Video: Joe Biden’s Non-Campaign Commercial

I know your heart doth plead that in him doth lie a President…
But, sadly, no. Insert dramatic, long drawn-out sighs here -> .
No, Joe will not be running for president after all. No Creepy Uncle Joe jokes or awkward, longer-than-normal hugs coming to the future democratic debates (which Hillary’s camp has pressured the convention to limit to a total of six).
At least he has a non-campaign ad that gives us a glimmer of what might have been:

In other news, Lincoln Chafee has officially dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. If you are like me and have actually been paying attention for five minutes together, you’ll probably go, ‘Who?’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 23rd, 2015.

Please, Dear Leader — Ban Firearms By Decree

Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, gun confiscation advocate and Director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport in New York, may be the authentic embodiment of contemporary totalitarian leftism. She mightbe LARPing – that is, Live-Action Role-Playing – in the character of a self-lobotomized ideological drone. Or perhaps she’s in the middle of an immersive, Andy Kaufman-style long-form comedy sketch.
Either she, or the character she is playing, is the post-feminist equivalent of the New Soviet Man. Programmed at a chromosomal level to think and act in collectivist terms, LeSavoy looks upon Barack Obama with the same enraptured, unalloyed devotion once directed at Stalin and Mao by their most dutiful cadres.
To her, Obama is social justice incarnate. Anointed by history and endowed with powers that are coterminous with his magnificence, he can change society by decree. Delusions of that variety were at high tide in the summer of 2008, when every syllable Obama read from a teleprompter caused adoring women to disintegrate into uncontrollable weeping.
For many of Obama’s acolytes, passion has yielded to disillusionment. LeSavoy remains devout – but puzzled by the diffidence of the political deity she continues to adore. Why, she asked plaintively in an October 10 op-ed column for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, doesn’t Obama stretch forth his hand and banish guns from his domain?

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 23, 2015.

Putin Warns The US Is Provoking A Global War – Episode 799b

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 23, 2015
CISA will allow the FBI, CIA, NSA or any other agency to collect all information from companies. Ukraine is creating a registry of websites and will determine which sites should be banned. US war games big problems, hover crafts and military vehicles get stuck in the sand. Russia trying to coordinate with Turkey, Jordan, US and Saudi Arabia to find a Syrian solution. NATO worried that they do not have a strong presence in the Mediterranean to fight Russia. US still trying to push a no-fly zone in Syria. Putin warns the US is trying to provoke a global nuclear war.

Jeb’s Campaign Is Imploding

The campaign announced that it’s cutting staff, cutting salaries and cutting travel — in other words, pretty-much cutting everything.
Jeb’s trying to play the messaging game with this, that “he’s in this for the long haul” and similar. I have a different take: His campaign is a cash furnace and is not generating enough fuel for its appetite.
Jeb has many more problems though, as the recent Trump attack on him over his brother’s 9/11 record points out. The very last thing Jeb wants to have re-opened is the 9/11 time period, because his Secretary of State, operating under him as Governor, granted driver licenses to the majority of the hijackers including some with expired or nearly-expired visas.
This allowed them to travel with near-zero scrutiny, and certainly was a contributing factor. You can bet Jeb doesn’t want that to become a central political point in his campaign and if I were him I’d be rather worried that it might happen.
Then there’s just the overall what did you really do Jeb? question. The biggest “gain” he can point to as Governor was importing a huge number of illegal Mexicans to build houses at bubble prices, which then exploded in everyone’s face. I don’t know that I’d want to run on that as my “crown jewel” when it comes to my electoral legacy.
But for the time being the issue for Jeb is money, and it’s unlikely to go away any time soon.
Good luck Jeb — you’re going to need it.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-10-23.

Is Russia The King Of Arctic Oil By Default?

To be king implies preeminence, or lasting rule. In the Arctic, such oil and gas supremacy is still little more than a dream. That dream remains alive in Russia however, and the nation – through an unmatched stubbornness and a decidedly timid field of competitors – is making a strong bid for the throne.
A cursory search of ‘Arctic’ and ‘oil’ elicits little in the way of positivity. Certainly, Shell’s failure in the Chukchi Sea is notable. Combined with the Obama administration’s waffling distaste for future offshore Arctic development, it marks what should be a period of relative dormancy in U. S. waters. Still, it’s not indicative of the sector globally, which is seeing progress, albeit at a glacial pace.
The shining example of such development to date is Gazprom Neft’s Prirazlomnaya platform. Located nearly 40 miles offshore in the Pechora Sea, the rig is the world’s first Arctic oil project involving a stationary platform – though the general concept itself has been employed before (see: BP’s Northstar Island).
Gazprom Neft began production at the Prirazlomnoye field in 2013 and reached commercial figures last year, with a total output of roughly 5,000 barrels per day (bpd). With production well number two (of 19) now online, output should reach somewhere between 10,000-15,000 bpd by year’s end.
To be fair, several important tests lie ahead for Prirazlomnaya and Russia’s Arctic shelf development in general. Chief among them is rapidly addressing its import dependence – one of the primary targets of U. S. and EU sanctions. No more than 10 percent of the equipment applied at the Prirazlomnaya installation is believed to be Russian-made, and this level of disparity is commonplace at both Russia’s onshore and offshore fields.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

Court orders TSA to publish ‘rules’ for use of strip-search machines

Acting on a petition submitted in July 2015 by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit today ordered the Department of Homeland Security to, within 30 days from today, ‘submit to the court a schedule for the expeditious issuance of a final rule’ governing the TSA’s use of virtual strip search machines or body scanners (what the TSA calls ‘Advanced Imaging Technology ‘within a reasonable time’.
The court didn’t say what it would consider ‘expeditious’ or a ‘reasonable’ time for the TSA to finalize rules for its use of body scanners. Nor did the court even consider what such a rule should say, or what it would take for such a rule to be Constitutional.
But as we pointed out in the comments we submitted to the TSA three years ago in this as-yet-incomplete rulemaking, any ‘final rule’ on body scanners promulgated by the TSA would be the first and to date only publicly-disclosed definition of any aspect of what the TSA and DHS think travelers are required to do and/or prohibited from doing in order to satisfy our obligation under Federal law to ‘submit’ to ‘screening’ as a condition of the exercise of our right to air travel by common carrier.

This post was published at Papers Please on October 23rd, 2015.

‘I just don’t like the guy’: Guess Which One of Jeb’s Competitors George W. Bush Can’t Stand

At a recent fundraiser of 100 rich Jeb Bush-lovers at some guy’s condo in Denver, after ‘the first words out of [his] mouth… were that Jeb is going to earn the nomination, win the election, and be a great president,’ George W. Bush unloaded on one of his brothers Republican rivals.
And nope, it wasn’t Donald Trump.
It was on, of all people, his former employee Senator Ted Cruz.
Via Politico:
‘I just don’t like the guy,’ Bush said Sunday night, according to conversations with more than half a dozen donors who attended the event.
One donor in the room said the former president had been offering mostly anodyne accounts of how the Bush family network views the current campaign and charming off-the-cuff jokes, until he launched into Cruz.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 23rd, 2015.

Three Chinese Warships To Dock In Florida Port

At a time when the US and China are practically at arms over the artificial islands in the South China Seas, with the US sending warships on location to patrol (despite White House Spokesman Josh Earnest saying on Oct. 8 that U. S. warships “should not provoke significant reaction from the Chinese”) and a stunned China responding “What On Earth Makes Them Think We Will Tolerate This“, the last thing we thought we would see right now was three Chinese warships about to port in Florida’s Naval Station Mayport.
And yet according to USNI that is precisely what is about to happen: citing US Navy officials, USNI reports that he three ships about to dock in the US are the Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer Jinan (152), the Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate Yiyang (548) and the Type 903 Fuchi-class fleet oiler Qiandao Hu (886).
“Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe,’ read a statement from Navy Region Southeast. “The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will serve as the host ship. In Mayport, sailors from both navies will participate in sporting events and interact during ship tours.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

Pentagon’s 2016 Defense Budget: $1.6 Billion for a Proxy Army Against Russia

For a $612 billion bill, you’re probably thinking ‘$1.6 billion… is that all?’
In the 2016 defense budget, hundreds of millions of dollars – funds that could be spent improving America for Americans – are openly going to train and arm ‘rebel’ forces in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine in what amounts to little more than a thinly-veiled proxy war with Russia (and a payday for American defense contractors).
Via RT:
Some $600 million has been earmarked for a program to support the ‘appropriately vetted’ Syrian rebels, fighting against both the government in Damascus and Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL).
Section 1225 of the NDAA allocates $531.5 million directly to the Syria Train and Equip program, and directs an additional $25.8 million to the US Army and $42.8 million to the US Air Force, to cover the costs of their participation.
‘Appropriately vetted?’ Vetted by whom?
Vetted by John McCain, pictured here with terrorists some of those ‘appropriately vetted rebels’ even he accidentally refers to as ISIS?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 23rd, 2015.

3 Questions They Should Have Asked Hillary About Benghazi, But Didn’t (And Never Will)

The circus is back in town in Washington D. C. (actually, it’s part of a permanent residency), as a congressional panel spent Thursday peppering presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with questions about her role in the Benghazi consulate attack. The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, and has been the subject of political scandal ever since, with Republicans claiming then-Secretary of State Clinton didn’t do enough to sufficiently fortify the security detail of the consulate.
It’s pure political theater, but sadly, no one on this congressional panel will ask the real questions to which Americans deserve answers. And this is because the real scandal presents questions that can’t be asked, because the answers indict the entire U. S. government.
What was our true geopolitical motive in Libya?
At its core, the 2011 NATO-backed rebels’ deposal of Libya’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, involved United States foreign policy interests. As with other recent military actions in the Middle East, it is part of a deep and blood-soaked history of coups that includes no less than 35 countries.
Soon after 9/11, former General Wesley Clark was informed about a memo outlining how the U. S. government planned to ‘take out’ seven countries in five years. Those countries included Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.
According to many reports, this plan had been in the works since the 1990s, when the neoconservative think tank, Project For A New American Century – which was presided over by stalwart war profiteers Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and others – drew up plans for an all-outinvasion of Iraq as early as 1998. This plan included comprehensive military actions throughout the Middle East, as described by General Clark.
The overthrow of Libya’s secular-Arab nationalist regime was very much a part of this geopolitical coup, a predicate of which was protecting the petrodollar (which is a term used to describe the world’s dominant reserve currency, the U. S. dollar, which is based on petroleum exports) and establishing a permanent occupying force in the Middle East. When Gaddafi announced in 2009 that he planned to nationalize the country’s oil reserves, he may have sealed his fate.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

‘I think it was Russian!’ Media Believes Baseless Claim Putin is Bombing Civilians

Is 2015 the year that we can finally lay Western mainstream media ‘journalism’ to rest?
Watch a video of this report here:

The Guardian is claiming that ‘at least four hospitals have been bombed … since Russia’s intervention in the war’ in Syria began and says ‘international medical organisations have repeatedly claimed that medical facilities in opposition areas have been systematically targeted’.
It cites Physicians for Human Rights, who claim that attacks have occurred ‘since protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 until the end of August 2015.’ This seems to suggest that nothing except ‘protests’ have been sought out for bombing by Assad, ignoring the fact that ‘moderates’ have never existed in what is unquestionably a war; not a series of ‘protests’.
The Director of Medical Relief in Syria, Khaled Almilaji, says the world needs to start getting angry with Russia and claims they are far ‘more accurate’ in their bombings of hospitals than Assad:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 23, 2015.

DOJ Closes Lois Lerner Investigation Without Charges

Confirming once again that the U. S. has full devolved into a total banana republic, moments ago CNN reported that the US Department of “Justice” is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups. There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.
The DOJ’s finding:
The probe found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”<

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

The REAL cause of the sudden Syrian ‘migrant crisis’ into Europe: Turkey

Since this migration crisis began a few weeks ago, one question has been nagging me as to why all of a sudden many Syrians (and others) are headed to Europe. Why now? Did they all just get a mass email telling them to leave? It just seemed so strange. Well, we do have an answer now and it’s something you haven’t heard anywhere in the media.
Walid Shoebat interviewed a prominent Syrian analyst named Taleb Ibrahim. He’s a Shiite Muslim and an Arab nationalist who loves his Syrian country, it’s diverse people and his president, Bashar Al-Assad. He does not share the global Islamist aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood Jihadis who are fighting in his country against Assad.
During the interview, Taleb Ibrahim explained how Erdogan (pictured above) is displacing the people in Syria.
Erdogan is bringing thousands of Islamist Turks from other Turkish lands into Turkey, training them and then sending them into Syria to help fight Assad. He gives an example of a couple of Chinese villages that have recently cropped up inside Syria that he said both Erdogan and ISIS brought in to help fight Assad.
So basically he’s saying that Erdogan is pushing these people out of Syria and into Europe as he changes the demographics of Syria from Arabs to Islamist Turks, all for the sake of reviving the Ottoman empire!
SEE ALSO: ISIS Fighters Could Gain LEGAL Entry Into EU, Thanks to Europe’s New Schengen Visa Deal for Turkey
I’ve transcribed the part of the interview that pertains to this as Taleb is sometimes hard to understand. The top portion is important background so you understand Turkey’s relationship to the other Turkish lands. He gives some very interesting information about it. The bottom part is the red meat.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 23, 2015.

Look Out Saudi Arabia: Russia, Iran Forge Energy Partnerships, May Form New Bank To Fund Projects

One of the key things to understand about the war in Syria is that in many ways, it’s a perfect example of how the energy-geopolitics nexus has tremendous explanatory power when it comes to analyzing the events that shape the world and show up on the nightly news.
As we’ve been at pains to explain for quite some time, Bashar al-Assad’s decision not to sign off on the Qatar-Turkey natural gas pipeline and instead to support the proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria line, may very well have prompted Qatar and Assad’s other regional rivals to begin the process of fomenting discord within Syria’s borders. The strategy was familiar and indeed, it was spelled out in a leaked 2006 diplomatic cable from Washington’s then-acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Syria William Roebuck: play on the sectarian divide. Thus, Sunni extremists were emboldened to take up arms against the regime and the rest, as they say, is history.
Note that the difference between the two proposed pipelines mentioned above comes back to power politics. That is, Iran’s regional sphere of influence depends on preserving close ties between itself, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The Islamic Line would run through all of those states. The last thing Saudi Arabia and Qatar want is for Iran to embark on a regional power grab and so, Syria became the swing state. Dethrone Assad and Tehran’s supply line to Hezbollah is broken – the door would then open up for Riyadh to essentially install a puppet government (with Washington’s help under the guise of promoting ‘democratic regime change’) that would be open to helping Qatar get its natural gas to Europe. That’s where the Russians come in. The more non-Gazprom supply that gets to Europe, so much the worse for the Kremlin in terms of the leverage Moscow has with the EU.
Again, it’s the quintessential example of how energy and geopolitics conspire to create the events that shape the course of history.
Of course the interesting thing about the above is that both the Qatar-Turkey line and the Islamic Line pipe gas from the same field and both lines aim at supplying Europe. The question then, is this: why should Moscow prefer one over the other?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

How Russia Will Eventually Kick the US out of Iraq

Earlier this week I wrote about a strange occurrence in Iraq, involving a Russian machine gun loaded with Iranian ammunition, that was found mounted on an American tank. The Iraqi military had apparently lent this vehicle to a Shia militia (against the orders of the US Government), who wasted no time equipping it with the weapons they had acquired from their Iranian and Russian allies. All signs suggest that this event is a harbinger of things to come.
The Iraqi government happens to be an awkward transitory phase with their foreign policy. They are currently being supported by both the United States and the Russian-Iranian alliance. As we speak, there are two Russian generals stationed in an intelligence center in Baghdad, and Iranian advisers are helping the Iraqi military direct their war against ISIS. Iraqi officials have even said that they would welcome Russian airstrikes in their country, and they want a ‘full blown military alliance’ with Russia, Iran, and Syria.
As you might expect, the United States isn’t taking this news very well. In fact, they’ve recently given the Iraqi government an ultimatum: It’s us or them.
The U. S. has told Iraq’s leaders they must choose between ongoing American support in the battle against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and asking the Russians to intervene instead.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that the Iraqis had promised they would not request any Russian airstrikes or support for the fight against ISIS.
Shortly after leaving Baghdad, Dunford told reporters traveling with him that he had laid out a choice when he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi earlier Tuesday.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 23rd, 2015.

Competitor Offers Equivalent To Turing’s Scandalous $750 Pill For Just $1

While Valeant was the most prominent casualty of a dramatic drop across the entire biotech/spec pharma space, the plunge started over a month ago when the NYT brought attention to what it dubbed “price gouging” at Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharma which raised the price of its only drug, Daraprim, by over 5000% from $13.50 to $750 overnight. This price increase, and the media storm that followed, prompted none other than Hillary Clinton to get involved in the debate of what should be a “fair price” for drugs, going so far as to propose price caps.
One of the consequences of this episode was to make Shkreli into a media and industry outcast, infuriating not only such natural advertising media outlets at CNBC, but also his industry peers who have seen their value tumble in the aftermath of the (long overdue) close attention paid by regulators into pricing practices.
But at least he had one thing going: a business model that afforded him solid margins, because despite promising to cut the price of the scandalous Daraprim, Turing did not do that.
Now, however, even that may be in jeopardy following news that San Diego-based specialty drug maker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, says it can make a close, customized version of Daraprim for a paltry $1 a pill, NBC reports. That’s a big contrast to the $750-a-dose that Shkreli said Turing was going to start charging for the same drug.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2015.

Putin Vs. Obama: Shall We Compare The Two Leaders Or Will That Be Too Embarrassing For America?

Have you noticed that the United States and Russia are heading in two very different directions? United behind a very strong leader with an 89.9 percent approval rating, Russia is stunning the world with the efficiency with which it is striking ISIS in Syria. Of course Vladimir Putin is far from perfect, and there are real questions about what Russia’s true motives in Syria and elsewhere are, but this is a leader and a country that have shown that they can get things done. In the U. S., on the other hand, we are being led by a weak, ineffective con man in the White House that has just a 45.3 percent approval rating. Under Obama, the federal government seems to be inept at just about everything, and this is especially true when it comes to foreign policy.
It has gotten to the point to where it is really embarrassing to be an American. The Russians know this and aren’t afraid to gloat about it. In fact, one Russian commentator even suggested that Barack Obama isn’t ‘a real man’, and it is hard to argue with that.
Here in the United States, prominent voices are expressing similar sentiments. Just consider the photo that former congressman Allen West recently posted on his Facebook page…
Personally, I definitely don’t agree with everything that Putin does. But when it comes to the global stage, it seems like he is playing chess while Obama is playing checkers.
And of course what is playing out in Syria right now is the latest example of this. Russia’s bombing campaign has accomplished in just a few weeks what the Obama administration was either unwilling or unable to do in over a year. The success of this campaign has propelled Putin to unprecedented heights of popularity. The following comes from a Russian news agency…
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has hit a new high at 89.9 percent, according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center’s (VTsIOM) new poll published Thursday.
‘The approval rating of Vladimir Putin’s activities has set a new record of 89.9 percent, breaking the previous record set in June 2015 [of 89.1 percent],’ VTsIOM reported.
The pollster said that the most important factor in the high approval rating was due to Putin’s efforts in Syria, including airstrikes targeted at the Islamic State jihadist group.

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on October 22nd, 2015.