Obama’s Bluster and Bluff in the Baltics: Its Pointless And Dangerous.

‘I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. … Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if … you ever ask again, ‘who’ll come to help,’ you’ll know the answer – the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America.’
That was Barack Obama in Tallinn, Estonia, last week, reissuing a U. S. war guarantee to the tiniest of the Baltic republics – which his Cold War predecessors would have regarded as certifiable madness.
From 1945 to 1989, no president would have dreamed of issuing a blank check for war in Eastern Europe. Our red line was in the heart of Germany. It said to Moscow: Cross the Elbe, and we fight.
That red line was made credible by hundreds of thousands of U. S. troops permanently stationed in West Germany.
Yet Truman did not use force to break the Berlin Blockade. Ike did not use force to save the Hungarian rebels. JFK fulminated, and observed, when the Wall went up. When Leonid Brezhnev sent Warsaw Pact armies into Czechoslovakia, LBJ did nothing.
Why did these presidents not act? None believed there was any vital U. S. interest in Eastern Europe worth a war with Russia.
And, truth be told, there was no vital interest there then, and there is no vital interest there now. If we would not risk war with a nuclear-armed Russia over Hungary or Czechoslovakia half a century ago, why would we risk it now over Estonia?

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 9, 2014.

VP Cheney Issued 9/11 Stand Down Order While Missile Approached Pentagon: Tip Of The Government Conspiracy

The Pentagon Was Not Hit By A Boeing 757 On 9/11. All Evidence Points To A Missile Fired By The US Military
As difficult as this still stunning report is to believe, it has been confirmed by the most reliable sources, one of those being former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta who was operating in that official capacity on September 11, 2001.
The Vice President of these United States of America officially issues stand down orders regarding an incoming airliner/missile heading toward the Pentagon and the Mainstream Media (MSM) goes completely AWOL on the matter … for 13 years? !
The entire US Congress is likewise OUT TO LUNCH for the past thirteen years, not having established a Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate this extremely demanding 9/11 crime against the American people.
Neither the Department of Defense nor any of the US Armed Services, including both Commaders-in-Chief Bush and Obama, have also refused to prosecute this weighty matter, much less open an investigation as required by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There’s simply Nobody Home at the Pentagon … … … for 13 long years … when it was their patriotic employees who were killed by the cruise missile.
A cruise missile fired by WHO?
Launched from WHAT ship or missile silo?
Why was it aimed at that extremely sensitive location in the Pentagon?
Each of these critical questions must be answered with complete certainty if those service members who sacrificed their lives at the Pentagon are to be properly honored and valued.
Here is some critical information which may explain exactly why the Pentagon was bombed in that particular location.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 9th, 2014.

Ukraine’s Choreographed Civil War, As Revealed By Wikileaks

Think the deadly events in a civil-war ridden Ukraine are proceeding unscripted, and without US supervision and/or direction? Think again.
Below is an excerpt from a formerly confidential memo, leaked by Wikileaks, and authored by former US ambassador to Russia, William J. Burns, to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The punchline: the memo is dated February 1, 2008.
Ukraine and Georgia’s NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region. Not only does Russia perceive encirclement, and efforts to undermine Russia’s influence in the region, but it also fears unpredictable and uncontrolled consequences which would seriously affect Russian security interests. Experts tell us that Russia is particularly worried that the strong divisions in Ukraine over NATO membership, with much of the ethnic-Russian community against membership, could lead to a major split, involving violence or at worst, civil war. In that eventuality, Russia would have to decide whether to intervene; a decision Russia does not want to have to face.

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

Staged Foley, Sotloff Beheading Videos ‘Not Evidence’, US Determined to Wage War of Fear on Its Own People

To those who were paying attention, the ‘beheading’ videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff do not actually show anyone being beheaded, but that hasn’t stopped the entire US government machine from shifting into full-blown overseas war mode this week.
Much has been made of these two videos, yet, both are nothing more than crudely constructed propaganda videos, designed to start a new war at home, and abroad.
The beheading videos have been accompanied by hundreds of hours of ISIS footage and reports of ISIS violence in Iraq and Syria. Predictably, the public reaction is outrage and fear. With the help of US and European multinational-owned TV networks, the videos have triggered an artificial tidal wave of national hysteria, and for the first time in history, America has a declaration of war based on two YouTube videos created and uploaded by persons unknown.
Is is possible that both these video could be depicting brutal murders? Yes, of course it’s possible, but there are still many unanswered questions.
Perfect PR
For both ISIS and the Pentagon, the PR campaign has been nothing short of masterful.
This latest ISIS crisis has been flawless in terms of media execution and timing, as the anniversary of Sept. 11th approaches again and as other major global stories have expended themselves.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014.

Scottish Vote Scares London

We have been warning that the Scottish separation was something to take seriously since the Berlin Conference in 2012. Now suddenly the polls are showing Scotland just may vote YES and leave the UK because of the rising chaos in the EU and the totally insane policies in France. The British financial markets tumbled on Monday after an opinion poll showed for the first time this year that Scots may vote for independence in a referendum next week on the 18th, breaking up the United Kingdom that was first joined in 1707.
The latest poll has sent a shock-wave that is bordering on the verge of a panic among Britain’s ruling elite. The chart pattern of the pound looks like a Waterfall Event. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government is now suddenly promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays. All the pundits had said we were wrong and there was no support in Scotland for such a separation

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 9, 2014.

Understanding ISIS In Under 4 Minutes

As President Obama prepares to unleash his ISIS ‘defeat’ strategery tomorrow, we thought it appropriate to gather together what we know so far about the terrorist organization. While their annual report (as we noted here), is chock full of ugly details of a well-organized and well-funded entity, the following brief clip from WSJ explains how The Islamic State is operating like a government, with a bureaucratic hierarchy; and how it is structured.

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

Uncensored Video: Memphis Mob: Scores of Black Teens Attack Shoppers: ‘They Got a White Dude… Haha’

A new video shows up to one hundred teens engaging in a violent new activity called ‘Point Them Out, Knock Them Out’ wherein an individual is marked by the mob and then beaten to a pulp.
The teenagers playing the game are primarily black, while the victims shown in the video almost exclusively white, for the exception of a black security guard who risked bodily harm to save one of the fallen victims. A witness account indicates that there was at least one additional black victim, though this was unclear in the video.
In the uncensored video below, teens are shown rushing a Kroger’s grocery store in Memphis, Tennessee where they target a white employee.
What happens next is nothing short of a mass hate crime, as the individuals proceed to knock the employee down, throw pumpkins on him and then stomp his head repeatedly.
What’s most appalling and shocking is that the individuals, as well as the person making the video, seem to find the game to be nothing out of the ordinary. The videographer actually laughs from excitement when she realizes that a white individual has been targeted. Once that person is taken down by the mob, they set their sights on another, and then another.
*Adult Language / Graphic Violence*
All these motherf*ckin kids… All these hood rats.
They fixin’ to fight. They fixin’ to jack. Hold on…
They got a white dude… haha… hold on.
[A second white individual, a Kroger employee is then targeted at front door] Hold on, let me get out of the way. Ha-ha-ha… Oh shit. Wait a minute. Oh damn.


This post was published at shtfplan on September 8th, 2014.

NEW POLICE ‘COMPLIANCE WEAPON’ BLINDS TARGETS

A firm that provides non-lethal equipment to law enforcement is set to release a new ‘compliance weapon’ that temporarily blinds targets for up to 15 minutes, amidst a national conversation about the militarization of police in the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Shield Defense Systems, LLC, a company based in Reno, Nevada, is currently developing the Z-RO ‘retinal obfuscation’ gun. According to the firm’s website, the weapon, ‘Obstructs the target’s vision temporarily for up to 10-15 minutes via proprietary technology when deployed on engaged mark.’
Or in other words, despite coming under intense scrutiny over their treatment of protesters and journalists in Ferguson, militarized police departments are about to get their hands on a new toy that blinds people. The weapon will be available for purchase in December.
The company claims that the weapon inflicts no lasting damage on the target and does not harm their retina and cornea, although we heard the same thing about taser weapons which have killed over 500 people in the United States since 2001.

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014.

Russia’s Response To European Capital Sanctions In One Word

While the West continues to press the “Russia is increasingly isolated” meme, it appears – as we noted ironically previously, that Vladimir Putin is finding plenty of friends… most notably China. While threats of ‘asymmetric’ retaliation over European sanctions may have been enough to worry Europe’s leaders, the slew of news overnight regarding increased cooperation between China and Russia is likely more damaging to Western strategy (and egos).
Not so isolated…

h/t @PersonOfAwesome

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

The Psychological Reasons Why American Soldiers Would Fire On American Citizens

We live in chaotic times. Many feel that our fragile economy could come crashing down at any time. One devastating terrorist attack, false flag attack or natural disaster could lead to an unprecedented disaster and martial law would be declared. Some Americans would take to the streets and the only remaining question is whether or not American soldiers, called to the scene, would restore order by firing upon American citizens when ordered to do so?
This scenario and the resulting public execution of American citizens for engaging in protesting has happened many times in our past. For those old enough to remember, the 1970 Kent State massacre should come to mind as the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting college students on the campus of Kent State University. But for those who believe that this was merely an anomaly, let’s examine what the field of psychology has discovered about the answer to this question.
The Oath Keepers Cannot Save Protesters
Some our citizens are deluded into a false sense of security by the group known as Oath Keepers. It is a well-intentioned effort to remind both law enforcement and the military to uphold the Constitution and to disobey unlawful orders which would bring harm to American citizens. Under this false sense of security, many in the American public really believe that American troops will not fire upon American citizens. Unfortunately, the field of psychology demonstrates why only a minority of soldiers will actually resist committing atrocities against the American people.
Conformity to Group Norms: The Solomon Asch Experiment
Do you think of yourself as a conformist or a non-conformist? If you ask most people the same question, you would find that most people consider themselves to be a non-conformist and would be able to stand up to a group when they know they are right. However, can nonconformists actually resist the peer pressure to blend in with the rest of their peers?
In the 1950′s, Polish born psychologist, Solomon Asch, conducted a conformity study. The participants signed up to participate in a psychology experiment in which they are asked to complete a vision test. This was a deception. The real experiment attempted to answer the question, can people resist peer pressure to conform to a false belief?
Seated in a room with the other participants, the research participants are shown a line segment and then asked to choose the matching line from a group three segments of different lengths.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 9, 2014.

OBAMA’S ISIS WAR: PROFIT FOR MILITARY CONTRACTORS

Earlier this week Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon-run newspaper and website, posted an article calling for contractors to fight ISIS and provide other services in Iraq. The U. S. Army Contracting Command posted a notice last month seeking contractors willing to work on an initial 12-month contract, who should be ‘cognizant of the goals of reducing tensions between Arabs and Kurds, and Sunni and Shias.’
According to the Pentagon periodical, merc and contractor duties will ‘fall within the existing mission’ and will ‘focus on administration, force development, procurement and acquisition, contracting, training management, public affairs, logistics, personnel management, professional development, communications, planning and operations, infrastructure management, intelligence and executive development, the notice stated.’
As of February, according to the Wall Street Journal, there were more than 5,000 specialists working in the country.

This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014.

The ‘Inconvenient Pause’

The WSJ Asks: Whatever Happened to Global Warming? It’s A Good Question The WSJ has been one of the few mainstream publications that has given a bit of room to skeptical reporting on global warming, which has been rechristened ‘climate change’ for by now painfully obvious reasons. So it is not a big surprise to find an article about the ‘long hiatus’ in the WSJ. It is however worth quoting a few passages from it, not least because the author himself has been surprised by the ‘pause’:
‘The U. N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U. N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).
Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.
First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or ‘hiatus’), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.
Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature – a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.
[…]when David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. Whitehouse was ‘wrong, completely wrong,’ and was ‘deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public.’
We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse’s article, climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. ‘The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,’ wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: ‘Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.’
If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: ‘The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more.’
Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years – depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere. That’s according to a new statistical calculation by Ross McKitrick, a professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Canada.
It has been roughly two decades since there was a trend in temperature significantly different from zero. The burst of warming that preceded the millennium lasted about 20 years and was preceded by 30 years of slight cooling after 1940. This has taken me by surprise. I was among those who thought the pause was a blip.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 9, 2014.

Pope Francis And Shimon Peres Discuss The Establishment Of A ‘United Nations Of Religions’

Last Thursday, Pope Francis and former Israeli President Shimon Peres met for an extended 45 minute private conversation. The focus of this discussion was a proposal by Peres to establish a ‘United Nations of Religions’. It was the third meeting between the two men in a little more than four months. As you will see below, Pope Francis showed ‘his interest, attention, and encouragement’ as Peres explained his proposal. Of course Pope Francis didn’t commit to anything, and we probably will not see a ‘United Nations of Religions’ any time soon, but every idea has to start somewhere. If Pope Francis does ultimately decide to actively push for such a thing, could we eventually see a single global body that claims to represent all of the religions of the world?
It is very unusual for a Pope to meet with any world leader three times in just over four months. But it is this latest meeting between Pope Francis and Shimon Peres that was the most noteworthy by far. The following is how Fox Newsreported on it…
Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A ‘United Nations of Religions,’ given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents.
The Vatican said Peres pitched the initiative during a 45-minute audience Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. The two men last met when Francis invited the then-Israeli president and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens on June 8.
So exactly why does Peres want a ‘United Nations of Religions’?
Well, according to the Jerusalem Post it is because he believes that such a body would have the best chance of preventing war and violence in the world…
In an interview with the Catholic Magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Peres called on Francis to leverage his respect to create an interfaith organization to curb religious violence.
‘What we need is an organization of United Religions… as the best way to combat terrorists who kill in the name of faith,’ Peres said. ‘What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No, God does not want this and does not allow it.”

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on September 8th, 2014.

Russia may close airspace in response to new Western sectoral sanctions – Medvedev

The Russian government does not rule out that Russia could close its airspace in response to new Western sectoral sanctions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Western nations “should be asked whether there will be new sanctions, but if there are sanctions connected with energy or further restrictions for our financial sector, we will have to respond asymmetrically,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Vedomosti business daily. “For example, with restrictions in the transport sphere.”
“We proceed from the fact that we have friendly relations with our partners, so the sky above Russia is open for flights; but if we are restricted, we will have to respond,” he said. “If Western carriers fly out beyond our airspace, it may lead to bankruptcy of many airlines that are teetering on the brink of survival.”
Medvedev, however, said it would be a bad option. “We would just like our partners to realize that,” he said. The premier regretted that the West already announced a few rounds of sanctions against Moscow. “I hoped our partners would be smarter,” he said.

This post was published at ITAR-TASS

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: Foreign Affairs

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 merely provided a pretext for Putin’s decision to order Russian forces to seize part of Ukraine.
But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the E.U.’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine — beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 — were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West. 
Putin’s push back should have come as no surprise. After all, the West had been moving into Russia’s backyard and threatening its core strategic interests, a point Putin made emphatically and repeatedly. Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics. They tend to believe that the logic of realism holds little relevance in the twenty-first century and that Europe can be kept whole and free on the basis of such liberal principles as the rule of law, economic interdependence, and democracy.

This post was published at Foreign Affairs

U.S. Politician: Kiev Unable to Bring Right-Wing Militias Under Complete Control

The ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine is unlikely to be a permanent solution to the crisis as Kiev fails to bring ultra-right groups under its complete control, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RIA Novosti on Monday.
"Will the ceasefire hold? The right-wing Kiev militias, whose members often wear Nazi insignias, are not under Kiev's complete control," Roberts stressed, adding that these militias can easily violate the ceasefire, and there are already reports of violations.
Commenting on the overall situation in Ukraine, Roberts claimed that the Ukrainian crisis is one of Washington's tools to disrupt the economic and political relationships between Europe and Russia.
"By using Ukraine to demonize Russia, Washington has pushed the European Union into imposing sanctions on Russia that disrupt the trade relationships and create distrust," Roberts explained.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Ukraine ceasefire at risk amid shelling in Mariupol, Donetsk

Shelling erupted in eastern Ukraine’s strategic port of Mariupol and the city of Donetsk overnight, threatening a fragile ceasefire agreed Friday between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists.
The ceasefire – brokered in Minsk by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog – is part of a broader peace plan intended to end a five-month-long conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people.
The renewed shelling broke out hours after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed in a telephone call that the truce was holding and had discussed ways of allowing in shipments of humanitarian aid.
Both sides blamed the other on Sunday for the ceasefire violations.

This post was published at France24

German trade surplus hits record in July

The outlook for the German economy, Europe's biggest, brightened on Monday when data showed the country's trade surplus hit a new record in July on the back of booming exports.
After allowance for seasonal blips, Germany exported goods worth a total of €98.2 billion ($127 billion) in July, 4.7 percent more than in June, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement.
Imports, on the other hand, shrank by 1.8 percent to €76.1 billion.
That meant the seasonally adjusted trade surplus — the balance between imports and exports — increased to €22.2 billion in July from €16.4 billion in June.

This post was published at France24

French far-right ‘at gates of power’ – P.M. Manuel Valls

He said his Socialist government had to act and speak "differently" to counter the threat from FN.
His comments came after opinion polls suggested that FN leader Marine Le Pen could beat incumbent Francois Hollande in the 2017 presidential election.
Meanwhile, a far-right rally held in Calais, in the north, demanded that the port city be "saved" from migrants.

This post was published at BBC