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December 31, 2015

A Happy 2016 To All Of You

A happy new year to all of you!

May the year 2016 be more peaceful than the last years.

Posted by b on December 31, 2015 at 16:46 UTC | Permalink

Comments

I think 2016 will be more peaceful, but it will be hard to notice because of all the wars. A reminder here that the end of war is accomplished not through fighting but through building peace, a less noticeable action, and one that I believe Russia is embarked upon, successfully.

The easy predictions I suppose are: Syria will become whole again, and unassailable. Ukraine will receive dispositive treatment from Russia, and will become a federation recovering from madness, also unassailable by the west.

As to how the good guys tear apart Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, and how the US empire expands its global portfolio of failures, I shall watch with interest. And check in here for b's excellent commentary - very grateful for this, thank you b.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 31 2015 17:03 utc | 1

2015 has been a terrible year for the stock market. People who own mutual funds are starting to notice. With luck they may decide endless wars aren't such a great idea after all.

Posted by: dh | Dec 31 2015 17:18 utc | 2

thanks b! to everyone who frequents moa - a happy new year to all of you!

Posted by: james | Dec 31 2015 17:18 utc | 3

Forgot to thank b for MOA and all the posters (with one or two exceptions).

Posted by: dh | Dec 31 2015 17:20 utc | 4

wow, Turkey and others are upping the stakes by sending mercs to Ukraine. It was on sputniknews.com but can't find it now.

Posted by: Mischi | Dec 31 2015 17:23 utc | 5

Time continues its inexorable march as it has already begun its new solar year with its relative Climate creating all sorts of havoc. It would be a major accomplishment if 2016 saw just one full day of peace--the first in my 60 years of existence.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 31 2015 17:48 utc | 6


Same here b, a happy new year.

However, it's not going to be more peaceful. I see endless wars regardless which dupoly in charge. I'm keeping my eye’s focus on Syria, Ukraine, Palestinians, EU refugees’ problems and watching closely on China - anther regime change in the making. More important how will China react to Amerikka continue provocations?

Posted by: Jack Smith | Dec 31 2015 18:07 utc | 7

2016: in the US you have to VOTE


It’s very simple, the public hate the government and the media. So does trump.
He’s going to win.<\I>

Posted by: From The Hague | Dec 31 2015 18:10 utc | 8

Happy New year to b, and to the barflies at MoA! It's reassuring to see that this place is still going strong. I add my wish for a more peaceful 2016.

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 31 2015 18:23 utc | 9

Happy New Year b
and everyone here
and beyond

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 31 2015 18:39 utc | 10

Posted by: Mischi | Dec 31, 2015 12:23:46 PM | 5

Turkish Mercenaries Arrive in Ukraine | Sputnik News |

Posted by: Oui | Dec 31 2015 18:42 utc | 11

Happy New Year b and to all the wonderful commenters here. Thanks for everything you do. I think we're on a path to world war but still have hope that sanity will prevail. As the poles continue to melt, maybe we'll all decide that we have to work together?

Posted by: Joanne Leon | Dec 31 2015 18:51 utc | 12

Thanks b. And same to you and the Bar Flies.

Here's something From China With Love.
"China will not be absent from int'l affairs (in 2016)"
Xi's New Year speech
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/31/c_134968407.htm

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 31 2015 18:53 utc | 13

from Pepe Escobar
..

So how does Israel get away with it?

That War Party “Offer”

The bottom line of these three scenarios – the Russian economy, Turkey and Israel – is that a lethal, devastating response is an easily available option for Putin on all three. Yet he refuses to be trapped by a war logic. Putin is the ultimate adversary of “Russian aggression.”

A full confrontation with Turkey will unite a disunited NATO. Now Russian intel has connected the dots on how the Masters of the Universe are trying to use Ankara as bait to trap Moscow, as they extensively used a now discarded, irrelevant Kiev. Turkey’s top three import nations happen to be Russia (10.4 percent), China (10.3 percent) and Germany (9.2 percent); deep trouble in Turkey would be a major headache for the trio, much to the delight of the Empire of Chaos.

A confrontation with Israel will obviously bring about the full force of the Masters of the Universe. Not to mention that the last thing Moscow needs is to open a new front in the Levant. Here is a meticulous attempt by The Saker to clarify the dangerous liaisons between Israel and Russia.

The key front though is the Russian economy; sooner or later there’s got to be a purge of the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry, but Putin will only act when he has surefire internal support, and that’s far from given.

The lame duck Obama administration – whatever rhetorical and/or legalistic contortions – still sticks to the Cold War 2.0 script on Russia, duly prescribed by Obama mentor Dr. Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski.

That follows a “tradition” Bill Blum, for instance, has extensively documented, as since the end of WWII Washington attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments – the absolute majority full democracies; dropped bombs on the civilian population of over 30 nations; attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders; attempted to suppress nationalist movements in 20 nations; interfered on countless democratic elections; taught torture through manuals and “advisers”; and the list goes on...
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43830.htm

Posted by: ALAN | Dec 31 2015 18:55 utc | 14

Thanks for the hosting and posting b and Happy New Year to all!!!

Here is a ZH link showing the current US congresscritters at work...signed by Obama.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-30/fed-just-gave-treasury-record-19-billion-holiday-bonus

This going to roil some folks in the banking world and will likely fund pork barrel types of transportation projects rather than forward thinking and comprehensive ones. I don't understand the Republican thinking here but maybe that is a given. That said, I like anything that shines a light on the world of private finance.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 31 2015 19:06 utc | 15

I'm sorry to be inserting a downer, but there is a hotel fire in the heart of Dubai, and it is looking extremely serious, with the authorities saying 'Don't worry'. I don't have access to the Guardian, but maybe some of you do. Here's what I would have posted there:

"The reports are not to be believed. This is very serious. The report says it is only on the outside of the building, This is demonstrably incorrect; look at the flames within the building. Also, they are saying that the fireworks display will go on. With that confraglation showering sparks upon it. Yes, it will go on but very likely not as the organizers would have wished. For everyone's safety, really people, please urge anyone in the vicinity to move away out of that area. Fireworks are explosive. Four fire engines can't stop this. It is not ethical for the authorities to pretend otherwise. Highrise fires are notoriously hard to put out, and the debris can go anywhere the breeze takes it, as no doubt there will be explosions in the interior of the hotel. Whatever the cause, the fireworks are nearby; everyone should evacuate. I will be very happy to be wrong but if so, do the fireworks tomorrow when everyone is sure to be safe."

Posted by: juliania | Dec 31 2015 19:21 utc | 16

ALAN@14:

Russian intel has connected the dots on how the Masters of the Universe are trying to use Ankara as bait to trap Moscow
Neocons showed a great deal of interest in Turkey from the mid-late 80's onward as documented at historycommons.org (note this site seems to be unavailable at the moment).

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 31 2015 19:27 utc | 17

To all wishes for a prosperous New Year and hope for PEACE.....

Posted by: georgeg | Dec 31 2015 19:33 utc | 18

It should be a happy new year for at least a day or two. The U.S.... er, SDF... um, ISIS will blow the Tishrin Dam in a few days. After that, not so happy for anyone downstream or that uses electricity. It's a tsunami of liberty and democracy that will sweep them off their feet.

Happy New Year everyone. Hat tip to the barkeep for providing the rail.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Dec 31 2015 19:58 utc | 19

Thanks b for the peaceful wishes for 2016, same for you and yours, and thanks (again) for all your work!

May the new year carve another piece of power from the empire, as 2015 did with Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. May the wretched of the earth be filled with the courage, strength and steadfastness to free themselves from the chains of capitalism slavery.

Best wishes to all, and a very happy 2016!!

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Dec 31 2015 20:01 utc | 20

Best wishes to all and the world!
And big thanks to b. for the insightful work!

Posted by: GoraDiva | Dec 31 2015 20:04 utc | 21

Frohes neues Jahr, b, and thanks for all your dot connecting and holding together a group of excellent commentators! Maybe we should remember from time to time that this planet hasn't seen peace in any of our lifetimes and that the dire picture has something to do with the far better sight we now "enjoy" - so there's reason for hope. Happy new year!

Posted by: CE | Dec 31 2015 20:04 utc | 22

Juliana @16
"there is a hotel fire in the heart of Dubai, and it is looking extremely serious"

Worry not.
Everyone knows that tall steel highrise buildings simply cannot suddenly collapse
( and onto their own footprint) as a result of fire alone.

Watch for the outcome; meanwhile practice peace
:-)

Posted by: DavidKNZ | Dec 31 2015 20:07 utc | 23

Here's to Israel NOT getting away with it in 2016.

Posted by: Ima Monkey | Dec 31 2015 20:10 utc | 24

Posted by: ALAN | Dec 31, 2015 1:55:16 PM | 14

Thanks for Pepe Escobar from Information Clearing House

Should watch Jill Stein Green Party candidate for the presidential election in wide ranging subjects and endless wars. The original video from RT Sophie Shevardnadze interviewed with Jill Stein.

And she said about Bernies Sander "Kill Switch" eliminating Bernies Sander in the Democrat primary.

https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/327227-us-presidential-elections-debate/

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43832.htm

Posted by: Jack Smith | Dec 31 2015 20:32 utc | 25

@24

Why not? If nothing else, whatever Israel does it tries to get away with it and, thus far, successfully.

Actually I've been expecting Israel's final solution--the expulsion of Palestines from the occupied territories, if not from Israel proper, for quite awhile. Since it's Israel, any security pretext will do.

Posted by: sleepy | Dec 31 2015 20:36 utc | 26

A very good end of the year wrap up on Syria. One may disagree with his approach or his take on different subjects, still can benefit from an info-rich source.

THE VIEW FROM THE BALCONY IN DAMASCUS; HOW TO DEAL NOW WITH THE ENEMY’S RAMPANT FAILURES

[...] HOW THE SYRIAN CONFLICT IS SHAPING UP (THE ACTORS)

The Syrian Army today is much more powerful than it has ever been. The arrival of first-class Russian and Iranian equipment and technology has had a salubrious effect on army morale with attendant improvement in recruitment opportunities. With over 20,000 Iranian-trained fighters positioned in the coastal mountains whose purpose is known to be dedicated to eventually liberating Idlib Province, and with over 150,000 members of the Popular Defense Committees (NDF) who are made up of thousands of reserve officers, tens of thousands of superbly trained Hizbollah commandos, and with over 10,000 Palestinian fighters within this core force – not to mention tribal groups now fighting with the SAA in the east, the Syrian military is capable of fielding a force of over 500,000 men and women in uniform. This is not what the American, Zionist, Saudi, British, French and Turk planners expected. Robert Ford, one of the architects of America’s disastrous policy, thought that the Syrian Army would collapse early on and turn against the Ba’ath government of Dr. Assad. He banked on this. Why, he paraded his stupidity around Syria by openly visiting traitors and various forms microbes in Hama and Homs, accompanied by his Gallic soul-mate, the hapless and corruptible Eric Chevalier, whose only saving grace was his penchant for fine wines. Ford’s mistakes are some of the most humiliating in the history of the 21st Century. And, yet, despite all that, known and suspected, the American government, under the leadership of Barack Obama, persists in prosecuting a foreign policy of abject failure and nightmarish incompetence. Stuck to the Saudi Arabians, the Americans and Zionist Neo-Cons, are doomed to play out their dismal black comedy on a barren stage in a wilderness created by Samuel Beckett [...]

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And for those still looking for an explanation to the assassination of Samir Quntar, this is the most cogent I've found so far.

OBITUARY FOR LEBANESE GIANT, SAMEER AL-QUNTAAR

[...]The Zionist F-16 was flying over Jordanian airspace at the time it fired its rocket at the building in which Sameer was visiting friends. There can be no doubt the Jordanian authorities knew the jet was flying in their airspace because the Patriot missile system would have certainly picked it up. The rocket was fired “off-target” so as not to ignite a situation in which the Zionist murdering pilot would be trying to evade the Pantsir and S-300 systems Syria is now free to use [...]

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Dec 31 2015 20:42 utc | 27

Frohes Neues Jahr an alle fur 2016!

Posted by: Jen | Dec 31 2015 21:14 utc | 28

happy new year b & all - peace would be nice, tho empire in pieces comes first

Posted by: b real | Dec 31 2015 21:21 utc | 29

Happy New Year b, Happy New Year everyone.

Posted by: jfl | Dec 31 2015 21:24 utc | 30

@oui, merci beaucoup.

Danke viel mal, B, fuer dein Arbeit. Frohes neues Jahr 2016!

Posted by: Mischi | Dec 31 2015 21:27 utc | 31

Happy freaking New Year!

I'm staying home. Not gonna go out and freeze watching the ball.

It will never be 2015 again. Ever.

Posted by: blues | Dec 31 2015 21:46 utc | 32

Do Siego Roku!

Счастливого Нового Года!

Щасливого нового року!

Sretna Nova godina!

[ Somehow Poles do not wish "happy new year" but "To the coming year", kind of congratulation for surviving the current one. ]

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 31 2015 22:32 utc | 33

Wat is er aan de hand?
Veel herrie hier.

Posted by: From The Hague | Dec 31 2015 23:08 utc | 34


恭禧發財

Posted by: Jack Smith | Dec 31 2015 23:21 utc | 35

We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne.

Posted by: rufus magister | Dec 31 2015 23:28 utc | 36

@Lone Wolf | Dec 31, 2015 3:42:52 PM | 27

"Only if false consciousness is transformed into true consciousness, that is, only if we are aware of reality, rather than distorting it by rationalizations and fictions, can we also become aware of our real and true human needs."

Erich Fromm, Marx's Concept of Man

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Dec 31 2015 23:39 utc | 37


In 2013 I download from YouTube Lea Michele Auld Lang Syne it was so touching someone whom I missed so much for the next six months I couldn't do anything useful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FwS4SQSlfc

I hope as 2015 fading into the past. It will not happen again.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Dec 31 2015 23:46 utc | 38

Wishes for 2016?

- Erdogan leaves his job for (mental?) health reason
- Turkey's army and airforce plots more traps to the AKP
- The Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds make a political deal
- ISIS is crippled and the fighters are sent to Turkey by buses

more?

Posted by: virgile | Dec 31 2015 23:50 utc | 39

I was trying to recall the lyrics to Aud Lang Syne. and realized I only knew a tiny bit. Searched the interwebs and found an entertaining and interesting article at Vox about it. Auld Lang Syne: what does it mean, why do we sing it on New Year's Eve, and what language is it?

Then I went to look at the lyrics themselves.

I got to laughing (yes, imbibing has a;ready begun): check out that last stanza.

And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

So...great to see you buddy and let’s drink to the old times and yeah, we’ll always be friends an’ all...as log as you pay for your drinks and I pay for mine! LOL The cup of generosity runneth over…as long as you’re paying your own way!

Happy New Year barflies! Pax MoAlabama!
A toast to b!

Posted by: Benu | Dec 31 2015 23:59 utc | 40

https://www.healthcare.gov/fees/fee-for-not-being-covered/

The fee for not having health insurance The fee...and it is not only the fee for health insurance, it is numbers of traps along so-called health insurance.

I did not research the following subject for the rest of the world, but I believe this above can only be find in single one country, the USA. This url and its Obama's Health Care Affordable Act speak for itself. Everything in the title and wording is perverse (as regime is) and rapacious to say at least and still like to call itself "advanced"?!

Please post the country where you have to pay "The fee for not having health insurance."

If you want to wish any kind of wishes to yourself and family in this country it than to stay well and fine, which I am wishing to those who visit this site.

For myself, I wish to leave this abominable society once forever.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 1 2016 0:24 utc | 41

When I think better it is probably wrong to use this noun. There is nothing in the US that look like "society" in this sense Thatcher was right when she said "There is no such thing as Society". However, there is no individuals as she want us to believe, but there is class warfare that's for sure

This is Transfer of Wealth machinery, internally and externally. Internally from poor to wealthy and externally from client countries to the USA. Naturally the ruling elite benefiting from both.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 1 2016 0:37 utc | 42

Okay, this guy is light years ahead of our cheesey pols. Just light years:


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends,

In a few moments, we will see in the New Year of 2016. The sensation of this wonderful moment between the past and the future is familiar since childhood. We look forward to it with joy, hope and excitement, believing in the best.

Traditionally, we celebrate it with our families, with all our near and dear ones. Of course, not all manage to see the New Year in with their families.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51128

Posted by: blues | Jan 1 2016 1:13 utc | 43

Happy New Year to the CIA and all its proxies and puppet veal pen orgs. Enjoy your new congress-expanded powers of surveillance and extraordinary rendition. You've made the USA just like the old Soviet Union which you'd maligned to elementary school students. What a feat! Few are aware of the great parlor trick you pulled, but you did it. Congrats and Happy New Year!

Posted by: fast freddy | Jan 1 2016 1:18 utc | 44

Dear freddy:
Now that is just not politically correct. Even maybe rayciss. Now take it back.

We need faith in our politicians. Ask Roddy Piper, as in, "They live":

John Carpenter

Roddy Piper

See it for yourself.

The first hour will be interrupted again and again.

After the first hour, the truth will come out!

http://video.disclose.tv/17/07/John_Carpenter__They_Live_1988_170711_mobile_360p.webm

Posted by: blues | Jan 1 2016 1:28 utc | 45

Happy New Year and good health to all in 2016... Long live King Ahmadinejad...

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 1 2016 1:53 utc | 46

And a happy new year to you, b and everyone.

Wars will continue but the stymied Empire will seek a face-saving way out in Syria. KSA will face growing consequences from punching the flaming tar baby that is the Houthi. The Iraq civil war may spread into Shiite areas of KSA. Ukraine will continue its slide to being the Somalia of Europe and Porky will wonder why none of his old friends want to help him. Erdogan will do something stupid over the Kurds. Europe will continue to freak out and nationalism will rise. American presidential candidates will lapse into ever-more-insane gibbering. The Republican Party will commit harakiri to stop Trump from getting the nomination, prompting him to run as an independent. He could win. I will eat a few big bowls of popcorn watching it all go down.

Posted by: Thirdeye | Jan 1 2016 2:06 utc | 47

This is the year we read ourselves to a better world!

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 1 2016 2:18 utc | 48

Happy new year b!! :) thanks fr your awesome work!! :)

Posted by: lebretteurfredonnant | Jan 1 2016 2:35 utc | 49

happy new year y'all, and thanks b for keeping the lights on. great to see some of the old moonbats popping up as well (you know who you are ;)

Posted by: lizard | Jan 1 2016 2:38 utc | 50

@46 Thirdeye

Saves some of your popcorn for the Bernie take down. The US 2016 political circus will set new records.....and not for its public democratic representation.

I expect to vote for Jill Stein again.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 1 2016 2:40 utc | 51

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 31, 2015 9:40:24 PM | 49

I expect to vote for Jill Stein again.

Most likely I'll vote for Jill Stein or write-in Putin

Sorry, repost again. :-)

https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/327227-us-presidential-elections-debate/

Posted by: Jack Smith | Jan 1 2016 3:08 utc | 52

@Neretva'43@37

"Only if false consciousness is transformed into true consciousness, that is, only if we are aware of reality, rather than distorting it by rationalizations and fictions, can we also become aware of our real and true human needs."

Erich Fromm, Marx's Concept of Man

Thanks for a travel back in memory, can't remember anything of that book I read so many years ago besides the concept of alienation. Someone said culture is what's left after you forget all you've read. Did you ever come across Karel Kosík's Dialectics of the Concrete?

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 1 2016 3:24 utc | 53

Jill Stein...what a gal! First time I heard her speak. She's on point everywhere. You guys are just so screwed by the two party syste. But... Keep the faith true patriots, non-Pac candidacy is on the rise in the last 3 elections, people are not buying the usual suspects in the showroom window...only a matter of time before someone Ross Perot's it and follows it through...the rest of the west is counting on it.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 1 2016 3:53 utc | 54

Thanks to b and the vast majority of commentators here on MoA. Thanks also to President Putin, one of the few leaders (alive) in the modern age that has had the stones & integrity to stand up to the hegemon & back his words with action. I believe that he has sent shock waves through the halls of power all over the west with his actions & the actions of his military who appear to be far more advanced from what most in the west would have believed possible.

That said I'd like to mention a well known sportsman here in New Zealand . . . . Sonny Bill Williams. A dual international representative in Rugby Union & Rugby League . . . & an up and coming boxer who makes no secret of his conversion to Islam. Anyway looks like SBW (as he's known here in New Zild) has been "seconded" by UNICEF & after visiting Syrian refugee camps has tweeted some photo's of dead children, https://twitter.com/SonnyBWilliams asking what had they done to deserve death. UNICEF, the BBC, & all assorted mouthpieces of the PTB have been quick to condemn, as is their want. " . . . Who the fuck does he think he is".. . . . - this sort of shit might actually start getting through to your average couch dweller & heaven forbid, have them asking the who & the why of it. On the other hand he has been supported by a huge number of ordinary ppl, ones believing that the atrocities from no matter where, need to end. I tweeted SBW about Moon of Alabama because being a UNICEF "Ambassador", he will be fed the "Assad the Butcher" meme, etc., etc ... . The fact he's put the photo's out there shows me there is a man of principle in there who may be open to a different perspective, so how about a few of you here dropping him a tweet mentioning our favourite blog.

Cheers
Chris in Ch-Ch.

Posted by: Kiwicris | Jan 1 2016 4:22 utc | 55

Since the impulse towards war is coming from here, from the US, you might like to know about the work of Media Solidarity in trying to expose the information fraud of our govt & our media. This citizen group has just put out a video about Sandy Hook. The efforts of officialdom to hide the facts have extended to making it a felony to disclose birth records, marriage records or witness testimony regarding any crime in the State of Connecticut! The video is intermittently hilarious, and it makes you proud that this group of Americans has been so resourceful.

Happy New Year! May this be the year that many more of us join the information war here at home, where we can awaken people to their danger and enlist their help in recovering America. THAT's the way to peace.

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 1 2016 5:25 utc | 56

Sorry, forgot the link: http://mediasolidarity.com/watch_video.html

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 1 2016 5:26 utc | 57

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2016 will be the Third Stage of Grief

2014 was Denial. Denial that entire countries could be overthrown and economies trashed by the ZioBankers and their NATO Wehrmacht, that airplanes can be made to fall from the sky, and yet nothing would happen to those Perpetraitors.

2015 was Anger. The Year of H8. Could you look back and find a more hateful year? There was crI$I$, Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, Mass Immigration, TPP, CISA and Up Yours, Buddy! More than 300,000,000 gnus, and one BILLION rounds of Daeth on full battle rattle.

2016 will be Bargaining. Bargaining for Banks not to Bail-in. Bargaining with the Congress not to Unlimited H-1B. Bargaining with the Candidates to, 'aren't you gonna DO something?!' Do you remember Hillary pacing like a caged felon, shrieking when Obama was pre-nominated?
Of course the Banksters and their Wehrmacht won't do anything about it. 2017 will be the Fourth Reich of 1000 Years, a Perpetual $TRILLION War Machine with Infinite Printing Press.

2017 will be Depression. Both a political and economic global depression of h8:kill:fear. We already KNOW this is going to happen, it's inevitable ...but we're still at Bargaining.

2018 will be Resignation. An even more Wehrmacht Executive:Congress:SCOTUS. Lock-downs, Bail-ins, soon 2/3rds of Americans working in Mil.Gov or contracting to it, Cyber-Wars, Cyber-Drones, Every Word and Move Monitored, End of Cash, Work or Die, Arbeit Macht Frei.

They say self-knowledge is the sincerest form of self-H8. Self-realization, koan of the Middle Path, no duality, sunshine and salt, unicorns farting rainbows, life-death illusion, has been put into a cage. But that claim, that belief is just self-H8, ignores the brutal fact that there is nothing left to talk about.

Posted by: Chipnik | Jan 1 2016 5:33 utc | 58

@53 Chris in ChCh

I've supported Sonny Bill in helping children in Syria

However, I'm not happy about the reiterated theme
"Children killed as a result of RUSSIAN airstrikes"
As usual there is an assertion, but no evidence is provided.

Given the history of Psycho - Ops....
The Sarin false flag..
The Babies torn from the incubators...
The nun who spotted the same bodies used in 2 different atrocity reports..

I can't help wondering if our SBW, for all his good intentions
may not be a patsy for people whose long term interests do not
benefit the children of Syria

Posted by: DavidKNZ | Jan 1 2016 5:43 utc | 59

56

The starry-eyed 1970's Hippies, first Denialists since the Amish, went off-grid in the face of The Man and His War Machine. They hunted and trapped until they could afford an ancient antique John Deere crank-start tractor, then rebuilt old farm equipment nobody wanted to provide the first 'organic' produce supplies to the Urban Denialists, those proto-Starbucks and proto-Whole Foods coffee vendors and farmers marketers and urban communes. They worked for cash in the shake mill in winter or went fishing up in Alaska to get next year's seed money and ever bigger farm equipment to reach that ever-vanishing 'break-even' point. They lived in teepees and yurts and sky domes until reality hit. The experiment failed. You must walk counterclockwise around the circle!

It failed just like People's Park and the Summer of Love failed, as the hordes of culture co-opting 'rainbow people' showed up, too cerebral (stoned) to work in the fields, chilling in the kitchen, eating the food and playing flute music to their blue cow pagan moon gods, until the whole works got sold off to Corporate. Look at Jerry Rubin, the Yippie turned Yuppie. It's all right here.

Denialists left mainstream society behind, and they left the future to a generation right after them, with no 'Viet Nam' experience, the ones who stayed in the groove, danced disco, did coke, and became the amoral Young Turks of the Wild Go-Go 1980s, back when Reagan's failed 'structural austerity' rolled over to the laissez les bon temps black ops and easy credit-debt for all of the CIA:ZioBankers.

And it'll stay stuck right there, growing and metastasizing, doubling, re-doubling, until the whole world is a ghetto.

Posted by: NoReply | Jan 1 2016 6:41 utc | 60

Happy new year to MoA and everyone.

Posted by: nmb | Jan 1 2016 7:37 utc | 61

Happy New Year b and everyone... but I must admit to a feeling that 2016 is going to be a bloody affair. We ain't seen nuthin' yet... But peace where we can find it, where we can make it!

Posted by: chuckvw | Jan 1 2016 8:10 utc | 62

Farewell 2015, it has been, hasn't it.
Welcome 2016, whatever it should produce will be.
And the music plays on until it stops
the dancers too exhausted to stir to the fading echoes
of the nights revelry.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jan 1 2016 8:18 utc | 63

Celebrity-in-Chief

This concept is being introduced by ZH with this link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-31/were-all-fascists-now

I posit that Reagan was the first Celebrity-in-Chief and therefore fascism started earlier than ZH would have us believe. It comes down to how you define the transition from private finance to sovereign finance. Read the long article. It is a excellent example of how the global plutocrats use their centuries old "devils pact" with the Xtians to attempt to weaken national sovereignty.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 1 2016 8:30 utc | 64

@62 psychohistorian

ok, its late/early 2016 and I was less than clear with the "Read the long article." sentence. I was referring to the last link in the ZH posting which has now changed.

It was originally: http://chinachange.org/2015/12/15/second-interview-with-the-wenzhou-pastor-after-the-demolition-comes-the-transformations/

and it is now: http://www.newsweek.com/we-are-all-socialists-now-82577


DISCUSS.......GRIN!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 1 2016 8:46 utc | 65

DavidKNZ @ # 57 Yeah David, I imagine his heart IS in the right place but when you're surrounded by the likes of HRW representatives & probably goons from MFAT we need to try & wise him up. In SBW, although a long shot to be sure, if he could be shown the Dark Side, he may be persuaded to "come on over" That's why I suggested links to or mentions of MoA tweeted to him. He gets a half dozen or so he might take the time to visit & perhaps educate himself.

Hey, it's New Years - we can dream a win for the good guys can't we ??

Posted by: Kiwicris | Jan 1 2016 9:50 utc | 66

How come so many commenters are trolling for Pessimism?
Everyone here knows how good US-ZATO are at believing their own bs and outsmarting themselves. 2016 will be remembered as the year Russia & China stopped warning US-ZATO not to outsmart themselves and instead HELPED them to do so, beyond their wildest dreams. It's going to be a VERY FUNNY year - for everyone except US-ZATO.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2016 10:41 utc | 67

Dubia fucked up, looks like the fireworks set-up went wrong and fire rages the building, funny how the media keeps a lid on it, ine would think a spin would be in play, but guess staying mum on being idiots is better.

Happy New Year...

Posted by: Kevin | Jan 1 2016 11:11 utc | 68

Good riddance 2015. Worst year of my life. Caught the g\f cheating, someone destroyed my plantation, and my local pub got shut down. I got nothing left. Bring on 2015. It really cannot be worse.

Posted by: Dan | Jan 1 2016 12:13 utc | 69

@Kevin | Jan 1, 2016 6:11:28 AM | 66


Yes it is astonishing, I watched CNN for a while and there were full of prize how "authorities handle the fire". You cannot find live stream from there and major networks stopped talking about it. Even Zero Hedge doesn't dare say anything about it.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 1 2016 13:04 utc | 70

Dan @ # 67 and Hoarsewhisperer @ # 65 HorseMan, lets have a wee chat to Dan, see if we can't cheer him up a tad eh ??

So - caught ur G/F rooting around on ya did ya ??? Well better to have it happen now instead of 4 - 5 years time when you've perhaps got married & got ya selves a couple of rug rats and court ordered alimony / child support. Remember It's a New Year bud-dy Positivity is the name of the game. You're so buried in 2015's negativity you seem like you want to replay it all over again . . . . . Bring on 2015 !! REALLY ?!?!?!?!?!

As for your plantation - you don't give any indication as to the size of it. That's probably a wise idea, but again, look on the bright side. Ya coulda been busted & been spending Xmas in a county jail or even worse, been sentenced to hard time in some redneck state pen. It gets ripped or Task Force helos get it is a better scenario than being caught in the middle of it with sticky resin all over ya hands. Know which one I'd go for, even if u have to spend ya hard earned Oxford Scholars to buy your buds in!! it's a lot better than the alternative.
So 2015 wasn't all that bad afta all bud-dy

Posted by: Kiwicris | Jan 1 2016 13:51 utc | 71

Posted by: Kevin | Jan 1, 2016 6:11:28 AM | 66
Re Dubai hi-rise Hotel fire. ABC News (.net.au) showed a brief clip of the fire and, as has been mentioned, it does look as though the external cladding (normally incombustible material, worldwide) is burning vigorously. If the Sheiks aren't talking about it then it's probably because it's the same as the "cheap imported" (and combustible) cladding which a few "thrifty" Australian 'developers' saved money on. When the outside of a Sydney(?) multi-story residential building caught fire a year or so ago, the Fire Dept and the local supplier of a not-so-cheap version joined hearts and minds to demand that ALL such afflicted buildings be altered to comply with regulations.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2016 14:16 utc | 72

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

May decency prevail over bullish greediness.

Posted by: CarlD | Jan 1 2016 14:17 utc | 73

Posted by: Kiwicris | Jan 1, 2016 8:51:11 AM | 71

If Dan had claimed to be a nation, or a bloc of nations, then your comment might have had a smidgin of relevance to what I wrote.
But he didn't...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2016 14:36 utc | 74

More signs of political instability at years end in the Ukraine. The Normandy quartet wishes to rein this in, but we will see what the New Year brings.

New Cold War has an item from Sputnik on resistence in Kherson to maruading by the volunteers of the fascist paramilitaries. I cite NCW, as it also has links to earlier examples of crimes by the Banderist militias.

The region had already seen crimes by these "heroes of the Ukraine," but the deployment of the Aidar battalion to the area produced an escalation in these activities. Early in the month, the thugs attempted to steal a minivan in the village of Alexandrovka. The owner, a veteran of the Afghan War, was able with his son and other vets to fight off the pillagers.

They responded the next day by assaulting the local police station, which authorities then shut down, leaving the village without a law enforcement presence. Local veterans and farmers responded with a self-defense force.

Other nearby villages report similar depradations. A cafe was attacked and three women were reported missing, prompting locals to send their womenfolk out of the district.

Commenting on events and the Aidar Battalion’s involvement, Eduard Popov, a political scientist and Rostov-region representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa that he isn’t at all surprised by the news.

“The Aidar Battalion originated in the Lugansk region. Its backbone initially consisted of local residents who had declared that they joined for ideological reasons. However, it soon turned into a mob, and it quickly became obvious that the unit actually consists mainly of lumpen elements.

“Under the banner of ‘fighting for Ukraine’s independence’, Aidar soon came to engage in looting, racketeering, and so on. To this day, Aidar remains not a combat unit, but a gang.”

Popov goes on to say that while he believes that authorities will "gloss over the conflict" local self-defense will not assume a mass character.

Elsewhere, they reproduce a Reuters item. Germany Foreign Minister Steinmeier believes that ceasefire is fraying and calls upon both sides "to strictly adhere to the ceasefire in the interests of people in the conflict areas."

TASS reports that the Normandy quartet has extended the deadlines for implementation of Minsk-2. The Kremlin sees the situation as tense, and believes that a real ceasefire is a prerequisite for "further promotion of political settlement... in particular... [the] adoption of the law on local elections in separate districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions...."

Yatsenyuk's year-end press conference brings with it the prospect of more diffficulties.

The national aim is the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state. This means the return of Donetsk, Lugansk and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea under the full control of the Ukrainian authorities.

The report notes that Yatsenyuk failed to specify how this would come about.

The New Years message from the Donbas Komsomol by its Secretary, Rushan Taktarov, reports that "The Ukrainian invaders are once again trying to plunge the Republic into the mouth of the war." They are confident, however, of victory, though 2016 will be a difficult year. "In the coming year 2016, I want to wish you patience, unbreakable faith in the victory of the Donetsk People's Republic, faith in the further establishment of Novorossiya as a true people's government."

True people's government is certainly on my wish list -- again -- this year. Sadly, I don't expect to see it in the belly of the beast for quite some time.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 14:49 utc | 75

Happy New Year to you all!

Posted by: Mark Gaughan | Jan 1 2016 15:35 utc | 76


Penelope @ 56, i MEANT that Connecticut has passed a law declaring it a felony to permit the disclosure of DEATH records & marriage records, to try to keep the lid on the Sandy Hook hoax where, thankfully, no one died. For 200 years death and marriage records have been available to the press, genealogists, others. The first tip-off in this regard was when the press asked for the death announcements, just routinely-- and the official refused. (It's a felony to release a false death certificate.) So this how they solved the problem.

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 1 2016 18:54 utc | 77

Thanks to the two kiwis posting here, and apologies - I don't tweet (old fashioned me, but kiwi born and bred). But put in an extra one for me, please, one of you. Raising a glass of Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Brew to all and sundry - I swear it's my mother's old magic ginger beer 'with a kick' they say. (Multiple explosions in the kitchen cupboard back in the day, the right kind!)

It's the other side of the equation, but here's a great comment from optimader at another site:

optimader
January 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm
Those who understand “the miracle in the desert” know Dubai is nothing but an internationally sanctioned indentured slave labor colony.. The Sheikh would have a slave fiddle. We’ll see how the oil price retrace works out for idled labor there.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

…and then there is the foreign underclass who built the city, and are trapped here. They are hidden in plain view. You see them everywhere, in dirt-caked blue uniforms, being shouted at by their superiors, like a chain gang – but you are trained not to look. It is like a mantra: the Sheikh built the city. The Sheikh built the city. Workers? What workers?

Sahinal Monir, a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh. “To get you here, they tell you Dubai is heaven. Then you get here and realise it is hell,” he says. Four years ago, an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh. He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects. It was a place where they would be given great accommodation, great food, and treated well. All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220,000 takka (£2,300) for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months, easy. So Sahinal sold his family land, and took out a loan from the local lender, to head to this paradise.

As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don’t like it, the company told him, go home. “But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket,” he said. “Well, then you’d better get to work,” they replied.

He shows me his room. It is a tiny, poky, concrete cell with triple-decker bunk-beds, where he lives with 11 other men. All his belongings are piled onto his bunk: three shirts, a spare pair of trousers, and a cellphone. The room stinks, because the lavatories in the corner of the camp – holes in the ground – are backed up with excrement and clouds of black flies. There is no air conditioning or fans, so the heat is “unbearable. You cannot sleep. All you do is sweat and scratch all night.” At the height of summer, people sleep on the floor, on the roof, anywhere where they can pray for a moment of breeze.

“There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites, but they’re not reported. They’re described as ‘accidents’.” Even then, their families aren’t free: they simply inherit the debts. A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide, but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting."

Lest we forget.

Thank you again, b, for all you do.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 1 2016 19:49 utc | 78

Penelope at 76 --

From what I have seen the law is not a blanket law, it applies only to Sandy Hook. The law was passed in response to a petition on Change.org, signed by 100K.

“We are so incredibly thankful for the immense outpouring of public support that our families have received from individuals and communities throughout the country, and especially in this endeavor, as we sought to help keep private the multitude of photos taken of the death scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed in the massacre.

Even with this law, the badgering of the parents of the victims did not abate.

I note that Prof. James Tracy, perhaps the most unhinged of the Sandy Hook theorists, is about to be terminated by Florida Atlantic University for his harassment of the "Lenny and Veronique Pozner, claiming that their son Noah never existed."

In researching this, I found an early assessment which includes an interesting account of the psychology of "contradictions" in the various witness statements.

But what the conspiratorial mind sees as misinformation and lies, others see as merely perfectly ordinary incomplete and inaccurate information following a multifaceted tragedy. Especially in the hours and first days after such a chaotic and horrifying event, witnesses can be confused and mistaken. Police officers and reporters can misspeak, or be given incorrect information.

Not every single statement about what occurred, from dozens of different people in different places at different times, will agree in every detail. Three different witnesses to a minor car accident will often give three slightly different accounts of what they saw, so it's unrealistic to expect dozens of people who were involved in a chaotic school massacre to report exactly the same things.

Part of the reason that conspiracy theories linger is that any contradictory evidence — no matter how conclusive or compelling — can just be dismissed by claiming that it's part of the cover-up. There is ultimately no evidence that would satisfy most conspiracy theorists. Those who distrust the government will use any excuse to support their beliefs, logical or not. Conspiracy theorists prefer complex mysteries over simple truths, and find mystery where none exists.

I have earlier noted the non-falsifiability of these theories as a major selling point.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 21:03 utc | 79

More signs of political instability at years end in the Ukraine. The Normandy quartet wishes to reign this in, but we will see what the New Year brings.

New Cold War has an item from Sputnik on resistance in Kherson to marauding by the volunteer "heroes" of the fascist paramilitaries. I cite NCW, as it also has links to earlier examples of crimes by the Banderist militias.

The region had already seen crimes by the "heroes," but the deployment of the Aidar battalion to the area produced an escalation in these activities. Early in the month, the thugs attempted to steal a minivan in the village of Alexandrovka. The owner, a veteran of the Afghan War, was able with his son and other vets to fight off the pillagers.

They responded the next day by assaulting the local police station, which authorities then shut down, leaving the village without a law enforcement presence. Local veterans and farmers responded with a self-defense force.

Other nearby villages report similar depradations. A cafe was attacked and three women were reported missing, prompting locals to send ther womenfolk out of the district.

Commenting on events and the Aidar Battalion’s involvement, Eduard Popov, a political scientist and Rostov-region representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa that he isn’t at all surprised by the news.

“The Aidar Battalion originated in the Lugansk region. Its backbone initially consisted of local residents who had declared that they joined for ideological reasons. However, it soon turned into a mob, and it quickly became obvious that the unit actually consists mainly of lumpen elements.

“Under the banner of ‘fighting for Ukraine’s independence’, Aidar soon came to engage in looting, racketeering, and so on. To this day, Aidar remains not a combat unit, but a gang.”

Popov goes on to say that while he believes that authorities will "gloss over the conflict" local self-defense will not assume a mass character.

Elsewhere, they reproduce a Reuters item. Germany Foreign Minister Steinmeier believes that ceasefire is fraying and calls upon both sides "to strictly adhere to the ceasefire in the interests of people in the conflict areas."

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 22:45 utc | 80

Due to tech diffs., instability pt. ii --

Yatsenyuk's year-end press conference brings with it the prospect of more diffficulties.

The national aim is the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state. This means the return of Donetsk, Lugansk and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea under the full control of the Ukrainian authorities.

The report notes that Yatsenyuk failed to specify how this would come about.

The New Years message from the Donbas Komsomol by its Secretary, Rushan Taktarov, reports that "The Ukrainian invaders are once again trying to plunge the Republic into the mouth of the war." They are confident, however, of victory, though 2016 will be a difficult year. "In the coming year 2016, I want to wish you patience, unbreakable faith in the victory of the Donetsk People's Republic, faith in the further establishment of Novorossiya as a true people's government."

True people's government is on my wish list -- again -- this year. Sadly, I don't expect to see it in the belly of the beast for quite some time.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 22:52 utc | 81

Instability, pt. III.

Here's my offending link, from TASS.

TASS reports that the Normandy quartet has extended the deadlines for implementation of Minsk-2. The Kremlin sees the situation as tense, and believes that a real ceasefire is a prerequisite for "further promotion of political settlement... in particular... [the] adoption of the law on local elections in separate districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions...."

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 22:54 utc | 82

Oops, text was first. It really hates this link.

You'll need to google Tass, headline is "Normandy Four agrees to extend Minsk deals to 2016 — Kremlin"

The addr. ref. after the head url would be: world/847941

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 1 2016 22:59 utc | 83

here's back at you b, happy new year. thanks for everything.

Posted by: annie | Jan 1 2016 23:28 utc | 84

@80 rufus... Yatsenyuk is giving all the west talking points to continue on with the madness.. it isn't madness for the banking system, but it is for everyone else including especially ordinary ukrainians.. i am surprised someone hasn't taken him out by now..

Posted by: james | Jan 1 2016 23:29 utc | 85

"Word of blessing of Henok, wherewith he blessed the chosen and righteous who would be alive in the day of tribulation for the removal of all wrongdoers and backsliders."

May we live to see Henok's prophecy fulfilled.

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 2 2016 1:34 utc | 86

Happy New Year, all! May resistance rise and empires fall!

Posted by: Vintage Red | Jan 2 2016 2:59 utc | 87

Nice try, Rufus! Your characterization of the new Sandy Hook video is entirely false. In reality it deals with proofs of fore-knowledge by certain organizations, acting experience of 4 of the principals in the case, official DNA reports which EXCLUDE the DNA from a liver said to be Adam Lanza's, a dashcam video which fails to show ANY children being evacuated although it's trained on the area where they are "exiting," and its summary describes such an evacuation.
And much more, Rufus, much more. This video was made by a small group of Americans who are fighting your bosses, Rufus. http://mediasolidarity.com/watch_video.html

Many people still do not know that the Sandy Hook School was closed in 2008 due to asbestos, fungus and other problems. I understand that after you are moved emotionally by one of the media's phoney-baloney stories that it is difficult to entertain the possibility of a hoax. But please try. If we are to stop what is happening in the world, we must stop it HERE, in the US where it originates.

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 2 2016 4:03 utc | 88

Penelope --

I didn't say anything about any video. I merely noted that the limited ban on release of the Sandy Hook autopsy photos and other similar materials came about through popular petition.

I have a long-standing policy of avoiding any videos that are not good tunes or adorable animals (the later in strict moderation, have a soft spot for dog rescue videos, though I'm a cat fancier).

But always nice to chat, I admire and respect your persistence. You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 2 2016 5:49 utc | 89

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 1, 2016 11:03:26 PM | 87

I followed the link you provided to the Sandy Hook documentary and am very pleased that I did. Impressive investigative work. Many thanks.

Happy new year to you and to all!

Posted by: Dana | Jan 2 2016 11:58 utc | 90

Recommended read: welcome to 2016.

"A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare"
(Pankaj Mishra, Saturday 2 January 2016, theguardian.com)

"Having acted recklessly to create their own reality, they have managed to trap all of us in a tawdry nightmare – a male buddy film of singular fatuousness. At the same time, reality-making has ceased to be the prerogative of the American imperium or of the French and British chumocrats, who lost their empires long ago and are still trying to find a role for themselves.

Some random fanatic, it turns out, can make their reality far more quickly, coercing the world’s oldest democracies into endless war, racial-religious hatred and paranoia. Such is the great power surrendered by the crappy generation and its epigones. The generations to come will scarcely believe it."

Link to ACLU

Posted by: doveman | Jan 2 2016 13:58 utc | 91

More on my #67 (Expect Russia & China to push back in 2016)
There's nothing like an early, simultaneous start.

CCTV NewsDesk 01/02/2016
1. China announces two new branches of Military
Rocket Force & Strategic Support Force and related policy shifts
(from 00:01:00)

2. Putin announces revised stance on expansionary NATO.
(from 00:14:20)
http://english.cntv.cn/2016/01/02/VIDE1451687401407145.shtml

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 2 2016 15:05 utc | 92

Penelope:

I watched the Sandy Hook Video. It had info that I was unaware of and does seem to raise some important questions. In some cases, though, I felt that questions raised could be from cherry picking or could've been investigated more thoroughly.

Examples of what was most concerning was:

>> Connecticut passing an law to close public records;

>> The roadblock on the scene and limited access to victims;

>> The Bank executive neighbor that started a fund for the victims on the same day as the tragedy;

>> $50m to destroy and rebuild the school.

I thought that the video was slow and that the summary at the end that explains why they are doing the video should've come first. Many people are not going to sit through the whole video.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 2 2016 21:01 utc | 93

Penelope:

Important related info: Operation Fast and Furious

As a result of a dispute over the release of Justice Department documents related to the scandal, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012.[19][20] Earlier that month, President Barack Obama had invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency over the same documents.

Some people think that F&F was an attempt to (ultimately) crack down on gun sales.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 2 2016 21:12 utc | 94

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