Falsehoods in the NYT’s Editorial, ‘Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine’

The only way to expose lies is within context; so, this will have to be lengthy.
The Times editorial opens with a falsehood: ‘There is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the world believe, but in units equipped with mobile artillery and heavy military equipment.’ Their only cited source for that statement is ‘a senior NATO officer.’ But should anyone take as a source, on that type of matter, either an anonymous U. S.-NATO official, or an anonymous Russian official? That’s hardly an unprejudiced ‘source,’ in either case – and it’s their only source on this.
The context here has to be understood: During the run-up to our 19 March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Times was similarly taking, as sources, anonymous U. S. officials, who lied about the evidence, saying that aluminum tubes were definitely being used for making weapons of mass destruction, when they weren’t at all, and that ‘uranium from Niger’ was being snuk into Iraq for nuclear bombs that were also a fabrication – outright forged ‘evidence,’ selectively accepted, while the Times selectively rejected, and avoided even to mention, far more-solid evidence to the exact contrary. They wanted us to invade, and we did. The Times apologized for their ‘errors’ years later, after the damage had already been done – damage (many thousands of corpses, and several trillions of dollars in costs) that the Times greatly assisted George W. Bush to produce, by helping to sell the country on doing it.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 3, 2014.

Pepe Escobar: Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ legacy

Looks like U.S. President Barack Obama made a royal mess of what his mentor Dr. Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski taught him.
Dr. Zbig always quotes Sir Halford John Mackinder's three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy; to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals; to keep tributaries pliant and protected; and to keep the barbarians from coming together.
After dabbling briefly with "leading from behind" – a non-starter – Obama finally went Mackinderesque with his stellar "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" foreign policy doctrine.
Nevertheless, an always alert former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said "Don't do Stupid Stuff" isn't a "foreign policy organizing principle". Yet "Stupid Stuff" is all that the Obama foreign policy team knows how to do.

This post was published at Asia Times

Dutch Safety Board: Final Report on MH17 Crash Due Next Summer

It will take about a year to compile the final report on the causes of the Malaysian Boeing crash in eastern Ukraine, a spokeswoman for the Dutch Safety Board that heads the investigation told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
“I think it will take about a year to complete the whole investigation. I think that in summer 2015 we will publish the report," spokeswoman Sara Vernooij said, adding that the board conducts its investigation in full compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules.
“There are also rules [on] how you have to bring the concept of this report to the other countries that have interest, and they have 60 days to look at the concept of the final report, and then we have to work out the critic on the report," she said.
A preliminary report is expected to be made public in the coming weeks.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Union of Mineworkers: Ukraine’s Coal Reserves to Run Out in November

Coal reserves at Ukraine’s electricity producing thermal power stations will only last until this November, the chairman of Ukraine’s Union of Mineworkers Mykhailo Volynets said Tuesday.
“Free Miners Union today warns people that we are not ready for the winter and that our reserves of coal will run out in November,” Volynets said during a press briefing.
According to earlier media reports, Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy sent a message to local energy saving companies about possible temporary electricity blackouts due to capacity shortage in the national grid, just as it was in the 1990s.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Ukraine May Need Additional Bailout of $19Bln if Hostilities Continue: Agency Citing IMF

Ukraine may need an additional international bailout of $19 billion if the civil conflict in the east of the country continues into next year, Reuters reported Tuesday citing the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) detailed review of its Stand-By Arrangement for Ukraine.
“The IMF warned that if the fighting continued into next year, Ukraine may need as much as $19 billion in additional financing from donors,” the agency said.
The fund said its next disbursement of the $17-billion bailout for Ukraine would be in mid-December and will amount to approximately $2.7 billion.
Ukraine is on the verge of a default, with the country’s authorities trying to rescue its economy with international loans.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

What Eric Cantor Is Really Going to Do on Wall Street

Today brings the utterly unsurprising news that Eric Cantor is headed to Wall Street.
The ousted House majority leader and longtime friend of the financial industry is joining Moelis & Company as a vice-chairman. His paycheck? At least $1.6 million in 2015, plus a million-dollar signing bonus. His duties? To “compete for business and advise corporate and investor clients on takeovers and other deals,” according to The Wall Street Journal. But I get the feeling that won’t be all Cantor will be doing, given his relationships on the Hill and total lack of investment-banking experience.
But how does influence-peddling work in 2014? What do these politicians really do when they end up on Wall Street? To shed some light on those questions, I spoke this morning with Dennis Kelleher. He’s a former corporate lawyer and longtime Senate staffer who now heads the nonprofit Better Markets, the banking lobby’s lonely public-interest opposition in Washington.

This post was published at NY Mag

How China Prepares For Domestic Terrorism

Just in case ISIS, or any of the various weaponized local groups of discontents get any ideas and decide to bring their “terrorism” to China’s megacities, here is how the local authorities prepare for just such occasions. The photos below show the Beijing police conducting the appropriately named “One-minute handling” anti-terror drill taking place in one of the city’s commercial centers.
While in itself it is hardly surprising that the world’s most populous country is preparing for Plan B, one does wonder just what the local Politburo may be seeing especially in the aftermath of the images from May which captured the riot police training for a “working class insurrection” making one wonder: just what is considered terrorism in China?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

The September Start of War

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; The fact that you gave us all warning of the turn in the Cycle of War coming in 2014 back at the 1998 conference and at 2011 conference, was truly amazing to watch how this has all worked out. But the stunning realization that you pinpoint Ukraine as the flash point and then said it will turn up in September which has arrived with the Russians openly invading Ukraine, I just do not know how anyone from the goldbugs to government cannot appreciate what you have done with analyzing time. They expose their own stupidity and bias by trying to criticism you on a personal level when you have shown us this is not opinion or just outright ignore you and hope you go away. People should be supporting your work and the sooner you go public the better.
Do you have any idea what makes this all work so precisely? The ECM picks events to the day, but you said this war in Ukraine would turn up starting in September. Your timing is truly amazing.
Thank you so much for showing us a new way to look at everything. I use to attend various lectures on cyclical analysis. But they seemed primitive at best and only concerned about trading some single market thinking they have conquered the world. Nobody has ever comprehended the global connectivity that you show us all the time. I really do hope the government would just for once care about society and listen to what your models really project. So many lives would be saved not to mention money from chasing absurd ideas like global warming that is obviously a natural cycle. It is a shame the analytical community does not stand up and support you rather than trying to compete with you when they cannot even understand the depth to which you have taken cyclical analysis.
Thank you once again for showing us the light.
HRK
ANSWER: Thank you. I am very glad that some people are starting to see that this is something very important that could really change the future is implemented. We are trying to take this public to protect everything and then hopefully the technology can be applied to many fields. Ego keeps the industry fragmented. Only when we crash and burn does it appear that there would be any type of unity in the analysis community. They argued Keynes was nuts until the Great Depression hit. This is just how it functions. As for a market forecasters, generally all they are doing is trying to make a buck. They are not normally inspired by lofty goals. They are content trying to develop just trading systems to sell.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 3, 2014.

Beware of the UN Takeover of American Water Supplies

Millions of children under five die every year due to toxic germ-infest unsafe drinking water. This means that almost four babies a minute die from a lack of water according to UN-Water’s estimations. In the 2014 World Water Report released on the eve of World Water Day, the UN said that 768 million people do not have adequate access to water, 2.5 billion do not have access to improved sanitation. Among the deprived are a significant number of people in Detroit. It would seem that the problems of the third world are being visited upon Detroit and soon the rest of the country.
Obama Refuses to Bail Out the People of Detroit Obama has taken American taxpayer funds to bail out the privately owned General Motors. Obama has helped to himself to the same pot of money and has devastated this country by bailing out key Wall Street businesses (e.g. Goldman Sachs). However, when it comes to helping 700,000 residents of Detroit, they are not worthy of an Obama bailout, even when their health and their very lives are being put in danger by severe third world economic conditions that are currently present in Detroit.
Detroit is trying to come to grips with its newly founded Chapter 9 Bankruptcy plan that includes a significant loss of pension benefits for retired city employees. However, the most devastating part of the Detroit financial crisis may not be the loss of pension benefits, it is the access to clean drinking water. Today, Detroit is a city in which nearly 50% of the residents will soon have no access to clean drinking water. Yes, that is correct, nearly half of the residents in Detroit, cannot obtain clean water and this has become a serious life crisis. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced it would send shut-off notices to customers with balances more than $150 past due or who are more than 60 days behind in their water payments. The department, has stated that nearly 50% of Detroit’s 324,000 water bills are overdue. Already, 4,500 accounts have had their water shut off by DWSD. This is looming health crisis of epic proportions!

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 3, 2014.

Current Ebola Epidemic Death Count Surpasses All Previous Outbreaks Combined

Presented with little comment…
*EBOLA DEATH TOLL REACHES 1,900; CASES SURPASS 3,500, WHO SAYS *EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS MORE DEATHS THAN ALL PAST OUTBREAKS COMBINED Perhaps, when Doctors-Without-Borders and the World Health Organization start speaking in panicced terms about ‘out of control’ outbreaks, ‘global crisis’, ‘world is losing battle’, due to ‘lethally inadequate’ responses; that it’s time for the west to start getting involved (as opposed to sending humanitarian advisers to Iraq and Ukraine).
* * * “contained”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

Vital, New Batchelor-Cohen

With all of today’s varied rumors of war and peace, it is more important that ever that you stay updated on The Ukraine Crisis. To that end, here’s last evening podcast from John Batchelor and Stephen F. Cohen.
This podcast could not be more timely. Please take the time to give it a thorough listen but the second half, beginning near the 20:00 mark, is particularly pertinent given the NATO summit that begins tomorrow in Wales.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

This post was published at TF Metals Report on September 3, 2014.

It’s official: Public opinion of Congress sinks below that of used car salesmen

September 3, 2014 Santiago, Chile
Poll after poll confirms what I’m sure you’ve already been feeling.
People are disenchanted with the existing system. They don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the banks, and they don’t trust the media.
You can hear the rumblings of grumblings, and it’s only growing louder and louder.
Lost confidence in government
If you were to ask 10 Americans if they have confidence in Congress, less than one would now say yes.
And it’s not just disgust with the legislature. It’s all of government. Confidence in President Obama is at its lowest level ever.
Supposedly those in political office are there to act on behalf of the people. That’s what a republic is all about, right?

This post was published at Sovereign Man on September 3, 2014.

09.03 0530 ET BREAKING NEWS: Poroshenko Agrees to Ceasefire in Ukraine Civil War

The Kremlin’s website had the following statement also:
Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
An in-depth discussion of the military and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine was continued. The heads of state exchanged opinions on what needs to be done as a matter of priority to ensure a speedy end to the bloodshed in the south-east of the country.
The views of the presidents of the two countries on the possible ways out of the crisis were, to a large extent, the same.

This post was published at John Galt Fla on September 3, 2014.

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane – Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have ‘ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.’ As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington’s puppet as European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia’s President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: ‘If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.’
Clearly, Putin did not issue a threat. A threat would be inconsistent with Putin’s entire unprovocative approach to the strategic threat that Washington and its NATO puppets have brought to Russia in Ukraine. Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said that if Barroso’s lie stands, Russia will make public the full recording of the conversation
Anyone familiar with the disparity between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries knows full well that it would take the Russian military 14 hours, not 14 days, to take all of Ukraine. Just remember what happened to the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army when Washington set its stupid Georgian puppets on South Ossetia. The American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army collapsed under Russian counterattack in 5 hours.
The lie that Washington’s puppet Barroso told was not worthy of a serious person. But where in Europe is there a serious person in power? Nowhere. The few serious people are all out of power. Consider the NATO Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen. He was a prime minister of Denmark who saw he could rise beyond Denmark by serving as Washington’s puppet. As prime minister he strongly supported Washington’s illegal invasion of Iraq, declaring that ‘we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.’ Of course, the fool didn’t know any such thing, and why would it matter if Iraq did have such weapons. Many countries have weapons of mass destruction.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 2, 2014.

GEN. MCINERNEY: ‘WE HELPED BUILD ISIS’

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During an appearance on Fox News, General Thomas McInerney acknowledged that the United States ‘helped build ISIS’ as a result of the group obtaining weapons from the Benghazi consulate in Libya which was attacked by jihadists in September 2012.
Asked what he thought of the idea of arming so-called ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels after FSA militants kidnapped UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, McInerney said the policy had been a failure.
‘We backed I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that’s a little confusing to people, so I’ve always maintained….that we were backing the wrong types.’
then made reference to a Bret Baier Fox News special set to air on Friday which will, ‘show some of those weapons from Benghazi ended up in the hands of ISIS – so we helped build ISIS,’ said

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 3, 2014.

Is This Why Obama Is Rushing To This Week’s NATO Summit?

As is well-known, tomorrow, September 4, a NATO summit begins in Wales to discuss and coordinate the western response to ongoing “Russian intervention” in Ukraine (not to be confused by US intervention in Ukraine meant to remove an standing, democratically-elected president), a summit for which Barack Obama has demonstrated impressive enthusiasm following his blitz tour of Europe, a continent reeling on the edge of a recessionary abyss courtesy of the “costs” Obama has imposed on Germany Russia in the aftermath of the Victoria Nuland-instituted local Kiev government.
Perhaps it has something to do with this…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

President Obama Points “Provable Facts” Finger At Russia Over Ukraine Instability (Despite ‘Ceasefire’) – Live Feed

Russia did this… “These are facts, provable,” President Obama declared… we let him continue…
*OBAMA SEES `BRAZEN ASSAULT’ ON UKRAINE’S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY *OBAMA: VISION OF FREE EUROPE `THREATENED’ BY RUSSIAN AGRESSION *OBAMA SAYS `AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL’ *OBAMA PROMISES U. S., NATO DEFENSE AGAINST RUSSIA FOR BALTICS *OBAMA SAYS BORDERS `CANNOT BE REDRAWN BY THE BARREL OF A GUN’ *OBAMA: RUSSIA ENCOURAGING, FINANCING, TRAINING UKRAINE REBELS *OBAMA: U. S. REJECTS `ANY TALK OF SPHERES OF INFLUENCE’ TODAY *OBAMA: WON’T ACCEPT RUSSIAN OCCUPATION OF ANY PART OF UKRAINE CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.