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NASA Is Not Just a Propaganda Apparatus

Lew Rockwell Institute - Sab, 07/01/2017 - 07:01

Why is it that all our heroes inevitably try to kill us? From Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, the people we laud the most were, at one point, responsible for great harm done, and not always by their own intention. “Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions,” said T.S. Eliot.

Earlier this month, The New York Times Magazine ran a profile piece on someone who, I predict, will someday become another savior-cum-killer. Sara Seager is a brilliant astrophysicist at M.I.T. who is dedicated to discovering more earthlike planets in the universe. Her life’s work has been committed to finding habitable planets light-years away from our own lowly blue home in the Milky Way.

One of Seager’s many goals is to get in contact with extraterrestrial life. She’s a leading advocate for a project called “starshade,” a sunflower-shaped, shield-like device that is designed to block out the sun’s light so that other telescopes can better spot life-sustaining planets like our own. A more aesthetically pleasing version of Mr. Burns’ contraption, the starshade will not only blacken the sun for us to see deeper in the universe but also make the earth more visible for anyone looking in.

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The unasked but pertinent question here is: More visible to whom? Seager seems to be operating under the assumption that any contact with aliens is a good thing. Her optimism is untempered with caution. Has she not seen Independence Day, Mars Attacks!, or The Day the Earth Stood Still? If we can’t count on foreigners on our own terrestrial rock to be peaceful, what chance is there that nonhumans will be less hostile?

Judging by the popularity of science fiction and movies like Interstellar, Seager is far from alone in her sanguine attitude about extraterrestrial exploration. Americans have a rosy opinion of space travel. As a country, we were founded by explorers. Our lands were tamed by frontiersmen. Our heritage is peripatetic—we have a deep desire to keep moving forward, never staying in the same place for too long.

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Un curioso intermezzo letterario: Vortex

Freedonia - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 11:10




di Francesco Simoncelli


Negli ultimi giorni c'è stata una persona per me molto importante che mi ha detto: "Lo scambio arricchisce sempre." In un mondo in cui si rischia d'essere socialmente autarchici a causa della crescente ingerenza statale, spesso scordiamo come suddetta formula rappresenti la quintessenza del nostro benessere fisico e psichico. Quindi, oggi, cari lettori di Freedonia, voglio condividere con voi un pezzo di me che probabilmente ignoravate. Voglio scambiare con voi parte del mio estro e del mio io. Dopo questo scambio potreste conoscere una parte di voi che ignoravate, o se vi appassiona già, potreste arricchire ulteriormente il vostro bagaglio culturale. Perché il mondo che ci circonda è una scoperta continua, la quale ci insegna una nuova lezione quando meno ce lo aspettiamo. Ed eccoci qui, cari lettori di Freedonia, leggendo questo post scoprirete che non mi occupo solo d'economia. Sebbene quest'ultima sia la mia occupazione principale, la mia vita ruota intorno alla scrittura a 360°. Amo scrivere e quando ho ispirazione non mi lascio sfuggire l'occasione di creare componimenti letterari. Che siano poesie o racconti brevi, concretizzare ciò che l'ambiente circostante mi trasmette è una passione che non posso ignorare. In realtà, l'ho coltivata sin dall'età di 8 anni, quando vinsi il mio primo premio durante un concorso di saggistica.

Questa mia passione, purtroppo, è stata coltivata con incostanza, infarcendo spesso di solitudine le liriche che partorivo. Per un po' ho smesso. Ma negli ultimi tempi, dopo aver conosciuto un collega, anch'esso prolifico autore in campo letterario, gli ho suggerito: "Perché non fare un libro?"

Quel giorno è nato "Vortex - Racconti brevi e poesie", scritto da me e dal co-autore Marco Vicini. Entrambi presentiamo al pubblico più ampio la capacità della nostra penna, in grado di spaziare da racconti e poesie, anelanti di catturare l'attenzione e la curiosità di coloro interessati. Un vortice di opere ed idee che, oltre ad attingere dal bacino d'ispirazione fornito dalla propria città, rappresenta anche un tributo per quegli autori affermati che hanno influenzato le nostre menti. Nelle mie opere, ad esempio, noterete somiglianze con giganti della letteratura internazionale come Egar Allan Poe e Stephen King, come sottolinea anche il recensore Lorenzo Luciani professore all'Università di Rochester (USA). Non solo, tale somiglianza è stata notata anche dai giornalisti presenti durante la presentazione.




Ma questo è solo un frammento dell'estro che trasuda questo libro. Infatti il fiore all'occhiello è l'esperimento letterario mai provato fino ad ora contenuto in questo piccolo libro, il quale sono sicuro vi sorprenderà e vi lascerà sbigottiti nonché colmi. A questo proposito, infatti, non manca la voce del Sindaco della mia città, Roberto De Donatis, il quale afferma nella sua recensione: "Un plauso va agli autori di Vortex, i valenti scrittori Marco Vicini e Francesco Simoncelli, per avere realizzato un’opera che parla di Sora. Una città che gli autori mostrano di amare profondamente e che, anche quando non è esplicitamente citata, plasma di sé l’intero volume. [...] Auguro a Marco e Francesco che Vortex sia un punto di partenza per altre feconde e brillanti esperienze letterarie a quattro mani. La collaborazione e la fusione artistica, testimoniata dall’esperimento letterario finale, dimostrano che ci sono tutte le premesse perché ciò si realizzi."

Non meno degna di nota l'opinione del prefazionatore del libro, Luigi Gulia, egregio preside e presidente del Centro Studi Sorani "Vincenzo Patriarca", il quale apre l'opera: "[...] Francesco ricerca la rigenerazione di sé attraverso il sogno, un’apparente evasione avviluppata nell’intrico di situazioni esorcizzate dal pianto liberatorio, che scioglie da sussulti della psiche prima circuita dall’avventura dell’inconscio. Un lettore ben addestrato rintraccia nella sciolta costruzione narrativa di Francesco materia propria dei maestri della psicanalisi. Un lettore di più modesta immediatezza, come chi è stato invitato a scrivere queste suggestioni, si trova immerso in interrogativi che lo coinvolgono, lo eccitano, infine lo divertono. Anche l’umorismo surreale diverte, allontana cioè dall’affanno e restituisce un po’ di giubilo allo spirito. Sembra essere questa la chiave di lettura dell’abbandono onirico cui ama soggiacere l’intrepido Francesco allorché il suo cor cavalca tra i flutti del mare e le flessuosità magnetiche dell’èros chiedendo all’anima di trasferire il sogno nella realtà. La sua è una scrittura dinamica. Prelude con efficace esemplarità ad una sorta di thriller noir che più avanti fa da telaio ad un sobbalzo di rivalsa della paura, esito inesorabile nello scontro tra odio e pietà, aperto e chiuso da un prolungato flashback, che risucchia la tensione psicologica di tutta intera la sequenza narrativa visivamente percepita come azione cinematografica.

Uscire, superare la realtà, sconfinare si può? Sfidare, come gli uccelli, il vuoto e provare in volo la sensazione di libertà? Insomma è possibile cambiare le regole della realtà? Il solo tentativo di sperimentare ardimento e temerarietà, senza apparire fuori di senno, redime infine l’ingegno e lo restituisce alla storia con rinnovato stupore.

Sogno e realtà si riconoscono come l’uno specchio dell’altra nell’ultima parte del Vortex. Marco e Francesco si incontrano in una originale invenzione letteraria che lascia trasparire, nella reciproca scoperta del loro vero io, quale e quanto grande possa profilarsi il futuro dell’umanità se non si è più estranei ed emarginati ma solidali e controcorrente per donarsi vicendevole serenità. Come? Dimostrando di essere anticonformista: le diversità sono la ricchezza vera dell’umanità, donde storia, politica, economia, religione, arte, musica, letteratura riusciranno a cambiare il mondo.

È questa riflessione morale il culmine del Vortex/Vertex che sospinge la scrittura e l’avventura spirituale di Marco e di Francesco. Non resta che passare alla lettura per condividerne le emozioni."

Quindi, cari lettori, lasciatevi trasportare dal vortice.

Potete acquistare il libro online in versione cartacea al seguente indirizzo: http://www.youcanprint.it/fiction/fiction-generale/vortex-racconti-brevi-e-poesie-9788892640504.html

Chiunque volesse acquistarlo presso una libreria, invece, può consultare questa pagina in un cui troverà un elenco, regione per regione, di quei rivenditori che sono in collaborazione con Youcanprint: http://www.youcanprint.it/librerie-in-italia-self-publishing.html


Lynch Mob Democracy

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

The dark, infamous days of American lynch-mob rule and burning witches at stakes are back as never before. But not in backwater enclaves of benighted bigotry. Oh no, the modern lynch mobs are running amok in Washington’s seat of government, across prime TV and on the editorial pages of its supposed finest newspapers.

It is the effete, self-regarding ruling US elite who are acting like a murderous rabble. The hate-figures are Russian leader Vladimir Putin and incoming president Donald Trump. Both are being lined up to be lynched, one as a foreign enemy, the other as a traitor.

Lynch mob blood-lust is a mere finger pointed, the baying of deranged crowds and the stringing up of some unfortunate from the nearest tree without pause for a fair trial. «Guilty!» shouted with red-faced thunder is all that’s needed. And anyone who dares to question the madding crowd is liable to meet the same grim fate.

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Public opinion in the US is being stampeded to accept as unquestioned fact that Russia «attacked American democracy» as Senators like John McCain are claiming on prime time television. Furthermore, Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused of being the mastermind behind the alleged cyber attacks, which supposedly subverted the US presidential election in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Incumbent President Barack Obama, the US «intelligence community» and a consensus of lawmakers on Capitol Hill are all asserting without a flicker of doubt that Russian state-sponsored hackers interfered in the November election. The US mainstream media have abdicated any pretense of independence or journalistic standard by rowing in behind the assertions, stating what are fundamentally tendentious claims as if they are fact. The word «alleged» before the words «Russian hacking» has been shorn from headlines and commentaries. The American lynch mob has decreed Russia as guilty. No due process, no skepticism, no verifiable proof, just stampeding group-think let loose.

Never mind that Moscow has repeatedly rejected the vapid claims, and has demanded verifiable evidence to be presented. Never mind that Washington has failed to provide any verifiable evidence to support its accusations. Never mind that several respected former US intelligence experts, such as William Binney formerly of the NSA, have come forward to dismiss the claims of Russian hacking as preposterous.

The inherent lack of credibility in Washington’s narrative was given a seeming fix when Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats last week. The intention of the sanctions was to brand the word «scumbag» over the Kremlin in the eyes of the world, a US cyber security expert told Reuters. This is more of the same demonization-mentality that resulted in African-Americans being dangled from branches or suspected sorcerers being torched alive by self-righteous American christians.

A second seeming fix to the attenuated «Russian hacker» story came with reports of an alleged attempt to disable the US power grid. The CIA-linked Washington Post broke the story of an electric company in Vermont finding «Russian malware» on a laptop. The report can be quickly parsed as fake, but it seemingly gave substance to claims that the US was «under attack from Russia». Right on cue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to be baited by Obama’s expulsion of diplomats by declining to reciprocate similar measures against US officials in Moscow. Wisely too. For such a response would tend to only lend credibility to what are otherwise baseless American claims.

More insanity to back up Russophobia is expected this week when shadowy «US intelligence officials» give «briefings» to President-elect Trump and members of Congress. The latter will inevitably be «wowed» by more of the same anti-Russian claims that the CIA has already inculcated the American mass media with.

Trump, however, is not such an easy pushover. He appears to remain skeptical about «intelligence» impugning Russia. Trump previously lampooned CIA claims as «ridiculous». Again this week he referred to the «disaster of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction» when false US intelligence led to a decade-long war in the Middle East country, the death of over a million people and the unleashing of jihadist terrorism across the globe.

To browbeat Trump into joining the lynch mob to hang Putin and Russia, the US media are blatantly setting him as a «traitor» if he doesn’t comply.

Referring to his forthcoming presidential inauguration, the New York Times editorial board demanded: «In less than a month, Mr Trump will have to decide whether he stands with his democratic allies on Capitol Hill or his authoritarian friend in the Kremlin».

The editors at the Washington Post continued the treason theme, making the reckless claim that Russia had perpetrated a «Cyber Pearl Harbor» on the US. The newspaper then went on to note Trump’s «odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia». The Post insinuated that Trump was putting alleged personal business interests with Russia ahead of patriotic duty.

Another report in the New York Times quoted various pundits claiming that Trump is undermining national security by being friendly towards Russia and expressing his skepticism towards US intelligence.

One senior lawmaker, Democrat Representative Adam Schiff called on Trump «to stop denigrating» US secret services.

Moreover, if veteran Republican Senator John McCain is allowed to assert on CNN that Russian cyber attacks are an «act of war» – then, it follows according to this warped logic, that Trump is in bed with the enemy.

This embodies lynch mob rule rolled into burning witches at Salem along with McCarthyite Red Scaremongering.

Trump is effectively being noosed with claims that he is a Russian stooge and a traitor to his country. Claims that are in turn based on unfounded, hysterical allegations that Russia has «attacked our nation». All that’s missing here are effigies of Putin and Trump being set alight on Capitol Hill.

What this represents is a profound degeneration in American democracy. Rumor, speculation and propaganda have become the currency of US public discourse, ranging from the supposedly highest office of the White House to the legislative branch of government – and all reinforced by a supine media.

Anyone who shows the slightest dissent from the stampeding mentality to lynch Russia is also liable to be lynched. The fate of Donald Trump is in the balance.

The irony in all this is that it is not some external enemy who is eroding American democracy. It is own’s political establishment that is throttling the supposed pillars of democracy.

Whenever two of its purported leading newspapers are openly accusing the next president of «treason» – based on fabricated accusations – then it is a clear sign that American democracy has indeed become condemned.

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Beware the Bait & Switch

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

r many years, I have warned listeners about bait & switch car dealership ads.  When I still owned car dealerships, I used to look at the fine print in newspaper ads to see how my competitors were advertising unrealistic prices.  I would train my staff on how to educate the customers walking in on why we could not match another dealership’s deceptive ads.  Even when customers did not believe us, they would go and find out what we told them was correct, and usually return to us.

Then comes the Internet, which has pretty well eliminated classified newspaper ads, and the deceptive dealers seized upon a new way to hide the fine print.  Lately, however, I have seen an alarming trend of the automakers themselves burying information in ads and on the Internet.  I am not suggesting any automaker is doing anything illegal, they have plenty of Attorneys to watch out for them, but is it the right thing to do?

I am not picking on General Motors, but after watching ads on TV for months now, one word kept coming up that raises red flags:  SELECT.  Generally, it is a harmless six letters when strung together, but in this case, I think it can be confusing at best for consumers.

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By now, surely you have seen the Chevy Red Tag Sale that offered percentages of savings, for instance, 25% off MSRP on select Silverado pickups.  I chased down the fine print at the Chevrolet website and looked at a special the factory was running on 2016 Tahoes.  It touts $11,106 in average savings.  A reasonable person was assume they could go to their favorite Chevy dealer and knock over eleven grand off the MSRP of the Tahoe they chose, maybe even more, and the majority of people only see $11,106 in savings.

A look at the breakdown, however, shows this is based on the LT model with Signature Package.  That is pretty specific and does not apply to the very popular LTZ models.  $1700 of the savings is a discount package…but that discount is shown above the bottom line MSRP amount.  Yes, there is $1700 in savings because the dealer ordered this package, but it does not come off the sticker price.

Then there is $4406 in what they call the “average holiday price reduction below MSRP.”  I assume they did some math from actual transactions on this exact vehicle package.  Then to finish the math, it says $5000 total cash allowance.  So, from the MSRP price on these vehicles you can deduct $5000 in rebates and either more or less than $4406 in a dealer discount.

What most people don’t catch in this same ad are the words “find your tag”.  You see, Chevy gives the dealers additional money on a small percentage of their inventory to offer bigger discounts on SELECT vehicles.  The kicker is the dealers have to choose which vehicles that want to apply the special tags to at the beginning of the month and they can’t move them around.  Once selected, they can’t take the extra money off one vehicle to apply to another.  The end result is a dealer can have two identical vehicles sitting side by side, but one might be substantially cheaper than the other.

Of course, dealers are going to choose to tag the vehicles they need to sell the worst.  These are generally less popular models, perhaps demos or loaner cars, but generally it will be their slowest sellers and oldest inventory.

On the “current deals” page at the Chevy website, at the bottom of the page in the fine print, the words “on select tagged vehicles in stock ” or “dealer selected vehicles in stock” appears 18 times.  While the ads on TV, radio, and Internet appear to offer amazing deals, the reality of it is that the offers are only good on a handful of vehicles.

To be fair, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have similar programs.  I talked to a number of the dealers that are part of the Car Pro Show, and they hate these kinds of programs.  They have to take the time to try to explain to customers why they can buy a purple Suburban so much cheaper than the white one they really want that has the exact same sticker price.

For me, it is auto manufacturers engaging in bait & switch tactics.  They save a lot of rebate money by not offering those great deals across the board, instead just on a small portion of their vehicles, all the while giving the illusion that everybody can participate.  It is the dealers that then have to do the cleanup and try to salvage a customer who has been loyal to them for years.

Automakers, if you want to pay the dealers extra money to help sell distressed merchandise, that is all well and good.  Just don’t make us believe that everybody in America can get these great deals when in reality, only a few will.  That is the very definition of bait & switch.

Reprinted from Car Pro.

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How Will You Respond in a Crisis?

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

When I first began researching survival and preparedness, I can’t tell you how many hours were spent in shock and panic.  I read about the “golden hordes” who would soon, very soon, descend upon my suburban home shooting, stealing, and raping, although not in that particular order. According to some survivalists, we’re approaching a tipping point at which our world will begin to run out of oil, and we’ll be thankful to have two rocks to rub together to create heat. Then there were tales of a hidden planet, Planet X, on its way to destroy Earth.

In my early prepping years, there were days I wasn’t so sure I even wanted to survive such scenarios. Anyone who has only known security is in for a shock when their normalcy bias begins to struggle with information about these possible scenarios and many others, far more realistic.

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Recently I came across these interesting statistics. In a crisis:

10% of people will panic.

80% will do nothing.

Only 10% will act quickly and appropriately.

As a mom, I realize that my kids can’t afford for me to be part of the 10% that panic or the 80% who do nothing. Parents do not have the luxury of panicking or breaking down in tears when a situation desperately calls for logic and purposeful action.

Picture this situation.  You and your children or grandchildren are in the middle of an intense emergency. The young ones are already scared, perhaps even hysterical.  They last thing they need is a parent, grandparent, or other loved one who has lost all sense of reason. At that moment, in spite of your own fears, you must be the adult in charge.  The options otherwise are not pretty.

So how do you cultivate a mindset capable of handling a major crisis without experiencing it first hand or living in a war zone?

First, decide that you WILL be in that 10% who takes appropriate action when faced with an emergency or drastic change.

1.  Do your thinking and planning now. Make it a habit to ask yourself “What if?” questions. Make situational awareness an everyday habit to be observant of the people and activity around you. If there’s one book I believe every woman, from around age 15 or so, should read, it’s CIA Street Smarts for Women by B.D. Foley. About a third of the way through the book, I realized the book has vital information for my son, too. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker is another must-read. Both books are life-changing and potentially life-saving.

2.  Go beyond just looking around and being aware. Begin inventing stories in your head about the people you see around you. Invent a name for them. What do they do for a living, why are they here right now? Believe it or not, this mental exercise will begin to force you to pay even closer attention to details — what are they wearing, who is with them, what clues do you see to enhance this imaginary story? Sounds strange but give it a try.

3.  Communicate with your spouse and family about the plans you’re putting into place. First, should anything ever happen to you, they’ll need to know where the stored food is, how to prepare it, how to purify water, how to take care of illnesses and injuries, and so much more. What you learn and the skills you acquire must be shared with your loved ones. Otherwise, in a crisis, it will be you and you alone trying to manage the whole scene. Why do that to yourself when you can easily teach and train those closest to you?

As you’re practicing situational awareness, teach it to your kids and grandkids. It will heighten their awareness to the goings on around them and, should a dangerous situation arise, they will already be alert and ready.

4.  For specific crises, such as a house fire or job loss, put your plan in writing and, if possible, actually practice the actions that will keep everyone safe. In the case of a financial crisis, this article is a gold mine of suggestions, but writing out a step-by-step plan is also very helpful. What bills must be paid first? What expenses can be eliminated or drastically cut? If cell phones are on the chopping block, where can you get a super-cheap alternative for emergency calls only? What super-frugal recipes can you begin to learn in advance?

Putting your ideas in writing will help you focus on solutions to a problem and not just the problem itself. Then, if the crisis really does happen, you will have already processed the solutions and, if panic sets in, the written plans will help you move forward and not become frozen with fear.

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A Rude Awakening for the CIA

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

Just in case the accusations that president-elect Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, intent on destabilizing and weakening the US weren’t loud enough, moments ago the WSJ assured these would hit an unprecedented level with a report that Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, prompted by a belief that it has “become bloated and politicized.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI, was established in 2004 in large part to boost coordination between intelligence agencies following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The planning comes in a time of turbulence between Trump and American intelligence agencies: the president-elect has leveled a series of social media attacks in recent months and the past few days against the U.S. intelligence apparatus, at times dismissing and mocking their assessment – perhaps with cause, after all there is still no evidence – that the Russian government hacked emails of Democratic groups and John Podesta and then leaked them to WikiLeaks and others in an effort to help Trump win the White House.

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According to the Journal, among those helping lead Mr. Trump’s plan to restructure the intelligence agencies is his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until he was pushed out by DNI James Clapper and others in 2013. Also involved in the planning is Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who Mr. Trump selected to be his CIA director.

It’s not just the ODNI: one of the people familiar with Trump’s planning told the WSJ his advisors also are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world. The CIA declined to comment on the plan.

“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” said the individual, who is close to the Trump transition operation. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”

Trump may have a point: after all, it was the Democrats who accused the FBI of being so politicized that Comey’s reopening of the Clinton email server case is what cost her the presidency. Alternatively, Trump has listed his reasons to allege that the CIA is likewise “politicized”, however in the other direction.

To be sure, he has been quite open about his feelings on the subject. In one of his Wednesday tweets, Trump referenced an interview that WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange gave to Fox News in which he denied Russia had been his source for the thousands of hacked Podesta and DNC emails. As reported earlier, Trump tweeted: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”

In response, Trump was criticized by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers and from intelligence and law-enforcement officials for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, for attacking American intelligence agencies, and for embracing Mr. Assange, long viewed with disdain by government officials and lawmakers.

“We have two choices: some guy living in an embassy on the run from the law…who has a history of undermining American democracy and releasing classified information to put our troops at risk, or the 17 intelligence agencies sworn to defend us,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I’m going with them.”

Additionally, Trump’s advisers say he has long been skeptical of the CIA’s accuracy, and the president-elect often mentions faulty intelligence in 2002 and 2003 concerning Iraq’s weapons programs. But he has focused his skepticism of the agencies squarely on their Russia assessments, which has jarred analysts who are accustomed to more cohesion with the White House.

The rest of the story is largely familiar: here is the rundown from the WSJ

Top officials at U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress, have said Russia orchestrated the computer attacks that hacked and leaked Democratic Party emails last year. President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence agencies to produce a report on the hacking operation, and he is expected to presented with the findings on Thursday.Russia has long denied any involvement in the hacking operation, though Mr. Putin has said releasing the stolen emails served a public service.

The heads of the CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are scheduled to brief Mr. Trump on the findings on Friday. Mr. Trump tweeted late Tuesday that this meeting had been delayed and suggested that the agencies still needed time to “build a case” against Russia.

White House officials said Mr. Trump will be briefed on the hacking report as soon as it is ready. White House officials have been increasingly frustrated by Mr. Trump’s confrontations with intelligence officials.

“It’s appalling,” the official said. “No president has ever taken on the CIA and come out looking good.”

* * *

In what some may see as a pre-emptive counter-coup against unfriendly elements, the WSJ notes that Trump shares the view of Flynn and Pompeo that the intelligence community’s position that Russians tried to help his campaign is an attempt to undermine his victory or say he didn’t win, the official close to the transition said.

Flynn will lead the White House’s National Security Council, giving him broad influence in military and intelligence decisions throughout the government. He is also a believer in rotating senior intelligence agencies into the field and reducing headquarters staff.

Meanwhile, current and former intelligence and law-enforcement officials have reacted with a mix of bafflement and outrage to Mr. Trump’s continuing series of jabs at U.S. spies. “They are furious about it,” said one former senior intelligence official, adding that a retinue of senior officials who thought they would be staying on in a Hillary Clinton administration now are re-evaluating their plans following Mr. Trump’s election.

Additionally, current and former officials said it was particularly striking to see Trump quote Assange in tweets. “It’s pretty horrifying to me that he’s siding with Assange over the intelligence agencies,’’ said one former law-enforcement official.

And that may explain why Trump has decided to overhaul the entire US security apparatus from the ground up.

Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA who retired in 2005, said he was disturbed by Trump’s tweets and feared much of the intelligence community’s assessments could be filtered through Lt. Gen. Flynn, chosen by Mr. Trump as his national security adviser.

“I’m rather pessimistic,” he said. “This is indeed disturbing that the president should come in with this negative view of the agencies coupled with his habits on how he absorbs information and so on that don’t provide a lot of hope for change.”

As a result of Trump’s unprecedented overhaul of the US intelligence apparatus, we expect that to soon hear the loudest calls for Trump committing treason yet.

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

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The Campaign To Destabilize the Trump Regime

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

Introduction

Obama has formally accused Moscow of interfering in the US elections on behalf of Donald Trump. These are serious allegations.  Whereas the sanctions are directed against Russia, the ultimate intent is to undermine the legitimacy of president-elect Donald Trump and his foreign policy stance in relation to Moscow. 

According to the US media, the sanctions against Moscow were intended to ”Box in President-elect Donald J. Trump” because  Trump “has consistently cast doubt” that Putin was involved in the alleged hacking of the DNC.  In an earlier report on Kremlin meddling, the NYT  (December 15) depicted Donald Trump as “…a Useful Idiot”… an American president who doesn’t know he’s being played by a wily foreign power. (emphasis added)

But the accusations against Trump have gone far beyond the “Box in” Narrative. The unspoken truth pertaining to Obama’s Executive Order is that the punishment was intended for Trump rather than Putin.

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The objective is not to “Box-In” the president-elect for his “unfamiliarity with the role of intelligence”.  Quite the opposite: The strategy is to delegitimize Donald Trump by accusing him of high treason. 

In recent developments, the director of National Intelligence James Clapper has “confirmed” that the alleged Russian cyber attack constitute an “existential threat to our way of life”.  

Meanwhile,  several thousand tanks and US troops are being deployed on Russia’s doorstep as part of Obama’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve” directed against Russia.  

Are these deployments of US tanks and troops part of Obama’s “act of retribution” against Russia in response to Moscow’s alleged hacking of the US elections, which according to 

Is this a “fast-track” procedure on the part of the outgoing president, with the support of US intelligence to create chaos prior to the inception of the Trump administration on January 20th? 

According to DINA News, “A Massive US military deployment should be ready by January 20.”  

Political Insanity prevails. 

And insanity could potentially unleash World War III. 

Meanwhile, none of this is front page news. The mainstream media is not covering it.

Destabilizing the Trump Presidency

The ultimate intent of this campaign led by the Neocons and the Clinton Faction is to destabilize the Trump presidency.

Prior to the November 8 elections, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leo Panetta had already intimated that Trump is a threat to National Security. According to The Atlantic,  Trump is a “Modern Manchurian Candidate” serving the interests of the Kremlin.

Vanity Fair November 1, 2016

The Atlantic October 8, 2016

In the wake of the Grand Electors’ Vote (in favour of Trump) and Obama’s sanctions against Moscow, the accusations of treason directed against Donald Trump have gone into high gear:

“Liberals are suggesting President-elect Donald Trump is guilty of treason after President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia and Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s response to the sanctions.” (Daily Caller, December 30, 2016)

“A specter of treason hovers over Donald Trump. He has brought it on himself by dismissing a bipartisan call for an investigation of Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee as a “ridiculous” political attack on the legitimacy of his election as president.” (Boston Globe, December 16)

Coordinated Operation to Destabilize the Trump Presidency? 

Is Trump “in bed with the enemy”?

These are serious accusations allegedly backed up by US intelligence which cannot be brushed away.

Will they just be forgotten once Trump accedes to the White House? Unlikely. They are part of a propaganda campaign on behalf of powerful corporate interests.

What is at stake is tantamount to a carefully coordinated operation to destabilize the Trump presidency, characterized by several distinct components.

The central objective of this project against Trump is to ensure the continuity of the Neocons’ foreign policy agenda geared towards global warfare and Worldwide economic conquest, which has dominated the US political landscape since September 2001.

Let us first review the nature of the Neocons’ foreign policy stance.

Background on The Neocons’ Foreign Policy Agenda

In the wake of 9/11, two major shifts in US foreign policy were devised as part of the 2001 National Security Strategy (NSS).

The first pertained to the “global war on terrorism” against Al Qaeda, the second introduced the preemptive “defensive war” doctrine. The objective was to present “preemptive military action” –meaning war as an act of “self-defense” against two categories of enemies, “rogue States” and “Islamic terrorists”:

“The war against terrorists of global reach is a global enterprise of uncertain duration. …America will act against such emerging threats before they are fully formed.(National Security Strategy, White House, 2002, http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nss.html

The preemptive war doctrine also included the preemptive use of nuclear weapons on a “first strike” basis (as a means of “self-defense”) against both nuclear and non-nuclear states. This concept of a preemptive first strike nuclear attack was firmly endorsed by Hillary Clinton in her election campaign.

In turn, the “Global War on Terrorism”(GWOT) launched in the wake of 9/11 has come to play a central role in justifying US-NATO military intervention in the Middle East on “humanitarian grounds” (R2P), including the instatement of so-called “No Fly Zones”. GWOT also constitutes the cornerstone of media propaganda.

The military and intelligence dimensions of the Neocons’ project are contained in The Project for the New American Century formulated prior to the accession of George W. Bush to the White House. The PNAC also posits a “Revolution in Military Affairs” requiring a massive budget outlay allocated to the development of advanced weapons systems including a new generation of nuclear weapons.

The PNAC initiative was launched by William Kristol and Robert Kagan whose wife Victoria Nuland, played a key role as Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State in engineering the Euro-Maidan coup in Ukraine.

The Neocon project also includes a menu of “regime change”, “color revolutions”, economic sanctions and macroeconomic reforms directed against countries which fail to conform to Washington’s demands.

In turn, the globalization of war supports Wall Street’s global economic agenda: The (secretly negotiated) Atlantic and Pacific trade blocks (TPP, TTIP, CETA, TISA), coupled up with IMF- World Bank- WTO “surveillance” are an integral part of this hegemonic project, intimately related to US military and intelligence operations.

“The Deep State” and The Clash of Powerful Corporate Interests

Global capitalism is by no means monolithic. What is at stake are fundamental rivalries within the US establishment marked by the clash between competing corporate factions, each of which is intent upon exerting control over the incoming US presidency. In this regard,  Trump is not entirely in the pocket of the lobby groups. As a member of the establishment, he has his own corporate sponsors and fundraisers. His stated foreign policy agenda including his commitment to revising Washington’s relationship with Moscow does not fully conform with the interests of the defense contractors, which supported Clinton’s candidacy.

There are powerful corporate interests on both sides, which are now clashing. There are also overlapping allegiances and “cross-cutting alliances” within the corporate establishment.  What we are witnessing are  ”inter-capitalist rivalries” within the spheres of banking, oil, and energy, the military industrial complex, etc.

“The Deep State” is profoundly divided. These corporate rivalries are also characterized by strategic divisions and clashes within several agencies of the US State apparatus including the intelligence community and the military.  In this regard, the CIA is deeply embedded in the corporate media (CNN, NBC, NYT. WP, etc) which is waging a relentless smear campaign against  Trump and his alleged links to Moscow.

But there is also a  countervailing campaign within the intelligence community against the dominant Neocon faction. In this regard, the Trump team is contemplating a streamlining of the CIA (aka purges). According to a member of the Trump transition team (quoted by the Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2017), “The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized, … They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.” This project could also affect CIA operatives responsible for propaganda embedded within the mainstream media. This will inevitably create profound divisions and conflicts within the US intelligence apparatus, which could potentially backlash on the Trump presidency.

Continuity in US Foreign Policy? 

Crafted in the late 1940s by US State Department official George F. Kennan, the “Truman Doctrine” sets the ideological foundations of America’s post-war hegemonic project.  What these State department documents reveal is continuity in US foreign policy from “Containment” during the Cold War to today’s post 9/11 doctrine of “Pre-emptive Warfare”.

In this regard, the Neocons’ Project for the New American Century’s blueprint (cited above) for global conquest should be viewed as the culmination of a post-war agenda of military hegemony and global economic domination formulated by the State Department in 1948 at the outset of the Cold War.

Needless to say, successive Democratic and Republican administrations, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been involved in carrying out this hegemonic blueprint for global domination, which the Pentagon calls the “Long War”.

In this regard, the Neocons have followed in the footsteps of the “Truman Doctrine”. In the late 1940s, George F. Kennan called for building a dominant Anglo-American alliance based on “good relations between our country and [the] British Empire”.  In today’s world, this alliance largely characterizes the military axis between Washington and London, which plays a dominant role inside NATO to the detriment of Washington’s  (continental) European allies.  It also includes Canada and Australia as key strategic partners.

Of significance, Kennan underscored the importance of preventing the development of continental European powers (e.g. Germany, France, Italy) which could compete with the Anglo-American axis. The objective during the Cold War and its aftermath was to prevent Europe from establishing political as well as economic ties with Russia. In turn, NATO largely dominated by the US has prevented both Germany and France from performing a strategic role in World affairs.

Trump Foreign Policy Realignments

It is highly unlikely that a Trump administration would depart from the mainstay of US foreign policy.

While the Trump team is committed to a socially regressive and racist right wing agenda on the domestic front, certain foreign policy realignments are possible including a softening of the sanctions against Russia, which could potentially have an impact on the multibillion-dollar contracts of the military industrial complex. This in itself would be a significant achievement which could contribute to a period of Detente in East-West relations.

Moreover, while Trump has put together a right-wing cabinet of generals, bankers and oil executives,  which largely conforms to the mainstay of the Republican Party, the bi-partisan “entente cordiale” between Democrats and Republicans has been broken. Meanwhile, there are powerful voices within the GOP who are supportive of the “anti-Trump faction”.

The divisions between these two competing factions are nonetheless significant. With regard to US foreign policy, they largely pertain to US-Russia bilateral relations which have been jeopardized by the Obama administration as well as to the ongoing US military agenda in Syria and Iraq. They also have a bearing on the European Union, which has been affected by Obama’s economic sanctions against Russia.

The sanctions have resulted in a dramatic decline in EU trade and investment with the Russian Federation. In conformity with the “Truman Doctrine” discussed above, US foreign policy under the Neocons, particularly since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, had sought to dismantle the Franco-German alliance and weaken the European Union.

Of relevance in relation to recent developments in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, George F. Kennan explicitly pointed in his 1948 State Department brief, to “a policy of containment of Germany, within Western Europe”. What Kennan’s observations suggest is that the US should be supportive of a European Project only inasmuch as it supports US hegemonic interests. And that is precisely what the Neocons have achieved under the Bush and Obama administrations

“Today both Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel are taking their orders directly from Washington. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a turning point. The election of pro-US political leaders (President Sarkozy in France and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany) was conducive to a weakening of national sovereignty, leading to the demise of the Franco-German alliance. ” (Michel Chossudovsky America’s Blueprint for Global Domination: From “Containment” to “Pre-emptive War”. Global Research, 2014)

The more significant question is whether this realignment under a Trump administration will restrain the deployment of NATO troops and military hardware in Eastern Europe on Russia’s doorstep. Will it be conducive to nuclear disarmament?

While Trump’s foreign policy agenda has been the target of “dirty politics” by the Clinton faction, the new administration has powerful corporate backers who will no doubt challenge the Neocons including those operating within the intelligence community. It is worth noting that Trump also has the support of the pro-Israel lobby as well as Israeli intelligence. In December, the head of Mossad met up with the Trump team in Washington.

The Timeline of the Destabilization Project

At the outset, prior to the November 8 elections, the project to disrupt and destabilize the Trump presidency consisted of several coordinated and interrelated processes some of which are ongoing while others have already been completed (or are no longer relevant):

  • the media smear campaign against Trump, which has taken on a new slant in the wake of the November 8 elections (ongoing);
  • the engineered anti-Trump protest movement across the US, coordinated with media coverage, petitions, with the objective to disrupt (ongoing);
  • The vote recount in three swing states, (No longer relevant)
  • The passing of  H.R 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes a section directed against so-called “pro-Moscow independent media”, in response to Moscow’s alleged interference in the US elections in support of Donald Trump;
  • The Electoral College Vote on December 19 (No longer relevant)
  • The Petition launched by California Sen Barbara Boxers on Change.org pertaining to the electoral College vote (No longer relevant)
  • The ongoing “Disrupt” Campaign intent upon disrupting January 20, 2017, Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.
  • The possibility of an impeachment procedure is already contemplated during the first year of his mandate.

The Catch Phrase is “Disrupt”. The Objective is “Disrupt”

In turn, the Disruptj20.org website is calling for the disruption of the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017:

#DisruptJ20 is supported by the work of the DC Welcoming Committee, a collective of experienced local activists and out-of-work gravediggers acting with national support. We’re building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen. We’re also providing services like housing, food, and even legal assistance to anyone who wants to join us.

What are the Possible Outcomes?

The propaganda campaign together with the other components of this operation (protest movement, anti-Trump petitions, etc) are used as a means to discredit an elected president.

This media propaganda campaign against an incoming president is unprecedented in US history. While the MSM routinely criticize politicians in high office including the president of the US, the media narrative, in this case, is fundamentally different. The incoming president is the target of an organized media smear campaign which will not subside upon Trump’s accession to the White House.

Concurrently, an engineered and coordinated protest movement against Trump has been ongoing since November 8. In fact, it started on the evening of November 8 prior to the announcement of the election results.  The protests have all the appearances of a “color revolution” style op.

The media also provides a biased coverage of the engineered protest movement. The organizers and recruiters are serving the interests of powerful corporate lobby groups including the defense contractors. They are serving the interests of the American people

It is unlikely that these various initiatives including the Disrupt campaign will have a significant bearing on Trump’s inauguration. Our assessment suggests, however, that the president-elect will accede to the White House amidst an aura of controversy.

Impeachment is the “Talking Point”

The propaganda campaign will continue in the wake of Trump’s inauguration intimating accusations of treason. The impeachment of Donald Trump has already contemplated, prior to his accession to the presidency. In the words of the Huffington Post (January 1, 2017):

“There is only one constitutional way to remove a president, and that is via impeachment.

What’s needed is a citizens’ impeachment inquiry, to begin on Trump’s first day in office.

The inquiry should keep a running dossier, and forward updates at least weekly to the House Judiciary Committee. There will be no lack of evidence.”

Change.org which organizes the engineered protest movement has launched a petition to impeach Trump:

Change.org petition campaign

Boston Globe, December 16, 2016

Huffington Post, December 26, 2016

The American People are the Unspoken Victims: The Need for A Real Mass Movement

The American people are the unspoken victims of this clash between competing capitalist factions.  Both factions are serving the interests of the elites to the detriment of the US electorate.

In turn, meaningful real grassroots opposition to Trump’s right-wing racist social policy agenda has been “kidnapped” by an engineered protest movement financed and controlled by powerful economic interests. The organizers of this movement are acting on behalf of powerful elite interests. People are misled. What is required in the months ahead is that the development of “real” social movements against the new Trump administration with regard to broad social and economic issues, civil rights, health care, job creation, environmental issues, foreign policy and the US-led wars, defense expenditure, immigration, etc.

Independent grassroots movements must consequently be divorced from the engineered protests backed and financed (directly or indirectly) by corporate interests. This is no easy task. The funding and “manufacturing of dissent”, the manipulation of social movements, etc. are firmly entrenched.

Ironically, neoliberalism finances activism directed against neoliberalism. “Manufacturing dissent” is characterized by a manipulative environment, a process of arm-twisting and subtle cooptation of individuals within progressive organizations, including anti-war coalitions, environmentalists, and the anti-globalization movement. “Co-optation is not limited to buying the favors of politicians. The economic elites –which control major foundations– also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs and civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order.” (Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, September 20, 2010)

Is America gearing Towards a Deep-seated Constitutional Crisis

At this stage, it is difficult to predict what will happen under a Trump administration. What seems abundantly clear, however, is that America is gearing towards a deep-seated political crisis, with major social, economic and geopolitical ramifications.

Is the tendency (at some future date) towards the adoption of the martial law and the suspension of constitutional government?

Note: This article relies in part on previous texts written by the author pertaining to the US elections.

Reprinted with permission from GlobalResearch.ca.

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Nationwide Concealed Carry Coming

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Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House on Tuesday made it clear that national concealed carry reciprocity was a priority for the next Congress.

A group of 59 GOP representatives introduced a proposal — to allow the holder of a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state — just after the body convened for its first session this week.

The bill is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, who is one of just six congressmen listed among the 62 co-chairs of the pro-gun Second Amendment Coalition of advisors to President-elect Trump.

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Hudson contends carry permits should be treated the same as driver’s licenses.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” he said in a statement. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

Hudson’s plan, entered as HR 38, would allow the holder of a valid photo ID and concealed handgun permit to carry in any state so long as they are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law. Persons carrying as a non-resident in a state would otherwise be bound by whatever laws of the state they are visiting. This would end the confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements that are currently in place across the country.

Residents from one of nearly a dozen constitutional carry states would have the ability to be armed in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to permitless concealed carry.

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Lame Duck Sings Swan Song

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Julian Assange says that no state entity provided stolen emails to Wikileaks. He is adamant about this. It gets little coverage. Fox News did report this, but the Democrat-controlled mainstream media have not.

Assange made this clear: “Everything is almost completely insecure now. Computer systems have become so complex that it is not possible to understand all the parts, let alone secure them. It’s just impossible.” We know this. Yahoo certainly knows this.

How do the CIA and the FBI know that Russian hackers did this? Why not blame that most familiar of sources, a disgruntled leader? The Wikileaks agent who collected the mails has said that the leaker was a Democrat insider who had access to the emails. The Daily Mail reports:

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A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by ‘disgusted’ whisteblowers – and not hacked by Russia.Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.

‘Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,’ said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.’

That is quite clear. But that is not good enough for President Obama. ABC News posted this headline: Obama Vows Retaliation as Evidence of Russian Hacking Mounts.

I saw that and chuckled. This is the most feckless President since Jimmy Carter. Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, and Iraq fell apart, just as non-interventionists had said would happen in 2003. ISIS — called ISIL by Obama — began creating Havoc. Suicide bombings are a way of life. Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, U.S. troops are overseeing a 16-year losing campaign. As for Syria, Assad is winning, much to Obama’s consternation.

He has not gotten anything through Congress since ObamaCare, which is visibly falling apart.

In 2011, he announced that U.S. troops captured bin Laden, for which he offered no proof. There was no body. But even if U.S. troops did do this, they were simply following Bush’s orders. Remember “dead or alive”? Obama had done nothing unique about bin Laden.

This is the man who went before the press in his final press conference of 2016, and announced this:

“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing.”

I think of the old Lone Ranger joke: “What you mean ‘we,’ paleface?” It doesn’t fit the complexion, but the “we” part surely does.

Better put: “You and who else?”

Obama said that he told Putin at the September G-20 meeting “to cut it out, and there were going to be some serious consequences if he didn’t.” He says that’s all it took. “In fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process,” Obama said. “But the leaks through WikiLeaks had already occurred.”

Well, I guess that showed Putin!

Putin is still in office. Obama will not be a month from now.

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Death Camps for Transgender People of Color

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I love it. Of all the things about Trump that our silly-ass Aunt Polly media might have considered–policy toward China, relations with Iran, reform of taxes–they seemed most agitated about…his sex life. Yes. Sure, he is  a misogynist, homophobe, Islamophobe, fascist, Nazi, anti-Semite, and probably kicks his dog. Maybe a cannibal. But the truly horrid discovery was…that he thinks dirty thoughts about girls (as we all do–unless we are girls, and think dirty thoughts about boys) Shocking. Shocking. Clearly, he hates women.

The famous dirty-talk tape is my favorite example of high-school outrage coupled with horrified old-maid moralism. It reveals what any sensible person would have assumed– egotism (a rare thing among the rich and famous), and a sexual interest in women.  How is this misogyny? If there is one thing normal women don’t like, it is men without sexual interest in themselves. And who can blame them? Who wants an asexual boyfriend?

What seems most to have set people off is the “grab em by the pussy” remark. Crude language, of the sort normally used by men and women among themselves, where it is appropriate. It is where Trump used it. For the record, the idea that women are not human, don’t talk dirty, do not have rude sexual thoughts like everybody else, do not have the same kinky fantasies that men have, is twaddle. We are a sexual species. We think about those things. Deal with it.

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Actually, most women seem to have dealt with it quite well. Some fifty-three percent of white women and forty-three percent of black women voted for him. Apparently, they did not react with the required prissy horror. 

Trump said something like, “When you are a star, you can do anything with women.” A statement of fact. Men are drawn to youth and beauty, women to money and power. A masculine man, which Trump is, known to be a billionaire and interested in sex, will attract many women in favor of providing it. For that matter, a gorgeous young honey might say, “When you are a gorgeous young honey, you can do anything with men.” That too might, or might not, be arrogant. It would certainly be a statement of fact.

One thing that infuriates older women is that men prefer younger ones. Sorry. I can’t fix that.

In the music business, the attracted honeys are called “groupies.” How many young women, of their own volition, would have tumbled instantly into the rack with Ringo Starr? Are such groupies not “objectifying” their targeted rock star–that is, regarding him as (Eeeeeeeeeeek!) a “sex object”?  You bet. Or are we to think that groupies took a virginal interest in sounding the depths of Ringo’s soul in search of a lasting meaningful relationship? Do you suppose that Ringo objected to objectification?

Why might this make culpable either the groupies or Ringo? Or Trump? Why is it anybody else’s business?

Feminists complain–I could stop the sentence there- that men regard women as sex objects. I see. And what, prithee, are we supposed to regard as sex objects? Doorknobs? Porpoises? Doughnuts? Vacuum cleaner attachments? We are men, for God’s sake. Cocker spaniels just don’t do it for us.

The truth is that women want to be regarded as sex objects. Not only as sex objects usually, but certainly as sex objects. Maybe some man, somewhere, lost a girlfriend by regarding her as a sex object. A far surer way to lose her is not to so regard her. Why do you think women buy push-up bras, boob jobs, makeup, slinky dresses? Why do grocery-rack tabloids always carry three miracle diets guaranteed to have the guys drooling?

Perhaps it is to repel men, and women just haven’t figured things out yet.

Why do men go to gyms, and sweat and grunt and smell bad? Is it only to piss off feminists by being macho–that is, masculine? This would be sufficient justification, but in fact, they want to look good for women. Have you seen those nature shows on TV with male swamp birds puffing up their feathers, flapping their wings, and jerking their heads wildly about while making horrible noises? It’s so the girl swamp birds will love them. Thank God that girl swamp birds, and women, don’t have the sense God gave a crab apple, or men would have to date possums.

Gold’s Gym is just a charm school for male swamp birds. Any fool knows that.

The Trumpian question becomes, how many of the women grabbed by Trump, if in fact any were, objected to it? If the grabbed women were raising hell, which apparently they are not, things would be different. Grabbing the unwilling is major social faux pas. If women were appearing who were forcibly raped by Trump, as so many women were by Clinton and Cosby, it would be a very different thing, and Trump would belong in jail. Are such abused women coming forth? Are Clinton and Cosby in  jail?

A little realism, please. The age-old rule is that women trade sex for whatever they want, and men trade whatever they have for sex. It is how things are. If a pretty young woman likes the thought of going to a high-rollers’ night spot on the arm of a rich and famous man, and if the man likes the idea of having her do so–so what? Is it your business? Mine?

Finally, though feminists everywhere will hate it, there are a great many women who actually like sexually assertive actual men, instead of the docile manageables favored by Salon. The saying that “good girls like bad boys” is not without steam. Who do you think is going to get laid most–Marlon Brando or some squeally darling of a gender-fluid girly-boy who can be lead around on a leash by a disagreeable Swarthmore co-ed?

One reason why Trump is so hated–and why he is President–is that he is an actual men–you know, like Killer Kowalski, Clint Eastwood, Marlboro Man, or Humphrey Bogart. This simply is not done among the house-broken nominal men of the media and the “elite,” and they don’t know how to handle it. Presidents? There was Bush II, asexual, a man without vibes. Obama, a pretty race hustler. Willy Bill Clinton, a slick Bubba with the I-feel-your-pain mixture of Oprah and Karo syrup that got him a lot of nookie–nothing wrong with that–but not masculine. All of the candidates except Trump were poll-sniffing remotely programmed ciphers.

Except Trump. He told all the pretty boys and mannish girls of the media, “Bite me.”  This didn’t play well with plasticized viragos like Megyn Kelly–who, if she weren’t conventionally beautiful, would not have a job. Ever notice how many female anchors are at least pretty, and how few male reporters are handsome? There are plenty of first-rate female reporters, but they don’t get in front of cameras. This is reserved for bubble-headed babble blondes. Sex sells.

OK, OK, I’m stirring up trouble for the fun of it. I am a bad person. Thank God.

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Kill People, No Problem

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A VW engineer may be going to prison – and has already been professionally (and probably personally) ruined… for having “cheated” the EPA. Which is like expelling a picked-on kid who outsmarted the playground bully.

Which, of course, is what often happens now.

Whether it’s the schoolyard bully – or the EPA (or other “agencies” of Uncle) – we are supposed to take it, never resist it – and may the motor gods have mercy upon you if you ever “cheat” it.

The engineer’s name is James R. Liang. He’s worked for VW since 1983, but not anymore. Bye-bye career (and pension) and hello Federal prison. Which he’s facing on account of having been a member of the engineering team that developed “defeat” software for VW’s TDI diesel engines. The software made the engines “compliant” when emissions tested by Uncle but less-than-compliant when driven by customers.

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As I’ve written about several times before, this sounds bad but really isn’t. The EPA’s tests are both arbitrary and Pecksniffian – meaning m
uch ado about not much. The media continues to parrot the line that VW’s diesel engines produced “up to 40 times” more pollution (specifically, oxides of nitrogen) than the EPA’s standards permitted.    

Maybe so. But – so what?

It continues to boggle sensible minds (if any still exist) that EPA hasn’t had to produce any evidence that harm has been caused by this. Not one crying baby, even. Probably because the “up to 40 times more” the media keeps squawking about amounts to less than 1 percent’s difference in the composition of the “cheating” car’s exhaust gasses.

The only thing that’s been established is that VW “cheated” – which is a legalism.

The German officers who conspired to get rid of the Fuhrer in July of 1944 were certainly guilty under the law. But did they do wrong? History has vindicated them (too late for them, of course).

Maybe events will be kinder to Liang. Maybe it will occur to his lawyers to ask the Never Asked Question: Where is the victim of this alleged crime?

Just one.

Arguing anything else is a loser. VW, via painful-looking public hairshirted writhings, has already admitted to “cheating” EPA. Now it is just a question of begging for mercy – which will never be given. EPA is like Al Sharpton who has found a “racist.”

Never forgive. Never shut up.

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Unveiling the Antarctic Mysteries

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

The great visionary Edgar Cayce once said, “The unseen forces are greater than the seen.” That esoteric statement extends to the cosmology of our physical universe as well, since scientists believe it’s comprised of 96% dark matter and dark energy, leaving just 4% of the universe seeable. And among the earth’s seven continents, no greater land mass has been more unseen, uninhabited and less known about than the mysterious frozen terrain that lies underneath the 2-4 mile deep polar ice shelf covering the Antarctic continent, a massive 5.4 million square mile (14 square million kilometer) archipelago that’s twice the size of Australia surrounding the south pole.

The story of Antarctica is the story of secrecy enshrouded in government nondisclosure and cover-up. Yet scientists from primarily the United States, Russia, United Kingdom and France, each largely working separately for decades, have guardedly unveiled layers of truth in small bits and pieces that reveal a mysterious, darkly hidden past. In fact up to 30 countries operate research stations on the continent. Despite the Antarctic Treaty signed by a dozen original nations in December 1959 promoting cooperation for shared scientific research that prohibits a military presence other than for adjunctive scientific purposes, more than a half dozen countries squabble over territorial claims – the UK, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, France and Norway. The US supposedly ceased its naval operations on the continent in 1998. But aside from US hegemon’s presence, Russia’s vested interest announced a year ago includes a naval expedition operating in Antarctica, its first in three decades, and seemingly a violation of the Antarctic Treaty. China also set up its first air squadron in 2016, ostensibly to support its four research bases.  With increasing tensions between US and Eastern powers Russia and China, the geopolitics chessboard match on our southernmost continent appears to be gearing up like never before.

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Apart from politics, a huge crack 80 miles long (130 km) and 300 feet deep is currently splitting  and spreading across the 2,400 mile continental expanse. From last March to August the massive crevice grew 14 miles. A chunk of ice almost the size of Delaware could break apart, separating as much as 10% of the ice shelf, and likely causing sea levels to significantly rise that could submerge coastlines the world over. Edgar Cayce predicted upheaval at the earth’s poles subsequently elevating water levels and plunging US cities along the Eastern Seaboard underwater. By the end of the century, sea levels are expected to rise up to 10 feet, submerging cities like Miami and New York and forcing evacuation of 150 million people living along low lying coastlines worldwide.

The ancient Hermetic adage “as above, so below” can easily be applied to ongoing changes in the earth’s Polar Regions as a microcosm to the profound widespread changes currently taking place at the macrocosm level throughout our solar system and beyond. Cayce also predicted strong earthquake activity in the Western US that includes California’s San Andreas Fault and the Nevada-Utah area. Three 5.5-5.7 quakes struck back to back last week at the California-Nevada border on December 28th, acting as a reminder of the recent influx of earthquake and volcanic activity that appear to be directly correlated with intense solar and galactic bursts of cosmic energy. The earth is getting bombarded now by intense radioactive waves of gamma and X-rays, heating up the earth’s core causing a spike in recent earthquakes – within 9 days in late December, 257 shakers of magnitude 5 and higher.

One part of Antarctica is actually growing warmer while another part colder. According to Olafur Ingolfsson, a geologist from Iceland, 2% of Antarctica is not covered by any glacier ice at all. The coldest place on earth does contain small patches of land with large freshwater lakes marked by significantly warmer temperatures. For numerous decades this anomaly has been observed by perplexed explorers and scientists. For all its ice and snow, this land of anomalies is also the world’s largest desert.

This “land of everlasting mystery” as Antarctica’s most famous explorer Admiral Byrd calls it, is teeming with recent surprises and discoveries. The key to earth’s past, present and future all intersect on the fifth largest continent the size of the United States. Google Earth photographs have revealed two large openings at the surface that some say lead to underground tunnels and subglacial rivers flowing in an environment supporting temperatures of 60-70 degrees F. The verdict is still out on whether this subglacial aquifer system was formed naturally, or whether a human footprint inside these expansive inner chambers and underground caverns reveal a vast comprehensive network of tunnels, military bases, possible cities, or even extraterrestrial UFO bases. Fueling the ladder theory, in 2012 another strange anomaly was found on Google Earth of an odd 14.5 mile long 4.5 mile wide structure that appears to either be a monster-sized UFO lodged under the ice or a secret camouflaged research station. Russian UFO researcher Valentin Degterev found in 2015 yet another strange image on the February 2012 Google Earth that appears to be four tanks covered in snow lined up facing what could be a crashed 204’ wide and 40’ tall UFO.

This presentation will focus on tangible findings and discoveries that have been historically confirmed and documented, including what is most likely half-truths and disinformation that only spread greater distrust and suspicion amongst the global populace. News events in 2016 have reported an ongoing parade of members of the elite making impromptu nonstop pilgrimages to the continent, only raising more questions and driving an unprecedented level of current speculation from people all over this planet who deserve to know the truth. Increasingly during the early years of this twenty-first century, Antarctica has become a central focal point of intense controversy and growing secrecy that confirms that deep state is tightly withholding a wealth of information and knowledge from the ever-curious public masses. By taking stock of what we do know and what we think we know, a reasonable platform of inquiry can proceed, demanding answers that will shed a much needed light on this unfolding reality. And it is with this ultimate aim to solve this ever-pressing mystery to end the secrecy and deception that this article has been written.

Antarctica’s Ancient Past

A brief history of Antarctica adequately provides a contextual background by which a clearer perspective on our current dilemma can be understood. Recent studies reveal that Antarctica, India and Africa once comprised the supercontinent Gondwana until they broke apart roughly 80 million years ago. Antarctica was teeming with both animal and plant life and the landscape was largely flat and demarcated by a slow moving river. Through analyzing the sediments both offshore and along the coast, in 2013 it was determined that around 34 to 24 million years ago the glaciers began carving out the steep mountain ranges and valleys that lay under today’s icecap. However, the crustal displacement theory contends that humans could have still been living in parts of an ice-free Antarctica as recently as 12,000 years ago.

A number of Antarctica maps derived from ancient cultures showed the continent was not always covered under ice. A Turkish admiral named Piri Reis credited with creating an early map in 1513 depicts Antarctica to be ice-free long before its Western discovery by two Russian explorers in 1820. The Reis map was found at Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace in 1929. Additionally two decades after Reis in 1534 Oronce Finé composed a map also displaying a remarkably accurate, de-glaciered landmass. Yet another cartography contribution was Orontheus Phynius’ map in 1531 that even showed Antarctica’s mountains and rivers. All these maps featuring a pre-glacial Antarctica closely approximate the modern map of the continent minus its current layer of ice, strongly pointing to evidence that humans once inhabited this region in a hospitable climate. It’s believed that these early 16th century maps may have been partially compiled from ancient sources dating back to the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations.

Further supporting this belief of ancient civilizations inhabiting the continent, scientists have recently discovered two large pyramids located just 10 miles inland and a third near the coastline. NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge has experts believing an ancient civilization once existed under the 2.3 kilometers of ice. The team of American and European researchers feel this could be their smoking gun, proving that Antarctica was not a frozen tundra but was once teeming with plentiful plant and animal life that included human beings. Of course wherever pyramids are discovered, speculation always abounds connecting them with extraterrestrial contact. Additionally, recent scientists believe the lost city of Atlantis could lie under the continental ice shelf.

If these latest revelations turn out to be true, it would forever change our perception of history. Egyptologists and scholars have long believed that the Egyptian Sphynx is far older than 10,000 years old, even up to 800,000 years old. Water erosion on the world’s largest statue indicates that the climate in Egypt likely changed drastically from a rainforest to a desert in a relative short period of a few thousand years. This view is consistent with conclusions held by scientists studying climate change in Antarctica as well, further reinforced by the maps of the early 1500’s that remarkably match today’s radar images of present-day subglacial Antarctica. Moreover, in recent years enormous pyramid structures have also been discovered in Mexico, Central and South America, China, Kazakhstan, Bosnia among other places. Building these mysterious mammoth structures has only reinforced a common assertion that ancient cultures around the world may well have been assisted by advanced alien technologies.

Mounting scientific evidence shows that advanced civilizations from other solar systems both in and out of our galaxy have migrated and interbred with human populations on our earth at least 1.6 million years ago. Thus, these more recent findings thoroughly demolish everything we’ve been taught, debunking both the “fake science” timelines of man’s origin only 10,000 years ago as well as Darwin’s notion that homo sapiens naturally evolved from the one cell amoeba to the ape and finally to us modern humans. Our ancient past has been willfully buried and deceptively concealed primarily by religious and political dogma.

The Hitler-Antarctica Connection

Fast forwarding to the twentieth century and Hitler’s passion for utilizing ancient occult knowledge and exploration that he was certain would aid his ambitions promoting his Aryan “super race” as earth’s self-anointed rulers, the German dictator’s undeniable connection to Antarctica runs deeper than the thick two to four mile ice shelf covering the continent. The Thule Society was a secret, anti-Semitic, pro-Aryan organization with links to Freemasonry and the occult. Founded in 1919, Thule members were to later become influential early Nazi Party sponsors and avid Hitler supporters. Hitler adopted Thule’s swastika as his own party emblem. The soon-to-be Fuhrer’s early mentor was reputed to be a Thule member as was his Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess.

A Thule society leader invited two young women who were trance mediums to a meeting. One was Maria Orsic who explained that she was able to connect with extraterrestrials in séances, also presenting the group with several pages of her automatic writing in ancient Sumerian language and another in secret Templar code. Translated, they were instructions on how to build an antigravity engine. The Vril society founded in 1918 sought occult knowledge. Maria and her Vril girls as psychic mediums communicated with members of an alleged civilization from the Aldebaran solar system located in the Taurus constellation sixty eight light years away. As a result, German engineers and scientists were believed to develop prototype flying saucers and UFO spacecraft. Advanced propulsion systems enabled thrust without the need for propellant, seemingly defying conventional Newtonian laws of physics. Only recently has this technology been made public in the US, although for many decades hidden from our awareness, secret black ops programs have been making steady progress and improvements in this technology.

Through this alleged alien contact, the Germans launched exploratory searches for esoteric occult knowledge and advanced ET civilizations, piqued by acute interest in the far off frozen land of Antarctica. Perhaps the most powerful and influential of Germany’s secret societies was the Ahnenerbe as the only secret organization founded and funded by the Third Reich in 1935. Prominent founding members included the head of the SS Heinrich Himmler whoseobsession with the occult was pathological. Another focused his expertise on the lost secrets of Atlantis. Ahnenerbe members sought ancient texts, raiding libraries and artifacts the world over in places like Tibet and India as well as occupied Russia and Europe. The prize possession on Hitler’s wish list for world dominance and power was the lost civilization of Atlantis and the Holy Grail. Hitler secured the Holy Spear when he annexed Austria although some believe it was a replica and that Himmler may have sent the real deal to Antarctica.

William Tompkins, a brilliant young American naval engineer instrumental in advancing the US weapons design and aeronautics technology during World War II, has gone public reporting that naval intelligence spies infiltrating behind German enemy lines reported that Hitler’s war machine was being aided by alien space technology. It was Tompkins’ daunting task to utilize vital incoming information and secrets for optimal use in developing America’s interstellar space propulsion program. Tompkins even maintains that several extraterrestrials masquerading as his secretaries in attractive blonde humanoid female form were members of a so called Nordic alien civilization furnishing him with crucial knowledge that facilitated progress breakthroughs in early aerospace technology. Tompkins documented his involvement in the US Navy Secret Space Program in a book published a year ago entitled Selected by Extraterrestrials. William Tompkins has also corroborated the Nazi connection establishing an underground German military base in Antarctica.

In September 1939 Germany made its third “New Swabia” expedition to Antarctica succeeding its previous research venture from December 1938 to April 1939, staking out the Third Reich’s territorial claim in the Queen Maud Land area. The Nazis used hot air balloons and planes for aerial observations to map out and survey that part of the continent searching for an ideal location to establish Neuschwabenland’s secret military base named Station 211. Allegedly guided by alien assistance and mythical artifacts, the covert operation is believed to have set out in search of the hollow earth and its subterranean caverns. The officially announced purpose of the expeditions was expansion of a whaling fleet and weapons testing in hostile conditions. But clearly the real reason was exploring the area’s underground caves and hunting for current or abandoned ET technology to construct a secret underground fortress.

Throughout the war a steady flow of German sea traffic that included the specially equipped research vessel the Swabia and a fleet of U-530 submarines and other U-boats transported both essential supplies and key personnel to their prized South Atlantic destination. Unencumbered by the world war fought thousands of miles away, Antarctica’s Station 211 was where Germany is suspected to have developed its secret space age UFO weaponry.

Not long ago a Third Reich map was recovered that graphically depicts several secret passageways that enabled German submarines to navigate to the mysterious underground regions. The Germans also utilized ancient maps of the inner kingdom of Aghartha. With so much attention being drawn to Antarctica, it’s very probable that a number of ancient artifacts or even Nazi relics are being located and discovered on the mysterious continent. As glaciers recede during warmer months, and increasingly sophisticated, sensitive technology is being used, research operations are no doubt detecting and recovering hidden treasures. A major technological breakthrough or earth altering discovery may be attracting so much attention from the planet’s movers and shakers arriving in Antarctica.

As early as 1943 the boastful German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz said:

The German submarine fleet is proud of having built for the Führer in another part of the world a Shangri-La on land, an impregnable fortress.

Another piece of evidence that the Nazis were actively engaged in advanced aviation construction in Antarctica throughout the war is the fact that a British submarine torpedoed a German U-859 in September 1944 in the Straits of Malacca. 20 of the 67 crewmen survived. Thirty years later one of those survivors admitted that the sub was transporting mercury which was later confirmed by divers. The most plausible explanation for a Nazi U-boat to be that far away from home carrying material typically used as a fuel for aerospace propulsion indicates it was delivering critical cargo for the Antarctic base.

Yet another one of Himmler’s peculiar pet projects in his quest to create the perfect Aryan race was allegedly sending 10,000 of the purest Ukrainian woman of German-Slavic descent and 2,500 SS bluebloods from the Russian front to Antarctica in order to breed the future super race in their polar base and alleged city New Berlin being built.

When the Nazis realized they would ultimately lose the war, as an escape many top SS officers, party officials, engineers and scientists ended up in Antarctica. After the war the Americans were confounded to learn that thousands of German scientists were listed as dead or unaccounted for, 250,000 German citizens whose whereabouts were unknown, and over 100 submarines remained unaccounted for. Though likely a myth, persistent rumors circulated that even Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun had fled safely to his Antarctic underground base.

Even after the May 1945 Nazi surrender, a U-530 submarine that had left Kiel, Germany in April is believed to have reached Antarctica in an operation called Valkarye-2 where the crew was reported to have built ice huts encased in steel plates and unloaded Third Reich relics and valuables for storage. Completing its mission, the sub entered Argentine waters on July 10th to surrender to authorities. Five weeks later a U-977 submarine crew also turned themselves in, conjecture being that the sub had dropped off Adolf and Eva’s ashes. Despite interrogation, the Nazi seamen remained tight-lipped regarding their actual Antarctic mission.

Another remarkable story is a letter allegedly written in German (English translation here) by a seaman on the U-209 submarine named Karl Unger. He explains that Dr. Karl Haushofer, a former German Army general and influential political geographer, had given Unger’s submarine captain Heinrich Brodda detailed instructions and maps to navigate to specific coordinates in Antarctica that enabled them to enter underground caverns that then led to the hollow earth. Unger said the entire crew would remain there. The war records do list that U-209 as missing.

Admiral Richard E. Byrd – Naval Aviator and Famous Polar Explorer

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd is among America’s most honored American heroes and pioneering explorers. As a 1912 US Naval Academy graduate, understanding the importance of future air travel, Richard Byrd opted to become a naval aviator in 1917. Along with co-pilot Floyd Bennett, on May 9th, 1926 Byrd braved a 16-hour flight in a tri-motor monoplane circling over the Arctic tundra for 13 minutes before heading back to complete the first landmark journey to the North Pole covering 1,335 nautical miles. Both he and Bennett were instantly recognized as heroes and awarded America’s top Medal of Honor for their accomplishment, although researchers have disputed his claim as the first to fly over the North Pole.

The following year in 1927, Byrd, Bennett and three others were among several aviator teams that made the first nonstop transatlantic flight from the US to France, though flying solo Charles Lindbergh became the very first. But little more than a month later Byrd and his crew were at it again, crash landing this time on Omaha Beach, Normandy on July 1st. In 1928 Richard Byrd led his first Antarctic expedition by ship and planes taking photographs and conducting geological surveying. On November 28th, 1929 Byrd and his crew made the first flight over the South Pole lasting almost 19 hours. Immediately following that historic feat, the explorer became the youngest admiral in US naval history at age 41. After making his second Antarctic expedition in 1934, spending five months alone at the advanced base camp, in 1938 Byrd visited Hamburg, Germany and was actually invited to participate in the 1938-39 Neuschwabenland Antarctic expedition. But with prewar tensions rising over Hitler’s increasing aggression, Admiral Byrd declined the offer. Instead in 1939 Byrd led his third and largest South Pole expedition that included 125 men, the first fully funded and sponsored by Washington. But with world war looming on the horizon, a decision was made to eventually abort the expedition and both east and west base camp personnel sailed their ships into Boston harbor in May 1941 while war in Europe was already raging. During WWII Admiral Byrd was confidential advisor to both the Commander-in-Chief and top naval commander Admiral Ernest J. King, given assignments in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Admiral Byrd’s post-WW II Lost Naval Battle against Militarily Advanced Hostile German and/or ET Forces

Shortly after the war through US intelligence services, Operation Paperclip was spawned, granting safe passage for relocation to America more than 1500 German scientists, engineers and skilled technicians for immediate employment. Despite destroying evidence, the US government learned of Germany’s advances militarily and the ET assistance that enabled them. So the program was developed to jointly gain an unsurpassable military advantage while jump starting a fledgling aerospace program as well as deny Germany, the Soviet Union and the rest of the world the German brainpower. To Washington’s consternation, thousands of scientists, engineers and Third Reich military and political leaders were never accounted for. Neither were scores of German submarines. Inside sources suspected many had escaped to the German underground base in Antarctica.

To seek and destroy perhaps the enemy’s final refuge, Admiral Richard Byrd was the natural selection to lead the military expedition called Operation Highjump. Billed as a “reconnaissance mission” to establish the research base Little America IV, the operation hit the high seas in December 1946. When encountering the press, Byrd tended to be more truthful than his government preferred and just prior to embarking, he openly stated that Highjump was a “military expedition” “to look for some bases.” By January 1947, Byrd’s Navy Task Force 68 fleet consisting of 4,700 Navy and Marine personnel, 13 warships including an aircraft carrier, a battleship and a destroyer and 33 aircraft had reached their icy destination and set up their base camp from which to locate and take out the secret Nazi base. Never before had such a vast operation been deployed to the southernmost continent. During the first few weeks of settling in and engaging in reconnaissance and surveying, outside of some close calls under extreme harsh climate conditions, everything seemed to be progressing as scheduled. While on two reconnaissance occasions, the flight navigation and radio equipment on Byrd’s aircraft failed while flying over a plush green valley, lakes and rivers free of ice in 70 degree F. temperatures. This strange anomaly has fueled speculation over the hollow earth theory.

After nearly two months on assignment, suddenly out of nowhere the naval task force was attacked by combat power and conditions never before witnessed on a battlefront. Seemingly springing up out of nowhere from the water emerged a number of saucer shaped craft that exerted a force field shield that appeared to be controlled by anti-gravity UFO’s. In the mayhem, three US ships were sunk, including the destroyer. The 6-month operation was forced to abruptly abandon its mission. This was alien technology in action. As the defeated task force began its return to the US, Admiral Byrd’s initial press report from Chile explained that his mission had to be aborted due to taking in “too many casualties.” The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio ran a March 5th, 1947 article stating:

Adm. Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the United States to initiate immediate defense measures against hostile regions. The admiral further stated that he didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly but that it was a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds. Admiral Byrd repeated the above points of view, resulting from his personal knowledge gathered both at the north and south poles, before a news conference held for International News Service.

Byrd arrived in America from his failed operation on April 14th, 1947. Again when he later testified before Congress, the admiral reiterated his alarming warning:

In case of a new war the US would be attacked by fighters that are able to fly from one pole to the other with incredible speed.

Exactly what he meant is open to question. But what’s clear is the advanced aeronautic technology his task force encountered makes space travel very conceivable, suggesting that he was either attacked by an alien force or an advanced German air superiority aided by ET’s. Definitely there can be no doubt that the German military in Antarctica had acquired advanced space age technologies from an alien civilization or a hostile ET force existed under the ice or a joint combination of both violently repelled the mighty American naval fleet. Byrd’s enigmatic assertion leaves open the possibility that his opponent could navigate from pole to pole through a hollow earth passageway, surmising that WWIII would likely be eventually fought at the Poles.

After the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, the KGB released records confirming that Highjump’s actual mission was indeed to capture and destroy that hidden underground German military base. Perhaps the most accurate and detailed account of Nazi contact and connection to alien civilization(s) and advanced interspace technology is featured in the 44-minute 2006 Russian documentary “Third Reich – Operation UFO.”

National Geographic featured Byrd’s Highjump story entitled “Our Navy Explores Antarctica” in its October 1947 issue, but no sooner was it published, the US government immediately pulled virtually every issue of the magazine from circulation. Coincidentally, in July that same year the UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico was also quickly covered up, like Byrd’s violently close encounter with ET technology at the South Pole. Roswell allowed reverse-engineering to aid the black ops programs to begin developing their own antigravity spacecraft. A probable UFO crash in Germany’s Bavaria in the summer of 1936 helped give the Nazis a full decade head start.

Disinfo Central – Admiral Byrd’s Bogus 1947 North Pole ‘Close Encounter’ Inside the Hollow Earth

According to an Admiral Byrd 1947 diary, the renowned polar explorer discovered an advanced ET civilization inhabiting a hollowed out center of the earth during an Arctic expedition dated February 19th, 1947. Among the most incredible stories in history, for good reason, it’s been ignored by the US government but scooped up by hollow earth aficionados as their biblical proof. February 1947 must have been quite a year for the Polar Byrd-man. While during his well-documented Operation Highjump, the admiral was getting his ass kicked by aliens or Nazis equipped with alien technology at the South Pole in February 1947, at the other end of the earth’s North Pole, according to Byrd’s “secret diary,” he was also entering the magical alien world of Aghartha for a sobering sit-down chat with the advanced civilization’s Master, warning him that if humans continue their evil warlike ways, doom and gloom awaits. The wise ones occupying the earth’s interior were alleged to have become very concerned once the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. But never mind that we mere mortals can’t be in two places at the same time, this fake diary makes for a good moralistic science fiction read. Unfortunately it severely undermines any legitimacy that a livable hollow earth supporting an advanced civilization may actually be real.

A twenty year old article written by researcher-editor Dennis Crenshaw for The Hollow Earth Insider thoroughly debunks this alleged 1947 “secret diary.” Crenshaw correctly points out that the North Pole in February is still wintertime, supplying neither the most ideal flying conditions, much of the time in darkness, and definitely not the most hospitable time of year for an Arctic expedition. Since the 1947 Byrd diary is nowhere else documented or to be found, it’s a fraud. Not only did no Arctic expedition take place in February 1947, but the source of this pure myth is also suspect. The very first mention of Byrd flying past the North Pole into a hollow earth is alluded to in a book entitled Worlds beyond the Poles: Physical Continuity of the Earth, published in 1959 by a controversial, self-proclaimed scientist named F. Amadeo Giannini. His Admiral Byrd quote on page 13 has been used religiously by the Hollow Earth-ers to validate their belief:

February 1947: “I’d like to see that land beyond the pole. The area beyond the pole is the center of the great unknown.”                           Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd before his seven-hour flight over land beyond the North Pole

The only known reference Byrd ever made even remotely resembling the above statement is in the October National Geographic article. Byrd mentions the “Mystery Land beyond the Pole,” except he was referring to the South Pole expedition, not the North Pole. Moreover, Giannini was never a hollow earth advocate at all but a “flat earth” subscriber. When he received flack challenging his contention of a February 1947 Byrd North Pole expedition, his retort in a letter to one of his skeptics was a flippant giveaway:

This author cares not a little how you use the name, Giannini.  But inasmuch as the name has been known and respected for more than 60 years, from Vancouver to San Diego – due to the activity of the late Amadeo Peter Giannini of Bank of Italy and Bank of America fame…

So the name dropping author is a relative of the Bank of America founder. That speaks volumes for a member of an elite family to purposely insert bogus disinformation to muddy up the controversial waters surrounding Admiral Byrd’s real or imagined exploits. Deep state and especially the CIA are notorious for “leaking” disinformation and bogus lies, in this case intended to discredit both Admiral Byrd’s encounters with alien technology and the devotees of the hollow earth theory, deploying the old CIA yoke that renders them tin foil hat wearing “conspiracy theorists.” This disinfo game that saturates both mainstream and alternative media these days, especially on the internet, has been an extremely effective deep state strategy to keep its dirty little secrets still secret, hidden or skeptically not accepted by a confused public that doesn’t quite know what to believe.

A closer look at the origin of the so called lost Byrd diary itself also appears to lead to yet another disinformation hustler. There has only been one Byrd diary that authentically documents the explorer’s experience and it was his first flight over the North Pole in 1926 featured in a 1928 book called Skyward. But apparently the secret diary all about the hollow earth visit to Aghartha was conjured up years after Giannini’s book with the probable intent to “substantiate” the B of A writer’s earlier claim. Even a cursory examination of the real Byrd’s writing style and the amateurish comic book sci-fi account of the later “discovered” February 1947 diary plants serious doubt that the latter was written by the explorer. Apparently the “secret 1947 diary” originated back in the 1970’s from a group in rural Missouri calling itself “The Society for a Complete Earth,” led by an individual who aspires to travel to the interior world by dirigible. Copies of this bogus diary were sold to make money promoting Byrd’s hollow earth meme.

Crenshaw astutely notes that in his 1926 flight diary, Byrd spots a “leak in the oil tank of the starboard motor.” The forged, second 1947 diary just so happens to also spring an “oil leak in the starboard engine.” What are the odds of that? Crenshaw cites another example of plagiarism taken straight out of the 1937 Ronald Coleman film “The Lost Horizon,” where the supposed ET Master utters word for word Coleman’s scripted lines. So much for diversionary rabbit holes designed to lead us nowhere but disbelief. An account of Byrd’s real flight beyond a Pole came in 1956.

Byrd’s January 1956 2,300 Mile Flight beyond the South Pole

Though it’s highly unlikely that Admiral Byrd flew to the hollow earth from the North Pole in February 1947, supposedly on his final Antarctic expedition little more than a year before his death, the renowned American explorer is reported to have reached the South Polar Opening during a January 1956 flight. Perhaps having contacted the advanced hollow earth race already on previous journeys to the Poles, or minimally seen for himself that warm green areas with ice-free lakes exist near and beyond the South Pole and firsthand witnessed UFO battle capability, at the outset of his final trip to Antarctica in November 1955, Admiral Byrd stated:

This is the most important expedition in the history of the world.

That’s a pretty big statement. We can infer that he is drawing on his already amazing experiences flying over the Poles and most probably beyond. On February 5th, 1956 several weeks after his highly anticipated journey, Byrd announced on the radio to American media back home:

On January l3th, members of the United States expedition accomplished a flight of 2,700 miles from the base at McMurdo Sound, which is 400 miles west of the South Pole, and penetrated a land extent of 2,300 miles beyond the Pole.

If he actually travelled another 2,300 miles beyond the South Pole and not flown into the hollow rim opening, but kept flying on a straight course over Antarctica, Byrd and his crew would have nearly reached the middle of the Atlantic Ocean near the equator. And we know that didn’t happen. So the most logical conclusion is the 2,300 miles beyond the South Pole must have taken his plane into the earth’s interior. On March 13th, the day he returned to America from his final polar expedition less than a year before his death, the great explorer referred to Antarctica as:

… that enchanted continent in the sky, land of everlasting mystery.

Ray Palmer, editor of Flying Saucer Magazine, responding to the preponderance of UFO sightings at the Poles, concluded this about the pair of flights Admiral Byrd made over each Pole:

The flying saucers could come from these two unknown lands ‘beyond the Poles.’ It is the opinion of the editors of “Flying Saucers” magazine that the existence of these lands cannot be disproved by anyone, considering the facts of the two expeditions which we have outlined.

Richard Evelyn Byrd’s final diary entry is dated December 30th, 1956:

These last few years elapsed since 1947 have not been kind…

I now make my final entry in this singular diary. In closing, I must state that I have faithfully kept this matter secret as directed all these years. It has been completely against my values of moral right. Now, I seem to sense the long night coming on and this secret will not die with me, but as all truth shall, it will triumph and so it shall.This can be the only hope for mankind. I have seen the truth and it has quickened my spirit and has set me free! I have done my duty toward the monstrous military industrial complex.

Now, the long night begins to approach, but there shall be no end.

Just as the long night of the Arctic ends, the brilliant sunshine of Truth shall come again… and those who are of darkness shall fall in its Light… FOR I HAVE SEEN THAT LAND BEYOND THE POLE, THAT CENTER OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN.

It’s more than probable that the admiral reached the earth’s inner core. His radio announcement was never followed up in the press because the government obviously suppressed any further publicity covering his wondrous discovery “2,300 miles beyond the Pole.” Obviously from his final entry he wanted to share everything about his spectacular travels and life-changing experiences. But by 1956 Washington was long committed to carrying out its sinister policy of secrecy, lies, and even murder to deprive Americans and all of humanity of the truth. Like President Eisenhower’s prophetic warning in his 1961 farewell address, Byrd saw firsthand “the monstrous military industrial complex.”

If an intelligent civilization that only knows peace and compassion lives in the earth’s interior and we were told the truth back then, it would have ended the cold war and undoubtedly changed the fate of mankind forever. As an honest individual, Byrd must have suffered excruciating inner conflict and pain, keeping what he knew secret from the rest of the world, it had to have eaten him up inside. Limited to speaking only in vague lofty innuendo and unable to fully disclose what he’d seen, perhaps that literally did kill him as the American hero died less than two and a half months after his final diary entry. And there is no doubt that his reticence to disclose had much more to do with the tragic fate that befell his former boss, colleague and friend James Forrestal than it did following orders as a military officer.

Secretary of Defense James Forrestal and His Tragic Fate

The Secretary of the Navy that sent Byrd down to Antarctica on his 1947 military Highjump mission was James Forrestal, a onetime naval aviator himself, a successful businessman and in September 1947 the first US Secretary of Defense. He was privy to all the secret cover-ups of the federal government from the UFO phenomenon to the secrecy of the US, Nazi and alien space technology. 1947 was a busy and eventful year as Majestic 12 was also formed in July per an executive order by then President Truman. Majestic 12 is the top secret committee comprised of scientists, military leaders and government insiders invited on a need to know basis designated to oversee and conceal all alien phenomena and documentation. James Forrestal was a member. Because the Secretary of Defense advocated an open policy of disclosure to his fellow Americans, and was both a supporter and ally of Admiral Byrd, his push to reveal the existence of UFO’s and the deceptive machinations of the FDR-Truman wartime administrations became a thorn in the side of the rogue government. Moreover, the forceful Forrestal also strongly opposed globalism and the establishment of the state of Israel. Hence, his smear campaign and ultimate demise.

Forrestal’s uncompromising, moral high ground stance had to be neutralized as he threatened to expose the criminal cabal operating at the time as the federal government, having compiled a multi-thousand page diary that the New York Times claimed could fill a file cabinet, revealing all the inside secrecy he’d been observing. By the end of March 1949, Truman fired him and took possession of his diary. And within a week in early April 1949, against his will, America’s first Secretary of Defense was committed to Bethesda Naval Hospital for “mental exhaustion.” He was branded mentally unstable and that was all that was necessary to arrange a few weeks later his “suicided” murder on May 22nd, 1949, claiming that he had plunged to his death from a small 16th floor hospital window. The flawed death investigation was concealed for 55 years before it was released in 2004. A heavily redacted top secret governmentdocument with Majestic’s fingerprints written all over it stated:

The untimely death of Secretary Forrestal was deemed necessary and regrettable.

Both Forrestal and Byrd wanted to reveal to the outer world the truth about the interior world and the advanced extraterrestrials. And Forrestal’s murder had to be taken as a direct threat by Admiral Byrd – “open your mouth and you’ll be next.”

So in March 1957, Admiral Richard Byrd went to his grave less than eight years later still holding onto all his incredible secrets, and other than uttering his few ambiguously suggestive and poetic statements providing only glimpses of the deeper truth, explorer Byrd’s death was intended to be the nail in the coffin against any further hollow earth disclosure, at least from a government insider source. With the creation of Majestic and then NASA a year after Byrd’s death, the assigned official gatekeeper of scientific “truth” was firmly, compartmentally in place, ensuring that the solid spherical earth hoax would be maintained. And another half dozen years after Byrd’s passing, the same rogue government was free to once again get away with another murder, silencing the last honest US president trying to represent the people’s best interests. But as we enter 2017, for all its flagrant evildoing, the international crime cabal has never been more exposed than it is at this historic moment. Momentum’s on our side.

Recent Findings

Lending credence to secret Nazi military bases at the poles comes news from two months ago that Russian scientists unearthed an abandoned Nazi base in the Arctic after German scientists apparently ate infected polar bear meat in 1942. The base was likely part of the Third Reich’s treasure finders research teams searching for ancient artifacts.

Four years ago a Russian study found a massive golden swastika over 100 meters wide and long that lays 13,100 feet deep at the bottom of the largest Antarctic freshwater lake the size of Lake Ontario under miles of thick ice. The waters of Lake Vostok are believed to have been untouched for 20 million years. Rather than attribute the swastika to the Nazis and their nearby underwater subterranean caves and bases, this swastika is far more likely linked to the ancient religious symbol for peace that originated on the Indian subcontinent.

Last week the latest anomaly surfaced in Antarctica. Right in the center of what could be a 300 mile wide impact crater is the home of a massive buried object laying under a deep coat of ice that emanates a concentration of powerful gravitational energy measured from a NASA satellite. Some believe it’s an enormous meteorite three times the size of the life extinction asteroid that 250 million years ago wiped out the dinosaur, 70% of land-based vertebrates and 96% of the earth’s sea creatures.

But others speculate that it’s one more piece of mounting evidence of a secret Nazi UFO base, perhaps the one that attacked Admiral Byrd’s Operation Highjump seven decades ago or the underground base mentioned next that’s apparently still in operation under the ice. A growing body of supportive evidence is frequently discovered on Google Earth, such as the large open entrances to a subterranean world with saucer shaped figures lodged in ice. The UFO fervor keeps intensifying, centered on the Antarctic mystery as a probable portal to other worldly activity. The poles have long been associated with being multidimensional vortex fields that act as earth entry and exit points for intergalactic spacecraft travel. When considered together, all of these odd cumulative findings and anomalies from Antarctica that keep popping up on a near daily basis beg for definitive answers to questions that can only be attained through open inquiry and thorough investigation.

Lt. Col. Billie Faye Woodard’s Story

Albeit anecdotal and unverifiable, fifteen years ago a former Air Force Lt. Colonel by the name of Billie Faye Woodard shared his experience while assigned to the infamously top secret Area 51 in the Nevada desert from January 1971 to 1982. He maintains that for 11.5 years he never saw the light of day working underground with access beyond the first 15 manmade levels to the deeper 16-31 levels allegedly inhabited by an advanced interior earth civilization. He reported that he made six trips into the hollow earth, encountering the sub-terrestrials not of human origin. Woodard claims they are 13 to 14 feet in height, are spiritually evolved beings who communicate telepathically and have obviously developed amazing technological capabilities.

He also stated that the hollow earth has an inner sun, one ocean and one continent larger than the earth’s surface landmass. Billie Faye Woodard says that the earth’s shell separating the inner and outer worlds is about 800-850 miles in thickness and that our planet’s center of gravity is roughly at this shell’s midpoint. Gravity in the inner world is less than one third the outer world’s, which Billie cited as the main reason why the inner race of people are several feet taller. According to Woodard, this super race lives in harmony with nature and shares a vested interest in the wayward humans living topside to ensure they do not destroy the entire planet. Apparently this civilization is willing to work with selected humans like Woodard, deployed by deep state’s black ops at Area 51’s subterranean levels, 85% being military and 15% civilian.

While stationed at Area 51, Lt. Colonel Woodard explained that one night he had the opportunity to fly a US manufactured military saucer called Sports Craft (once observed and reported by Bob Lazar at Area 51) with an alleged alien co-pilot who coached him. Woodard states that using touch control indentations, with his mind alone, he piloted the motion and velocity of the craft capable of making right turns at incredible speeds without incurring any g-force. At the time Billie said the US had assembled 67 flying saucers through Area 51’s black projects. The colonel has said the primary reason he resigned from the Air Force was after learning that many missing children who are abducted and trafficked (those spared from being abused sexually and murdered by the pedophile elite) are taken to Area 51 underground levels to be genetically engineered, programmed and transformed into looking like alien hybrids that will be used to launch a false flag alien invasion of the earth to enable the global controllers to achieve their one world government. Upon his discharge, Billie has attempted to get access to his military records that would provide credibility to his spectacular claims, but the government has strictly sealed his records.

Billie Faye Woodard also corroborates the authenticity of Norwegian fisherman Olaf Jansen’s story The Smoky God published in 1908. Olaf sailed into the opening near the North Pole in 1829 and wrote of his wondrous experiences inside the earth and his persecuted, tortuous life back on the surface. As a young man Olaf suffered for telling his story and kept it to himself until befriending a person near the end of his solitary life to share his amazing tale.

New Berlin Base – Still Operating?

But not all accounts of underground experiences are pleasant. A detailed autobiography was written as a 2008 unpublished book entitled The New Berlin Base: Nazis in the Antarctica, addressing the harrowing life of a young slave apparently born into a family of workers at a subterranean alien base. The anonymous writer describes how he was allegedly trapped in an old German-ET underground Antarctic base that he claims is still operating today. Two decades ago the author apparently managed to escape at the age of 15. The whistleblower found himself regaining consciousness outside the only life he knew inside the earth in a mountain area of Tajikistan and eventually by train made his way to Germany. When he spoke of his traumatic experience growing up inside his underground base, like Olaf he was diagnosed with mental illness and eventually had to bury his past and lie to authorities in order to extricate himself from the prison of the mental health system. He refuses to go public other than using his writing as a confessional and form of self-therapy.

According to the author, the base has since been taken over by humans. The technology at the base is purported to be years ahead of our current known level of technology. He spoke of daily work tasks like remote viewing and planting thoughts in others’ heads. A final chapter reveals complex mathematics and physics formulas that were subsequently checked out and validated by an experienced physicist, but conceivably could be simply copied. Whether the traumatic and cruel experiences written about living inside his underground base are true or not cannot be absolutely ascertained. As with all presented accounts, the reader must decide for him or herself. That said, disinformation in this age of deception is extremely common. In fact, perhaps the biggest lie that’s been perpetrated by deep state yet swallowed whole by hordes of true believers is Admiral Byrd’s fake 1947 diary detailing his fantastical flight beyond the North Pole to a utopian ET world. If in fact Byrd did make contact with a superior race, it does irreparable damage to those earnestly trying to expose the truth that an advanced civilization inhabiting the earth’s interior may actually exist. But then that’s what deep state wants – cynics without belief.

In addition to censorship of that 1947 National Geographic article, a December 1959 Flying Saucer magazine article covering Byrd’s polar flights also was eliminated from circulation, not unlike censorship today with real news labeled “fake news” slotted for censorship. Or spinning bogus stories of ET encounters that never happened like the February ’47 flight to Aghartha, other deep state measures to silence the truth have resorted to legislating a prohibitionagainst citizens from even being able to explore deep caves. Are the feds afraid someone might actually stumble their way into Aghartha’s inner core?

Also for too obvious reasons, a strict ban that’s forever been enforced expressly forbids planes from flying over the North and South Pole. Rest assure the evil ones are vigilantly guarding the polar gates, apprehending any and all efforts by private citizens trying to escape from topside bondage seeking refuge in inner sanctum utopia. If there is nothing to hide or no such thing as intelligent life inhabiting our hollow planet, then why would deep state go to such meticulous, overreaching lengths and efforts to make caves or Pole fly-overs so criminally off limits to us?

2016’s Nonstop Globalist Guest List in Antarctica

Let’s shift to here and now reality. Something big is going on down in Antarctica or presidents, deep state emissaries, religious leaders, royalty, and legendary astronauts would not be attending. Major discoveries are forcing the issue. But other than the VIP list below making visits to Antarctica, little else is reported or known regarding the specific purpose or nature of their trips. Prior to last year’s guest list, a couple other notables worth mentioning:

On September 15th, 1999 President Bill Clinton, a Bohemian Grove alum, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations and Bilderberg member, visited the American Antarctic Deep Freeze Base in Christchurch, New Zealand and spoke to US personnel stationed at the main American Antarctic Base at McMurdo. Thankfully despite all their dirty trick scandals and murders behind them, with his wife’s recent defeat, the Bush-Clinton-Obama control over the puppet throne in Washington has just been finally dethroned.

On January 17th, 2004 Spain’s King Carlos and queen traveled to Antarctica on a Chilean ship. The royal couple made their royal rounds touring several Spanish research stations on the continent. The press cover reads like a kid fulfilling his lifelong dream come true. But the truth is far more sinister than that. As the head of the Bourbon family bloodline, the Jesuit trained Knight of Malta is also the King of Jerusalem and wields immense world power over the Vatican and Middle East.

In late November to mid-December 2013, Prince Harry accompanied a team of a dozen veterans of Empire wars from UK, US and Canada on a Walking with the Wounded Antarctic expedition as a PR stunt to raise money and awareness for those willing to die for the latest bankers’ wars. Of course Harry’s dad Charles, Grandpa Philip and virtually the entire royal British bloodline was smitten by the pedophile of the century Jimmy Savile, who’s believed to have even pimped child victims for the royal family’s consumption.

On an emergency basis, Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba last year on February 12th (ostensibly to discuss the persecution and murder of Christians). It was the first time that these two heads of Christianity met face-to-face in almost 1000 years. Then on February 16th, just four days later, the elderly Patriarch Kirill departed on a sudden trip to Antarctica to bless a penguin and the frozen land as “a model of ideal humanity.”

This came shortly after rumors began circulating in September 2015 of a mysterious relic some say was the Ark of Gabriel unearthed at a mosque construction site in Mecca, linked to a crane toppling over to kill 111 worshippers. A second attempt to secure the alleged relic has been connected to a stampede at a pilgrimage killing 2,000 more people. The angel Gabriel is said to have informed Mary of Jesus’ birth and dictated the Koran to Muhammed. This troublesome find led to the Saudi request for Russia to retrieve the ark and take it some place far away from any more Muslims. A Russian general was tasked with picking it up on his way to Antarctica for delivery. This supposed joint cooperative venture came at a time when Saudi-Russian relations are alleged to be severely strained.

Just three weeks later in early March 2016, President Obama traveled south to Patagonia near the tip of Argentina – a Drake’s Passage away from Antarctica while his head of intelligence James Clapper made the trip to Australia and New Zealand, communicating with the Antarctica station while meeting the two prime ministers. Speculation still lingers over whether one or both made a secret rendezvous to the southern continent.

Then a few months later it was the CFR-Skull and Bonesman’s turn, Secretary of State John Kerry to make his strange trek to Antarctica on of all days November 8th. The official line was to receive an update on climate changeresearch. His itinerary showed that he left on Election Day. Millions of people who accept the fact that virtually everything the government says and does is pure bull shit are certain that far more is left out than meets the eye. Earlier this week UK’s conspiracy theory ridicule rag Express ran a headline that Kerry went to check out a secret UFO Nazi base from World War II. More disinfo to obscure the truth?

A week and a half prior to his departure, with 24 other nations Kerry signed a pact banning all private ships and citizens from travel to Antarctica’s southern coast for the next 35 years. The globalists always couch their news in Orwellian doublespeak like “history’s largest marine preserve to protect Chilean sea bass.” But make no mistake. Their real agenda is to prevent us from knowing about their top secret discoveries and further plundering for no good. Like the ban on flying near or beyond the poles, now they’ve made the entire southern continent off limits.

Then like clockwork just several weeks after Kerry yet another odd guest is invited to the elite’s frozen playground. A month ago 86-year old 33 degree Freemason and legendary moon walking astronaut Buzz Aldrin was touring the continent but suddenly became ill and had to be airlifted from the frozen wasteland. Stricken with an undisclosed medical condition that was allegedly deteriorating, he had to be hospitalized and quarantined according to his Antarctic tour company White Desert. Then to throw another curveball at all the people wondering what’s really going on that they’re not telling us, on December 9th Aldrin allegedly tweeted “We are all in danger, it’s pure evil,” referring to a photo showing the top of a recently discovered pyramid.

This month it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s the geopolitics grandmaster himself, Vladimir Putin’s turn to take in the January icescapes, and get the latest scoop on the covert skullduggery down under.

Final Tidbit Anomalies

The internet was all abuzz a month and a half ago when millions were viewing a video claiming that the first French woman astronaut to reach the International Space Station screamed “the earth must be warned!” referring to extraterrestrials prior to slipping into a coma attempting an OD suicide in 2008. Another strange occurrence is the developmental biology lab where she was employed as a DNA research scientist suddenly caught fire. It’s been reported that after she returned from space, she took to believing that long ago ET’s had colonized our planet and interbred with ancient cultures altering our DNA. Though that’s true, the release of this information suddenly going public via YouTube all these years later at this particular time is strikingly similar to the warning allegedly put out just a couple weeks later by Buzz Aldrin upon visiting Antarctica and falling sick, posting on Twitter an accompanying photo of the Antarctic pyramids. It seems that these are planted messages being spoon-fed to mentally prepare us for another staged “war of the worlds” scenario, but instead of HG and Orson Wells, it’s a la deep state’s rendition.

And just a few weeks prior to the French astronaut’s dramatically delivered dire warning, in late October came the Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin meeting in Moscow with Inqusitr’s sensationalized headline “’ALIEN UFO INVASION FLEET WILL REACH EARTH IN SEPTEMBER 2017,’ OBAMA ALLEGEDLY WARNS PUTIN AFTER NASA DETECTED ‘MILES-WIDE’ ARMADA OF SPACESHIPS THAT ENTERED OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.” Supposedly a “leaked” top secret Kremlin document decided to disclose this top secret meeting of Obama’s proxy asking for Putin’s help in establishing an “earth-wide” missile defense system against the pending alien invasion scheduled for the September arrival. All this sounds so preposterous considering alien technology can instantly traverse the vast Universe. Yet we’re supposed to believe it will take nearly a year in advance for the bogeyman from outer space’s armada to arrive here on earth. This is a scripted 1950’s rerun from a so-bad-it’s-funny sci fi flick. All of this is simply a disinformation campaign to “ready” us gullibly dumbed down masses to pray that our world crime cabal government will step in and save the day.

Julian Assange is said to be releasing Department of Defense cables revealing dozens of close encounters with UFO’s, at times traveling in armadas. US Armed Forces may be in the midst of a secret war with UFO’s. Suddenly emerging from underwater, especially near Antarctica, they are believed to originate from undersea bases there. A former Russian navy officer and UFO researcher states that 50% of UFO encounters report the spacecraft emerged from ocean waters and 15% from lakes. In one incident a flotilla of UFO’s originating in Antarctica heading toward Guadalajara, Mexico had the US Air Force Space Command on high alert. Aggressive UFO activity emerging from underwater to overturn and endanger ships has increased in recent years.

If it’s not “war of the worlds”-2017-style, it may well be Planet X/Nibiru, a “miles-wide” comet or meteor, a galactic or solar energy burst, an EMP attack, a Putin invasion, an ISIS attack, on and on these bogeyman threats on our life keep bombarding us 24/7 every single day so we become so fear-driven that we end up victims frozen in the headlights, praying for deep state’s one world government to protect us. YouTube videos are increasingly focusing on all the strange sky phenomena featuring two or even three separate light sources on our horizon. Maybe it’s our sun, Nibiru and the ET armada heading our way, intending us to become the doe caught in their triple threat headlights, paralyzed and overcome by deep state-induced fear and panic.

Is the ‘Hollow Earth Theory’ Real?

Despite twenty-first century technology that boggles the mind, the terra firma we take for granted walking around on what we call earth is a largely unknown entity. We’ve been taught to believe it’s a solid spherical mass with molten mantle and a solid iron core. But where’s the actual proof? Without empirical evidence, what conventional science merely postulates as the truth really is nothing more than theory… just as those believing the earth is hollow or flat are each advocating a theory. But when photographs and videos appear to show that a polar opening exists at the North Pole, and according to that hollow earth theory and Byrd’s South Pole testimony, perhaps we should rethink the automatic dogma of the solid earth theory we’ve always assumed was correct, not unlike the religious, political and other scientific indoctrination we’ve been fed all our lives that now based on more recent incoming evidence, we’re realizing is false.

Let’s face it, virtually everything we’ve been taught to be reality falls short of the honest truth, having been programmed and brainwashed from day one that prohibits any real serious or genuine inquiry, questioning or challenging the prevailing dogmatic norm and “order,” thus by built-in design preventing exploration of alternative information, data and theories that may well lead to different, more accurate conclusions and outcomes. Ideally, that’s how the so called scientific method works. Scientists are encouraged and free to come up with theories, test their hypotheses and investigate outcomes to generate empirical data that supports or doesn’t support their proposed hypotheses. And if new, more factual conclusions are the result, the old, less true conventional models and theories eventually fall by the wayside.

But realistically, based on the previous track record, initially any new proposed theories and conclusions about truth and reality are always vehemently resisted and rejected by the established conventions of the day. But gradually as stronger evidence emerges, the truth is supposed to win out over the established false consensus. But in today’s world of controlled deception and deceptive control, responsible for devolving science into a compromised, politicized, serve-the-master agenda as a mere elitist propaganda tool, not unlike MSM, the truth has less chance of reaching the surface to even be seen or heard, much less win out. Virtually everything we’ve been told or taught by our so called “education” system, code word “brainwash,” is pure rubbish. Look no further than our history, made of distorted lies according to the biased self-serving agenda of the so called “victors” who are really the controllers wielding the most brute power. But their paradigm of deceit is crumbling now and about to end.

So let’s proceed with an open mind in our inquiry into the hollow earth hypothesis that asserts that the earth is either completely hollow at its inner core, or at the least contains considerable interior space with circular polar openings. Our compass magnets fail to work at the poles because each pole as a magnetic point simply does not exist. There is no magnetic point at either the North or South Pole, only the magnetic circular rim of each polar opening. Pilots who have flown over the poles verify this fact as their flight instruments are rendered non-functional.

Plus, ponder this. If the earth was a solid sphere, temperatures closest to the Pole would logically be the coldest. But in fact, temperatures at the poles are warmer than temperatures 600-1000 miles away. The warm air convection current emanating from the polar openings obviously accounts for this difference.

Science observes spinning objects with an absence of matter at the center due to centrifugal force. The combination of centrifugal and gravity forces acting on each other to reach equilibrium determines the speed of one full 360 degree rotation. For instance, despite the fact that Jupiter and Saturn are the largest planets in our solar system, it only takes Jupiter 9.8 hours and Saturn 10.5 hours to rotate a full circle. When those two planets were initially forming and their matter was coalescing, because they were spinning faster, their matter expanded to increase their radius. The lighter elements such as liquefied water and the gaseous atmosphere will tend to form on each side of the center point, materializing at both the inner and outer surfaces of the planet. Near the poles the crusts then thinned out to form a hole at both the northern and southern extremities.

That’s why the earth as well as other planets and celestial bodies in our solar system all have polar openings and hollowed out centers. NASA even has indirectly admitted that Saturn has a hole at its pole based on its infrared finding of a vortex storm that cannot be held in place without a polar opening depression. This is NASA’s sneaky way of delivering half-truths while willfully withholding the other far more revealing half-truth that it too like the earth also has polar openings.

The colorful auroral displays at the poles have yet to be explained by the solid earth scientists, yet are easily understood when ions pouring out from the polar openings collide with the solar ions in the earth’s magnetosphere and the varying colors correspond with the various ionized gases hydrogen, oxygen, helium and nitrogen. Also contributing to this phenomenon are the light waves emanating from the earth’s inner sun. The insanity of continuing to cover-up and deceive us has the so-called “real” scientists in a conundrum trying to explain the Aurora Borealis instead of simply and honestly accepting the truth that would enhance all our lives except those connected to deep state fraud and criminality. The earth’s powerbrokers know that if the truth be known of their massive cover-up, their cabal would be forcibly overthrown and their rigid control over us would come to a screeching halt.

Three years ago a study confirmed that a giant ocean of water lays 254 miles (410 km) deep into the mantle below the earth’s surface. The inner ocean that’s believed to be 155 miles (250 km) deep could supply much of the ocean water at the earth’s surface. Subduction zones are conduits connecting the outer and inner oceans. Perhaps unwittingly this scientific study suggests that the far side of that inner layer of ocean could be the same ocean belonging to the inner world where both ocean and landmass supporting a different race inhabits.

A team of scientists from Harvard believes that they have found an ancient earth inside our earth. They theorize this earth inside ours may be the remnants dating back 4.5 billion years ago prior to the collision of a planet-sized body that resulted in the moon breaking off from our earth. It’s believed that the hemisphere on the other side of this ancient inner earth may not have melted and therefore still remains intact inside our current earth. This finding may also inadvertently support an inner world.

In still another recent discovery Italian scientists believe that 70% of the earth heat is generated from within its center. They conclude that there is a sun underneath the surface of our planet. Scientists have also determined that the earth’s core is as hot as the sun’s surface. So we have found three separate studies all operating independent of each other that confirm that an inner ancient world, an ocean and a sun all exist inside our earth. All these latest scientific breakthroughs in science inadvertently support an inner world.

Clearly there is increasing evidence that modern science, in its rare, honest form, is catching up to the wisdom of the ancient cultures. Twentieth century Nazis and twenty-first century Illuminati are well aware of this merging between modern science and ancient occult wisdom, except their Modus Operandi has been to use it selfishly to gain evil power and control over humanity. Today we the global masses have a unique opportunity to bridge and integrate knowledge and truth by synthesizing modern technology with ancient wisdom for the greater good of all humanity. It’s our responsibility to harness and impart this knowledge and wisdom to uplift and enrich all of our lives.

More than any other single source of smoking gun evidence comes when we can readily see with our own eyes, thanks to orbiting satellite photographs taken since 1968. They clearly show a gaping concave hole over the North Pole. And as much as NASA consistently tries to black out the hole, obscure or remove it from public access and awareness, hundreds of pictures and videos are out there that clearly show the polar opening. There is ample visual evidence available to absolutely prove that the hollow earth theory is indeed reality.

Virtually all civilizations throughout human history from ancient to modern times have independently made references to the hollow earth and its human-like inhabitants. A common historical theme amongst ancient cultures is the belief that the inner earth core becomes the repository for departed spirits. For instance, searching for answers about eternal life, Gilgamesh, the king of Babylonian and Sumerian tradition, traveled to the bowels of the earth to consult with his ancestor Utnapishtim. From Greek mythology comes Eurydice trapped in the underworld Hades, nearly rescued by her brave but not quite patient enough lover Orpheus. Christianity speaks of Hell being inside the earth. Mongolian tribes believe that tunnels at earth’s surface link to the subterranean world. Both Buddhism and Hinduism embrace the concept of the hollow earth as the two religions refer to Shambhala as the capital of the interior world. Writers attribute the Tibetan name “Agharti” (strikingly similar to Aghartha) to mean the underground kingdom at the center of the earth.

Based on his research, BBC journalist Michael Wood believes that Shambhala lies buried somewhere beneath the Himalayan Mountains. This spiritually advanced inner world is believed to contain entrances not only at the Poles but also includes tunnels connecting to the earth’s surface in various sacred places like the Tibetan capital Lhasa, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Italy’s Mount Epomeo, California’s Mount Shasta, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave and Brazil’s Mato Groso. Even the Bermuda Triangle as a vortex point has a link to the inner world.

Over the last several centuries the belief in the hollow earth theory has persisted, at various times coming into wider popular acceptance. As one example, based on the persuasive efforts of John Cleves Symmes, in 1822 President John Quincy Adams was ready to sign off on lending federal sponsorship to an Arctic expedition exploring the polar opening. It was shot down by Congress and Quincy’s incoming successor Andrew Jackson also poo pooed the idea, figuring fighting off the central banksters was more urgent and important, which he successfully did. Of course the hollow earth has long been embedded in our artistic folklore and imaginations through such works as Jules Verne’s classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Famous scientists and mathematicians have also believed that the earth is hollow and that the interior supports life. In 1692 renowned English scientist Edmund Halley who discovered Halley’s Comet and made valuable contributions to geophysics, mathematics, astronomy and meteorology proposed that the earth was hollow. Eighteenth century mathematical genius Leonard Euler even calculated the size of the inner earth sun to be 600 miles in diameter.

A writer named William Reed published a book called Phantom of the Poles in 1906 based on available Arctic explorer records and scientific research at the time. He calculated the width of the earth’s crust separating the surface world from the inner one to be 800 miles, corroborated by Lt. Col. Woodard’s more recent testimony. Reed stated that the distance from pole to pole of the hollow interior was 6,400 miles. His summary of the earth’s interior:

The Earth is hollow. The Poles, so long sought, are phantoms. There are openings at the northern and southern extremities. In the interior are vast continents, oceans, mountains and rivers. Vegetable and animal life are evident in this New World, and it is probably peopled by races unknown to dwellers on the Earth’s surface.

His description closely parallels Admiral Byrd’s later observations.

Despite the persistent popularity and findings of the hollow earth, unfortunately as science and technology took hold in the twentieth century, America’s so-called century, dogma and rigidity have taken over to exclusively push the solid globular ball paradigm. But as much as the powers-that-shouldn’t-be have violently dominated and suppressed this alternative world view, Antarctica is at the cutting edge forefront, by the day drawing more global attention from truth seekers around the world. Meanwhile, 2016 having thoroughly exposed the crime cabal, now increasingly on the defensive in its feeble effort to censor and withhold the truth, their age of deception is coming to a swift end. The truth about the Antarctic discoveries is about to set us free. As citizens of the world, we hereby are emancipating ourselves from the globalists’ old system of robotic slavery and demonic control. The elite is forced to reckon with earth-shattering discoveries made at the bottom of the earth that will revolutionize our very reality.

Conclusions

If there’s anyone who should know the truth about the poles, and whether there’s an opening at each one, it’s Admiral Richard Byrd. Though deep state muzzled him from full disclosure, in his 60 year absence his legacy leaves us with plenty of hints of the truth, strongly confirming that something grand exists beyond those poles that through his heroic firsthand experience he graciously shared what he could with us. Admiral Byrd saw what his own criminal government did to his honorable friend James Forrestal, and after losing his own men while losing a UFO battle at the South Pole, it was no stretch for him to conclude that Antarctica may well become the next major World War III battlefield. All these years later it appears his warning could come to pass.

The likelihood of yet another engineered, epic-sized false flag crisis, pitting aliens against us humans, could be coming sooner than later. The decades-old underground war with so called aliens is about to surface. The Nazi UFO foothold down under the planet really never left us, it only merged with the current Illuminati crime cabal. And once again they’re on the offensive with a planned so called ET attack on humans.

An open question, if a sizeable population of Nazis did reach the hollow earth using advanced knowledge for all the wrong reasons, how does that square with the hypothesized spiritually advanced race that’s inhabited earth’s inner chamber for eons of time? Or has their power of goodness and love tamed the evil hearts of the Nazis?

In the meantime, let’s take a snapshot of the last 100 years to concretely illustrate how we arrived at the precipice at this moment. The globalist agenda has been to gain absolute control over humanity using its debtor-slave central banking system, savagely raping and looting nations and populations, by calculated diabolical design, orchestrating history’s two deadliest world wars with a third on the way, manipulating every economic depression and recession in a thoroughly rigged, crumbling financial system, and increasingly abusing and violating us with unprecedented invasive electronic surveillance in order to usher in its sinister NWO Malthusian con job of a one world government tyranny and control. Misusing Tesla’s free energy technology for destructive military ends only, rather than liberate humanity, the ruling elite has instead chosen to further enslave us through oil war addiction for greedy profit and hegemonic, centralized control.

Rather than eradicating disease, the elite engages in suppression of cancer cures feeding a corrupt, Rockefeller-controlled Big Pharma-healthcare monopoly, poisoning us through mandatory killer vaccines, fluoride in our water, heavy metal aerosols in our air, soil, water, lungs and brains, while maintaining a nonstop policy of war exclusively to benefit the military industrial security prison complex profiteers who loathe us and want us dead or dying, all the while deploying a 24/7 mind control propaganda machine, feeding an insatiable greed that guarantees maximum absolute power, authority and control over the global masses. Currently an international crime cabal rules over every national government using the ultra-effective “divide and conquer” strategy for status quo, low maintenance, keeping us ignorantly weak by fighting, blaming, fearing and hating each other, perpetrating state-sponsored “endless war of terrorism” inflicting fear and death for population control, fanning the flames of a West vs. East cold war machine igniting WWIII, and committing organized crime on an epic scale that controls virtually all international drug trafficking, global child sex trafficking and global money laundering. This is the abysmally sad and pathetic world we’re currently living in – the Orwellian nightmare of total deception in the name of global genocide.

But 2016 has not gone according to the globalist plan. After the Brexit defeat and US election loss due to a growing worldwide populist movement that’s rejecting globalism, still reeling and on the defensive, realizing their MSM “fake news” is no longer fooling the people finally waking up to the crime cabal reality, the planetary rulers are now preparing us for their next staged event, a partial ET disclosure that will try selling us on the “need” for protection that can only be delivered by a one world government, fighting off humanity’s worst “common enemies” – the ravages of climate change [hoax] and hostile alien takeover [hoax]. And that’s where all this Antarctica secrecy comes in and is going.

They’re about to warn us of the impending evil “reptilian” invasion bent on conquering and colonizing us earthlings. Recall globalist Buzz Aldrin’s tweet warning us of the evil down under. But remember, it’s all simply another deceitful variation of the same as the old boss. Let us not be duped by the globalist pope who’s co-opting with the “good ET’s” to reformulate a one world religion selling our spiritual salvation. Or Francis sending his sidekick Patriarch Kirill to exorcize the evil forces down under with the globalist brand of holy blessing. As we enter 2017, the doomsday controllers have all their bases covered, locked and loaded and ready to go as they always have. Just as they back every handpicked presidential Republican vs. Democrat puppet to polarize, distract and divide us, they always back both sides to every one of their manufactured wars, and this one against the reptilians is no different. They’re highly skilled at stringing us along with lies and half-truths, forever instilling duality and confusion into their dumbing down equation to seize maximum, cluelessly brainwashed control.

As long as the globalists manage to divide and rule over us through the dichotomy of good guy versus bad guy, God vs. Satan, good ET vs. bad ET, good religion vs. bad religion, good nation vs. bad nation, real fake news vs. bad true news, they will forever be playing us for the blinded, ignorant fools we’ve been for never learning our history lesson, doomed to repeat the same mistake, mindlessly reacting to their same old con game ad nauseam. We are now seeing the elite’s last desperate, deceitful ploy to frantically try and retain its full diabolical power and control through more sleight of hand deception.  But this time we must not be fooled again with “same as the old boss” syndrome.

Head of the Disclosure Project Dr. Steven Greer, who’s gathered an immense body of evidence about UFO’s and extraterrestrials for over two decades, also believes that the current rogue government is planning a Third World War with so called aliens from outer space. Greer believes that the so called reptilian and grays are all black ops creations and that there are no evil ET’s, citing the simple logic that if there were, their advanced superiority militarily and technologically would have destroyed humans a long time ago. Instead, Dr. Greer foresees a fast approaching day when, like virtually every war a false flag operation is now in the making where deep state will stage a fake alien invasion using black ops technology and crisis actors playing their assigned role, complete with military intelligence operatives acting as their handlers. Recall that Lt. Col. Billie Faye Woodard said that the US government has been abducting children and programming and training them for this very role.

Steven Greer asserts that ever since 1953-1956 the Washington crime cabal has been planning and preparing for the eventual outcome of a fake interplanetary war with an evil ET civilization. The words from a 1955 speech by General Douglas MacArthur, a 33 degree Freemason, who had spent his entire life in the military and was an insider if there ever was one stated:

The next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets.

So for over six decades this coming war has been in the works. Halfway along in 1987, Reagan even copped to it:

I occasionally think how our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.

The elite always counted on using a common enemy to unite the world nations into a one world government. And the big interstellar war has always been their ace in the hole. Fearing that the globalists have been exposed like never before, they are fast tracking the alien invasion for 2017. They’re now realizing that critical mass has been reached, and the pedophilia story cannot be swept under the carpet by MSM fake news. And since the majority, or close to a majority, of those at the highest rungs of power in this world are deranged, satanic worshipping pedophiles, represented by the near four decades of nonstop Bush-Clinton-Obama reign of terror, they know that their jig’s up.

The Illuminati realize that maintaining their enslavement of humanity by owning and controlling their morally challenged puppets they groom and hand pick into power and then wield control over through blackmail and death threats, they know those days are finally over. They’re on the run. We need a tsunami to drain the global swamp of perverse muck and vile darkness to wash away their entrenched rotten filth that’s parasitically been sucking the lifeblood out of the human race for far too many centuries. Let 2017 be the year that together we take down the cabal and take back our planet before they completely destroy it. While this year the elitists lose their grip, they’ll be throwing everything in their demonic power at us. So let the wisdom of truth and justice be our faithful guide to peace, safety and salvation.

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Do Your Pants Cling to Your Socks?

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

By Dr. Mercola

A dry climate or cold weather may increase the amount of static cling you find in your clothes. While this can be a nuisance in your sweaters, suits and shirts, common over-the-counter treatments may trigger damage to your health and the environment. Fortunately, there are alternatives that are both less expensive and safer.

Manufacturers take advantage of two of your senses to boost sales when they develop dryer sheets and fabric softeners — smell and touch. Your sense of smell is a primal and powerful ability, allowing you to recognize and remember up to 1 trillion different smells.1

Psychologists understand that scent has the power to evoke a positive or negative reaction within milliseconds.2 When manufacturers combine positive feelings about the softness and scent of your clothing with their product, you’re more likely to buy it.

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However, while static cling is frustrating, there are other natural, less expensive and less hazardous ways of treating your clothing during the wash and dry cycles.

How Does Static Cling Develop?

An explanation of how static cling develops on your clothing, or how you get an electric shock after walking over carpeting and touching a door handle, may quickly get complicated. The short explanation is that static is a buildup of negative or positive electrical charges in your hair, clothing or in your body.3

Within each physical object are very small particles, called atoms. Each atom is made of positively charged protons, negatively charged electrons and neutral neutrons.

Like magnets, opposite charges attract each other and same charges repel each other. When an object has an imbalance of negative and positive charges, static electricity develops and you experience static cling. These charges build on the exterior of an object until they can be released.

This can happen when two objects rub against each other, like a balloon and the wall, or your clothes and the dryer walls, causing atoms to break free and bunch together.4 When two objects rub together, such as your shoes on carpet, the object (your body) collects negative electrons.

When you touch someone or something, you feel the surplus electrons being discharged as static shock. The same thing happens when you pull your winter hat off and your hair stands on end.

Remember, same charges repel each other, so each strand of your hair moves away from the others, making it appear that your hair is standing out. When your clothes come out of the dryer they may also be charged.

The clothing will cling to itself when a positively charged portion of the material comes up against a negatively charged portion. The same is true on your body. When a negatively charged portion of your clothes comes close to protons on your body, the clothing clings.

It is much more difficult for this transfer of electrons to happen if you walk on wood floors since wood does not acquire or get rid of electrons easily.

Metal however, does allow the flow of electrons easily, and whatever charge you pick up will shift to a metal object, including your computer.5 Many computer cases are made from hard plastics to prevent damage from static.

What’s Wrong With Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners?

Using fabric softeners and dryer sheets to get rid of static cling or adding fragrance to your clothing may be dangerous to your health.

Manufacturers of these products are not required to disclose the ingredients, and are self-regulated through the International Fragrance Association (IFA). A 2015 report exposed where this self-regulation has failed.6

Manufacturers develop their fragrances by mixing a chemical cocktail to produce a scent, without regulation for the long-term consequences of exposure to those chemicals.

The company must only identify “fragrance” on the label without listing the ingredients used to make the fragrance.7 Alexandra Scranton, M.S., lead author of the report, commented:8

“The safety of fragrance chemicals is not determined, monitored or safe-guarded by any governmental agency globally in any comprehensive fashion. Allowing the fragrance industry to self-regulate, and establish itself as the sole authority on fragrance safety, simply does not serve the public health interest.”

Researchers have looked at the chemicals released by dryer sheets and fabric softeners. A study published in 2011 found over 25 different air pollutants, including those known to cause cancer, such as benzene and acetaldehyde.9 Some of the chemicals commonly found in these laundry products include:10

How to Get Rid of Static Cling

Fabric softeners work by leaving a residue on your fabrics that never really completely washes out. More natural options are safer, less expensive and less toxic to your family and the environment.

More static cling occurs during the winter months as humidity in the air helps to reduce the number of charged protons and electrons. You can use this information to help reduce static cling in your home.

By spritzing a little water on your clothing or rubbing moisturizer over your skin you can dispel the static immediately. You may also try spritzing your clothes with distilled water when they are removed from the dryer to prevent static when you wear the clothes.

Keeping a humidifier in your laundry room may help reduce static cling in your clothing as they are removed from the dryer. If your clothing has a static charge, slip the clothing over a metal hanger to discharge the unbalanced protons and electrons, and reduce or eliminate the static cling.

Hold the hanger with a towel if you are passing many pieces of clothing through the hanger, and wipe it with water between every two or three pieces so it continues to discharge the electrons.

You may also try removing your clothes from the dryer before they have dried completely. The extra moisture in the clothing will help to reduce the static, and you’ll reduce your electric usage. Wooden drying racks or hanging your clothes will help them to finish drying quickly.

Sensible Alternatives for Your Washer and Dryer

If you don’t want to hang dry your clothes, or are looking for a more natural way of discharging the static using your dryer, you may try using paper clips on the hems of your garments in the dryer to discharge the static. Alternatively, crumple a ball of aluminum foil and add it to the dryer.

You may also use moisture inside your dryer to discharge the static by adding a moist towel in the last 10 minutes of the drying cycle. If the dryer finishes before you add the towel, add the towel and dry on the lowest setting for another 10 minutes.

Launder your natural and synthetic fabrics separately since nylon and rayon fabrics develop the most static electricity. There are several ways of making your own fabric softener or dryer sheets at home with natural ingredients, and still enjoy a fresh scent on your clothing.

Combine 6 cups of white vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda and 15 to 20 drops of essential oil in the scent of your choice in a large bowl.11

Once the combination has stopped foaming the oil should not be floating on the top of the liquid and won’t stain your clothes. Pour the liquid into a glass container and use up to 1 cup in your fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine with each load.

You can also make your own fabric softener crystals at home by combining essential oils of your choice with Epsom salts in a glass jar.12 Once you’ve made the crystals, combine them with 1 cup of baking soda and 6 cups of white vinegar in a glass jar. Add the vinegar slowly. This liquid will separate, so shake each time before pouring out half a cup for your laundry.

If you prefer dryer sheets, or want to use both, you can use the same fluid to make reusable sheets.13 Simply soak clean washrags in the fluid and wring out the excess. Next hang the washrags until they are completely dry. Toss one in the dryer with your clothes; use up to 10 times before you have to get a new one.

Your Clothes May Contribute to Chemical Sensitivity

The prevalence of people suffering from chemical sensitivities is higher than you may think. Two national surveys found nearly 16 percent of the population experience multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Your risk of MCS increases if you suffer from asthma.14 People experiencing MCS may experience migraines, seizures, asthma attacks and even lose consciousness.

Unfortunately, these symptoms can be so profound that some people are unable to function. According to the Guide to Less Toxic Products by the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, your fabric softener may contain quaternary ammonium compounds,15 or “quat,” and imidazolidinyl. Both of these compounds release formaldehyde with use.16

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can damage your DNA and trigger abnormal cell growth.17 It can also trigger joint pain, depression, chronic pain, headaches and a variety of other symptoms. Approximately 5 percent of people are so sensitive to quats that the chemical may trigger asthma-like symptoms and even respiratory arrest.

Chemicals in fabric softeners also include coal-tar dyes, ammonia and a chemical mix of very strong fragrances. Each of these chemicals may be derived from petroleum products, which are highly toxic to humans.

Fun Static Cling Experiment

If you’re at a loss as to how to explain static electricity to your children, it may be fun to do some simple experiments with them at home. This experiment is by Science Made Simple:18

Light a light bulb with a balloon using static electricity

NEED:

  • Plastic or hard rubber comb
  • Balloon
  • Dark room
  • Fluorescent light bulb (do not use an incandescent bulb)

SAFETY NOTE: DO NOT use electricity from a wall outlet! Handle glass bulbs with care to avoid breaking the glass. You may wrap the bulb in transparent tape to reduce the chance of getting cut if it does break.

EXPERIMENT:

Move into a dark room. Charge the comb or balloon with your hair, sweater or the carpet. Be sure to build up a lot of charge. Touch the area of the comb or balloon you were rubbing against the light bulb. You’ll see small sparks in the bulb.

After recharging the balloon or comb, try moving it to different parts of the light bulb to see what happens.

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Culture and Liberty

Lew Rockwell Institute - Ven, 06/01/2017 - 07:01

One more time….

A common culture – and a culture beyond merely the NAP – is necessary if we are ever to move closer to a libertarian society.

On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel.

Let’s see what de Jouvenel says about this.

Each man with a given position in a given society strays only in the most exceptional cases from a typical behavior.  This regularity is produced by a code of beliefs and moralities which is deeply embedded in the nature of man in society.

A libertarian theorist – without the burden of taking account the human nature of humans – might describe living in a society that valued such “beliefs and moralities” as aggression; a libertarian theorist who considers the human nature of humans recognizes the value of such “beliefs and moralities” in providing governance absent the state.

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Call it thick if you like.  I do not; I recognize that libertarian theory does not provide every answer to every question faced in society.  Thereafter – when considering the application in the real world – we are left with choosing between relatively more voluntarily derived or relatively less voluntarily derived “rules.”

What is aggression?  What is proper punishment?  How is it determined when the age of minority ends and majority begins?  What is property?  The answers to these questions and more can vary widely and yet remain compatible with the non-aggression principle.

The ancients showed, by the importance which they attached to folkways, that they were well aware of this; if folkways were good, government was hardly necessary, and if they were bad, it was almost impossible.

Do you continue to wonder why the state works so hard to destroy “folkways”?  Why does the state support massive immigration, unwed parenting, co-opting of the church, co-opting of every social function, abortion, and all varieties of “lifestyle choices”?  Why does the state work so hard to destroy the family?

In the same way, folkways and beliefs must be brought low, that Power may substitute for their influence its own authority and build its church on their ruins.

This is why the state works to destroy “folkways.”  What is unfortunate is that too many so-called libertarians cheer on this destruction.  Such libertarians do nothing but ensure more government.

So long as persons of every degree behave according to fixed rules which everybody knows, their actions under all circumstances can be predicted by their associates, and confidence reigns in human relationships.

“How un-libertarian” I hear the screams.  I recall a discussion on punishment.  Is increased violence likely to result from punishment deemed just by the local population or punishment deemed unjust?  As libertarian theory does not (and cannot) give an objective answer to NAP-consistent and appropriate punishment for each and every violation, I will suggest that the answer to this question that will result in a community remaining peaceful is the punishment that is deemed just by that same community.

Conversely, a nonconformist behavior upsets all calculations, makes every precaution necessary, stirs up acts of reprisal for its own wrongful acts of aggression…

Must this be explained or defended.  Look all around you; the examples are too numerous to list.

…and, if the evil grows, unleashes in the end hatred, distrust and violence.

And who will be called to do something about this hatred, distrust, and violence?  Again, we live in such a world and the answer is obvious.

The ancients had, therefore, good reason to keep the foreigner at a distance. His folkways were different, and it could not be known how he would act.

Mmmm…yeah.  (Oh Angela, the real world example you have provided of calls for “more” from the state in the face of massive immigration.)

Under these conditions little government was needed, for education had done what was necessary to regulate action.

As long as the non-aggression principle is not violated, a wide variety of answers to social questions are possible.  A society “educated” on which of these NAP-consistent answers is OK “around here” will be a society that can function well with little risk of calls for a monopolist of violence.

Such custom, if held strongly by the people, would serve to keep even the ruler in check:

…a monarch who was imprudent enough to order something which did not conform to custom would, in doing so, break his own authority and risk his life.

To which I say “HOORAY!”  This is wholly consistent with the law as it was found during the Germanic Middle Ages.  The law was old and the law was good; the law was custom.  Most importantly, this law was held strongly by all members of society, and this kept the king in check.

It was not only in medieval Europe.  De Jouvenel offers examples of the Rejangs of Sumatra, the Malagasy of Madagascar, and the King of Ashanti.  As was the case in Europe, I suspect none of these societies can be described as “libertarian,” yet the amount of “government” (in the worst sense of the term) was kept in check by accepted custom.

The value of the old and good law was that it kept “law” out of the hands of the king or, in our day, the legislature.  It kept the law in the hands of the people and their memory of custom.  It was not always libertarian law (perfect isn’t an option when it comes to human interaction), but it was free from absolutist dictates.

This old and good law – whether from God, the gods, or some other source – was not a sphere available for man to take a part.  The punishment was also not in man’s hands.  Both the law and punishment came from custom.  Only the administration was in the hand of the king.

We have destroyed this guillotine over the monarch’s neck by accepting this fallacy that “we the people” are in charge.  To whom do we complain; over whom do we hold the blade?

As evidence of his views, de Jouvenel offers the European experience beginning with the “rationalists” of the modern age.

Can we fail to note the coincidence of the breakdown of beliefs from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries with the elevation of absolute monarchies during the same period?  Is it not clear that they owed their elevation to this breakdown?  Is not the conclusion this: that the great period of rationalism was also that of enlightened and free-thinking despots…?

Conclusion

…once man is declared “the measure of all things,” there is no longer a true, or a good, or a just, but only opinions of equal validity whose clash can be settled only by political or military force….

The law and punishment for violation must be rooted in something other than “man,” (with man defined as “we can decide whatever we think is the best law and punishment for today”).  Man only has authority over the administration.

For the rest, we would do well do consider custom.

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A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Demonetization Project

Deep Politics Monitor - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 20:10
By Norbert Haering Global Research, January 03, 2017 Norbert Haering 1 January 2017 In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That

La “trinità rischiosa”

Freedonia - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 11:15




di James Rickards


Gli osservatori si concentrano sulle azioni dei mercati e sui comunicati della FED, senza fermarsi a riflettere su ciò che sta realmente accadendo. Nel frattempo le tendenze a lungo termine persistono e non vanno via solo perché tutti nel mercato sembrano distratti. L'impatto di queste tendenze non si lascerà attendere.

Il risultato a breve termine sarà uno tsunami finanziario che travolgerà i mercati, mentre gli investitori sono addormentati sulla spiaggia e non si accorgeranno della parete d'acqua che piomberà su di loro.

Questa non è solo un'ipotesi. Queste grandi tendenze e il loro impatto deleterio sulla vostra ricchezza, sono stati studiati in modo rigoroso da istituzioni ufficiali con le migliori informazioni e personale tecnico più qualificato. I loro rapporti sono spesso lunghi e pieni di gergo tecnico e decine di pagine di appendici e note tecniche. Non sono di facile lettura, ma hanno i loro vantaggi.

Molte istituzioni ufficiali o hanno modelli obsoleti o programmi politici che alla fine rendono inaffidabile il loro lavoro. Ma esiste un'istituzione con ampio accesso alle informazioni e con un buon record di avvertimenti tempestivi. Questa istituzione è la Banca dei Regolamenti Internazionali (BRI).

La BRI può far parte dell'élite finanziaria globale di cui siamo giustamente diffidenti, ciononostante spesso diverge dal "lieto fine" proveniente dalle chiacchiere delle banche centrali. La BRI non ha avuto paura ad ammonire le banche centrali sui pericoli di tassi bassi, bolle speculative e rischio sistemico.

Diamo un'occhiata a ciò che la BRI ha da dire sull'instabilità del sistema finanziario globale e sulla minaccia che rappresenta per la vostra ricchezza.

La Banca dei Regolamenti Internazionali (BRI) è stata istituita nel 1930 da un accordo inter-governativo tra Stati Uniti, Regno Unito, Germania, Belgio, Italia, Francia, Svizzera e Giappone. I proprietari della BRI sono le banche centrali dei membri della BRI, con potere di voto pesantemente sbilanciato a favore di un numero ristretto delle più grandi banche centrali.

La BRI ha sede a Basilea, in Svizzera, ma opera sotto esenzioni e immunità dalle leggi svizzere e dei suoi paesi membri. In pratica questo significa che la BRI è un'istituzione a sé stante che deve rendere conto solo ai suoi membri (banche centrali).

Lo scopo originale della BRI era quello di facilitare i pagamenti riparativi della Prima Guerra Mondiale in base al Trattato di Versailles del 1919. Questo scopo divenne obsoleto nei primi anni '30, quando suddetto processo si concluse. Ma la BRI trovò rapidamente una nuova missione: il centro operativo per le transazioni tra le banche centrali. La BRI è una banca centrale delle banche centrali, la quale offre servizi di compensazione e clearing.

La BRI è specializzata anche per l'acquisto, la vendita e la locazione di lingotti d'oro tra le banche centrali. Le note di bilancio della BRI rivelano che conduce operazioni in oro per i suoi membri (banche centrali), ma non offre dettagli sulle parti o gli importi in questione. La BRI offre alle banche centrali un modo anonimo per commerciare l'oro.

La BRI opera al di fuori delle leggi di qualsiasi paese sovrano. I capi delle principali banche centrali tra cui la FED, la Banca del Giappone e la BCE, si incontrano lì a cadenza mensile. Nessun verbale di queste riunioni segrete viene messo a disposizione del pubblico.

Nonostante questa segretezza e lo status della BRI al vertice della catena alimentare dell'élite finanziaria globale, la BRI ha un sito web in cui offre eccellenti dati finanziari non disponibili altrove e ricerche indipendenti sul sistema monetario globale. Ospita anche seminari e simposi con i principali banchieri centrali ed economisti di tutto il mondo.

Atti di tali riunioni sono disponibili sul sito Internet della BRI. (Per un resoconto eccellente sui segreti della BRI, tra cui i suoi accordi secondari riguardo l'oro nazista durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, vi consiglio Tower of Basel di Adam Lebor).

Il nostro interesse in questa storia non sono i segreti della BRI, ma piuttosto quello che dice oggi circa il rischio nel sistema finanziario. Visto che le banche centrali hanno voce in capitolo all'interno della BRI, i ricercatori al suo interno hanno una migliore comprensione e migliori dati con cui formare le valutazioni di rischio rispetto a qualsiasi altro dipartimento di ricerca in tutto il mondo. Il loro lavoro merita un'attenzione particolare.

Gli ultimi rapporti della BRI dicono che il mondo è sull'orlo di un'altra catastrofe finanziaria, peggiore del 2008. Questo non è il sogno di un qualche sito complottista. Questo è il parere dell'istituto finanziario più importante del mondo.

Questi timori per un collasso sistemico sono stati cristallizzati in una relazione del direttore generale della BRI, Jaime Caruana, il 26 giugno 2016. Questa relazione individua tre rischi principali e Caruana li definisce la "trinità rischiosa."

I tre rischi sono, nell'ordine: un debito eccessivo, una minore produttività e l'assenza di opzioni per le banche centrali. Le tre minacce per la vostra ricchezza sono: un collasso sistemico, le bolle speculative e una perdita di fiducia nella capacità delle banche centrali di rispondere alle crisi. Oggi ci concentreremo sui rischi rappresentati da un eccesso di debito.

Gli investitori capiscono che il debito eccessivo e la leva finanziaria sono stati una delle principali cause del Panico del 2008, insieme alla frode della riserva frazionaria e all'incompetenza del governo. Da allora abbiamo sentito parlare di misure correttive per assicurarsi che un tale crollo non accadesse di nuovo.

Il Congresso degli Stati Uniti ha approvato la Volcker Rule per limitare l'esposizione delle banche a derivati ed a trade rischiosi. La legge Dodd-Frank ha rafforzato gli standard di prestito nel campo dei mutui, richiedendo anticipi più cospicui e condizioni migliori per la sottoscrizione dei prestiti.

Gli esaminatori bancari hanno passato al setaccio i bilanci bancari in cerca di eventuali prestiti che non erano completamente collateralizzati o coperti da crediti. Con tutta questa regolamentazione si potrebbe supporre che la montagna pre-crisi del debito sia stata ridotta nelle dimensioni.

E invece no. In realtà il debito e la leva finanziaria sono molto più elevati di quanto non fossero nel 2008, sia negli Stati Uniti sia nel resto del mondo. Il McKinsey Global Institute ha fornito un riassunto sull'aumento del debito dal 2007 fino al 2015. I loro valori confrontano i periodi 2000-07 e 2007-14, e dividono il debito in quello di famiglie, stato, imprese e settore finanziario (es. banche).

I loro dati rivelano che il debito totale è aumentato di $57,000 miliardi sin dal 2007. Non solo il debito totale è aumentato, ma anche il rapporto debito/PIL è aumentato dal 269% al 286%.

Il rapporto debito/PIL è una misura critica per la sostenibilità del debito. Semmai lo si riuscirà a ripagare o rifinanziarlo, sarà necessaria una crescita economica. Quando il rapporto debito/PIL sale, significa che il debito sta crescendo più velocemente rispetto alla capacità di ripagarlo. Questa è una ricetta per il fallimento globale.

I loro dati rivelano anche che il debito pubblico sta crescendo più velocemente di quello di famiglie, aziende e settore finanziario. Questo riflette il fatto che gli stati hanno salvato banche, aziende e consumatori durante l'ultimo panico. Il debito totale non è sceso affatto.

I salvataggi sono serviti semplicemente a sostituire il debito pubblico ad altre forme di debito — il debito totale del sistema è aumentato. Del resto sono aumentati anche il debito dei consumatori, il debito societario e il debito finanziario, ma non così rapidamente rispetto al periodo pre-2007.

Queste cifre di McKinsey non riflettono l'enorme accumulo di debito sin dal 2014. Migliaia di miliardi di dollari di debito supplementare sono stati accumulati nel settore del fracking e dalle imprese nei mercati emergenti. Alcune stime indicano che la crescita del debito totale sin dal 2007 abbia ormai superato i $70,000 miliardi.

Inoltre c'è stata poca inflazione sin dal 2007. Ciò significa che l'onere del debito è reale, non è il risultato di dollari che valgono di meno.

Oltre al debito on-budget c'è anche quello off-budget, sotto forma di derivati, garanzie ed asset swap di vario genere.

Non solo il debito è salito, ma è posseduto in una manciata di mani, rendendo la concentrazione di questo debito molto maggiore. Le cinque più grandi banche negli Stati Uniti ora possiedono una percentuale maggiore dell'attivo totale del sistema bancario rispetto al 2008.

Tutto ciò che era troppo grande per fallire nel 2008 è più grande e più rischioso oggi. Al primo segno di disagio in qualsiasi parte del sistema finanziario, le grandi banche inizieranno a riscattare i loro prestiti da altre grandi banche. La capacità delle istituzioni finanziarie di rinnovare le passività in scadenza, si esaurirà. A quel punto si scatenerà un panico finanziario più grande e più pericoloso di quello del 2008.

Nell'ultimo panico, le banche centrali sono corse in soccorso stampando decine di migliaia di miliardi di dollari e garantendo decine di migliaia di miliardi di dollari in depositi bancari e fondi del mercato monetario, e impegnandosi in swap internazionali di valute. Ma le banche centrali hanno ormai perso la loro flessibilità nel rendere liquido il sistema.

Il prossimo panico finanziario sarà peggiore di quello scorso e sarà essenzialmente inarrestabile se non verranno messe in campo misure draconiane e di confisca.

Saluti,


[*] traduzione di Francesco Simoncelli: http://francescosimoncelli.blogspot.it/


Obama’s Legacy Is Death

Lew Rockwell Institute - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 07:01

If you had any doubt that Obama is trying to provoke a war before he leaves office, question it no more.

(If you’re wondering why he is so adamant to go head-to-head with Putin, here’s an in-depth analysis.)

The Lithuanian government has confirmed that US Special Forces have been moved into place to the Russian border.

“The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea,” Defense Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite said Tuesday.

This statement follows a report by the New York Times on January 1 that the US was “lending support to the Baltic States fearing Russia.”

“They’re scared to death of Russia,” Gen. Raymond T. Thomas, the head of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command, who visited here recently, said of the tiny militaries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. “They are very open about that. They’re desperate for our leadership.”

That doesn’t sound like propaganda at all, right?

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This is only the latest in a series of questionable actions that seem indicative of a last-ditch effort to start a war before Donald Trump is sworn into office.

When popular opinion was that Hillary Clinton would be the next president, it appeared that war with Russia would be imminent. Clinton boasted of her plans to close the airspace over Syria to Russian and Syrian forces, which was denounced by many as an act of war. Russia ended a decades-long nuclear disarmament deal. The signs of approaching war were numerous.

However, when Trump was elected in a surprise upset, Russian president Vladimir Putin made immediate overtures of peace (much to the dismay of those who have been promoting war.)

Then, the “story” broke about Russian propaganda and Russian interference in the election. I used quotes because this report was completely unsubstantiated. This provided President Obama the opening he’d been looking for to trounce on Freedom of the Press with his own Ministry of Truth law, passed quietly while everyone was celebrating the holidays.

Since this occurred, Drudge Report and RT were both mysteriously and simultaneously taken down in what many believe was a government-based DDoS attack. Warmongering members of Congress like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar have been “touring” NATO countries on the Russian border. President Obama ejected 35 Russian diplomats and their families from the country, giving them only 72 hours to leave.

Thus far, Putin has not taken the bait, mocking President Obama’s attempts to stir up conflict and inviting the children of US diplomats in Russia to celebrate Christmas at the Kremlin.

… in a stunning reversal, the Russian leader took the high road, rejected the Lavrov proposal, and in a statement posted by the Kremlin said that Russia won’t expel any Americans in retaliation to US moves, in a brutal demonstration of just how irrelevant Obama’s 11th hour decision is for US-Russian relations…

In the just released statement, Putin laughed off Obama’s 11th hour temper tantrum, and said that Russia won’t cause problems to U.S. diplomats or deport anyone, adding that Russia has the right to respond in tit-for-tat manner, but it will not engage in irresponsible diplomacy.

The punchline, however, was saved for what may be Russia’s final slam of the debacle that is Obama’s administration saying that “It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner” saying that Russia refuses “to sink to the level of this irresponsible “kitchen” diplomacy.”

Putin ended the statement by congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and the American people on the New Year and invited the hildren of US diplomats to a holiday celebration at the Kremlin. (source)

I don’t know about you, but I’m counting the minutes until President Obama is out of the White House. His childish tantrum could cost countless lives, both American and Russian. To stay in the loop with daily news updates, go here.

Reprinted with permission from DaisyLuther.com.

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Philly Thieves

Lew Rockwell Institute - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 07:01

Check out this receipt and you realize why the country just elected Donald Trump. Liberal Democrat scumbag mayor Jim Kenney and his entirely Democrat city council thought it was a brilliant idea to ram a beverage tax down the throats of Philadelphians last year. They were doing it for the chilruns. It’s always for the chilrun. The ignorant masses bought the load of bullshit because they don’t understand maff. They understand it now. The tax went into effect on January 1 and the sticker shock is infuriating the ignorant masses.

This receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water shows a 51% beverage tax. It gets even better. PA has a sales tax of 6%. Philly already charges another 2% (for the chilruns) to make the sales tax 8%. These bastards now charge the 8% on the original price plus the beverage tax. Last week this purchase came to $6.47. Today it is $9.75.

Now ask yourself, who drinks the most sugary drinks? That’s right. Obese uneducated poor people who are likely to be scraping by on food stamps or very low incomes. Kenney and his liberal minions have fucked over their main voters. This tax is going to drive grocery purchases outside the city and hurt small restaurant owners. It isn’t benefiting kids. It’s funding the bloated pensions of teachers and government employees. Overall tax revenue will decline. Democrats are complete idiots when it comes to economics. Taxing their people to death is destroying Philly.

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As a side note, PA, which already had the highest gas tax in the country, increased it by another 8 cents per gallon on January 1. I’m sure the corrupt PA Dept of Transportation will spend the millions wisely on bloated union construction contracts for sub-par work that is only two years late getting completed. Happy New Year from Taxylvania!!!!

Philadelphia rang in the new year with a controversial new beverage tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks. The tax, which went into effect on Sunday, is the first one of its kind in a major city in the United States.

While the tax is technically 1.5 cents per ounce, which doesn’t sound too terrible, when buying a 10-pack of 20 oz bottles those numbers climb pretty quickly. In this case, a 10-pack of Propel flavored water that originally retailed for $5.99 had an additional three dollars tacked on to it in taxes.

Chuck Andrews picked up a $1.77-gallon jug of tea, got home and looked at his receipt.

“When I read the receipt I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I paid more in tax than I did for the product,’” Andrews said.

The tax on the $1.77 gallon of tea was $1.92 cents.

“Which is OK if you had told me,” he said.

Andrews’ point is he would rather have the full cost, the product and the tax inclusive, posted on the main shelf tag.

A customer at a Save-A-Lot on Woodhaven Road snapped a picture of a 12-pack of diet green tea and the price surge of what normally costs $4.99. It’s now $8.03.

The money generated from the tax will help fund Mayor Jim Kenney’s Pre-K program.

“I understand that the school systems need money, but there’s other ways to go about it than to make such a drastic increase on soda,” Elena Porsch of South Philadelphia said.

The mayor’s office tells Action News, “The tax is on the distribution of sweetened beverages from companies like Coca-Cola to dealers like supermarkets, and because it’s not a sales tax… distributors don’t have to pass it on to customers.”

Small businesses like Franzones in Manayunk have already been getting an earful from customers about the higher prices and wonder what this will mean for their future.

“The businesses take a hit with profits, the customers take a hit with payment, and it’s kind of a lose-lose in Philadelphia with this tax,” Mike Maziarz of Franzones said.

Many people are saying they will go out of Philadelphia rather than pay the tax. Others say they will change what they buy.

“So now I know. I’m buying water, water, water,” Carl Saulsbury of North Philadelphia said.

It’s also important to note, if grocery stores purchased these taxable beverages last week from their distributors, then the soda tax wouldn’t apply. But if the beverages were purchased on the first of January or after, it would.

Reprinted from The Burning Platform.

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Obama Is the Captain of the Titanic

Lew Rockwell Institute - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 07:01

Over the New Year’s weekend, President Barack Obama’s chief policy adviser and closest strategist, Valerie Jarrett, told a talk show host that her boss would have a happy legacy because there was an absence of scandal in his administration. When first I heard this preposterous claim, I thought I had misheard it. Yet it is apparently true that President Obama and his team somehow can overlook recent history and behave as if events with which we are all familiar never happened.

Here is the back story.

When Obama became president in 2009 and enjoyed significant Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, he and his colleagues devoted themselves entirely to an issue nowhere in the Constitution — health care. They did not address other issues dear to them and their base, such as guns, abortion, taxes, war, jobs and civil liberties. Rather, they sought to alter radically the relationship of the federal government to every person in America by imposing upon each of us the obligation to purchase a product — namely, health insurance — whether we wanted it or not.

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The abominable statute they enacted, which has caused millions of folks to lose their primary care physician and millions more to see their premiums skyrocket and still millions more to see their full-time jobs become part-time, has acquired the nickname Obamacare.

Instead of reducing taxes or regulations or spending so more folks would have better-paying jobs, the president and his folks were determined to tell us all how to stay healthy. Obamacare passed on a party-line vote, with not a single vote to spare in the Senate.

At the time it was enacted, the president argued vociferously that the financial consequence of not obtaining health insurance — the penalty for disobeying the law — was not a tax. He made that argument because he had promised Democrats — many of whom lost their congressional seats for going along with his utopian experiment — that he would not raise taxes to accomplish his purposes.

When the statute was challenged in the federal courts and the various challenges were consolidated before the Supreme Court, the challengers did not dispute the claim that the penalty was not a tax. A court cannot consider arguments or evidence not put to it. For instance, in an automobile accident, if all eyewitnesses state that a traffic light in question was green at the time of the collision, the court may not find that it was red.

Yet notwithstanding agreement among the parties before the Supreme Court and notwithstanding the absence of any evidence that the penalty was a tax, the Supreme Court made new law by declaring this non-tax to be a tax and then ruling that Congress can tax anything it wants — so Congress can force you to purchase a product you don’t want by taxing you if you fail to make the purchase.

None of this is new. It is the president’s known legacy. It is a legacy of the colossal failure of the central planning of one-fifth of the economy. It has resulted in an expansion of federal powers and a reduction in the availability of health care providers and is yet another glaring rejection of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

While all of this was going on, the scandals Jarrett overlooked were brewing. Operation Fast and Furious, which began in the George W. Bush administration, exploded under Obama, when the guns the feds intentionally had let slip into the hands of Mexican gangs were used to kill one of their own.

Then came Libya, where heavy armaments the feds secretly had passed into the hands of terrorists masquerading as rebels were used to kill the U.S. ambassador and topple a friendly government.

Then came the seizure of telephone records of journalists critical of the administration by the Department of Justice, which secretly convinced a federal judge that talking to a whistleblower and reporting on his questionable behavior somehow involved reporters criminally in that behavior.

Then came the targeting by the IRS of conservative advocacy groups by denying them tax-exempt status for political reasons.

Then came the Secret Service scandal in which dozens of agents were caught in sexual encounters on foreign trips in hotels where the president was staying — encounters that involved the loss of laptops and itineraries and jeopardized the president’s physical safety — and two directors lost their jobs.

Then came the Edward Snowden revelations that the government was capturing every keystroke of every person using every computer and mobile device in the United States yet was still failing to keep us safe and that a senior Obama official had lied about this under oath. And all this was done without the approval of Congress, using a secret court that rationalized its way around the Constitution.

While all this was happening, the president was secretly using drones to kill Americans and others in foreign lands — folks never charged with crimes — using laughable legal authority as justification. Also, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was exposing state secrets — including the names and whereabouts of undercover American agents — to friend and foe alike, and the FBI declined to recommend prosecution. And while Clinton was under investigation, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had a private meeting on an airport tarmac with the attorney general — whom he had once appointed a U.S. attorney — at which they claim they discussed their grandchildren.

Which legacy is worse, failure or scandal? Is it any wonder Donald Trump tapped into the raw nerves of the folks the president and the Democrats forgot about and rode their anger to victory? Americans today are less free, less prosperous, less safe and trillions more in debt than we were eight years ago. Can Trump effectively change course after so much damage has been done? We soon will know.

Reprinted with the author’s permission.

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There’s Real Trouble Ahead

Lew Rockwell Institute - Gio, 05/01/2017 - 07:01

“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc.

Unfortunately, as a nation we’ve become so desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, so accustomed to reports of government corruption, and so anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state that few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.

Remember, the Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored.

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Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given ample warnings, only to have them drowned out by a carefully choreographed cacophony of political noise, cultural distractions and entertainment news—what the Romans termed “bread and circuses”—aimed at keeping the American people polarized, pacified and easily manipulated.

However, there is still danger ahead. The peril to our republic remains the same.

As long as a permanent, unelected bureaucracy—a.k.a. the shadow government— continues to call the shots in the halls of power and the reach of the police state continues to expand, the crisis has not been averted.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the nefarious government programs we’ll be encountering on our journey through the treacherous waters of 2017.

Mandatory quarantines without due process or informed consent: Under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agents will be empowered to indefinitely detain any traveler they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.

Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel: As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, hair stylists, bartenders, police officers and EMTs in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.

Tracking chips for citizens: Momentum is building for the government to be able to track citizens, whether through the use of RFID chips embedded in a national ID card or through microscopic chips embedded in one’s skin. In December 2016, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing police to track individuals suffering from some form of mental disability such as Alzheimer’s or autism by way of implanted chips.

Military training to deal with anti-establishment movements in megacities: The future, according to a Pentagon training video, will be militaristic, dystopian and far from friendly to freedom. Indeed, if this government propaganda-piece that is being used to train special forces is to be believed, the only thing that can save the world from outright anarchy—in the eyes of the government, at least—is the military working in conjunction with local police. The video confirms what I’ve been warning about for so long: in the eyes of the U.S. government and its henchmen, the battlefield of the future is the American home front.

Government censorship of anything it classifies as disinformation: This year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $619 billion for war and military spending, not only allows the military to indefinitely detain American citizens by placing them beyond the reach of the Constitution, but it also directs the State Department to establish a national anti-propaganda center to “counter disinformation and propaganda.” Translation: the government plans to crack down on anyone attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by exposing government wrongdoing, while persisting in peddling its own brand of fake news.

Threat assessments: Government agents—with the help of automated eyes and ears, a growing arsenal of high-tech software, hardware and techniques, government propaganda urging Americans to turn into spies and snitches, as well as social media and behavior sensing software—are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports aimed at snaring potential enemies of the state. It’s the American police state rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.

War on cash: The government and its corporate partners are engaged in a concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. As economist Steve Forbes concludes, “The real reason for this war on cash—start with the big bills and then work your way down—is an ugly power grab by Big Government. People will have less privacy: Electronic commerce makes it easier for Big Brother to see what we’re doing, thereby making it simpler to bar activities it doesn’t like, such as purchasing salt, sugar, big bottles of soda and Big Macs.”

Expansive surveillance: Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, will still be listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers who work with the government to monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. In such an environment, we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing or other.

Militarized police: Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield. Now, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone extraction software, Stingray devices and so much more.

Police shootings of unarmed citizens: Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Indeed, as a special report by The Washington Post reveals, despite heightened awareness of police misconduct, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from the year before.

False flags and terrorist attacks: Despite the government’s endless propaganda about the threat of terrorism, statistics show that you are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. You are 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane. You are 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack. You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack. And you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.

Endless wars to keep America’s military’s empire employed: The military industrial complex that has advocated that the U.S. remain at war, year after year, is the very entity that will continue to profit the most from America’s expanding military empire. The U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest employer, with more than 3.2 million employees. Thus far, the U.S. taxpayer has been made to shell out more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you add in military efforts in Pakistan, as well as the lifetime price of health care for disabled veterans and interest on the national debt, that cost rises to $4.4 trillion.

Attempts by the government to identify, target and punish so-called domestic “extremists”: The government’s anti-extremism program will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist. To this end, police will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist before they can become actual threats. This is pre-crime on an ideological scale.

SWAT team raids: More than 80% of American communities have their own SWAT teams, with more than 80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, kill citizens, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and most often in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually some small amount of drugs.

Erosions of private property: Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family. Likewise, if government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property.

Overcriminalization: The government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, has resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.

Strip searches and the denigration of bodily integrity: Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Accounts are on the rise of individuals—men and women alike—being subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.

Drones: As corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion—it is expected that at least 30,000 drones will occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry—it won’t be long before American citizens find themselves to be the target of these devices. Drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—will come in all shapes and sizes, from nano-sized drones as small as a grain of sand that can do everything from conducting surveillance to detonating explosive charges, to middle-sized copter drones that can deliver pizzas to massive “hunter/killer” Predator warships that unleash firepower from on high.

Prisons: America’s prisons, housing the largest number of inmates in the world and still growing, have become money-making enterprises for private corporations that manage the prisons in exchange for the states agreeing to maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. And how do you keep the prisons full? By passing laws aimed at increasing the prison population, including the imposition of life sentences on people who commit minor or nonviolent crimes such as siphoning gasoline.

Censorship: First Amendment activities are being pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remains the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

Fascism: As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts—the governors—have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, put it best when he warned: “Take alarm at the first experiment with liberties.” Anyone with even a casual knowledge about current events knows that the first experiment on our freedoms happened long ago.

We are fast moving past the point of no return when it comes to restoring our freedoms. Worse, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we can barely see the old America with its revolutionary principles and value for independence in the rear view mirror. The only reality emerging generations will know is the one constructed for them by the powers-that-be, and you can rest assured that it will not be a reality that favors individuality, liberty or anything or anyone who challenges the status quo.

As a senior advisor to George W. Bush observed, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

In other words, the government has been operating ten steps ahead for quite some time now, and we have yet to catch up, let alone catch our breath as the tides of change swirl around us.

You’d better tighten your seatbelts, folks, because we could be in for a rough ride in 2017.

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