As I indicated in a recent article, the B-team, or even the C-team, is now heading up the national evening news in America. These anchors’ faces and voices (Muir, Glor, and Holt) are not even faint reminders of the so-called Golden Age, when father figures like Cronkite and Reasoner fed official truth into the brains of viewers. The new C-team is vague gloss from a paint job on a used car. This is an ominous sign for the news bosses in the upstairs suites. They can’t find adequate hypnotists anymore. What happened? Many things – among them, the father figures left the fold. They decided to sell real estate or take corporate work in PR. They saw the handwriting on the wall: the networks were fostering a youth movement, seeking younger and prettier talent. Why? Because Madison Avenue was convinced the younger viewer demographic was the important one, in terms of consumer buying power. Therefore, on-air news faces had to be younger as well. This sounded right, but it overlooked one vital fact. The young news anchors couldn’t pull off the appropriate level of mind control. They were merely bland robots. Friendly, nice, literate to the point of being able read copy. (Lester Holt at NBC is a bit older, but he comes across as a corpse someone dug up at a cemetery for a role in a Frankenstein remake.) There is another gross miscalculation. The commercials, between news segments, are overwhelmingly pharmaceutical. Those drugs aren’t intended for the youth demographic. They’re for the middle-aged and the seniors, who want to toxify themselves for the rest of their lives. So the commercials are playing to the older crowd, while the faces of the news are supposedly attracting younger viewers. It’s a mess. The news execs and programmers really have no idea what they’re doing.
William Binney is the former National Security Agency (NSA) official who created NSA’s mass surveillance program for digital information. He says that if the Russian government had conspired with Trump, hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer, or in any way influenced the outcome of the last US presidential election, the National Security Agency would have the digital evidence. The fact that we have been listening to the unsubstantiated charges that comprise ‘Russiagate’ for more than one year without being presented with a scrap of evidence is complete proof that Russiagate is entirely fake news. The fake news originated with CIA director John Brennan and FBI director Comey conspiring with the DNC in an effort to discredit and unseat President Trump and at a minimum prevent him from damaging the vast power and profit of the military/security complex by normalizing relations with Russia. Consider what this means. The directors of the CIA and FBI made up a totally false story about a newly elected President and fed the lies to the presstitutes and Congress. The presstitutes never asked for a drop of evidence and enlarged the Brennan/Comey lie with a claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia had interferred. In actual fact, a handful of carefuly selected people in three of the agenies had prepared, perhaps under duress, a conditional report that had no evidence behind it.
Video footage captured on the night of the Las Vegas massacre shows over a dozen ambulances seemingly removing human bodies from the Hooters Casino and Hotel, once again contradicting the official narrative being fed to the American people by the authorities and a compliant mainstream media. According to a description of the events by the citizen who filmed the stunning footage, YouTuber Benjami Franks, both he and a friend had just gotten a bite to eat and were heading back to their hotel room at the MGM when they reached Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd and witnessed the madness of civilians running and police everywhere. Just minutes later, Franks and his friend made it to their hotel room where they subsequently captured bombshell footage showing at least 17 different ambulances parked outside the Hooters Casino and Hotel during which they were apparently removing bodies from the area.
Fresh off the heels of a shocking report, published by the Washington Post, that confirmed that the infamous ‘Russia dossier’ was actually funded by both the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, an even more startling revelation has emerged – The Clinton-DNC machine colluded with the Russians to fabricate and spread serious disinformation about Donald Trump in a failed attempt at swaying the election in the favor of Hillary Clinton. That’s right, in a literal reverse of what the entire mainstream media has fed the American people for over a year, we now have evidence that, either wittingly or unwittingly, the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for what amounted to disinformation that came directly from ‘Russian sources’. Obviously this may seem truly unbelievable to some, but the facts speak for themselves and there is no denying that Democrats paid a shady opposition research company to try and dig up dirt on Donald Trump who then subsequently hired former British spy Christopher Steele. Steele then openly used Russian sources for most of the serious allegations in the ‘Russia dossier’. Clinton Lawyer Hires Fusion GPS For Disinformation According to The Washington Post report, which was later confirmed by Politico, Clinton and DNC lawyer Marc Elias hired the ‘opposition research’ (see disinformation) company Fusion GPS who then outsourced the work to former British spy Christopher Steele who eventually went on to release the ‘Russian dossier’ which was chalked full of disinformation, including lurid sexual allegations against Donald Trump.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 27th, 2017.
As independent investigations into the largest mass shooting in American history continue to expose the lies and disinformation being fed to the American people by te FBI, and then pushed by a compliant mainstream media, new information is being released daily with the latest bombshell sure to fuel conspiracy theories about the attack once more. According to multiple reports, as well as additional sources cited by Infowars, people who worked at the Route 91 festival where the mass shooting took place have had their phones and laptops returned to them by the FBI only to find that ALL their videos and messages from the night of the horrific attack have been completely wiped clean.
– China and Russia allied on Syria and North Korea – Beijing & Moscow economic & monetary ties deepen – Trump needs Russia in order to maintain balance of power in superpower triumvirate – Sino-Russian relations currently in their ‘best time in history’ says Chinese President ahead of G20 – China, Russia call for calm diplomacy on Syria, Korea – China, Russia ‘fed up with Washington’s pursuit of hegemony’ – US is ‘biggest source of global strategic risks’ according to China state media – Important calm and diplomacy prevails to prevent nuclear war *** ‘Trump and Putin meet for the first time and the handshake wasn’t what you expected!’ read the headline on my in-flight entertainment newsfeed, on Friday afternoon. I’m not sure what the Mirror website thought I was expecting the handshake between the US and Russian leader to be like, but by all accounts it was a relatively normal handshake given it was no doubt the most important diplomatic meeting of 2017.
This post was published at Gold Core on July 10, 2017.
EU, Japan Strike New Trade Deal (WSJ) EU-Japan deal sends anti-protectionist signal before G20: German minister (Reuters) Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise’s condition worsens after June shooting (Reuters) The Flashpoints for World Leaders at G-20 Summit (BBG) Leftist protesters vow to disrupt G20 summit in Hamburg (Reuters) Trump Weighs ‘Pretty Severe Things’ for North Korea Over Launch (BBG) China’s Xi urges peaceful resolution to North Korea issue (Reuters) How the June Jobs Report Matters for the Fed (El-Erian) At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests – documents (Reuters) Can U. S. defend against North Korea? Not all agree (Reuters) How Long Before the U. S. Is in Range? (WSJ) South Korea’s Moon says it is time for North Korea to decide: dialogue or not (Reuters) Qatar Airways aims to start buying American Airlines shares ‘soon’ (Reuters) States May Shackle AT&T, Comcast on Web Data After U. S. Retreat (BBG) Ships Exporting Iranian Oil Go Dark, Raising Sanctions Red Flags (WSJ) CEO-Worker Pay Ratio Generates Outrage – And Some Insight (WSJ) Finance firms need freedom to choose location after Brexit (Reuters) Amazon and Dish Network: A Match in the Making? (WSJ) These U. S. States Still Haven’t Fully Recovered From Recession (BBG)
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 6, 2017.
‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ – George Orwell There’s a narrative here that the Government, the Fed, the Trump Administration, etc conveniently ignored. Here’s the headline list this morning: GM Extends Plant Shutdowns 2nd Quarter GDP Hit As Inventories Tumble In April Retail Sales Tumble Most Since January 2016 Pension Crisis Escalates House Majority Whip Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice Real Clear News reported that Representative De Santis stated to police that the shooter asked ‘whether Republicans or Dems were on the field before shooting.’ Fox News has confirmed the report.
From its inception, ISIS was well on its way to becoming another dark chapter in human history. However, as their self-proclaimed caliphate is chipped away by Kurdish, Iraqi, and Syrian forces, some of their darkest secrets are being revealed to the entire world. And those secrets tell us even more about just how evil this organization is. In Mosul for instance, where Iraqi military units have nearly finished rooting out every ISIS element in the city, security forces have uncovered chilling documents left behind by the terror organization. These documents reveal that ISIS has been using human guinea pigs to test chemical weapons, which experts fear may be used to spike food supplies in the West. The experiments were recorded in a stash of papers found hidden in Mosul University after Iraqi special forces recaptured the city from IS fighters. They reveal one victim was fed thallium sulphate – a colourless, tasteless salt that can be dissolved in water – and began to suffer fever, nausea, and swelling of the stomach and brain before dying in agony ten days later. Isis described the chemical as an ‘ideal lethal poison’ and claimed to be in ‘possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands’, according to the documents, which were verified by British and US forces and later obtained by The Times. Terrorists also injected a nicotine-based compound, said to have no antidote, into another victim who passed out within seconds and died hours later. Ingredients for the poison are contained in cigarettes and vaping supplies, while thallium sulphate is available for sale in many countries including the US.
This post was published at shtfplan on May 22nd, 2017.
Breaking: Obama Judge blocks fed action against sanctuary cities; he raised money for Obama Judge who just stopped cut-off of fed funds to sanctuary cities raised money for Obama William Orrick is his name. He was appointed by Obama, in 2012, to the position of US District Judge for the Northern District of California. He just ruled that the US government can’t withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.
The following video was published by X22Report on Apr 19, 2017 Trump asks the people to call their congressman to repeal Obamacare. The FBI used the fake dossier to get a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page. Corporate media making a big deal that F22 fighters intercepted a Russian bomber that was following international law. Pentagon Fed the corporate media fake news about the air craft carriers and the corporate media found out, this is why they are trying to make sense of all this. USS satellite shows a volleyball game being played at the nuclear site where the test is going to be held. Trump is ok with the Iran deal, Iran sanctions will be removed. Corporate media and the deep state using the same tactics to get us into a conflict just like Iraq and Libya.
Former Goldman president, and current White House chief economic advisor – as well as the person who supposedly is engaged in a bitter fued with Peter Navarro over the shape of future US trade policy – Gary Cohn appeared on Fox News Sunday, and spoke at length to Chris Wallace about some of the key economic policy changes to be implemented. First, he touched on Obamacare repeal, saying that the administration will do “whatever it takes” to get the bill passed, setting a high bar for expectations from Trump who is still expected to meet significant challenges from House and Senate republicans. Cohn then touched on Trump’s vision to protect the country, saying the Obama administration under-invested in the military the past eight years. “Unfortunately, we have no alternative but to reinvest in our military and make ourselves a military power once again,” Cohn said. Cohn said Trump met over the last several weeks with generals from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to talk about the military’s preparedness. He said it has been disappointing to hear what these generals have had to say. Cohn conceded that if funds are used to reinvest in the military, cuts need to be made elsewhere in order ensure a balanced budget without creating a further deficit.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 12, 2017.
In his much anticipated address to Congress that was widely described as “presidential” avoiding attacks on the media and Democrat opponents, even if once again thin on detail, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his pledge on infrastructure, defense spending and tax overhaul, in broad brush strokes, and judging by the surging futures and US Dollar this morning, investors are giving him the benefit of the doubt for now. Among the more notable economic highlight, Trump flagged plans for $1 trillion in infrastructure investment, and repeated earlier comments on trade and corporate tax reform without giving details. After the speech, the dollar extended gains as investors refocus on comments by Fed officials, which have spurred market expectations for a possible interest rate increase as soon as this month with March rate hike odds soaring yesterday. Before we breakdown Wall Street’s take of Trump’s speech, here is a list of the 12 key things that mattered in Trump’s speech courtesy of Axios: A rundown of what to note from Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. Tone: The speech was, by some distance, his most “presidential” since running for the office. He was totally on message, controlled, uncaffeinated, un-Trumpian. Breaking the ice: Trump began his speech with riffs on Black History, civil rights, and a condemnation of anti-Semitic violence. He received standing ovations. Head fake on immigration: As we reported, there was no way Trump was going to have a conversion to Jeb Bush-style immigration reform. He spent much of the speech highlighting the crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally, and he gave no concessions on immigration
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 1, 2017.
What is immediately surprising about this broadcast is the lack of significance put on the resignation of Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn. Although a serious event and disruptive for the Trump presidency Cohen looks upon this event as but another form of damage to the seemingly ever escalating efforts to unseat this presidency. He further opines that the transcripts of conversations between Flynn and the Russians are not particularly conclusive of wrongdoing. The rabble of the MSM (NYT et al) are also very frothy about a new Russian cruise missile (allegedly, as this smells like fake news) revealed to have been ‘secretly’ deployed in violation to a 1987 treaty banning new land based intermediate ranged missiles. But Cohen is most upset with the escalating rants by the MSM that the president has committed treason when using Russian help in his election win – constantly encouraged by ‘facts’ leaked from the Intelligence Community. Cohen also explains how all of this is very damaging to a Washington two party system. Then follows a discussion about the foundations of the MSM in its campaign of Kremlin-baiting of Trump; there are six main ‘categories’ of disinformation that were used, and as Cohen states, room for additions. Cohen debunks all of them using facts, and comparisons with past presidents to put the argument into historical context. Again we should be reminded that this monstrous artificial and downright treasonous attack on a constitutionally elected president is very visible to other world leaders, populations, and Americans, and Cohen is absolutely correct that this is very damaging to U.S. national security. To sum up, the world can see that American foreign policy is made up of fake facts, and that the U.S. electoral system is a sham. This is profound institutional damage to the United States. The discussion next shifts to the Ukrainian connection and how Paul Manafort, Trump’s ex-campaign manager was central to an unsubstantiated smear campaign to target Trump. This explanation well shows the extent to which the anti-Trump side can manufacture realities to fit any complaint. Essentially a campaign to defame based on tabloid news level ‘information’. The truth is in the details and these examples are important for context and to measure how extreme is this campaign. Everything is fed back to supporting the allegation that the Russians hacked the DNC, fed WikiLeaks information, and supported Trump’s win in the election. It is only at the end of the broadcast that Cohen explains what probably happened to Michael Flynn and it is an important listen. There was historical precedence for his behavior which was, in its communications with Russia neither illegal nor even improper. And no, this is not the end of the Trump administration according to Cohen. It is not difficult to see that if there is no official dissent of the ‘facts’ against Trump and his alleged relationship with Moscow, that at some point there may be an effort to impeach. If everyone is properly on board – from the Judiciary to Congress – then the salacious nature of the charges, and worse, the ‘proof’ or lack of it may be acceptable to TPTB. We can expect to see testimony of the top people in the Intelligence Agencies all uniformly condemning of the ‘official’ crimes’ of Trump, and the glaring poisonous defamations will be accepted for truth – as they have been up to now. What we are watching is a new level of deceit being institutionalized, deemed acceptable, in the functioning of Washington politics; for perpetrators and victim alike the end result will eventually be fatal for the whole government and the country. And the world looking on can expect the same treatment and knows it.
Something interesting is happening in Russia. The recent murder of Givi is attracting A LOT of attention from the main media outlets, much more than any of the other murders of Novorussian commanders. Furthermore, a majority of the key people invited to express their opinion generally seem to agree on a number of conclusions: 1. Poroshenko is pretty much gone and finished. 2. The Ukronazis have all but officially declared Minsk-2 dead. 3. The Urkonazis have all but officially declared that they are at war with Russia 4. The Urkonazis don’t want any negotiated solution 5. The Urkonazis have now decided that an military attack on Novorussia is the only solution Interestingly, the actual amount of Ukronazi artillery shelling has actually gone down, very significantly, during the last 48 hours, and yet by all reports the Novorussians remain in a state of pre-war. If the purpose of the murder of ‘Givi’ was to demoralize the Novorussians then it achieved the exact opposite effect: the Novorussians are seething with anger. Interestingly, the Novorussians also seem supremely confident. This is rather surprising considering that the Ukronazi forces vastly outnumber them (from 2:1 up to 4:1 depending on how you count). In interviews Novorussian commanders and frontline combatants all say that while the Ukronazis did use the past months to reequip and retrain, this will not be enough to make a difference. Members of the Russian Duma have publicly declared that they are fed up with Kiev and that if the Ukronazis attack the Voentorg and Northern Wind spigot will be fully opened. At least one source reported that a large number of Cossacks had already crossed the border and were deployed inside the DNR/LNR.
I’m not like them But I can pretend The sun is gone But I have a light The day is done But I’m having fun I think I’m dumb Or maybe just happy – Kurt Cobain, Dumb My typical writing style consists of taking a particular topic or train of thought and bringing it to some sort of conclusion within a single relatively short post. Today’s topic is simply too expansive for that model, so it’ll be published in at least two parts. This post needs to be read in the context of my last two posts. If you haven’t read those, you’ll probably have a difficult time fully grasping everything I discuss below. Here are those pieces in case you missed them the first time. Once again, today’s article will focus on the writings of Ken Wilber. I’ve been completely blown away by the fact that his insight into a evolutionary model of human consciousness called Spiral Dynamics, almost perfectly expresses how I feel about things despite never having come into contact with the model previously. As most of you know, I view Trump as a symptom of a diseased societal, political and economic paradigm, as opposed to the disease itself. Trump was a reaction, and the way the Democrats handled the primary was the final nail in the coffin in sealing his victory. People became so fed up with the insanity of the fake left, many of those who didn’t even like Trump decided to roll the dice with him anyway. Ken Wilber’s recent free e-book, Trump and a Post-Truth World, takes it much further in a thoroughly enlightening manner through the prism of evolutionary consciousness. In fact, he makes it clear that the election of someone like Trump was a long time coming and, in fact, the culmination of a decades-long process of ‘liberal’ ideology gone completely off the deep-end. Before I go any further, let me provide a quote from the book which will give you a little taste of where he’s coming from.
The interviewer seemed shocked to hear that I do not have any Arab or Muslim friends who are protesting President Trump’s ban, and that many immigrants of Islamic origin support the ban and are fed up and embarrassed by what jihadists are doing. The lesson America needs to know is that the West is not doing Muslims a favor by constantly treating them as children who should be shielded from reality. They hunger for the truth: that their educational system and mosque preaching are full of incitement, are abhorrent, hate-filled and the foundation upon which violent jihad is built. Muslims need to know that the world does indeed have a justifiable and legitimate concern about Islam and actions done in the name of Islam by Muslims. Muslims need to look at themselves in the mirror and see the world from the point of view of their victims. Instead, the West is sacrificing its culture, values, laws, pride and even self-respect. It might compassion that leads the West to take in millions of Muslim refugees but it is reckless compassion. Do Westerners question the motivation of Islamic theocracies as to why ultra-rich Arab nations are sending us their refugees but taking in none? Some “tough love” is urgently needed if Muslims are to be motivated to change and reform. Early this morning an Arabic radio station in the Middle East called asking my opinion about President Trump’s ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim nations. The radio host, who sounded angry over the ban, was a Christian Arab. She was surprised to hear that I supported the ban and think that it should have taken place the day after 9/11. She then asked me if I knew any Arab American activist who was against the ban because she wanted to interview someone against the ban. She seemed shocked to hear that I do not have any Arab or Muslim friends who are protesting the ban, and that many immigrants of Islamic and Middle East origin support the ban and are fed up and embarrassed by what jihadists are doing.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 1, 2017.
The key economic releases this week are durable goods and GDP on Friday. On the political front, the focus will be is on the first actions of the Trump administration including moves on TPP and NAFTA. There are no scheduled Fed speeches this week. Arond the globe, the UK Supreme Court decision on Art.50 and the Italian Constitutional Court’s decision on the electoral law are on Tuesday. In EM, we have monetary policy meetings in Colombia, Hungary, Turkey, South Africa and Ukraine. The focus this week will remain on politics, and specifically the first actions of the Trump administration – last week his spokesman promised swift moves on TPP and NAFTA – but also on the UK as the Supreme Court decision on Article 50 is due on Tuesday. On this latter, much of the focus is on whether the court issues a separate judgement which would grant the regional assemblies of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland the right to vote on whether the Art.50 is triggered or not. Italian constitutional court decision on electoral law. The decision expected this Tuesday comes at a time when the main political parties are already negotiating for a new electoral law. At this point, with a partial rejection by the court being cited as a more probable outcome, a non-constitutionality decision may accelerate current negotiations for the new electoral law which aims to be more compatible with that of the Senate and favor a more proportional system.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 23, 2017.
Well, that’s it. Donald J. Trump is officially the new president of the United States of America. Obama just got on his helicopter and flew away from the capitol. Buh-bye. But, like a dine and dasher, Obama has left America holding his $9,334,590,089,060.56 tab. At least, that’s the official figure we’re being given… Although it’s record-breaking, you know it’s probably a lot more. So as Donald Trump takes office, America is about to hit the $20 trillion (with a T) national debt mark… and The Fed has signaled it’s about to raise rates for the first time in years, something the institution only did one time throughout both of Obama’s terms and it was the first time it happened in a decade.