Chapter 22: Culture and Capital

Christian Economics: Teacher’s Edition
And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out (Deuteronomy 28:1 – 6). The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you (Deuteronomy 28:9 – 11).
AnalysisThis passage and its parallel in Leviticus 26 present the case for obeying biblical law. The bulk of each chapter lists negative sanctions for disobeying. The chapters deal with sanctions. Sanctions reinforce God’s law.
The nation of Israel was set apart by its legal order. ‘The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways’ (v. 9). Biblical holiness means being set apart ethically. It has to do with sanctification. Israel’s holiness was comprehensive. It involved every aspect of Israelite culture. Biblical holiness is corporate, not just individual. Deuteronomy 28 had to do with Israel as a nation. It had to do with Israel as the manifestation of the kingdom of God. That is, it had to do with the civilization of God. This is the meaning of a kingdom. It is a separate culture. This separation is above all ethical: issues of moral right and wrong. This is why any discussion of either economic theory or practice apart from a discussion of ethics is a monumental conceptual error. There is no such thing as a value-free social order. This includes economics. There is therefore no such thing as value-free social analysis. This includes economics. The economist should be familiar with biblical causation. It is ethical. But modern economists pride themselves on an illusion: value-free economic theory.

This post was published at Gary North on June 23, 2017.

SYRIA: Vanessa Beeley on RT Covering Latest White Helmet Participation in US Extremist Atrocities

21st Century Wire says…
‘This obeisance to the United States and its collaborators as a benign force ‘bringing good’ runs deep in western establishment journalism. It ensures that the present-day catastrophe in Syria is blamed exclusively on Bashar al-Assad, whom the West and Israel have long conspired to overthrow, not for any humanitarian concerns, but to consolidate Israel’s aggressive power in the region. The jihadist forces unleashed and armed by the US, Britain, France, Turkey and their ‘coalition’ proxies serve this end. It is they who dispense the propaganda and videos that becomes news in the US and Europe, and provide access to journalists and guarantee a one-sided ‘coverage’ of Syria.’ ~ John Pilger

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 25, 2017.

Economic Responsibility: A Covenantal View

And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more (Luke 12:47 – 48).
AnalysisJesus made it plain that the person who receives more from God owes more to God. This means that the recipient has greater responsibility than he did before. Jesus was speaking of covenant breakers. He was, therefore, speaking of negative sanctions. But the same principle governs positive sanctions. We see this in the life of Solomon. He asked God for wisdom. God gave him both wisdom and riches. These riches were rewards for his wisdom, but they were also part of the inheritance of the Davidic kingdom. Then he got stupid. He married 700 wives and 300 concubines. No other man in Israel’s history was ever that stupid. He was corrupted by his wives. He did not lose the kingdom, but his son did. Solomon’s inheritance went to the southern kingdom (Rehoboam’s two tribes) and the northern kingdom (Jeroboam’s ten tribes).
I return to the theme of the dominion covenant. The dominion covenant establishes mankind’s responsibility to exercise dominion in history.
Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth’ (Genesis 1:26 – 28).
This is an inescapable responsibility. The very definition of mankind is tied to this responsibility. This responsibility is tied directly to mankind’s God-given authority to exercise dominion. Responsibility and authority are covenantally linked. They cannot be separated. Thus, every increase in a person’s wealth, influence, power, or capabilities is accompanied by a comparable increase in responsibility. God holds fully accountable every beneficiary of such blessings. They are accountable in history, on judgment day, and in eternity.

This post was published at Gary North on June 22, 2017.

Trump Backs ISIS As He Pushes US Onto Brink of World War III With Russia

If you asked your normal, television programmed American about 9/11, many would still say what a sad day it was, the day the US was attacked by Al-Qaeda’s Muslim extremists.
They are wrong about who did it, of course… but then again they get their ‘news’ from fakestream media and have been drinking fluoride, getting vaccinated and spent their entire childhood in government indoctrination camps.
Al Qaeda, which was a CIA creation has now morphed into ISIS, and the same people are backing ISIS that backed Al Qaeda – the US government, Israel, Saudi Arabia, CIA, and NATO.

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on June 19, 2017.

They’re Here: Two Hezbollah Jihadists Arrested In New York: ‘Pre-Operational Surveillance Of Terror Targets, Extensive Bomb Making Training, Grenade Launchers…’

Following the methodically planned San Bernadino massacre in December of 2015 we warned that more attacks were coming and that terrorists have more than likely already already infiltrated the United States in an effort to identify potential targets and execute future strikes on American citizens.
This month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U. S. Attorney’s Office and other federal and local agencies have confirmed our suspicions.
According to a press release from the U. S. Department of Justice, in early June the FBI arrested two individuals connected to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. While the group considers itself a political party, the United States, the Arab league and scores of others have designated it a dangerous terrorist organization. The paramilitary wing of Hezbollah is referred to as the Jihad Council and is believed to be behind numerous terrorist actions across the globe.
Acting Manhattan U. S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: ‘Today, we announce serious terrorism charges against two men who allegedly trained with and supported the Islamic Jihad Organization, a component of the foreign terrorist organization Hizballah. Recruited as Hizballah operatives, Samer El Debek and Ali Kourani allegedly received military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in support of the group’s terrorist mission. At the direction of his Hizballah handlers, El Debek allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the U. S. and Israeli Embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the Canal. Kourani allegedlyconducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.
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This post was published at shtfplan on June 19th, 2017.

OPEC at the Crossroads

OPEC is currently in a difficult situation. How should it react to the oil glut that followed the emergence of shale oil technology? In our view, today’s situation is comparable to the oil glut in the 1980s. Back then OPEC unsuccessfully tried to support prices by curtailing supply with the result that core-OPEC members were sitting on vast amounts of idle capacity for nearly two decades. Thus, we view the recent production cuts as an attempt to speed up the drawdown of the global inventory overhang rather than a sign that OPEC has returned to a policy of balancing the market. If OPEC, going forward, truly allows market forces to play out without carrying a lot of spare capacity, unforeseen shortfalls could result in violent price swings.
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Trading oil has been challenging over the past few months. To be fair, it has been challenging for a while, but those trying to predict price movements based on fundamentals have had a particularly hard time recently. Rather than moving with improving fundamentals, the oil market has hung on every word from OPEC officials, which has sent oil prices on a rollercoaster ride. In the past two weeks, fundamentals continued to improve with U. S. oil inventories showing counter-seasonal draws, yet prices collapsed on May 25 after OPEC announced it would extend production cuts by nine months. The price action indicates that market participants were hoping for an even larger cut and were disappointed that the current cuts were merely extended, but the current curtailments have already had a profound impact on inventories (we saw and continue to see large counter-seasonal draws in high frequency data), which is what we suspect OPEC had intended.
OPEC is currently in a difficult situation. How should it react to the oil glut that followed the emergence of shale oil technology? In our view, OPEC’s options and its influence on oil prices are limited. To understand this, we must go back to the 1980s, which is the last time OPEC was faced with a technological step change that led to an oil glut from non-OPEC producers.
OPEC was founded in 1960 by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. The founding members were later joined by Qatar (1961), Indonesia (1962 – 2008; rejoined 2016), Libya (1962), United Arab Emirates (1967), Algeria (1969), Nigeria (1971), Ecuador (1973 – 1992; rejoined 2007), and Gabon (1975 – 1994; rejoined 2016). By 1973, OEPC had increased its production to about 30 million b/d, just over 50% of world production. Supported by Egypt and Syria, the Arab members of OPEC imposed an oil embargo against the United States and other countries that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur war in October 1973. OPEC output subsequently dropped by close to 4 million b/d, which was about 7% of global output. As a result, oil shortages occurred in the west and prices soared from USD3.29/bbl in 1973 to USD11.58/bbl in 1974, and prices remained high even after the oil embargo ended in March 1974. In 1979 oil prices moved sharply higher again to as high as USD40/bbl. In our view, the 1979 price increase must be attributed to several factors; the Iranian revolution and ensuing Iran-Iraq war certainly played their part, but general USD price inflation was rampant, reaching 20% per annum. Arguably, part of the reason why inflation was so high was because oil prices had previously risen on the back of the oil embargo, which trickled into general price inflation. But even without the tightness in oil fundamentals, USD inflation would have been high given the monetary environment of the time; however, the price inflation in oil was several magnitudes higher than broad price inflation, suggesting that the tightness in the oil market itself was the main reason for the sharp price increase in oil. Most importantly, this prolonged period of extremely high oil prices and the crippling effect the oil shortages had on western economies led to profound changes in oil and energy markets.

This post was published at GoldMoney on JUNE 06, 2017.

Facebook’s Little Ethics Problem

Facebook has been aiding abusers of human-rights — such as China, Turkey, Russia and Pakistan — to curb the freedom of expression of their people. “On the same day that we filed the report, the ‘Stop Palestinians’ page that incited against Palestinians was removed by Facebook… for ‘containing credible threat of violence’ which ‘violated our community standards.’ On the other hand, the ‘Stop Israelis’ page that incited against Israelis, was not removed. We received a response from Facebook stating that the page was ‘not in violation of Facebook’s rules.’” – Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of The Israel Law Center. According to Darshan-Leitner, Facebook’s insistence that it cannot control all the content on its pages is disingenuous, if not an outright lie. After all, its algorithms are perfectly accurate when it comes to detecting users’ shopping habits. There is a problem at Facebook. On May 8, the social media platform blocked and then shut down the pages of two popular moderate Muslim groups — on the grounds that their content was “in violation of community standards” — without explanation.
Had these pages belonged to the radicals who incite followers to violence, however, the move would have been welcome, and would have corresponded to Facebook’s Online Civil Courage Initiative, founded in Berlin in January 2016, to “challeng[e] hate speech and extremism online,” in the effort to prevent the use of social media as a platform for recruiting terrorists.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 7, 2017.

Infamy at Sea: Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty 50 Years Later

In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel’s attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship.
Only hours after the Liberty arrived it was spotted by the Israeli military. The IDF sent out reconnaissance planes to identify the ship. They made eight trips over a period of three hours. The Liberty was flying a large U.S. flag and was easily recognizable as an American vessel.
Soon more planes came. These were Israeli Mirage III fighters, armed with rockets and machine guns. As off-duty officers sunbathed on the deck, the fighters opened fire on the defenseless ship with rockets and machine guns.
A few minutes later a second wave of planes streaked overhead, French-built Mystere jets, which not only pelted the ship with gunfire but also with napalm bomblets, coating the deck with the flaming jelly. By now, the Liberty was on fire and dozens were wounded and killed, excluding several of the ship’s top officers.
The Liberty’s radio team tried to issue a distress call, but discovered the frequencies had been jammed by the Israeli planes with what one communications specialist called ‘a buzzsaw sound.’ Finally, an open channel was found and the Liberty got out a message it was under attack to the USS America, the Sixth Fleet’s large aircraft carrier.

This post was published at Counterpunch

U.S., Russia hold secret talks over south Syria safe zone

U.S. and Russian officials have quietly stepped up contacts in recent weeks to try to advance a deal on the creation of a safe zone in southern Syria, Al-Monitor has learned.
The talks included a meeting in Jordan in late May, a former diplomat from the region said on condition of anonymity. Russia, Iran and Turkey negotiated the creation of four zones aimed at de-escalating tensions between Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed Syrian opposition in early May, and the Donald Trump administration is now trying to see what role the United States can play.
‘Last week, the Americans and Russia met in Jordan with the Jordanians to discuss these zones in the south,’ the former diplomat said. ‘The meeting in Jordan was one part where the U.S. and Russia, Israel and Jordan can work together to have de-escalation zone in the south of Syria.’
The United States is particularly concerned that any deal over the future of Syria preserves the stability of its close allies Israel and Jordan. Israel for its part has said it would not tolerate an Iranian presence on its border with Syria.
The source said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “in charge of dealing with Russia” amid allegations that the Trump presidential campaign conspired with Moscow. The former diplomat said Brett McGurk, the U.S. special presidential envoy to the global coalition against the Islamic State, and U.S. Syria envoy Michael Ratney participated in the Jordan talks. Neither official responded to queries.

This post was published at ALMONITOR

‘State-Sponsor-Of-Terror’ Iran Says London Attacks Are “Wake-Up Call” For West, Urges Funding Crackdown

In what we are sure many will see as the most ironic headline of the day, Reuters reports Iran said on Sunday the London attacks were a “wake-up call” and urged Western states to go after ideological and financial sources of terrorism, state media reported, in a thinly veiled reference to Saudi Arabia.
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Having been the center of attention during President Trump’s recent trip:
‘The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon – never, ever – and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately,’ Trump said in at a meeting in Jerusalem with the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin.
Trump added that he had detected, too, ‘a growing realisation among your Arab neighbours that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran’.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 4, 2017.

TRUMP BACKS OFF SUPPORT FOR MOVING U.S. EMBASSY IN ISRAEL

President Trump has decided against moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at least for now.
Trump signed a biyearly waiver on Thursday to the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, a law whose purpose is to initiate and fund the relocation of the embassy. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama also signed waivers to delay the law taking effect, seeing the act as an infringement of the executive branch’s authority over foreign policy.
While the move is viewed as a significant reversal of a campaign promise, Trump cited his desire to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians as his reason for signing the waiver.
Soon after the election, the Trump team made no secret about its devotion to the Jewish state, vowing to be the ‘best friend Israel ever had,’ but by any estimation such expressions of fealty are not conducive to a fair, neutral negotiation process.
According to one American official, however, Trump still intends to move the embassy.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JUNE 2, 2017.

Putin is worse than ISIS? — John Batchelor Interviews Stephen F. Cohen

Batchelor opens with the statement from France’s new President Macron that equates Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin and Donald Trump as equals, and raises the bar on new heights of histrionics and confusion with all the media hype and investigations that accompany it. Cohen in turn mentions the Manchester terrorist event and takes the discussion to the topic of whether or not Russia and the West (and especially Washington) will ever join forces to deal with ISIS. Cohen’s worry is that the latter may eventually use nuclear material in its attacks, and he maintains that both Putin and Trump have the same worries. The hurdles placed to sabotage any cooperation become today’s topic. For example, Cohen qualifies this with a Senator McCain statement that essentially makes the point that ISIS should be the ally against Putin, not the other way around. (This writer worries that given the bizarre thinking revealed in Washington that ISIS may actually be able to use a serious attack and the media may spin it to have Russia blamed. False flag events in the U.S. are a similar danger.)
Cohen in the next segment describes Putin’s support for the United States after the 9/11 attack and the American lives this saved in Afghanistan. In fact all (so called) terrorist attacks on the U.S. saw Putin offering help. All were rejected and/or sabotaged/ or betrayed (with NATO activities). All of this is well detailed by Cohen. That Trump had difficulties meeting minimal diplomatic expectations for the Russians is a severe impediment to cooperation and respect from the Russian view. (It is curious that Trump’s boneheaded missile attack on Syria did not come up in the discussion.)
Batchelor, who is back from a vacation to the Caucasus region, introduces his third segment with a description of NATO troops of several nationalities in the capital of Georgia, Tibilsi. They were present for training manoeuvres. Cohen points out that Georgia is not a NATO country but it is still a prospect – although this is denied by Washington/NATO. Cohen makes an argument that cooperation for Putin in Syria and elsewhere about fighting terrorism must be at a higher level, but the Kremlin is seeing Trump becoming crippled in this goal in Washington. Trump, however, saw his firing of Comey as part of the process of solving the problem. Again Cohen points out in detail that the firing has only added more complications.
In the final segment Batchelor describes some of his experiences in trying to explain to various nationalities in his travels what all the American news stories meant. Batchelor kept explaining that it was noise and nonsense and that ‘nothing is going on’. Cohen disagrees, but can only speculate that something is going on in the background. Communication with the Russians is certainly going on and has to go around official channels because the Intelligence Agencies are undertaking a surveillance and leaking campaign against Trump. This is also fraught in that this practice too can be spun as subversive. This all came from the Trump effort to communicate privately with the Kremlin over Syria. Russia is also potentially positioned to know if attacks are planned against the United States, and Cohen repeats that Trump seems to understand this and cares about it even if some of his other behaviors may be questionable. Cohen maintains also that Israel and Russia share intelligence with each other. (The whole debacle in Syria, however, may be winding down with the Assad clearly the winner and ISIS in disarray.)
From my perspective our pundits may be missing one element of this opposition to Trump and a relationship with Russia. It looks like there is a Deep State ‘official’ policy to accept any terrorism damage from ISIS as preferable to working with Russia. The motivation is that, as a side issue, the terrorism can be used politically to continue to promote and fund the growing security forces within the United States and wars in the M.E. This has the side benefit of supporting a greater control/surveillance program over the population which will be suffering a serious monetary and economic decline in the future – and given the reality of a false flag 9/11 event, and a Deep State indifference to cost in lives – the stronger argument is that the priority for the Deep State continues to be(?) complete control of the government of the United States. In other words, they simply may not care about the dangers of ISIS. We should be aware – as Trump’s adversaries surely are – that working with Russia against terrorism can only lead to a lessened war “opportunity” with Iran and a reduction of the creeping instability of extremism in the ‘stan’ countries. That leaves Washington with fewer war prospects.

This post was published at Audioboom

ABSOLUTE SUBMISSION: Trump Bows to Neocon Orthodoxy

Consortium News Exclusive: In his Mideast trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, President Trump sought some political safe harbor by tacking toward neocon orthodoxy and jettisoning his campaign promises of a more rational strategy, writes Daniel Lazare.
With astounding precision, Donald Trump zeroed in on the worst possible Middle East policy option in his recent trip to Saudi Arabia and made it his own. He rebuffed the efforts of Iran’s newly elected moderate government to open up communications with the West and instead deepened America’s alliances with decrepit autocratic regimes across the Persian Gulf.
Turning up his nose at Iran – a rising young power – he embraced Saudi Arabia, which is plainly on its last legs. It was a remarkable display – rather like visiting a butcher shop and passing up a fresh steak for one that’s rancid and smelly and buzzing with flies.
Saudi Arabia is not just any tired dictatorship with an abysmal human-rights record but one of the most spectacularly dysfunctional societies in history. It takes in half a billion dollars a day in oil revenue, yet is so profligate that it could run out of money in half a decade. It sits atop 18 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves, yet is so wasteful that, at current rates, it will become a net importer by the year 2030.
Its king travels with a thousand-person retinue wherever he goes while his son, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, plunked down $550 million not long ago when a 440-foot yacht caught his eye in the south of France. Yet this pair of royal kleptocrats dares preach austerity at a time when as much as 25 percent of the population lives on less than $17 a day in trash-strewn Third World slums.
Similarly, Saudi Arabia’s appetite for high-tech weaponry is such that in 2015 it became the largest arms importer in the world. Yet its military is so inept that it is unable to subdue ragtag Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen or even stop them from raiding deep inside Saudi territory and launching regular missile attacks.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 1, 2017.

TRUMP’S TRAVELS: ‘Stirring up Iranophobia to Boost Arms Sales’ while Pandering to Global Terrorism

Niraj Srivastava
21st Century Wire
President Trump embarked on his first visit abroad on May 19, travelling first to Saudi Arabia (May 20-21), and after that to Israel and the West Bank (May 22-23). The visits were very important, both regarding what was said, and what was left unsaid.
In Riyadh, Trump held talks with King Salman and his advisors and signed agreements for sale of US weapons to the Kingdom. He also met with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, as well as those representing 55 Muslim-majority states, most of them Sunni. A ‘Riyadh Declaration’ was issued at the end of the visit.
There were several important outcomes and developments during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. First, Trump signed an agreement for sale of US weapons worth $350 billion to the Saudis over a period of ten years. Of this, weapons worth $110 billion would be supplied immediately, the rest being supplied later.
This is the single largest arms deal in history – more than what the Obama Administration sold to the Saudis during its entire term. Moreover, it includes advanced weapon systems such as THAAD, Patriot missiles, precision guided munitions, attack helicopters, tanks, and artillery. This deal will keep the US arms industry humming for quite some time.
On their part, the Saudis reportedly promised to invest $200 billion in infrastructure and other projects in the US. Trump wants this investment mainly in the ‘Rust Belt’ states of Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin – his core constituency.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MAY 27, 2017.

Obama Administration Intervened in Canadian, British, and French elections

There is a very serious hypocrisy over this whole issue of Russia trying to influence the 2016 election when the Obama Administration directly intervened in Canada, Britain, and France and is expected to do so again in Britain and Germany. The New York Times, Washington Post, and just about every other mainstream media, are biased and are NOT REPORTING THE TRUTH. They act as if this is something unusual and sinister yet Obama has continued in this very posture even after leaving office with respect to the French elections. Obama also intervened to overthrow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and failed as he did in BREXIT. The United States routinely interferes in foreign elections. So what is the big deal with Russia? Mainstream Media is not telling the truth that this is standard operational procedure. The United States has far too over stages coups to overthrow leaders they dislike. The propaganda about Iran and weapons of mass destruction is but a recent example. The Vietnam War was also a hoax with President Johnson is famous for saying in 1965: ‘For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.’ There never was any attack to start that war and Johnson made a very deceitful speech of August 4th, 1964, while New York Times editorial writers cheered and proclaimed that Johnson ‘went to the American people last night with the somber facts.’ The recorded American soldier deaths for the Vietnam War was 58,220 U. S. military fatal casualties.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on May 26, 2017.

Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour

U.S. President Donald Trump, arriving in Israel on May 22 right after a stop in Saudi Arabia, found another ally eager to praise him for his tough stance on Iran – and encourage him to get even tougher.
“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran, which you enunciated so clearly,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in joint remarks with Trump at their third meeting of the day.
At an earlier meeting with the Israeli leader at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, Trump had lambasted the nuclear deal negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama in remarks that Netanyahu could almost have drafted himself. He called the 2015 agreement a ‘terrible, terrible thing’ and promised that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon, ‘that I can tell you.’
‘Iran negotiated a fantastic deal with the previous administration. … It is unbelievable from my standpoint,’ Trump said, according to the White House press pool.

This post was published at ALMONITOR

SINKHOLE APPEARS AT TRUMP’S MAR-A-LAGO RESORT, SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONDS AGAIN

A sinkhole just opened in front of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate THE ORB DEMANDS SACRIFICE
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 22, 2017

A sinkhole has just appeared right in front of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. This appeared to have happened while he was visiting the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and social media responded much like when he touched the glowing orb.
Trump has spent numerous weekends at the Mar-a-Lago resort since taking office. He’s even hosted world leaders such as China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Shinzo Abe and has played several rounds of golf there. Twitter users quickly mocked the news of the sinkhole and even though it’s now been two days since it appeared, the jokes continue to be funny.
The sinkhole was definitely a coincidence, but this thanks to social media, it conjured up images of heavenly forces sending clear signs to humanity that something is seriously wrong at the moment. As if we didn’t know that humanity was doomed, social media made the connection for us between the sinkhole and Trump’s visit to Israel. And it’s almost as funny as when he set off an internet firestorm by touching a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MAY 24, 2017.

Israeli Minister Hints At Coming War In Syria And Iran: ‘The Time Has Come To Assassinate Assad’

The Iranians have just deployed their S-300 missile system to military bases located on their borders. The S-300 system has the capability of taking down short and medium-range ballistic missiles and engaging upon 6 different targets with 12 missiles. The effective range of the S-300 is approximately 130 miles (200 km). They are also planning on upgrading their defenses with the S-400 missile system. Is this noteworthy? Perhaps it is when examined on the heels of this quote from the Israeli Minister of Housing today, as such, reported in Sputnik News on May 16:
‘The reality whereby Syria executes people, intentionally uses chemical weapons to hurt them and, now, in the most recent move of extremism, is burning their bodies – this has not been seen in the world in 70 years,’ said Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, as cited by Haaretz. ‘We are crossing a red line and, in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad,’ he continued. ‘And when we finish with the tail of the serpent, we will reach the head of the serpent, which can be found in Tehran, and we will deal with it, too,’ he said.
Syria is the keystone to an invasion of Iran: Syria is crucial from both a geographical and a military standpoint. Although Israel is an ally of the United States, it is more of a ‘client’ state: far from being independent, its very existence is predicated on American support. The problem is with the pro-Israel lobby that exists in the U. S. that literally (and illegally) has created influence through monetary and political pressure…influence that is not in the interests of the United States.

This post was published at shtfplan on May 19th, 2017.