Abe Reaches his Militarist Goal

Japan’s House of Councilors Briefly Transforms into Rada Outpost
Pictures such as those below used to primarily reach us from Ukraine’s Rada, back before Poroshenko’s ‘lustration law’ banned about four million Ukrainian citizens from the political process forever. In Ukraine, brawls regularly broke out between Western Ukrainian nationalists and representatives of Eastern Ukrainian ethnic Russians.
Last week we received similar imagery from the upper house of Japan’s Diet, a.k.a. the House of Councilors.

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 25, 2015.

Putin Pushes For Peace In Syria At The Same Time Obama Pushes For War – Episode 775b

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 25, 2015
DHS working a self destruct smart phone. Warning in Malaysia, US and Australia citizens should be on alert for terrorist attacks. US is going to leave and add troops in Afghanistan. US preparing for war with Russia in the Baltic’s. Putin has complete knowledge that the U. S. uses the IS as their proxy army and is now pushing to take Assad out. Russia submits UN draft resolution to make ISIS and international terrorist threat, US will not sign on to this.

California Lake Runs Completely Dry Overnight

Nothing to see here.
From CBS Sacramento:
FOLSOM LAKE (CBS13) – A Northern California reservoir ran dry overnight, killing thousands of fish and leaving residents looking for answers.
While a $3.5 million drought safety net at Folsom Lake finishes, a lake in another part of the state is left high and dry.
Thousands of fish lay dead in what used to be Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake, a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 25, 2015.

Saudi Jurisprudence: Plans to Behead and CRUCIFY Teenage Protester Ignored By Obama, Cameron

21st Century Wire says…
Last week the U. N. Human Rights Council announced that none other than Saudi Arabiahas chosen to head its human rights panel. Yes, we do live in strange times, but the reason for this U. N. sell-out on human rights shouldn’t be a mystery to anyone who recognizes the power of hard cash.
Last month 21WIRE reported on how well Saudi Arabia is doing in the beheading department, chalking up a record year for decapitations in 2015. Some might say this is a hallmark of a truly barbaric society – a modern anathema, which surprisingly, has managed to embed itself under the skin of the United Nations.
The ISIS-like regime in Riyadh has taken things to a whole new level this week, announcing its plans to crucify and behead teenager Ali al-Nimr (photo, above), the nephew of a controversial Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. His crime, according to a Saudi kangaroo court, was street protesting ala Arab Spring – an activity which strictly haram in the Oil Kingdom.
Clearly, this is politicized state violence of the worst kind, but you will not here any meaningful objections from spineless Western leaders who claim to have the moral high ground on any number of international issues.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 24, 2015.

Kentucky Politician Files Lawsuit Claiming a First Amendment Right to Accept Bribes

It’s a rare and precious moment when a politician does something which perfeclty demonstrates what he or she really thinks about democracy and power. This is one of those times.
From the Intercept:
The Supreme Court, in its Citizens United decision, ruled that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts in elections. Now politicians in Kentucky are claiming they have a Constitutional right to receive gifts from lobbyists.
In a lawsuit filed in U. S. District Court, Republican Kentucky state Sen. John Schickel, along with two Libertarian political candidates, are suing to overturn state ethics laws, claiming that the campaign contribution limit of $1,000 and a ban on gifts from lobbyists and their employers are a violation of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 25, 2015.

US Senator Demands Ukraine “Walk Away” From Debt Payments To Russia

Oh, the irony. A senator of the world’s largest creditor nation has demanded America’s allies do ‘whatever it takes’ to support Ukraine in breaking international law by refusing to pay back $3bn of debt owed to Russia in December. As RT reports, US Senator Chris Murphy of the Foreign Relations Committee exclaimed, “the international community should make it clear that we should take whatever steps necessary to give Ukraine the legal cover it needs to walk away from that debt… I don’t think Ukraine should be obligated to pay Russia back a dime.” One can only wonder how US’s creditors will feel about this perspective (maybe China and EM are already showing theirs).
In late August, a creditor committee led by Franklin Templeton (which owns about $7 billion of Ukrainian bonds) agreed a 20 percent write-off of some $18 billion worth of Eurobonds. Repayment of the remaining amount will be transferred from 2015-2023 to 2019-2027. Russia has refused to accept Ukraine’s haircut, saying it takes no part in ‘the so-called debt operation’ and recommended that Kiev pay in full and on time to avoid ‘both litigation costs and penalty interest for overdue payments.’
The US has been “treating Russia with kid gloves on this question of the debt that Ukraine owes it,” Murphy commented as RT notes…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2015.

Agenda 2030 Translator: How to Read the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

It’s that time again: the United Nations is officially releasing the all newAgenda 2030 sustainable development plan, or what some have hailed as ‘the new Agenda 21 on steroids,’ at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit kicking off today in New York City.
Since these supposedly non-binding international agreements can sometimes be a bit tricky to decode, what with all the weaponized buzz terms and semantics games, we’ve prepared a handy dandy translator on the 17 new Agenda 2030 goals below.
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Translation: Centralized banks, IMF, World Bank, Fed to control all finances, digital one world currency in a cashless society Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Translation: GMO Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Translation: Mass vaccination, Codex Alimentarius

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 25th, 2015.

China Joining Russia In Syria While Germany Prepares to Leave NATO In Advance of World War III

David Ochmanek, who, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, stated on Monday that ‘Russia’s future looked to be increasingly integrated with the West.’ That statement is no longer true. In fact, not only is Russia a growing threat to United States security, a series of Pentagon war games has revealed that the United States cannot defeat a Putin led Russia, given the present set of circumstances.
Pentagon War Games Spells Bad News for the U. S. Military
The Pentagon, along with other Defense Department planners, have come to a frightening realization. The U. S. military routinely comes up on the losing end of any conflict with Russian troops, Foreign Policy (FP) reported Monday. Russian superiority is not limited to any one theater of action. America’s ineptitude spans the entire globe.
The present analysis is simultaneously following along two track. One set of scenarios has focused in on what the U. S. could do as part of NATO, if Russia were to launch an offensive against an alliance member(s). The other scenario examined what actions the U. S. could hypothetically take outside the NATO sphere of influence. Both plans scenarios focuses on Russian incursions into the Baltic States, as this is the most likely scenario.
In addition, planners are not focusing solely on traditional warfare but on so-called ‘hybrid’ tactics Moscow used to infiltrate and take Crimea in the Russian take over of the are. Accompanying this scenario include the use unaffiliated operatives and forces, manufactured protests and, of course, elements of cyberwarfare, where the U. S. is woefully weak.
David Ochmanek, who, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, ran that office at the time. ‘Russia’s future looked to be increasingly integrated with the West.’ After eight hours of playing war game, which followed a variety of scenarios, ‘The conclusion was that we are unable to defend the Baltics.’ Game over, this is the end of NATO.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 25 Sep, 2015.

Obama, Putin To Meet On Syria As Tension Builds Ahead Of Russian Offensive Against ISIS

By now, it’s no secret that Moscow has officially called an end to the US policy of utilizing Sunni extremists to destabilize the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
What began months ago with rumors of Russian troops operating alongside the Syrian Arab Army culminated on Wednesday with reports that Vladimir Putin will bomb ISIS positions to support Assad with or without the help of US forces. What that means is that if the US was indeed adopting a ‘containment strategy’ vis-a-vis ISIS (versus mounting a serious attempt to defeat Bakr al-Baghdadi’s army) in order to effectively ensure that Assad would be unable to stabilize the country, the game is now up, as Moscow is set to eliminate any and all threats to the regime.
That, along with the fact that Russia and Iran are now coordinating their military efforts in support of their mutual ally in Damascus, presents Washington with a serious problem. As we’ve detailed on a number of occasions, the US now must decide between admitting that ousting Assad (and thereby refusing Russia’s offer to join forces against ISIS) takes precedence over combatting terror or else relent and assist Moscow and Tehran with stabilizing the very regime the US and its regional allies have sought to remove for at least ten years.
Although admitting that the fight against ISIS is not America’s top priority is quite clearly not an option, allying with Russia and Iran is apparently so detestable a proposition that The White House will delay a decision for as long as absolutely possible in what’s likely an attempt to use diplomatic back channels to try and see if there’s another way out that allows Washington to save face.
With the pressure building, Obama is now set to meet directly with Putin next week following the Russian President’s speech to the UN General Assembly. As Reuters notes, both the US and Russia are keen on spinning the narrative in a way that pleases their respective electorates:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2015.

President Obama & President Xi “Everything Is Awesome” Press Conference – Live Feed

Clash of the Titans? President “we don’t spy/cyberhack other nations” Obama and President “we don’t devalue our currency” Xi will hold a joint press conference to show the world how much US and China love each other (despite China dumping Treasuries and looming US cybersecurity sanctions on China)… grab your popcorn as Xi is supposedly taking questions from the Western press…
Live Feed… (due to start at 12ET – plan accordingly)
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This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2015.

Watch The Latest Russian War Preparations In Syria: Satellite Imagery Update

Over the course of the last several weeks, Europe’s worsening migrant crisis and Russia’s stepped up military support for Bashar al-Assad’s forces at Latakia have conspired to wake the entire world up to Syria’s protracted civil war.
The interesting thing about Russia’s involvement is the extent to which Moscow’s approach to the conflict differs from The Kremlin’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
Whereas Putin has steadfastly refused to admit the scope of Russia’s support for the separatists at Donetsk, he’s made no secret of Moscow’s intentions in Syria.
Note the extent to which that assessment differs from Washington’s official line. While the US insists (loudly) that it cannot discern what Russia’s intentions in Syria are, The Kremlin has been remarkably (and uncharacteristically) clear. Put simply, Russia intends to bolster the army of its ally Bashar al-Assad against any and all anti-regime elements operating inside Syria and because some of those anti-regime elements happen to be extremists, Russia is effectively waging a war on terror by default. No mystery there.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2015.

The Pope’s 3 Biggest Hypocrisies Since He Came to America

For a man who is supposed to represent the highest virtues of Christianity, Pope Francis sure has habit of racking up hypocrisies on a regular basis. However, it’s surprising how many of these hypocrisies were spawned in just the past few days. In fact, they’ve been mounting since the moment he embarked on his trip to North America, and I mean that quite literally.
As he pontificates to us about the threat of global warming and criticizes climate deniers, he does so while traveling the world in his Boeing 777.
The pope’s flights from Rome to Cuba, Washington, D. C., New York, Philadelphia and then back to D. C. and to Rome will total around 11,500 miles, so overall the pontiff will emit around 572 tons of CO2 during his trip.
To put that into perspective, 572 tons is the same carbon footprint as burning over 557,000 pounds of coal or over 1,200 barrels of crude oil.
It’s also the equivalent of over 1.2 million miles driven by a car that gets 21 miles per gallon and it’s 47 times the amount of energy a single, middle-class household uses annually.
Yet the pope is demanding that Americans cut back on their lifestyles and pay carbon taxes to fight so-called ‘man-made climate change.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 24th, 2015.

Divine Intervention? House Speaker Boehner Resigns From Congress (Amid “Conservative Coup”)

The combination of another debt limit fight, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and prospect of another government shutdown tearing his party apart, the GOP just suffered its latest major blow, when news hit that House speaker John Boehner, just 24 hours after speaking with the Pope, is about to fold one last time:
*BOEHNER TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS, GIVE UP HOUSE SEAT IN OCT: NYT This not only makes a government shutdown more likely as a result of loss in leadership at this crucial stage but more importantly, with Yellen blaming Congress for not hiking, just raised the general uncertainty and lowered odds of a December (or any subsequent) rate hike.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2015.

Divided European leaders meet to devise plan to tackle refugee crisis

European heads of government are meeting in Brussels to try to hatch a common plan on refugees following months of recriminations and amid a sense of spiralling momentum of which the leaders have lost control.
The emergency E.U. summit on Wednesday pitted the governments of central Europe against Germany and France after Berlin and Paris forced a new system of imposed refugee quotas on a recalcitrant east on Tuesday. There was talk of boycotts and threats to take the issue to court from the Czechs and Slovaks who were outvoted on Tuesday, while the E.U.’s most robust anti-immigration hardliner, Viktor Orban of Hungary, warned Chancellor Angela Merkel against any ‘moral imperialism’ at the summit.
‘We have reached a critical point where we need to end the cycle of mutual recriminations and misunderstandings,’ said Donald Tusk, the president of the European council who chaired the summit. ‘Our debate must be based on facts, not illusions and emotions.’
The Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and Romanians are deeply indignant at being outvoted on one of the biggest and most toxic issues in national politics anywhere in Europe.

This post was published at The Guardian

Pope Scolds US, China Hackers, Russia Bombs ISIS, Clinton Email Update

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Sep 24, 2015
The Pope has scolded Congress on everything from global warming to immigration in his first visit to the US. Most of his criticism is directed at Republicans though. There was not a single criticism given to the Castro regime in Cuba, and last I checked, their government is communist and atheist. I have been following the intense coverage and reading the Pope’s quotes, and I have yet to hear one public mention of Christ. I am a former Catholic that left the church after the pedophile priest scandal and the cover-up that went all the way to the Vatican. I like Catholics and have no problem with the main points of the Catholic Doctrine. The five main parts of the Catholic Doctrine are: Christ is the Son of God, Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, Christ died on the cross and shed his blood for the sins of the world, Christ rose again from the dead, and Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Please notice how ALL five major points of the Catholic Doctrine (which I totally agree with) are centered on Jesus Christ. While the Pope has mentioned God a few times in his public quotes, I have not heard a single quote that mentions the name of CHRIST. WHY??????
The other big visitor is the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Please note his first stop was not Washington, D. C., but Washington State. The Chinese President all but demanded the top tech Titans come for a meeting under the vailed threat of increased government scrutiny on companies doing business in China. He also inked a deal to buy 300 Boeing aircraft. In addition, he made the point that China was also a victim of hacking. Hacking has been a thorny issue with the Obama Administration.
Russia is ramping up its presences in Syria and now says it will go on the attack against ISIS with or without the help of the Obama Administration. The Russians will enlist the help of the Iranians and Hezbollah. There is also talk of the Chinese coming in on the side of Russia in eradicating ISIS.
Hillary Clinton’s email troubles have been kicked into critical condition with the announcement that the FBI has recovered more than 30,000 emails from the server that was supposedly wiped clean. It is very hard to believe her story that those more than 30,000 emails she had on her private server while Secretary of State are only about things such as yoga and Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, as she claims. I can’t tell you how many possible felonies surround the evidence on this server.

Forget The New World Order, Here’s Who Really Runs The World

For decades, extreme ideologies on both the left and the right have clashed over the conspiratorial concept of a shadowy secret government pulling the strings on the world’s heads of state and captains of industry.
The phrase New World Order is largely derided as a sophomoric conspiracy theory entertained by minds that lack the sophistication necessary to understand the nuances of geopolitics. But it turns out the core idea – one of deep and overarching collusion between Wall Street and government with a globalist agenda – is operational in what a number of insiders call the ‘Deep State.’
In the past couple of years, the term has gained traction across a wide swath of ideologies. Former Republican congressional aide Mike Lofgren says it is the nexus of Wall Street and the national security state – a relationship where elected and unelected figures join forces to consolidate power and serve vested interests. Calling it ‘the big story of our time,’ Lofgren says the deep state represents the failure of our visible constitutional government and the cross-fertilization of corporatism with the globalist war on terror.
‘It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street,’ he explained.
Even parts of the judiciary, namely the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, belong to the deep state.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/24/2015.

China Set To Deploy Nuclear Sub That Can Hit US Mainland Targets, Pentagon Says

China has made two things absolutely clear this year: 1) if Beijing thinks you may be inclined to sell stocks into a falling market, the consequences for you could be dire, and 2) the PLA navy is quite serious about projecting China’s maritime ambitions to the rest of the world.
Evidence of the latter point is readily observable in the South China Sea, where dredgers have been busy for months building man-made islands atop reefs in the Spratlys much to the chagrin of Washington and its regional allies.
Then there was the PLA’s unexpected arrival in Yemen back in March when a naval frigate showed up in Aden and evacuated 225 foreign nationals.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/24/2015.