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August 02, 2018

Open Thread 2018-38

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Posted by b on August 2, 2018 at 18:45 UTC | Permalink

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b, fyi -- last night my isp blocked your site for offensive political content via a censorship utility from OpenDNS, now owned by Cisco. Perhaps related to Twitter censorship through Elad Gil. Key person David Ulevitch who is on staff at Cisco and tied to Dyn INC. Perhaps just a system test on somebody unimportant. Sites to be blocked are selected anonymously, according to info on the Open DNS entry at Wikipedia. Please advise us all how to find you by numeric address. God bless us all!

Posted by: mireille | Aug 2 2018 20:12 utc | 1

@mireille Posted Aug 2, 2018 4:12:00 PM
I think this is happening on a rolling basis now. For instance for some time I have found my access to Asia Times Online - - blocked because of a "privacy error". There have been other instances of temporary delays and refusals which I now have come to look on like bad weather.

Posted by: Hal Duell | Aug 2 2018 20:25 utc | 2

@1/2 is that a byproduct of living in the nsa, er usa? i am curious..

Posted by: james | Aug 2 2018 20:28 utc | 3

Excellent Fake News recap in light of recent censorship allegations aimed at Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media constitute platforms for publishing by the public and as such must be extremely careful if they are to self-regulate under 1st Amendment Rules where most anything can be published about any topic as even Fake News and Big Lies are free speech. Such might not be the case within all nations, however. Currently, some of the best journalistic investigative reporting is only published via social media platforms, reporting some powerful actors want exterminated. It should be legislated that social media platforms have a duty to name such totalitarian actors, no matter who they are as a public service related to their use of the public airwaves.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2018 20:40 utc | 4

james @3--

IMO, it's the software being used that's corrupted through updates. My personal experience is websites take longer to open and often get frozen requiring closing then reopening. Often an on screen message will say the website cannot be found but then appears once the refresh button's clicked. I just get persistent in the face of these interruptions. As with viruses, malware and other things made to attack the internet and its many devices, social media was a Western construct to be weaponized in support of regime change color revolutions but is now used to reveal the truth about the actions of the Outlaw US Empire and its domestic and global acolytes, which is an intolerable result for the Empire.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2018 20:52 utc | 5

Oman as Iran/USA go-between? Instead of playing warmonger, Trump might have gained attention from Iranian leaders if he'd offered peace-related gifts instead, but he's blown that opportunity. The Outlaw US Empire broke international law by its unilateral withdraw from JCPOA and then demanded all other nations collude in its lawbreaking. We shall soon see which nations have the proper morals/ethics to stand up to such bullying and shout NO! as many important nations have already.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2018 21:10 utc | 6

Wikileaks Retweets an important Glenn Greenwald thread. Regardless of how The Intercept is viewed by barflies, Glenn gets to be correct occasionally. There are some real whoppers within the thread, so beware if you're drinking while reading!

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2018 21:29 utc | 7

Trump needs at least for Russia to turn a blind eye to a US strike on Iran. Perhaps Trump will risk it anyway, but if not, he and the US will be left hung out to dry. They have burnt their bridges by pulling out of the nuke deal and threats of secondary sanctions.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Aug 2 2018 21:51 utc | 8

Christopher Bollyn is a brave US journalist who is an authority on 9/11 and the origins of the War on Terror or what he calls the War of Terror – interesting what a difference a tiny preposition can make. Among many other things, he shows how Netanyahu was already publishing stuff on a war on terror in the late 1970s. His website is well worth a read:

Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 2 2018 22:22 utc | 9

@karlof1@6.... Forgive me sir, my understanding was that the JCPOA was up for renewal by POTUS every six/eight months anyways, not entirely sure not renewing it is against international law. Are we sure on that? I think it was wrong to step away from the 'deal' however not so sure withdrawing is breaking laws. Please advise.

Posted by: Tannenhouser | Aug 2 2018 22:27 utc | 10

Trump is completely cutting off Iran's access to all markets. They cannot buy, sell, or trade in the world financial markets. November 4 the final touches will be put in place. War will not come soon because Trump is attempting to make the internal revolution happen. Trump is turning the screws on China to make them comply to his trade demands. He is turning up the heat this week again to make up for the weakening of the Yuan currency.

In Europe he used his good cop bad cop act to attempt to get them to comply. In North Korea he went to the brink of war to get them to play nice. He refuses to play with them without verifiable and meaningful reform. He is talking to the Taliban, he offered to talk to Iran, he pulled out of southern Syria and is taking about leaving other areas there as well to the chagrin of the Israeli's. He went to talk to Putin despite the obvious consequences and deep media madness over Russia.

Slowly the deep state is bending to his will through his force of using new media to undercut them. It has been a busy year and frankly I have never seen anything like this on so many fronts. All the while the media is howling like stuck pigs.

Dynamic, dangerous, risky warfare and no blood is being shed. Maybe he took a lesson from the Russians when they took Crimea without firing a shot?

Posted by: dltravers | Aug 2 2018 22:36 utc | 11

UK witch hunt against Corbyn could be repeated here if a truly progressive candidate garners major public support. This likely would be even more savage than the deep state war on Trump.

Posted by: Ace Hanlon | Aug 2 2018 22:46 utc | 12

More works Russia/Israel,

Israeli Embassy: Russian MP Deployment to Golan Heights Coordinated With Israel

Posted by: Zanon | Aug 2 2018 22:47 utc | 13 the same time:
Syrian Military Claims It Shot Down Two Israeli Reconnaisance Drones Over Damascus

Posted by: Zanon | Aug 2 2018 22:48 utc | 14

Latest news from the ongoing circus over in Salisbury and Amesbury is that Dawn Sturgess has been farewelled by family and friends at Salisbury Crematorium.

The funeral hearse arrived at the crematorium ahead of the mourners. Early reports before the funeral had said there would be no pallbearers for safety reasons. Later reports (from the BBC and The Guardian) say there were pallbearers but did not say if the pallbearers carried the coffin into the crematorium in public view (by mourners or others). carries photos of the funeral hearse with the coffin but no pictures of pallbearers.

I do not know if mourners were able to or allowed to view Sturgess before she followed in the fiery path of the Zizzi Restaurant table, the park bench and Sergei Skripal's guinea pigs and cat along with any other evidence that the British government might want to hide that doesn't fit its narrative.

There goes any chance of a future exhumation and autopsy for an inquest.

Also has anyone seen or heard anything about a US film-maker wanting to make a documentary of the Skripal poisoning case? Apparently the fellow tried interviewing dozens of Salisbury residents for their views; he could find no-one who believed the official government and news media account. (Perhaps this question is one for The Blogmire @

Posted by: Jen | Aug 2 2018 22:58 utc | 15

Tannenhouser @10--

JCOPA was organized and ratified under the auspices of the UNSC and amounts to an official Resolution, and as such becomes International Law. Furthermore, the only sanctions that are legal are those ordered by the UNSC as sanctions are a type of warfare, and any form of warfare can only be approved by UNSC. That the Outlaw US Empire breaks its own domestic law whenever it violates any aspect of the UN Charter is seldom noted by BigLie Media shows how said media is under Imperial control. This rather startling fact is why nowadays we see Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov stating the following at almost every press conference:

"We support interstate communication based on international law and respect for the requirements, goals and principles of the UN Charter, such as non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states and renunciation of the use of force."

Putin also provides similar statements as often as possible as do other members of Russia's government.

The US Congress added the certification requirement but it's 100% unilateral and is no part of the actual, legally binding, agreement. The US State Department issued a letter related to the JCPOA's legality in an attempt to make it non-binding, which is a bunch of gobbledygook. Every nation that's a party to JCPOA has characterized Trump's "withdrawl" as an illegal act, but it's hard to find that fact published anywhere.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2018 23:04 utc | 16

I do not know if mourners were able to or allowed to view Sturgess before she followed in the fiery path of the Zizzi Restaurant table, the park bench and Sergei Skripal's guinea pigs and cat...

Out of consideration for the sensibilities of those who did not come only to drink,
and to obscure the ghostly paleness of this once-hopeful girl who went the way of H.

Posted by: Guerrero | Aug 2 2018 23:17 utc | 17

@ 15

Good writing, Jen. It struck me that my comment on these pages and then the spoof image of the Novichok bottle of perfume someone created (in English and Russian) just after then became reality when the killer substance was supposedly found in a perfume bottle. What do you make of that?

Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 2 2018 23:33 utc | 18

Israel Has No Right to Self-Defense Against Gaza

From Information clearing house:

Posted by: ben | Aug 2 2018 23:49 utc | 19

@ Lochearn | 9

I'm a strongly anti-authoritarian skeptic, and thus a natural "truther".

I never followed Bollyn's work, but a while ago happened upon a Bollyn 9/11 video, and sent the link to a friend who is also interested in the mysteries of 9/11/01. He bit my head off, alleging that Bollyn is widely reviled (and "discredited") for being a notorious and despicable "anti-Semite". He didn't offer proof, except to say that it was obvious in his presentations; he did point out one lurid "The Zionist Menace"-type graphic that looked like a Third Reich propaganda poster.

I confess I haven't tried to get to the bottom of this. I deduce from your comment that you think highly of him. I'm just wondering what you know, or think, of my friend's claim. Thanks.

Posted by: Ort | Aug 2 2018 23:58 utc | 20

"Koch-Funded Hit Piece Backfires: Shows Medicare for All Would Save 'Whopping $2 Trillion' Over Ten Years While Covering Everybody"

From Common Dreams:

Posted by: ben | Aug 3 2018 0:01 utc | 21

@1 mireille

You can do an "nslookup" from almost any os' command prompt for any website.




Addresses: 2600:1402:e:190::2add


Posted by: b4real | Aug 3 2018 0:19 utc | 22

20- Using that graphic was in poor taste, but I've never heard Bollyn say anything Judaiphobic, he is very critical of Zionism and has devoted a decade plus of research to the role that Israel, Mossad and US zionist deep state figures played in the staging of 9/11 and the creation of the "War on Terror". I've long followed his work and his research is impeccable. He may be widely reviled by those scared of the truth if it points to a reality that would shatter their world view, but he has not been discredited. If your friend has any links that discredit any of what Bollyn has stated in his 9/11 analysis, rather than just ad hominem attacks and pointing out a poster, than I'd love to read them. I suggest you check out his presentations. The "War on Terror" media narrative and its corresponding acts of spectacular violence were created as an excuse to get the US military to attack many Muslim countries hostile to Israel as well as a way to delegitimize Islam in general and the Palestinian's right to resist Israeli occupation. None of this started with 9/11 as Bollyn has shown, it is much older and involves many other events, actors and deceptions. Yes, it was hatched by Israeli Zionists and US Neocons along with their Saudi Wahabi allies; and no, pointing this out and researching it does not mean one believes that any ethnicity, religion or people inferior or evil.

Posted by: Jason | Aug 3 2018 0:22 utc | 23

@ 20

Good question. I see English aristocracy wedded to Jewish aristocracy to American aristocracy as running the planet for a long time now. I see ups and downs in the power of these three groups which essentially ruled empire. As a result of the neoliberal revolution or coup in the 1980s Jewish aristocrats began to get the upper hand through finance. But we should not forget the other periods when first the English, then the Americans ruled.

Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 3 2018 0:25 utc | 24

Hal Duell 2
Asia Times? I used to check that out during breaks at work years ago. What was interesting was that ads for employment with the CIA would pop up. It made me wonder. But we always take ammunition/information where we can get it.

Posted by: Curtis | Aug 3 2018 0:41 utc | 25


Any criticism of Israel is enough to get you labelled as an anti-semite.

One of Bollyns supporters/sources for the Mossad hypothesis is Dr. Alan Sabrosky, an ex-Marine who is also Jewish. Both assert they could not have acted alone.

The graphic you tefer to I believe includes the Star of David and one of the gods of Saturn. The star of David has pagan origins. It was adopted by Zionists in the 19th century as a symbol of Judaism, but has little history with Judaism that I can tell except for King Solomon after he turned to pagan gods late in his life, causing God to become very angry with him .

Acts 7:42-43: Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them.

"The hexagram was brought to the Jewish people by Solomon when he turned to witchcraft and idolatry after his marriage to Pharaoh's daughter in 922B.C. It became known as the Seal of Solomon in Egyptian magic and witchcraft. Solomon gave himself up to paganism and built altars to Saturn.. Moloch, Chiun and Remphan are all names for the star god, Saturn, whose symbol is a six pointed star formed by two triangles. Saturn was the supreme god of the Chaldeans. "

The Solomon Seals included the Star of David plus Saturn. Basically what the Bollyn graphic conveys, along with the idea Zionism is not Judiasm. Not the best way to do so IMO

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 0:45 utc | 26

I agree with Pft 26. I recently read a short 9/11 book by Bollyn that had an intro by Sabrosky. Bollyn is very much anti-zionist but not "anti-semite" in most ways it's defined (except the one that says thou shalt not criticize the actions of Israel, powers of AIPAC, etc).

I read somewhere (Six Pointed Star book?) that the Star of David is most likely the Seal of Solomon.

Posted by: Curtis | Aug 3 2018 0:54 utc | 27

Pft @ 26 said:"Any criticism of Israel is enough to get you labelled as an anti-semite."

Yep, no doubt.. And, that tactic has worked for years.

Posted by: ben | Aug 3 2018 1:04 utc | 28

@26/27 Early AD Gnostics believed the Jews worshipped the Demiurge or "Leontocephalos", the Lion-headed false God, also associated with Saturn. Was Yahwe the usurper? Or did they refer to some Jews (priesthood) who worshipped in secret other Gods such as Moloch/Baal/Remphan/Tammuz? Did this practice continue down generations to be found among elite Khazar&Kabar descended Zionists? One wonders..

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 3 2018 1:15 utc | 29

@29 Also are Alawites, Gnostic descendants of Greeks & Levantines not themselves in an existential struggle against those same Zionists?

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 3 2018 1:22 utc | 30

Lochearn @ 18:
The Novichok story was inspired by Season 6 of the UK-US TV action spy thriller series "Strike Back" which broadcast in the UK in November 2017 and in the US in February 2018. The timing of the series seems relevant: from November 2017 to March 2018, someone in Britain had plenty of time to watch the relevant episodes a few times, gain some ideas and develop a story based on elements and themes in those episodes. The February 2018 broadcast in the US came just ahead of the actual Skripal poisoning event.

Synposes of episodes in Season 6 "Retribution" of "Strike Back":

At the same time that the official UK govt narrative of the Skripal poisoning event was unfolding, the US spy thriller series "Homeland" (Season 7) was broadcasting.

Synopses of the relevant episodes in which an FBI agent gone double agent is poisoned:,_Amplifiers,_F**king_Twitter

Life is not merely imitating art; art is functioning as propaganda and brainwashing.

Posted by: Jen | Aug 3 2018 1:25 utc | 31


Interesting catch.

In the spring of 2001 Fox broadcast an episode of
Lone Gun Men which was about some group that took remote control of an airliner to fly into WTC. It was foiled at the last minute by the good guys. Yet nobody in the Bush-intelligent community could ever imagine planes as weapons a few months later and not one mention of this episode in MSM. lol

People dont realize how closely the Deep State works with Hollywood for propoganda and psyop purposes . Or maybe the Deep State works for Hollywood. Often times I wonder if our reality is just actors acting off a Hollywood script.

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 1:42 utc | 32

@ dltravers | 11

Trump is completely cutting off Iran's access to all markets. They cannot buy, sell, or trade in the world financial markets. November 4 the final touches will be put in place. War will not come soon because Trump is attempting to make the internal revolution happen. Trump is turning the screws on China to make them comply to his trade demands. He is turning up the heat this week again to make up for the weakening of the Yuan currency.

Dont worry, it wont be as bad for Iran as it was pre-2015, and unilateral sanctions will be even less effective, as more and more countries will be refusing to comply with US illegal diktat. Even those who are forced to comply (like spineless EU), will be dealing under the table with Iran. No disconnect from SWIFT either, and in any case this time there is an alternative.

Also there wont be an invasion to Iran, neither now nor later. Iran is way too strong to be attacked, at most there will be an attempt for color revolution, but it will fail also.

Posted by: Harry | Aug 3 2018 2:31 utc | 33


The other major difference is their new refinery means they No longer need import gasoline. When /if the shooting starts that is the number 1 target

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 2:44 utc | 34

Had RT on about 9:20 am today when it suddenly went black: after many years of access - with a standard cable package - Rogers cable in Thornhill Ontario has just removed RT (channel 177) from the VIP package that our condo corporation bulk purchased on behalf of over 200 townhomes just a year or two ago. Watching RT on the net now. Fuck Rogers.

Posted by: spudski | Aug 3 2018 3:07 utc | 35


Trump is completely illegally cutting off Iran's access to all markets, which is a war crime against the civilian population of 20 times greater magnitude than Netanyahu's knee-capping and outright assassinations in the Gaza Indefinite Concentration Camp.

Ring ring ring ring

"Office of the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan!"


"Hold please."

President Reagan, it's the Iranian ambassador!"

"Well hello Mr. Assinabindstani, what can I do for you?"


"Well I'll get my staff right on it."

[Intercomm clicks]

"Hey Ollie, the Ayatollah wants more guns! Step on it!"

Posted by: Chipnik | Aug 3 2018 3:10 utc | 36

Jen, Pft, Lochern

Frankly, I questioned if Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess are real people after they were poisoned and my suspicions only increased since then. Rowley has not be interviewed since his "recovery" and then, when Sturgess died, the reactions of Rowley and her son were not credible:

Miss Sturgess’s son Ewan, 19, [Dawn Sturgess' son] ... told of the devastating moment he learned his mother had died after believing she was getting better.

Ewan said: “I don’t share Donald Trump’s politics and I’ll never be a supporter of his, but I would like him to raise mum’s case with the Russian President.

“We need to get justice for my mum. I’m so angry with her killers.

“I hope the Government can find out exactly who did this – I really want them to get what they deserve.

“The way I feel right now, I don’t think they deserve to live after what they did to Mum.

“It’s unforgivable that someone like her can be taken like this.”

. . .

It comes as Charlie Rowley’s brother, Matthew, revealed the 45-year-old broke down in tears in hospital after learning his girlfriend had died.

Matthew said: “I wiggled his toes and said to him, ‘Are you okay, Charles?’

“He was semi-woken and said, ‘They killed my girlfriend, they killed my girlfriend.’ He was very angry and crying.

>> As he grieves, the son thinks to 'virtue signal' that he is not a Trump supporter?

>> The son's wording is weird for someone in an emotional state. He has the presence of mind to realize that the British government may never find who is responsible so ("hopes", not "wants" that they find his mum's killers) and he uses the word "exactly" - a fine distinction for a 19-year old that just lost his mum.

>> In contrast to his mindfullness wrt Trump and the British govt, his thoughts wrt those responsible for his mum's dealth is very emotional despite the fact that the poisoning of his mother (if it did indeed occur) was almost certainly accidental and his mother's alcoholism is said to have made her more susceptible to the poison.

>> Rowley refers to Sturgess as "my girlfriend". If his emotional response to her death is genuine, he would have used her NAME.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 3 2018 3:19 utc | 37


If you read the piece, M4A would 'Dave's the estimated $2T of the $33T over 10 years that healthcare for all would cost. $3T a year for M4A would require shutting down the Pentagon, ending Corporate Socialism and declaring a Golden Nubiles on the $21.5T in National Debt.

That sure as HELL is not gonna happen! So M4A will become the 'alternate' for those who can't afford healthcare. This will quickly WIPE OUT MediCare, which is already insolvent by 2020
It's a skull-fuck, excuse my French, so the Deep Purple Mil.Gov UniParty can shrug and claim, 'MediCare For All is dead, but we tried! Now vote for us for another 4 years, Red- or Blue-, you are screwed, blued and tattooed!"

Posted by: Chipnik | Aug 3 2018 3:26 utc | 38

Harry @33

Whether Iran can prevail seems like a secondary consideration. The neocons, Israel, Saudis, etc. seem determined to DO SOMETHING to reverse their defeats in Iraq and Syria and potential for future relative economic decline.

And there is no mass anti-war movement anywhere on the horizon. (Thanks to Bernie Sanders)

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 3 2018 3:37 utc | 39

The ABC Radio National in Australia is getting more and more desperate in producing propaganda, be it Russia, Syria or Iran. Some of the guests in Fran Kelly's morning Breakfast program were utter disgusting.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Aug 3 2018 4:14 utc | 40


The net cost would be far lower.

1. M4A would have significant negotiating power over services and drugs. Per capita costs for health care would be 1/2 the current costs, albeit shifted from the private to public sectors.

2. Increased Efficiencies from economy of scale and the lack of earning a profit would provide more savings

3. With the savings in the private sector both corporate and individual taxes (medicare) could be significantly increased. While this would offset the savings from premiums and out of pocket expenses the main goal here is to reduce per capita costs and medically caused bankruptcies

Much of the debt owed by the USG is owed to Americans. A 20 trillion coin issued by congress can wipe that out and the balance can be added to a national banks capital reserves. The publicly owned bank would be responsible for making low interest loans to the productive economy (not the speculative financial / rentier economy)

The pentagon and corporate socialism will remain unaffected unfortunately

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 4:21 utc | 41

@37 Jackrabbit,

Have you been studying Statement Analysis? Nice work, if so.

Posted by: Jonathan | Aug 3 2018 4:52 utc | 42

Had RT on about 9:20 am today when it suddenly went black: after many years of access - with a standard cable package - Rogers cable in Thornhill Ontario has just removed RT (channel 177) from the VIP package that our condo corporation bulk purchased on behalf of over 200 townhomes just a year or two ago. Watching RT on the net now. Fuck Rogers.
Posted by: spudski | Aug 2, 2018 11:07:30 PM | 35

Same in Zio-AmeriKKKa-occupied Oz.
Three years ago Russia Today was broadcast on (freebie TV) SBS 2, at 2-30am each Wednesday in 2 hour chunks which routinely included reports from Sophie, Oxana et al.
The duration of the RT broadcast began shrinking about 2 years ago and has recently be reduced to a scheduled 10 minutes.
On Wednesday August 1, the scheduled broadcast started late and delivered 6 minutes of innocuous humanitarian reporting.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 3 2018 4:56 utc | 43

Jackrabbit | Aug 2, 2018 11:37:46 PM | 39

Harry @33

Whether Iran can prevail seems like a secondary consideration. The neocons, Israel, Saudis, etc. seem determined to DO SOMETHING to reverse their defeats in Iraq and Syria and potential for future relative economic decline.

And there is no mass anti-war movement anywhere on the horizon. (Thanks to Bernie Sanders)

IMHO their "to do something" is sanctions + inciting unrest, they cant do anything more than that, no actual war is possible. US military isnt that crazy, regardless what Nutjobyahoo wants. Trump also knows the limitations, hence lots of hot air vs NK but no action, same will be vs Iran. The difference that Iran doesnt even bother to negotiate with Trump. Btw Khamenei said in 2015 that US will eventually break the agreement, and he was right.

In any case, Iran have developed extensive network how to dodge sanctions before, and now sanctions wont even be as severe.

Posted by: Harry | Aug 3 2018 4:57 utc | 44

Regarding the fairness of the recent election in Pakistan, there is a piece in the Indian Express by S Y Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, who was there as a member of the Commonwealth Election Observers Group. His conclusion is that the election was conducted in a transparent manner, with robust processes.

Posted by: sarz | Aug 3 2018 5:03 utc | 45

Peter Schmidt @40
Thank you Peter but please don’t ruin your day listening to Fran Kelly, she is a worn out political shill for the looney right.

Unfortunately the ABC has been a looney right shill machine for two decades or more. All Bullshit Conservatism. When John Howard was PM she was always a breathless supporter in her clever but transparent ways.

The day is beautiful outside, there is a world of beautiful music, the birds sing. Forget the rightist drone of the unenlightened saboteurs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 3 2018 6:07 utc | 46

Ort @ 20

Chris Bollyn is an exemplary human being, and he has done more than any other investigator to break open the 9/11 story. Spend some time at and get an education.

Along with much of the Western world you have caught a severe case of antisemitismitis. You need help. And it is at hand, with Ron Unz's splendid piece of prophylaxis.

Get well soon.

Posted by: sarz | Aug 3 2018 6:31 utc | 47

mireille @1

Cisco OpenDNS is not recommended as a DNS provider given Cisco's inseparable ties with oppressive governments worldwide and their proven involvement in US mass surveillance and spying programs. Also to avoid are:
Google DNS - for obvious reasons,
Quad9 - run by PCH, IBM, City of London Police (GCHQ?), etc.,
Cloudflare DNS - while there hasn't been anything publicly damning, the way in which it operates insinuates monitoring and backdoors for use by state actors.

While I cannot vouch for any of these services, you may want to try:
OpenNIC - volunteer-run DNS servers and as a democratic alternative to the ICANN,
Adguard DNS - (do note this blocks ad servers) run by a company that makes ad blocking software. Their freely available lists are used by various adblocking browser extensions such as uBlock Origin,
Yandex DNS - Russian counterpart to Google so needless to say it's tracked and logged, but handy to have when other servers fail,
Dnscrypt - DNS encryption for use with above servers to prevent man in the middle DNS tampering (some ISPs are guilty of this) and snooping.

Posted by: Drive-by Commenting | Aug 3 2018 7:15 utc | 48

mireille @1

Cisco OpenDNS is not recommended as a DNS provider given Cisco's inseparable ties with oppressive governments worldwide and their proven involvement in US mass surveillance and spying programs. Also to avoid are:
Google DNS - for obvious reasons,
Quad9 - run by PCH, IBM, City of London Police (GCHQ?), etc.,
Cloudflare DNS - while there hasn't been anything publicly damning, the way in which it operates insinuates monitoring and backdoors for use by state actors.

While I cannot vouch for any of these services, you may want to try:
OpenNIC - volunteer-run DNS servers and as a democratic alternative to the ICANN,
Adguard DNS - (do note this blocks ad servers) run by a company that makes ad blocking software. Their freely available lists are used by various adblocking browser extensions such as uBlock Origin,
Yandex DNS - Russian counterpart to Google so needless to say it's tracked and logged, but handy to have when other servers fail,
Dnscrypt - DNS encryption for use with above servers to prevent man in the middle DNS tampering (some ISPs are guilty of this) and snooping.

I had to remove the links since the commenting system rejects the post as spam. You can find them easily using any search engine.

Posted by: Drive-by Commenting | Aug 3 2018 7:29 utc | 49

Harry 44

It is not so much what the US can or cannot do, but what they think they can do that counts. US has bio and chemical weapons. Trump had tactical nukes added to the pentagons list of toys to use against countries like Iran. Israel will also have them.
Putin gave a warning shortly after US issued its NPR. This is the only fly in the ointment for the US zionists.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Aug 3 2018 7:44 utc | 50

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – China will allegedly assist the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in their upcoming battle in southwestern Idlib, the Chinese Ambassador to Syria, Qi Qianjin, told Al-Watan this week.

According to the Al-Watan, Qianjin told the Syrian daily that the Chinese military is prepared to ‘somehow’ take part in the upcoming Idlib offensive, especially because of the large presence of Uyghur fighters near Jisr Al-Shughour.

Posted by: Harry | Aug 3 2018 7:54 utc | 51

Richplanet features a new 9/11 documentary reviewing especially some of the alternative story and 'thruthers' around that topic. Specially when you never heard of Dr Jody Woods and her court cases fighting the official fake narrative its worth your time. You can watch it Here.

Regarding actual and future internet problems and censorship there are several modus operandi in place some under the guise of security some to prevent 'fake news'. Most browsers now are checking which sites you visit and try to scare with security/malware etc. warnings if the site is found on their blacklist (as youtube,facebook etc. does with 'fake news' warnings).

Also almost all websites now are infested with cloudflare technology in the background (yes, moa too) supposedly for security reasons. In truth this tool enables the PTSB to shutdown access to these sites as they like, locally,regionaly, per user etc. They even can potentially manipulate website content,insert web applications (surveillance anyone??) and more in real time and i'm sure without the website owner even knowing its happening.

If you use firefox you can download the 'noscript' addon to get a feeling for what is going on behind the website you are visiting as it shows you all the different embedded external sources which you can then manually approve or not. But beware, if your not a little bit technically skilled you will have a hard time getting any site to run properly and some sites simply dont show up at all without a full list of approved external content (mainly nsa sites like cloudflare,google,facebook,twitter etc). So it can be tricky and time consuming for most.


Posted by: youss | Aug 3 2018 8:10 utc | 52

Thanks Tungsten @46. I rarely listen to MSM now. Previously I bought an in car digital radio, so I listened to the BBC. I knew they were (are) biased, but I can't take commercial channels. I got rid of it not long ago. No more BBC, don't even visit their website. I know she's a hardliner, pretending to be a progressive, yet all she interviews are shills like Clapper and various think tank figures. She never challenges them on anything.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Aug 3 2018 9:07 utc | 53

Putin 1999


Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Aug 3 2018 9:38 utc | 54

Harry @50:

You've got to be kidding me.  They now show up for the fight?  LOL

Posted by: Ian | Aug 3 2018 10:54 utc | 55

@13 "More works Russia/Israel,"

I would think so. Did you actually read the article, Zanon?

"Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said earlier in the day that UN peacekeepers, accompanied by the Russian military police, conducted the first patrol in the area of the Syria-Israel disengagement line on Golan Heights in six years."

Note the reference to UN Peacekeepers, which tells you that these are patrols inside the UNDOF area that lies between the 1974 Alpha and Bravo lines because - du'oh - that is the only area that UN blue helmets have a mandate to operate in.

Since nobody except UN peacekeepers are supposed to be in the UNDOF area following UNSC Resolution 350 then *of* *course* the Russians have to co-ordinate with Israel, precisely because without such co-ordination the Israelis would be perfectly within their legitimate rights to shoot at them.

Honestly, you do talk nonsense.

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Aug 3 2018 11:01 utc | 56

as my earlier post regarding possible sources why people could have problems accessing internet sites and link to a new 9/11 documentary shining some lights on potential companies/persons behind the event and parts of the '911 truth' movement, went down the rabbit hole:

@48: you nail it, especially cloudflares role in the control of the internet

The documentary can be found via duckduckgo / startpage / metager search looking for the title '9/11 Alchemy, Facing Reality'. I think its at least worth a look, even a bit too soundeffect heavy for my taste.

Another imho very interesting is this list of articles (mostly from msm) about the technical power behind israel and the ptsb.

Posted by: youss | Aug 3 2018 11:40 utc | 57

Peter AU@-52

I wasted 10 minutes on the first link only to find the 2nd link w/o English sub titles. If you have a point to make make it and dont waste our time. My apologies if the lack of subtitles in the 2nd link is a device issue

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 11:46 utc | 58

sarz @47: Yeah, Ron Unz's piece is excellent. We need new language, like 'pro-semitism' and 'black privilege' to describe some aspects of our current reality.

On the good news side, Nicaragua has decisively fended off the US coup. Of course 'the man' is relentless, 'fended off for now' might be better wording, and I suppose the U.S. and its puppets will move to economic sanctions now. After The Failed Coup, After All The Lies, Nicaragua Rebuilds is some brilliant and passionate analysis by Tortilla Con Sal (a pseudonym?) at Telesur.

Posted by: fairleft | Aug 3 2018 12:20 utc | 59

People need to stop thinking in 2 dimensions.
Left -right, East-West, capitalism-socialism, Judaism-Christianity-Islam, Nation A vs Nation B-Z, etc, Pffft.

Its a Global 3D world and not a 2 dimensional collection of nations. The third dimension is vertical (elite) and is global not national, as is the Deep State that executes their plans. Their tentacles extend into every country, some more than others.

The glue that binds them is an occult ideology, some may term it Luciferian or Satanic. Others may consider them to be doing evil to achieve a greater good.

Its really that simple. Trust them or not is your choice. However plans are being made with robotics and AI that will render 95% of the population redundant. Neo-Malthusian Eugenic Elites are a reality, if not yet a majority, The dumber people appear by accepting outlandish lies strengthen the most radical of the elites.

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3 2018 12:32 utc | 60

Harry @50 and Ian @53: The Chinese are still much too provincial ("We only fight Uygurs!") and cautious for where their rising economy places them in the world power game. That might be a good thing when and if they are ever the world's unquestioned #1. But getting there requires a successful economic and to some extent military pushback in central and southwest Asia against the U.S. and its allies. If there is some day a serious rebellion in Xinjiang (I don't think that's at all likely), just like in Syria it'll be all the U.S./Saudi terrorists/mercenaries, not just the Uygurs, fighting and terrorizing the Chinese state.

Posted by: fairleft | Aug 3 2018 12:36 utc | 61

M4A. First I've seen that acronym. It could happen but the lobbyists whose inputs so dominated Medicare Part D and ACA/Obamacare wouldn't like that. If they can be cut out of the picture all you're left with is the government fixing prices and controlling costs - something insurance companies do to maximize their profits while giving us less coverage. (I've seen that with my "High Deductible" BCBS plan at work.) One problem with Medicare now is that many doctors refuse to admit patients on it because they know the reimbursements are so low. The Canadian-Americans I know like the Canadian system and say it works. There may be some delays but overall say you will get treatment.

Posted by: Curtis | Aug 3 2018 12:39 utc | 62

The 2018 version of the Daily Kos "Nutroots" Convention is happening in New Orleans and lo and behold......minority concerns are allegedly being addressed. Wow. This event has been going down since at least 2006 (I remember cause I got banned that year from Boomans for satirizing the obvious sellout of the "nutroots" to the Democrat Party...having already been banned from Daily Kos itself of course).

This is the first time in recorded history that, y'know, minority concerns have officially made it onto the Whiteysphere's official agenda.

Recall that Bernie was shouted from the stage in 2016 by BLM activists in an "unofficial" appearance.

Ah, well, progress comes slowly to the so-called progressive whiteysphere.


Re: The Booman Tribune Responds to the DailyKos (4.00 / 3)
Is there some kind of irony I am missing or do you really not know the difference between John Warner and Mark Warner? And this is a dumb attempt to inflame tensions between the sites.

"Sign the Mona Lisa with a spraycan, call it art. But never give your love, my friend, unto a foolish heart."- Robert Hunter
by BooMan on Fri Jun 16th, 2006 at 12:03:19 PM EST

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 3 2018 13:41 utc | 63

Posted by: Pft | Aug 3, 2018 8:32:11 AM | 60

The glue that binds them is an occult ideology, some may term it Luciferian or Satanic.

Their ideology/religion is a combination of Mammon (believing money is more real than reality, and that all human-human and human-Earth relationships should be reduced to money relationships) and technocracy/scientism. Their anti-political, anti-social, military, anti-ecological and technological aggression stems from that.

The Christian-inclined could call it Satanic. It's rooted in a thread of Christian false theology which goes back to the latter 1st millennium (cf. David Noble's excellent theological history, The Religion of Technology). This is the same theology which Dostoevsky depicts as satanic in the Grand Inquisitor episode in his Brothers Karamazov.

Posted by: Russ | Aug 3 2018 13:55 utc | 64

Curtis I have studied the US healthcare system for many years and I can assure you Medicare pays physicians about as well as the behemoth commercial insurance company monopolies do.

The major issues with the US system are not even necessarily price-driven, with the glaring exception of prescription drugs which are absurdly over priced in the US relative to other countries. As example, one so-called specialty medicine, known as "Duesis" is an FDA approved combination of two cheap over the counter medicines: Pepcid and ibuprofen. The OTC cost of the two separately purchased is about $10. The "discounted" prescription cost for Duesis?


Other than these "market" based absurdities in Rx drugs ("populist" Trump's appointed Rx Drug Czar of course is an industry hack who will change nothing to the detriment of the drug companies) the main issue with US healthcare is the lack of a regulated, rational decision-making process in the provision of services, especially in the final 1-2 years of life.

In the US if someone has healthcare coverage no expense is spared to keep them alive at the end, regardless of their age and quality of life or even whether they want to be kept alive in many cases.

So much money is frittered away in the final act for so many the number is too staggering to contemplate. (Actually, I'm too lazy to google them at the moment-but trust me the amount is astonishing). And yes, this is more a social/cultural problem to which (as usual) no politicians can mount the courage to address with a political solution. At the end, we all want to keep Grandma, or Mama or L'il Johnny alive no matter what the cost. This is the Amerikkkan way with all of the attendant greed sopping up every dollar it can and then....let's not even get into th ehigh cost of funerals.

Medicare for all will not address this problem, much less solve it.

The US is more likely heading towards a Medicaid for All separate system for those who cannot or don't want to obtain pricier coverage. Doctors and hospitals are truly underpaid by Medicaid relative to Medicare and private insurance.

In fact, Obamacare exchange plans are more and more offered as extensions of Medicaid HMO insurance by companies suche as Centene and Molina, who offer skimpy physician panels, which means lengthy wait times for treatment.

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 3 2018 14:11 utc | 65

To Pft@60 in support of Russ@64

You give too much credit to the elite in awarding them the global third dimension and stating that their ideology is to do evil in order to achieve a greater good. Goethe said it better (and I can't quote exactly) when he gave Mephistopheles (the devil) the saying that he always attempted to do evil but, darn it all, what in the end it all came down to was, frustratingly, good. I take that as an expression of impotency, which is in keeping with what has been occurring in the world today. I'd say then that the elites have a Zero Dimension and will be remembered as zeros.

The third dimension globally speaking is this from RT today:

"...Russia’s agriculture exports have surged by almost a third in the first five months of the year. Food is Russia’s second biggest export after oil and gas, helping to diversify the economy away from energy.

The country exported 29.5 percent more agriculture and food products, worth $9.5 billion, than in the same period last year. In particular, the export of wheat through May surged to 17.1 million tons worth $3.1 billion..."

Sorry I couldn't include in my extract the additional news that Russia is reducing its expenditures on military concerns. All of these third dimensional activities have been brought about by and through the machinations of the Western powers seeking destruction. It is my hope that the Trumpian activities against Iran will have the same result. (And I suspect Trump may know this also.)

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 3 2018 15:26 utc | 66

35 - Access to RT - spudski

Up in Northern Virginia last month I had access to Verizon as provider. RT was listed on the guide but it was "unavailable" when clicked upon.

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Aug 3 2018 15:37 utc | 67

Outlaw US Empire suffers yet another defeat as ASEAN and China agree to new Code of Conduct for South China Sea. Adam Garrie reports:

"At the conclusion of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Summit in Singapore which has attracted non-ASEAN partners from across the world, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that after discussions with his ASEAN counterparts in Singapore, a new draft for the Code of Conduct (COC) had been mutually agreed between Beijing and the Association of South East Asian Nations regarding the positions of all parties with South China Sea claims. This agreement will serve as the basis for the rules governing maritime action and connectivity in the South China Sea until a final settlement can be reached on the issue after a period of continued respectful dialogue between Beijing and ASEAN members.

"This is a milestone not only because it looks to chart a clear course towards a negotiated settlement regarding the rules of engagement and status of claims in the Sea but it also demonstrates that the quickest and most mutually just path to the harmonisation of cooperation among nations in the South China Sea region is through direct dialogue which is underscored by the reality that China and ASEAN are growing economic partners who can gain much from mutual cooperation and who stand to lose a great deal by succumbing to non-Asian meddling in a regional dispute." [My emphasis]

This agreement is but one of several arrived at in Singapore that further pushes the Outlaw US Empire away from Eurasia. As I noted in a comment yesterday, Turkey was present at this meeting clearly indicating its turn to the East to bolster its economic integration with ASEAN and show its great desire for BRI/EAEU inclusion. The march of international meetings continues with the upcoming Caspian Summit at Aktau, Kazakhstan August 12 where the Convention regarding the Caspian Sea is to be finalized after years of negotiations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 3 2018 15:50 utc | 68

@5 karlof1 quote "IMO, it's the software being used that's corrupted through updates." maybe...i don't have the problem... i wonder if it is something like everyone using google or something like that? obviously i don't know why it is happening, but i am curious.. see @67 for another possible reason... the internet provider is not allowing certain sites to be viewable... maybe nikki haley gave verizon the 'do not make available' list to them?

@35 spudski / 43 hoarsewhisperer... thanks for that overview.. seems like a concerted effort to keep rt out..

Posted by: james | Aug 3 2018 16:03 utc | 69

@49 Drive-by Commenting.. thanks for that informative post on the topic i was interested in and posted on @69... i missed your comment when i made the post @69..

Posted by: james | Aug 3 2018 16:05 utc | 70

Pft at 60.

Methinks you are investing in unnecessary mythologizing here with references to "deep state" "occult" "third dimension" etc. although that imagery no doubt satisfies the soul of many readers here.

The glue that binds is money and the system used to spread political/military control globally is the same one upon which we are typing this commentary. The medium is the conspiracy. You are correct the problem, if it ever was, is not a nation state phenomenon. Putin is as much the enemy as Trump, Obama, Soros, or name your favorite conspiratard face of evil here.

The structure of the state exists to protect the power of the elites. Uhm. Nothing mysterious, new or earth shattering about this at all. The so-called deep state plot is not hidden (except behind very high, well-guarded walls secured along the perimeter) nor does any magical or occultish conspiracy exist in a different dimension.

Accumulated financial clout buys political and military power, which in many cases are interchangeable depending on the make-up of the state.

Lenin accurately described the system a century ago. The tools and technology have evolved simply to make the conquest more complete and easier. And easier to post broadsides either for or against.

What is to be done is always the question.

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 3 2018 16:11 utc | 71

@ donkeytale 63 and 65
Good comment

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Aug 3 2018 16:13 utc | 72

Jeffrey Stacey is yet another brilliant warmonger stenographer with whom I was not familiar until now.


Posted by: fastfreddy | Aug 3 2018 16:17 utc | 73

A repost from Unz Review:



The Legal Battle Behind the Trump Tower Meeting:

See this video @21 min.-end for explanation/analysis of article (First half video is about Manafort trial, first days report.)

Posted by: Anya | Aug 3 2018 16:43 utc | 74

In the meantime, while the US sheeple is diverted to transgenders woes and difficulties, the US Elite tries to instigate another war on Iran, but on Ziostans behalf, with the US paying and delivering the content in the body bags. Hmmnmm!
Intriguing and full of bizness options (Yez I am part Jewish, but look like Reinhard Heydrich, but more straight nose), there is options now tho completely bankrupt ze american goy! (I actually, dont have a German accent, but I did have a gran uncle in SS division Viking, Sturmbanführer and later a repenting, bewildered soul) but it is still a grand opportunity to completely bankrupt the semi - fascistic US Kleptocracy.
Waging a unwinningly war on Iran is a trainload of gold falling into the hands of Russia and China, we must also make a little out of that, o vey the US cant win the war, we with jew connections know that, but we will get rid of the Nutjob in Tel - Aviv, and maybe be able to live in peace.
My Jewish ancestors, those that survived WWII , told me in the 60 ties, weeping, Israel was not what had been promised, but had become a caricature of their hopes. They never went, but stayed in Denmark, and died there and are buried there.
No, the US-Zio Empire will die in Iran, and if Russia and China just helps a little, it will be a shorter battle, but it will bring ZIUS to its knees.
They have not got the money, and are not prepared for 15 000 body bags. Not to speak of 58 000, like Vietnam War.
Iran suffered app. 1 000 000 deaths in the Iraq - Iran war. Iran has a force they can mobilize of at least 5 000 000 people with an RPG or an AK-47. Takes some bombing. Did not work in 'Nam, will not work here.
So lets bleed the the US a little financially, in the meantime!!

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Aug 3 2018 16:44 utc | 75

i feel sorry for NathalieM - pat langs new punching bag..

Posted by: james | Aug 3 2018 17:14 utc | 76

As I noted above, Turkey is rapidly turning to the East in order to defeat the economic war being waged against it. Two major developments in this are Turkey's issuance of bonds denominated in Yuan and agreeing with China to bilateral trade using national currencies. More news available here.

Questions many are asking: How much longer will Turkey remain in NATO? Or will it be NATO that leaves Turkey? Or does it really matter? Given the economic and initial military ties between Russia and Turkey, it's very possible they will become informal allies--a nightmare development for UK/US Imperialists for the past 200+ years. How much longer will the EU engage in its backward policy of choosing conflict instead of cooperation with rapidly rising Eurasia? When will the EU finally declare its independence from the Outlaw US Empire and pursue its own interests?

I find it very ironic that in the end it will be the EU joining the EAEU that already has Turkey as a member after decades of denying Turkey's entry into the EU. There are times when economic and geographic determinism rules.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 3 2018 17:16 utc | 77


War is a charade for MIC profiteering. At Hersh says US is in war adventures in 75 countries, with 700 overseas bases. Trump wants $840B for Pentagon in 2019, that's a new high, $40B more, representing the 'shrinkage' the Pentagon has endured since being successfully hacked in 2012 and again in 2013, all of the contractor's accounts cracked. Poof!

'War' like you are talking about is by financial sanctions, a war crime against civilian population by the global anarchist financiers behind the Deep Purple Mil.Gov UniParty.

Everybody loves a charade!

Posted by: Chipnik | Aug 3 2018 17:20 utc | 78

@60 "The glue(s) that binds them" also has a genetic aspect to their belief system. At core, the Elite think they are of different blood from regular people. Since the dawn of civilisation, this separation (true or not, not being the point here) between those who have been consecrated by the Gods and rule and those who do not and are exploited has been the salient point behind their motives. They are not the same..

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 3 2018 17:27 utc | 79

Jen @ 31 said:"Life is not merely imitating art; art is functioning as propaganda and brainwashing."

Thanks for that Jen, it behooves all of us here to remember that. I can't speak to another country, but, for us here in the U$A, that statement of reality is a daily occurrence, 24/7 here in the land of advertisement and marketing 24/7 !!!!

Posted by: ben | Aug 3 2018 18:10 utc | 80

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 3, 2018 1:27:20 PM | 79

"The glue(s) that binds them" also has a genetic aspect to their belief system. At core, the Elite think they are of different blood from regular people.

They certainly have thought that since the beginning of modern race ideology in the 18th century. And a big part of why they're subsidizing biotech so extravagantly and propagandizing so vehemently on behalf of the ideas and products of genetic engineering is that they really believe they're going to get Nazi-style eugenics "right" this time around via technological manipulation, selection, elimination etc. (Of course supplemented by whatever amount of regular violence they deem necessary.)

Posted by: Russ | Aug 3 2018 18:23 utc | 81

A very sober, and interesting discussion about Russia/U$A relations from TRNN.

Posted by: ben | Aug 3 2018 18:33 utc | 82

@Jen 31

Remember that Strike Back: Retribution started airing in 2017, then it was suddenly taken off air after 5 episodes ( the following episodes were already on the online TV schedule sites when the series was postponed ) only to be brought back just in time for the Skripal incident.

Posted by: TJ | Aug 3 2018 19:00 utc | 83

I glanced through this and found some ideas that felt familiar from MoA. Any thoughts?

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Aug 3 2018 19:10 utc | 84

Regarding my link @ 82; This NOT a hit piece on DJT, it's a discussion more on Global capitalism.

REALLY worth a listen..

Posted by: ben | Aug 3 2018 19:16 utc | 85

@ Lozion et al:

Thanks for the informative and useful feedback about Bollyn. It vindicates my own positive impression.

It also helped me to see that my appalled friend, a devout Catholic, retains a naïve reverence for the "Holy Land" which may account for his skittishness.

Posted by: Ort | Aug 3 2018 19:49 utc | 86

NATO’s “Summit Declaration” moves troops into direct confrontation with Russia:

"The solution seems obvious. First, a return to the 1998 military deployment. ...a withdrawal of non-national troops from NATO members that border Russia and the removal of anti-missile systems that should never have been deployed in the first place. In turn, Russia could remove the middle range Iskander missiles NATO is complaining about and agree to talks aimed at reducing nuclear stockpiles.
It is time NATO went the way of the Warsaw Pact and recognize that the old ways of thinking are not only outdated but also dangerous."

"The Soviets agreed to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe as long as NATO did not fill the vacuum, or recruit members of the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact. Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move “one inch east.”

Posted by: Anya | Aug 3 2018 21:40 utc | 87

Another Trump surprise? Interesting article by Ellen Brown.

Trump Takes on the Fed

""In commentary on, Richard Bove contended that the president was positioning himself to take control of the Federal Reserve. Bove said Trump will do it “both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so.

according to Timothy Canova, Professor of Law and Public Finance at Nova Southeastern University, independence has really come to mean a central bank that has been captured by very large banking interests.

[W]e can produce more than enough food to feed everybody, and there is definitely enough work for everybody in the world, but there is clearly not enough money to pay for it all. The scarcity is in our national currencies. In fact, the job of central banks is to create and maintain that currency scarcity. The direct consequence is that we have to fight with each other in order to survive.

Better than changing who is at the helm of the central bank would be to change the rules governing it, something only Congress can do. Putting the needs of the American people first, as Trump promised in his campaign speeches, means making the Fed serve Main Street rather than Wall Street.""

Posted by: financial matters | Aug 3 2018 22:00 utc | 88

According to this article, FB removed a page setup by groups planning to crash a "unite the right" rally in DC.

I was not expecting this, as previously the "alt-right" was generally portrayed as the bad guys by the corporate media while antifa types got a free pass.

Is this is an expansion of the new McCarthyism to now be used against not only the right and radical left, but even against the more mainstream American left?

Or is it just a case of friendly fire? Witch hunters hunting each other, and RussiaGators chomping off their own tail...

Posted by: gogaijin | Aug 3 2018 23:35 utc | 89

@81/86 So by extension, you can see where the concept of "The Chosen People" prevalent in Judaism comes from. YHWE was just one of the many Gods of the Canaanites but became the One God chosen by the priest-kings. Hence, to maintain their status and primacy, a "script" was devised so the notion of the "Chosen People" was inserted in the belief system, demoting the other Gods (and their priesthood) as false "idols". The same scenario repeated itself in South Arabia much later. Remember that the Kaaba and Allah were venerated by the various bedouin tribes before Mohammed's time. After his revelation, Mohammed chose Allah to become the "Only God" allowed in Islam. It was man's choice and not the other way around..

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 4 2018 1:54 utc | 90

Thanks to commenters for the links to Ellen Brown's piece on controlling the Fed - something I wouldn't have thought possible if Ellen Brown had not suggested that it is - and also to the most recent piece by Ron Unz laying bare the secrets of the interests that create, and hide behind, the chimera of Semitism.


I have no time at present, and so am just a drive-by myself - and apologies if this has been posted but I didn't see it: Saker has written an excellent war-game on a US attack on Iran, illustrating how that might be conducted and how that might fare: AngloZionist attack options against Iran

It's an excellent appreciation of the realities of war with Iran, from the initial missile strikes even up to the vaunted nukes, and the military capability and tactics that Iran can deploy to counter such moves. All of this is written within a very clear understanding of the global geopolitical realities.

Saker is an engaging writer, it's an easy read. SPOILER: he concludes, as do I, that it would be madness for the US to attempt any kind of military attack, no matter how limited or how extreme - it's a net loss for the US either way, and Israel would finally pick up the tab it has for so long pushed across the table to others.

Posted by: Grieved | Aug 4 2018 2:07 utc | 91

Had to come back just to share a Syria piece.

Ghassan Kadi has an interview at Sputnik - and Ziad Fadel at Syrian Perspective linked it - wherein he discusses the future of the Kurds and outlines the Syrian red lines. Bottom line, the ultimate red line equates to total Syria sovereignty and integration.

The Kurds will have cultural autonomy, he says, but not military - this will take some negotiating yet to achieve, but this is the view from Damascus. And the US will leave Syria by the end of the year - this from a Kurdish opposition MP.

The Kurds seem finally to have learned that the US cannot be trusted.

Analyst Explains Damascus' 'Red Lines' Amid Kurdish Call for 'Decentralization'

Posted by: Grieved | Aug 4 2018 3:11 utc | 92

Anya @ 87

Re the US not moving NATO one inch east in exchange for the re-unification of Germany, there used to be some ambiguity as to whether this promise had actually been made. I did find this reference on the internet last year:

“We understand the need for assurances to the countries in the East. If we maintain a presence in a Germany that is a part of NATO, there would be no extension of NATO’s jurisdiction for forces of NATO one inch to the east.”
-James Baker to Mikhail Gorbachev, Moscow, 1990-02-09
Source: U.S. Department of State, FOIA 199504567 (National Security Archive Flashpoints Collection, Box 38)

Posted by: spudski | Aug 4 2018 3:59 utc | 93

While I realise that everyone gets caught up in their own particular concern of a world that seems determined to self-destruct asap, I cannot claim any difference, I've been trying to keep a weather eye on a bloke who could perhaps if he catches a following wind make some difference to the world's destrustrive trajectory.
I recognise that if Jeremy Corbyn does jag the englander PM gig he will have his hands full sorting out domestic chaos before turning englander sights onto the mess they have made in the Jordan Valley.
Still I have no doubt that Mr Corbyn is still very competitive in the next labour PM stakes and that initially at the very least he will be careful to keep england outta further oppression of the indigenous population of the Jordan Valley.
This is something that is obvious to the derps and assorted arseholes who have been coining it on the basis of the lurks and perks wars provide, especially when all 'services' to war have been privatised.
Consequently they have been going really hard at Mr Corbyn for the last few weeks.
The initial mud slung at Mr Corbyn is that in 2010 he hosted a conference which featured a speaker who repeatedly claimed that israel's actions were comparable to what the nazis got up to in europe.
Shock, horror apparently statements such as that are in breach of some obscure protocol for not being antisemitic - a protocol produced by hasbara which has now been given the status of 'internationally recognised'.
The bit that the bbc, and all the tendentious englander fishwraps failed to mention was that this 'guest speaker', a chap by the name of Hajo Meyer may actually know what he was talking about, given that Mr Meyer, a German jew had spent a good part of his youth in Auschwitz coming out as the only survivor of his family.
He moved to the netherlands but then shifted to israel where he became appalled at what the israelis got up to when they invaded Lebanon. Mr Meyer is no longer extant but rather than trying to speak for him here he is saying it all himself in a youtube interview recorded in the noughties.

The other prong of the pincer attack was house of lords member and bliarite Marget Hodge copping big coverage for calling Mr Corbyn a "'Fuсking anti-semitic racist'" during a labour meeting the house of commons. Of course the fishwraps didn't specify exactly what she said other than calling him a racist. The Labour Party whip took her to task then announced that an internal investigation along the lines of that the zionists launched on Ken Livingston was to be set up.
Hodge among many other failings is a billionaire member of the Oppenheimer family who cornered the world's supply of diamonds and have kept the price jacked up for the last century or so, consequently she has called in the lawyers. Hodge's corrupt antics are legion in england and once again rather than repeat them I have linked to a blog that details her tax dodging hypocrisy and her pedo enabling efforts.

The level of fakery is depressing but we need to consider that if using scum like Hodge is the best the neolibs can muster things are truly desperate for them.

I guess that the usual "he's sold out" or "Jeremy isn't left enough" suspects will take Mr Corbyn to task for seeming to compromise, but he has withstood this nonsense for 18 months now and as someone who would rather see the man in a position of genuine power rather than just another martyr to be mourned I'm gonna go with thaat his responses being aimed at dealing with this sh1t while actually on the ground doing nothing to cause any retreat on his support for Palestine, in order to keep the chance of him getting the gig highly likely.
It is worth noting that the zionists are busy trying to make all of this about racism against englander jews, when it patently is not, they know as does Mr Corbyn that 90% of englander voters couldn't give a flying f*ck about anything beyond Landsend.
That is where the zionist lobby is weakest and where this stupidity will ultimately falter.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Aug 4 2018 4:27 utc | 94

Is Erdogan's economic mismanagement deliberate?

Turkey is far more dependent on Western trade and investment than Russian trade and investment.

Erdogan's mismanagement is makes Turkey more susceptible to USA financial pressure. This makes it much more likely that it joins the embargo against Iran.

By being "forced" to join the embargo, Erdogan can maintain his ties with Russia while helping USA/NATO.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 4 2018 11:24 utc | 95

Watch while available: "The Magntsky Act and Bill Browder":

Posted by: Anya | Aug 4 2018 11:26 utc | 96

A repost from Unz Review:
"Read this article to see how Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Perepelichny (who all meet thier untimely deaths) are tied to Bill Browder (directly/indirectly)”

"As Browder responds with “I do not recall” and “I do not know” on any substantial inquiry in the court, the US judiciary could be very interested in hearing Perepelichny. This menace to Magnitsky Act was eliminated one week before the bill passed the US House: on Nov 10, 2012 Alexander Perepelichny was found dead outside his mansion in London. The police investigation did not bring any tangible result but the theory of “Russian mafia” involved was timely injected into the international media. One month later Magnitsky Act was signed by president Obama..."

Bill Browder, the financier convicted of tax fraud in Russia and the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, has taken aim at the Dutch foreign minister, warning him that opposing sanctions against Russia is dangerous:

Posted by: Anya | Aug 4 2018 11:29 utc | 97

"Is Bill Browder the Most Dangerous Man in the World?" by PHILIP GIRALDI

Posted by: Anya | Aug 4 2018 11:30 utc | 98

Grieved @91

I don't find the attack analysis satisfactory. Invasion and large-scale attack scenarios are not realistic as a starting point. If war comes, I think it will be limited at first and escalate. Iran will be deemed to be the aggressor and economic sanctions will only become more severe.

IMO US and allies have the advantage right now in military capabilities and economic power. That advantage may well be lost 10-15 years from now - all the more reason for them to act now.

1. AFAICT, US sanction and oil embargo are already in-process and taking effect. Nov. 4th is just he day that US will begin to retaliate countries that are still trading with Iran.

Iran has threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz if US enforces the embargo. That means as soon as US retaliates against countries that are still doing business with Iran.

That is only 3 months away

2. US dollar hegemony means financial sanctions against countries can be crippling. Most countries will probably not even test US resolve. They will simply buy more oil from other countries.

3. A trade war with China has already begun. Who is to say that additional trade or financial action is related to Iran or the trade war? Will Iran ever have clear justification to close the Straits?

4. If China continues to buy Iranian oil, how will they cope with the refusal of other countries (which fear US sanctions) to sell oil to China?

5. Any move by Iran to close the Straits will be seen as an act of war that justify even more sanctions against Iran.

6. Iranian military capabilities are not enough of a threat to deter US + allies.

>> How long can Iran keep the Straits closed? It's got a bunch of subs but they will be destroyed in due course. US drones will patrol the shore and inland.

>> Iranian missiles are a nuisance. Some of them will do some real damage. But again, how long can they keep that up?


US-led use of "soft power" and ensuing complications (including a "hot" war) evolves in a more complex way than the total war scenarios that are proposed and analyzed by Saker and others. In fact, "total war" creates resistance in the population that makes it more difficult to achieve the goal of regime change. I think that is one of many "lessons" from the Syria conflict (But was it noted? Will it be heeded?).

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 4 2018 12:40 utc | 99


B-2s and B-52s come in after the fighter before and forget and submarines loitering cruise missiles take out Iranian radar installations and S2S missile launch facilities. Carpet bombing allows aircraft carrier fleets to approach for around the clock air space control. There would never be a ground phase.

Posted by: Chipnik | Aug 4 2018 14:01 utc | 100

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