantage of it.”
Putin also identified the Western origins of the current, as well as previous, threats against the Russian republic, specifically the terror attacks carried out by Chechen separatists that very day in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya in the Russian North Caucasus. Referring to the period of the 1990s and the early 2000s, Putin stated:
“We remember well how and who back then almost openly supported separatism and even outright terrorism against us, while referring to murderers, whose hands were stained with blood, as none other than ‘rebels,’ and organizing high-level receptions for them.... Despite the fact that we considered ... our former adversaries as close friends and even allies, the support for separatism in Russia from abroad, including information, political and financial support, and support provided by the special services—was absolutely obvious and left no doubt that they would gladly let Russia follow the Yugoslav scenario of disintegration and dismemberment.... It didn’t work.... Just as it did not work for Hitler with his misanthropic ideas, who set out to destroy Russia and push us back beyond the Urals. Everyone should remember how it ended.”
On that occasion, Putin did not name the names, when he made this charge. EIR, however, has done so over the past 20 years. From the mid-1990s on, we have identified the nexus of assets deployed by the British Empire, and extending into Saudi Arabia, and both the liberal imperialist and neo-con apparatuses in the United States, which have used financial, political, and outright guerrilla warfare to try to destroy Russia as a nation. Particularly prescient was EIR founder Lyndon LaRouche’s 1999 feature documentary which pointed to the Saudi-Chechen nexus as the spearhead of irregular warfare against Russia.

Complementary to outright separatist and terrorist insurgencies, has been the British tactic known as “color revolutions,” devised at Oxford University, most prominently, and..........