“Let’s Pray This Works”: Syria “Ceasefire” Begins After Russia Takes “Total Control” Of Country

Last Monday, Washington and Moscow hailed an agreement that would see a temporary cessation of hostilities in Syria.
The ‘ceasefire’ went into effect on Saturday and so far, so good. ‘Clashes and airstrikes across western Syria largely abated Saturday morning, as an internationally backed truce took hold in parts of the country where rebels have been fighting the regime,’ WSJ reported this morning. Although the SAA apparently hit a few rebel positions east of Damascus, overall, ‘it was a calm morning.’
Russia said it would halt all flights over the country for the first 24 hours to avoid ‘mistakes’ in targeting. “Given the entry into force of the U. N. Security Council resolution that supports the Russian-American agreements on a ceasefire, and to avoid any possible mistakes when carrying out strikes, Russian military planes, including long-range aviation, are not carrying out any flights over Syrian territory on Feb. 27,” the Defense Ministry said.
By ‘mistakes’ Moscow means hitting anyone other than al-Nusra or ISIS, who are not included in the agreement. Rebels, not to mention analysts, have argued that Russia and Hezbollah will be able to use al-Nusra as an excuse to continue the offensive against anti-Assad elements. While the ISIS presence is concentrated in eastern Syria, al-Nusra has positions in Aleppo City, the Jabal Turkman region of Northeastern Latakia, the Jabal Zawiya region in Southern Idlib Province, and the Quneitra Province along the Golan Heights. Just to name a few. That effectively means Russia can bomb anywhere along the country’s urban backbone in the west and claim to be targeting the group, which, you’re reminded, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/27/2016.

Hillary vs. The Donald

In a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race – which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries – what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court?
If Republicans can unite, not bad, not bad at all.
Undeniably, Democrats open with a strong hand.
There is that famed ‘blue wall,’ those 18 states and D. C. with a combined 242 electoral votes, just 28 shy of victory, that have gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1988.
The wall contains all of New England save New Hampshire; the Acela corridor (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland); plus Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin in the Middle West; and the Pacific coast of California, Oregon, Washington – and Hawaii.
Changing demography, too, favors the Democrats.
Barack Obama carried over 90 percent of the black vote twice and in 2012 carried over 70 percent of the Hispanic and Asian votes. These last two voting blocs are the fastest growing in the USA.
A third Democratic advantage is a simple self-interest.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on February 27, 2016.

The Final Control: TPP, TTIP, TISA Global Corporate Takeover

21st Century Wire says…
This is a new geopolitical war, taking place between the United States and China.
The rise of the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, along with countless other emerging economies, means that global power relations are gradually tipping away from the Anglo-American Axis, and towards Eurasia.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 27, 2016.

Is The US And The Coalition Forces Preparing To Use Tactical Nukes In Syria? – Episode 904b

The following video was published by X22Report on Feb 26, 2016
Russia looking at the UN Draft for North Korean Sanctions. Poroshenko signs law with NATO. Drone crashes in Turkey. Obama pushing the idea that Russia needs to adhere to the ceasefire deal. US humanitarian aid that was being dropped for the people of Syria accidental was delivered to the IS. US and the coalition forces planning a big event in the middle east, Lebanon is being evacuated of all diplomats from other countries and there are reports that a tactical nuke might be used near Aleppo.

Can Maduro Mayhem Last To 2017?

Things are turning increasingly ugly in Venezuela between President Maduro and the opposition MUD. The core political problem after December 2015 elections is the PSUV are now using the courts to neuter any opposition voices that formally hold a legislative majority to start holding the government to account.
Right on cue, Mr. Maduro just railed a decree through the Supreme Court (TSJ) giving him total control over budgetary measures, utilize any property, suspect constitutional rights and if needs be mobilize the military for a period of 60 days (effective from 15th January) with another 60 day extension not only ‘Constitutionally possible’, but increasingly likely. The ‘good news’ from that, is President Maduro is at least starting to take some tepid measures that might help to get Venezuela onto a more realistic track, including 37% devaluation with a view to bringing Venezuela’s three tiered exchange rate into a dual system.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

MSM PUSHING OLD CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT KATY PERRY IS REALLY JONBENT RAMSEY TO MAKE ALT MEDIA READERS SEEM CRAZY

This one is making headlines all over the place in the last 24 hours, and it reeks of the same agenda-driven psyop gusto that’s behind the flat Earth theory: something over-the-top put in place and widely publicized as much as possible to make all conspiracy theorists (aka critical thinkers who do not automatically believe everything they are told by the government and mainstream media outlets without questioning said events) look insane to the rest of the general public, thus discrediting them, all conspiracy theories, and the entire alternative media movement.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

Dead Piglet Inscribed With “Mother Merkel” Found At German Mosque

‘In view of the circumstances it appears likely that this is a xenophobic act.’
That’s from a police spokesperson who spoke to dpa after a dead pig with Angela Merkel’s name ‘daubed on it’ was discovered at a site where a mosque is being constructed in Leipzig.
‘Mutti Merkel’ was reportedly scribed on the animal’s corpse. ‘Mutti,’ or ‘mom’ is a term of endearment that’s been variously applied to the chancellor. When Merkel made the push to take in some 1 million refugees last year, she was dubbed a ‘kind hearted lion mother’ by some Mid-East asylum seekers.
But ‘mother’ Merkel’s reputation has suffered irreparable damage over the past six months thanks to her role in fueling the bloc’s worsening refugee crisis. Germany took in more than a million migrants in 2015 and reports of mass sexual assaults carried out by immigrants combined with ever-present concerns about terror have soured Europeans on the chancellor’s ‘yes we can’ message.
Indeed, the narrative is increasingly ‘no we can’t, even if we wanted to.’ In fact, the situation is so bad that EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned on Thursday that if Turkey and Greece can’t work together on a solution to secure the bloc’s external borders, the entire project will collapse in the next 10 days.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

Day of Reckoning Imminent

Fudging Numbers
It all seems so systematic, arranged, and orderly. Sixty seconds make a minute, 60 minutes make an hour, 24 hours make a day, and one day equals one complete rotation of the planet earth. Roughly every 30 days the moon orbits the earth – which is one month. Then every 12 months the earth orbits the sun – which is one year. So far so good…right?
But here’s where the nice and neat order of it all breaks down. For if you try to measure one of earth’s orbits of the sun in days it’s not so divinely tidy. For it takes 365 days plus an inconvenient 6 hours to fully complete the cycle. Nonetheless, we don’t let these inconvenient 6 hours hamper our perfection.
We’re humans, after all. We innovate, invent, and make the world in our image. So when the numbers don’t jive, we do what must be done. We fudge them. We create an off balance account, we concoct a new theory, we contrive negative interest rate policy…and we invent a leap year.
This coming Monday is the day the books must be reckoned. Peering into our off balance account we find 24 accrued hours that must be tallied up and rectified. Consequently, we must have a day of correction for the disorder of the last four years. We must resynchronize the calendar year with the astronomical year. Moreover, we must reground our measuring system with its baseline – its reference point.

This post was published at Acting-Man on February 26, 2016.

Putin Warns ‘Foreign Enemies’ Targeting Upcoming Russian Elections

21st Century Wire says…
Putin exposing election interference is a huge deal.
Watch a video of this here:

Russia’s President Putin has put Russian intelligence agencies on alert for interference of foreign origin in the country’s parliamentary elections later this year.
The Russian President singled out ‘foreign enemies’ as the central problem for the upcoming elections this September.
Putin had this warning for those who may want to interfere:


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

Syrian Souvenir Shops Sell Out Of Putin Mugs

“One of the calmest periods [in Damascus] since the start of the war,” is due to Russia’s hit on Jaysh al Islam chief Zahran Alloush, Reuters wrote on Friday, citing local sources.
Alloush was something of a hero among some Sunnis but as we said in the wake of the airstrike that killed him in December, he was, in reality, a radical militant who advocated the extermination of Alawites and Shiites in Syria.
His death was emblematic of what the Russian intervention represents to many Syrians who are still loyal to Bashar al-Assad and the Alawite government. As we’ve noted before, regardless of how skeptical you are regarding the Western media’s portrayal of the Assad government, there’s no argument to be made that Assad is some kind of benevolent statesman. He’s not. Plain and simple. Indeed, he himself admits that the Mid-East isn’t ready for democracy (he’s said as much on a number of occasions). But the fact is this: Sunni extremist elements have made life a living hell in Syria and the country was much better off when Assad was firmly in power. Even if he wielded that power irresponsibly.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

WHY DIDN’T NASA CATCH THIS TWO-STORY-WIDE METEOR ENTERING EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE?

A space rock calculated to be as wide as a two story building is tall which exploded with the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT entering Earth’s atmosphere was missed by NASA on February 6th. Completely.
This is despite the fact that NASA has a whole entire program specifically dedicated to spotting potentially dangerous space rocks entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA made the announcement after the fact, but the agency was itself informed of the event by another agency, which many have speculated is the military. (Other guesses are the NSA, which spies on everything everywhere, including space.)
How sad is that?
The government isn’t telling anyone exactly what technology was used to hone in on this rock entering the atmosphere, but astronomer and Slate science writer Phil Plait noted that there three possible ways:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

The Donald’s Odds Against Hillary

In a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race – which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries – what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court?
If Republicans can unite, not bad, not bad at all.
Undeniably, Democrats open with a strong hand.
There is that famed ‘blue wall,’ those 18 states and D. C. with a combined 242 electoral votes, just 28 shy of victory, that have gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1988.
The wall contains all of New England save New Hampshire; the Acela corridor (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland); plus Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin in the Middle West; and the Pacific coast of California, Oregon, Washington – and Hawaii.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns “We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons”

Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.
In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where – for the second time this week – the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.
The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.
The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

‘MY PARTY HAS GONE BATS*** CRAZY’: WAS LINDSEY GRAHAM DRUNK WHEN HE ADMITTED TOTAL GOP DEFEAT IN THIS HILARIOUS SPEECH ROASTING EVERYONE?

A lot of people have made jokes about this speech, but watch again. I don’t even think Graham was joking for most of it. He might have been drunk, but even the supposed ‘jokes’ he makes here actually appear pretty serious if you look at him.
Graham just basically admitted the establishment GOP has gone down in total flames and this country is screwed as people are about to elect ‘the most dishonest woman in the country’ as president.
Watch the highlights:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

Week twenty of the Russian military intervention in Syria: a ceasefire and yet another huge victory for Russia

The recent agreement between the USA and Russia really solves nothing, it does not even end the war, and both sides are expressing a great deal of caution about its future implementation. And yet, this is a huge victory for Russia. While it is too early to say that ‘the Russian won in Syria’, I think that it is now fair to say that the Russian position on Syria has won. Here is why:
First: nobody is suggesting anymore that Assad will be ousted or Damascus taken. That, in turn, means that everybody has now recognized that Syrian Arab Republic, backed by Russia, has successfully repelled the aggression of the huge coalition the Anglo/Zionists built to overthrow Assad.
Second: Russia has forced the UNSC and the USA to admit that the vast majority of those who fight Assad today are terrorist. Of course, this is not how this was declared, but if you look at the organizations which the UNSC has already declared as ‘terrorists’ then you already have an absolute majority of the anti-Assad forces. This means that the moral and legal legitimacy of the anti-Assad forces is lies in tatters.
Third: regardless of what Erdogan does actually try to do next, there are now clear signs that neither NATO, nor the EU nor even the Turkish high military command want a war with Russia. And that means that Erdogan’s gamble has not paid off and that his entire Syria policy is now comprehensively dead. Keep in mind that following the treacherous attack on the Russian Su-24 the Kremlin made it a policy goal to ‘Saakashvilize’ Erdogan. This goal is now almost reached and Erdogan’s future looks very, very bleak: everybody (except maybe the Saudis) is sick and tired of this maniac. The best thing which could happen to Turkey now would for the military to get rid of Erdogan and to replace him with somebody willing to repair all the damage he did.

This post was published at The Saker

Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016

‘It’s a big club and you ain’t in it!’
I’m often reminded of these words, spoken by the great comedian George Carlin, when I read about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
That’s where the global power elite gather to discuss the big issues of the day. The most important world leaders attend. As do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media and top academics. Central bankers attend, too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.
Three types of meetings happen in Davos, according to the BBC:

This post was published at International Man

European Disunion

Greece vs. Austria: Non-Friendly Acts Two days ago we came across a headline at Reuters, informing us that ‘Greece rages at neighbors as fears migrants could be halted’. Say what? What the hell is this supposed to mean? Is this even English? Possibly Reuters employs the same headline editor as Bloomberg….he or she is definitely equally bad.
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Anyway, we delved into the article to see what it was about. Here are a few pertinent excerpts:
‘Greece raged at neighbors and began busing refugees and migrants back from its northern border on Tuesday, after new restrictions by countries on the main land route to Western Europe trapped hundreds behind a bottleneck at the frontier. Athens filed a rare diplomatic protest with fellow EU member Austria for excluding Greek officials from a high-level meeting on measures aimed at curbing Europe’s biggest inward migration since World War Two.

This post was published at Acting-Man on February 26, 2016.

Federal Court Rules You Can Be Arrested Simply For Filming The Police

A federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ruled that filming the police without a specific challenge or criticism is not constitutionally protected.
The cases of Fields v. City of Philadelphia, and Geraci v. City of Philadelphia involve two different incidents where individuals were arrested for filming the police. Richard Fields, a Temple University student, was arrested after stopping to take a picture of a large group of police outside a house party. Amanda Geraci, a legal observer with CopWatch Berkeley, attended a large protest against fracking in September 2012 and was arrested while filming the arrest of another protester.
Both Fields and Geraci are seeking damages from the Philadelphia Police Department for violating their Constitutional right to videotape public officials. Previous rulings have found the public has a right to record police as form of ‘expressive conduct,’ such as a protest or criticism, which is protected by the First Amendment.
The appeals court was specifically tasked with finding out whether or not the public has a First Amendment right to photograph and film police without a clear expression of criticism or challenge to police conduct.
The court wrote:
‘Fields’ and Geraci’s alleged ‘constitutionally protected conduct’ consists of observing and photographing, or making a record of, police activity in a public forum. Neither uttered any words to the effect he or she sought to take pictures to oppose police activity. Their particular behavior is only afforded First Amendment protection if we construe it as expressive conduct.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/25/2016.