Surprise Poll Finds Vast Majority Of Republican Voters Support Trump After “Lewd Comments”

Over the past 2 days there has been a surge of headlines along the lines of “Trump campaign implodes” as a result of the Friday afternoon video published by the WaPo (which had been in NBC’s archives for months, and which was curiously not published previously) exposing Trump’s lewd language toward women. The reaction, at least in Congress, has been swift. According to the most recent “whip list” conducted by The Hill, dozens of elected GOP officials and lawmakers have either revoked their support for Trump (at last check the number was nine) while another 21 called on Trump to drop out of the race. According to a separate count, some 30% of the GOP senate caucus is no longer supporting Trump in some capacity (16 of 54), which includes 19% of men and 83% of women.
But what about the all important rank-and-file GOP voter constituency: has the Trump tape had any impact where it really counts?
The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, is a resounding no. According to a new poll released this morning by Politico/Morning Consult, a vast majority of Republican voters is standing behind Donald Trump after the so-called “campaign imploding” tape scandal.
While nearly three-quarters, or 74%, of all voters polled reacted negatively to the video, almost three-quarters of Republicans, or 74%, said GOP leaders should still back Trump. Only a modest 12% of Republican voters said Trump should end his campaign, pollsters found, and – perhaps more surprisingly – only 13% of female Republicans said he should drop out.
Less surprising was the finding that 70% of Democrats, meanwhile, said Trump should leave the race.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 9, 2016.

SYRIA: Message from the REAL Syria Civil Defence about White Helmet frauds

Jamila Assi
JamilaEyes
This is a translated message from the REAL Syria Civil Defence heroes, Latakia Fire Brigade published this message today, 8th October 2016.
‘Before we start, we would like to note that the video attached to this post is very important, it was broadcasted on RT [covering the White Helmets issue].
Yesterday [October, 07, 2016] was the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, after the winners in medicine, physics and chemistry had been announced. As you know, The White Helmets (Al Qaeda affiliated and Al Nusra-afffiliated civil defense) were nominated for this award, but did not get it. This organization known as The White Helmets was given tens of millions of dollars to pursue its work, not to mention the donations and crowdfunding campaigns all over the world, in addition to the highest and most developed tools and equipment they were supplied with, way better than the equipment we own.
They were offered huge logistic support (communication devices and foreign coordinators) as well as being introduced to Western and Arab media on the highest levels and through the most popular channels with the support of the biggest production companies specialized in documentaries, one of which is Netflix, and many other specialists in montage and media in general.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 8, 2016.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Furious Over Hillary’s Leaked Wall Street Speeches

With the media exclusively attuned to every new, or 11-year-old as the case may be, twist in the Trump “sex tape” saga, it appeared that everyone forgot that a little over 24 hours ago, Wikileaks exposed the real reason why Hillary was keeping her Wall Street speech transcripts – which we now know had always been within easy reach for her campaign – secret. In her own words: “if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” In other words, you have to lie to the general public while promising those who just paid you $250,000 for an hour of your speaking time something entirely different, which is precisely what those accusing Hillary of hiding her WS transcripts had done; and as yesterday’s hacked documents revealed, they were right.
The Clinton campaign refused to disavow the hacked excerpts, although it quickly tired to pin the blame again on Russia: “We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange, who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton,” spokesman Glen Caplin said in a prepared statement. Previous releases have “Guccifer 2.0 has already proven the warnings of top national security officials that documents can be faked as part of a sophisticated Russian misinformation campaign.”
Ironically, it was literally minutes before the Wikileaks release of the “Podesta Files” that the US formally accused Russia of waging a hacking cyber attack on the US political establishment, almost as if it knew Wikileaks was about to make the major disclosure, and sought to minimize its impact by scapegoating Vladimir Putin.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

What The Market Says – Trump Wins If…

While the variance across the mainstream media’s presidential election polls remains high, the trend in the last week appears to have been one of Trump losing ground to Hillary. While the two campaigns lob headline-grenades at one another, we leave it to the markets to decide what it will take to lead Trump to victory…
It appears that markets – Stocks, Bonds, and FX – are leading indicators of the gap between good or bad, or the lesser of two evils, depending on your perspective.
The positive trend for Hillary appears to be catching up to stocks…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

The Individual unshackled from old space and time

Here is an excerpt of an introduction I wrote to my second collection, Exit From the Matrix:
‘Global solution’ means the individual is cut out of the equation, he doesn’t count, he doesn’t mean anything in the larger scheme of things, he’s just another pawn and cipher to move around on the board.
And as more duped and deluded people sign on to this agenda, the whole concept of the individual shrinks and becomes irrelevant.
This is purposeful.
This is the script for the future: create problems whose only solution appears to be collective.
Psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually divert the individual’s attention from his own vision, his own profound desires, his own consciousness, his own imagination – and place it within The Group (‘all of humanity’).
Propagandize the idea that, if the individual concerns himself with anything other than The Group, he is selfish, greedy, inhumane. He is a criminal.
More and more, this is how the young are being trained these days.
The grand ‘we’ is being sold to them like a cheap street drug. They buy in. They believe this ‘we’ is real, instead of a hollow con designed to drag them into a Globalist framework owned and operated by mega-corporations, banks, foundations, governments, and ubiquitous Rockefeller interests.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on October 8, 2016.

Globalization Is Done

Submitted by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,
I read a lot, been doing it for years, about finance and affiliated topics (a wide horizon of them), which means I’ve inevitably seen a wholesale lot of nonsense fly by. But for some reason, and I think I know why, Q3 2016 has been gunning for a top -or bottom- seat in that regard, and Q4 is looking to do it one better/worse.
Apart from the fast increasingly brainless political ‘discussions’ that don’t deserve the name, in the US and UK and beyond, there are the transnational organizations, NATO, IMF, EU and all those things, all suffocating in their own hubris, things I’ve dealt with before in for instance Globalization Is Dead, But The Idea Is Not and Why There is Trump. But none of it still seems to have trickled through anywhere that I can see.
The end of growth exposes the stupidity and ignorance of all but (and even that’s a maybe) a precious few (of our) ‘leaders’. There is no other way this could have run, because an era of growth simply selects for different people to float to the top of the pond than a period of contraction does. Can we agree on that?
‘Growth leaders’ only have to seduce voters into believing that they can keep growth going, and create more of it (though in reality they have no control over it at all). Anyone can do that. So ‘anyone’ who’s sufficiently hooked on power games will apply.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

Terrorist Support Group: Evidence of US-UK funded ‘White Helmets’ Working Alongside Militants

Through the White Helmets we are seeing the eradication of Syrian state institutions and the implanting of a Syrian shadow state by predominantly the UK, the US and supported by EU governments, says Vanessa Beeley, independent researcher and journalist.
With Syria’s White Helmets having been in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, grabbing headlines as ‘Heroes of Peace’, with the media and politicians endorsing them, RT spoke with Vanessa Beeley, independent researcher and journalist.
Beeley discussed whether The White Helmets are indeed ‘independent, impartial and unsullied by Western cash’.
RT: The White Helmets claim to be a ‘neutral, impartial, humanitarian NGO’. Is that really the case?
Vanessa Beeley: It’s impossible for that claim to be legitimate. Let’s take it first of all, ‘neutral’. They claim that they receive no funding from any governments that have a vested interest in the Syrian conflict. And yet they are in fact multimillion funded, conservatively speaking, 100 million dollars from the US, 23 million via USAID; from the UK around now 65 million – it was originally 19.7 million pounds and Boris Johnson announced a further 32 million. France is supplying equipment. Denmark, Germany, Holland and even Japan through the international agency in Japan.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 8, 2016.

A Real Life “House of Cards” – The Most Striking WikiLeaks Revelations From The “Podesta Files”

They say that “life imitates art”…or is it the other way around…the lines are getting so blurred. In any event, we thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some of the most startling discoveries we found so far in Doug Stamper’s…sorry, John Podesta’s emails. You have to admit there are some similarities there and they even have the same position…hopefully the Clinton Foundation is receiving royalties from HBO…
Yesterday we pointed out the many amazing one-liners offered up by Hillary as she was out collecting millions of dollars for her “Wall Street speeches.” Here is an expanded sample:
Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m Kind Of Far Removed’ From The Struggles Of The Middle Class ‘Because The Life I’ve Lived And The Economic, You Know, Fortunes That My Husband And I Now Enjoy.’ ‘And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. Never. I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.’ [Hillary Clinton Remarks at Goldman-Black Rock, 2/4/14]

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

For Better Or Worse, Gallup Poll Reveals Trump Media Coverage More Impactful On Voters

They say “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” but we’re not so sure that applies to this particular election cycle. Per a recentGallup daily tracking poll, media coverage of Trump has consistently been more “impactful” on American voters than coverage of Hillary. That said, voter “awareness” of each candidate’s media coverage only seems to spike around negative events which likely just implies that Trump is consistently more controversial…at least in a way that makes an impact on voters. Certainly, one could make the argument that the various scandals surrounding Hillary are far more serious given the potential violation of numerous federal laws (which we’ve argued frequently), but so long as the main stream media continues to run cover and the American electorate continues to not care, we suspect the “seriousness” of Hillary’s scandals will continue to simply not matter.
As illustrated in the chart below, the American electorate seems to only absorb the sensationalized events of the presidential election coverage. For example, awareness of Hillary’s coverage spiked to 84% back in mid-September when the whole world became fascinated with her sudden onset pneumonia. Meanwhile, awareness of Trump has spiked over the past week as he has continued to engage in a pro-longed squabble with the former Miss Universe.
Meanwhile, something tells us we’re about to see a whole new spike for The Donald as comments that he is “automatically attracted to beautiful women” and likes to “grab ’em by the pu$$y” are unlikely to fade from the mainstream media very quickly.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

America’s Longest War Gets Longer

Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’
America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.
Afghanistan was picked as the target of US vengeance even though the 9/11 attacks were hatched (if in fact done from abroad) in Germany and Spain. The suicide attackers made clear their kamikaze mission was to punish the US for ‘occupying’ the holy land of Saudi Arabia, and for Washington’s open-ended support of Israel in its occupation of Palestine.
This rational was quickly obscured by the Bush administration that claimed the 9/11 attackers, most of whom were Saudis, were motivated by hatred of American ‘values’ and ‘freedoms.’ This nonsense planted the seeds of the rising tide of Islamophobia that we see today and the faux ‘war on terror.’
An anti-communist jihadi, Osama bin Laden, was inflated and demonized into America’s Great Satan. The supposed ‘terrorist training camps’ in Afghanistan were, as I saw with my eyes, camps where Pakistani intelligence trained jihadis to fight in India-occupied Kashmir.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 8, 2016.

US Soldiers Resist Obama’s Support Of Al Qaeda

Submitted by Eric Zuesse via Stratgic-Culture.org,
As is by now well-known, the U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s previously classified 2012 report on the origin of the Islamic insurgency against Bashar al-Assad was released to the public on 18 May 2015, and it revealed the Obama Administration’s knowledge, at least since that time, that the Salafist [Saudi-backed fundamentalist Sunni Islamic], the Muslim Brotherhood [Qatari-backed fundamentalist Sunni Islamic] and AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq] are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria, and acknowledgement that the West, Gulf countries [Saudi Arabia and Qatar mainly], and Turkey support the opposition [to Bashar al-Assad], while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime, so that the U. S. Government is, in fact, allied with Al Qaeda there, to overthrow Assad.
This pro-Al-Qaeda position was news, however, to America’s military personnel in that region.
On 29 September 2016, the Russian news site rusvesna.su headlined Scandal in the US Army: Obama, we will not fight for your fighters in Syria! – Soldiers protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO), and they showed alleged U. S. military personnel holding up signs covering their faces, upon which signs were handwritten messages such as:
I joined the military to protect my family from terrorists Obama, I will not deploy to fight for your Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria. WAKE UP PEOPLE
I DIDN’T JOIN THE NAVY TO FIGHT FOR AL QAEDA IN A SYRIAN CIVIL WAR!

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

Why Hillary Clinton Wants You To Like The EU

After the UK Brexit, politician Nigel Farage appeared at a Donald Trump rally in Mississippi. Hillary Clinton lashed out at Farage and the campaign to the leave the European Union. She accused the opposition to the European Union of ‘having fuelled anti-immigrant sentiments’ and ‘being a brand of extreme nationalism.’
Regardless of whether or not these accusations are even true, there are many reasons why people like Hillary Clinton wants us to like the European Union: it embodies in itself all the aspects of government growth and overreach that mainstream politicians are pushing for.
The Unaccountable European Bureaucracy The European Union is governed by three main political institutions:
The Council, represented by the heads of state or government of the member states who try to defend their own interests. The Commission that strives toward more federalism and is a group of unknown ex-ministers who make all legislative proposals. The European Parliament which votes on the proposals but has no right to suggest legislation and is merely the arm of the major parties. This triangular force has done nothing but accumulate power over the years: the European Union has a common agricultural policy, common food safety standards, and a myriad of common regulations of social behavior such as smoking bans. The EU power structure is at times so complicated, containing numerous presidents, vice-presidents, co-presidents, permanent presidents, rotating presidencies, chairmen, and high commissioners that it’s difficult to really keep track of who is in charge and who decided on what. This has made the centralization of power very easy for politicians.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on October 8, 2016.

Billionaires bankroll escape from computer simulation called Reality

Elon Musk and several other unnamed billionaires believe we all live in a computer generated reality – they’re convinced the universe is a simulation. Therefore, they’re funding research aimed at helping us escape.
The story, as reported in The Independent (10/5), gets even more interesting when we hear from Sam Altman, who owns Y Combinator, a company that helps create tech start-ups:
‘Mr Altman…told the New Yorker that he was concerned about the way that the devices that surround us might lead to the extinction of all consciousness in the universe. He spoke about how the best scenario for dealing with that is a ‘merge’ – when our brains and computers become one, perhaps by having our brains uploaded into the cloud…’The full-on-crazy version of the merge is we get our brains uploaded into the cloud. I’d love that. We need to level up humans, because our descendants will either conquer the galaxy or extinguish consciousness in the universe forever. What a time to be alive!”
If you’re confused and spinning, you should be. How do we get from ‘we’re all living in a simulation’ to ‘we should get our brains uploaded to the cloud’?
‘The devices that surround us might lead to the extinction of all consciousness in the universe,’ and therefore we should merge our brains with another such device; the cloud. Our brains and some super-computer should become One, and that will solve the problem.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on October 8, 2016.

DID WIKILEAKS JUST END HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN?

Wikileaks has uncovered an extensive amount of Hillary Clinton’s emailspertaining to her communications with John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, concerning ‘nuclear energy, and media handling over donations to the Clinton Foundation from mining and nuclear interests.’
The Friday release contains 2,060 emails. They plan on releasing more emails from the Clinton campaign in increments and claim to have over 50,000 emails that are scheduled for future leaks.
The emails that have been released were retrieved from hackers who accessed Podesta’s email account.
In one quote from the leak, an apparent transcript of Clinton’s paid speech at a Goldman Sachs event shows Clinton referring to the left as a ‘bucket of losers’:
What we see on the left is in its way more disconcerting… This coalition, a collection of generally under-represented, low social capital individuals has become increasingly networked and increasingly motivated. This group that our analysts are calling the ((Makes air quotes)) bucket of losers could not only be a significant force in the next election but (.) could, on an outside percentile, even win.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 8, 2016.

Trump Issues Midnight Apology To Contain Tape Fallout As Republicans Pull Support, Call For Trump To Withdraw

With Friday afternoon providing the American public not one but two “October surprises”, when at almost exactly the same time Wikileaks revealed the bulk of Hillary Clinton’s sensitive speeches to Wall Street while WaPo exposed a tape in which Donald Trump made obscene sexual remarks in 2005 in a private setting (both of which took place shortly after the US formally accused Russia of hacking Democratic servers and subverting the US political process) the media has gravitated toward the latter as the source of far greater indignation, and as a result Trump issued a midnight statement, apologizing for his lewd remarks.
The apology came less than 48 hours before Trump and Clinton are scheduled to meet in the second presidential debate, and as Trump found himself under intense pressure from GOP leaders, amid an unprecedented outpouring of anger from conservatives, some of whom are demanding he pull out of the race entirely.
In a rare moment of contrition for the famously unapologetic businessman, facing a media firestorm, his video statement, released at 12:09 a.m. on Saturday, was the first step for Trump if he’s going to turn his campaign around. In it, he vowed to ‘be a better man tomorrow.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2016.

“The Island Where People Forget to Die” and Social Ecosystems

A vibrant social ecosystem is as essential as the Mediterranean Diet to health and longevity.
You might have seen this article The Island Where People Forget to Die a few years ago. I recently re-read this exploration of “blue zones” where people habitually live long, productive lives, and read a companion piece on the “blue zone” author’s discoveries about food and diet: My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner.
What really struck me in this re-reading was the centrality of purposeful work and a robust social ecosystem in the lives of the productive/active elderly.
This is in stark contrast to the conventional narrative of our healthcare system, which focuses on diet and exercise as the sole inputs that affect longevity.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on Saturday, October 08, 2016.