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Vincent van Gogh Sprig of Flowering Almond in a Glass 1888

 

One Of The Greatest Minds Ever To Live Dies Age 76 (Ind.)
Trump Unmasked 68 Years Of Washington Duplicity (Stockman)
What Secretary of State Tillerson’s Firing Means (Paul Craig Roberts)
New CIA Director Gina Haspel Once Ran A Torture Site (Qz)
Theresa May Plans For ‘Economic War’ With Vladimir Putin And His Allies (Ind.)
False Flags for Newbies (Dmitry Orlov)
Google To Ban All Cryptocurrency-Related Advertising (CNBC)
The Retirement Crisis: The Elderly Are Broke (GT)
More Than 500 Refugees, Migrants Reach Greek Islands In Four Days (K.)

 

 

Bit of a hyperbole headline perhaps (how would you know), but certainly unequalled in our times. I think Hawking greatest achievement was that once people had accepted his ‘initial’ groundbreaking theories on black holes (nothing can escape, event horizons etc.), he turned around and said they were not true: matter does escape from them after all: Hawking radiation.

One Of The Greatest Minds Ever To Live Dies Age 76 (Ind.)

He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.” Professor Hawking explored both the very smallest and very largest parts of the universe: testing the limits of human understanding across time and space space, and peering into the sub-molecular world of quantum theory. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the world wide web, was one of the first to respond to news of his death, saying on Twitter: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit”. Professor Hawking shot to international fame after the 1988 publication of A Brief History of Time, one of the most complex books ever to achieve mass appeal, which stayed on the Sunday Times best-sellers list for 237 weeks.

Over the years, he would also embrace areas of popular culture appearing in both The Simpsons and hit US science comedy The Big Bang Theory. His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the possibility of time travel to the mysteries of space’s all-consuming black holes. His most famous theoretical breakthrough was the idea that black holes are not really black, but can produce thermal radiation and potentially “evaporate”. Scientists refer to such potential emanations as “Hawking radiation.” “My goal is simple,” Professor Hawking once said. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

With Roger Penrose, Professor Hawking showed that Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. He spent much of his career trying to find a way to reconcile Einstein’s theory with quantum physics and produce a “Theory of Everything.” Professor Hawking said he wrote A Brief History of Time to convey as clearly as he could the topics that excited him. “My original aim was to write a book that would sell on airport bookstalls,” he told reporters at the time. “In order to make sure it was understandable I tried the book out on my nurses. I think they understood most of it.”

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Not a general view.

Trump Unmasked 68 Years Of Washington Duplicity (Stockman)

[..] the Korean peninsula never had anything to do with American security. Its partition was an accident in the final days of WWII; the 1950-1953 war was utterly pointless and unnecessary; and the prolonged US occupation of the southern half of the peninsula was at once a provocation, a massive waste of treasure and a prime example of what imperial rulers do once bivouacked astride a global empire. That is, like Imperial Rome, they puff themselves up with self-importance and busy-body rule for its own sake. So doing, they invent self-serving rationalizations for hegemony, such as the insidious “indispensable nation” conceit—even as they extract the taxes and issue the mountains of debt required to fund the endless fiscal needs of the state’s machinery of war and foreign domination.

Indeed, Washington has long ago forgotten how its global empire came about or why the Korean frontier has remained a vestigial Maginot Line – long after the “enemies” it was designed to contain disappeared from the pages of history. We are referring, or course, to the Soviet Empire, which is no more; and the Red China Menace, which has morphed into a colossal Red Ponzi scheme of debt, malinvestment and speculative building madness that is a danger mostly to the 1.3 billion Chinese caught up in history’s craziest economic freak show. So whether by inadvertence or blind impulse, the Donald has now opened the door to sweeping away six decades of Washington duplicity and double-speak.

The fact is, the Korean problem is not complicated or some kind of imponderable riddle that baffles even the so-called “experts”.To the contrary, both a visiting Martian and an attentive reader of history not enthrall to the groupthink of Imperial Washington can see that the key to “de-nuclearizing” Korea is to demilitarize it and de-internationalize it at the same time. That is, if Washington ever wishes to de-escalate its current dangerous nuclear brinksmanship with the Fat Boy Of Pyongyang, it needs to get its 29,000 troops off the peninsula and end the constant war games and practice invasions of the North Korea; and to also tear up the Washington imposed mutual security agreements, and let the two halves of the “Hermit Kingdom” restore their own version of the pre-1945 status quo ante.

[..] since 2002 South Korea’s economy has grown every eight months by more than the entire current GDP of North Korea. But that doesn’t change the reality on the ground and the overwhelming case to permit Korea to be run by the Koreans under whatever state arrangements they can agree to. That was the exact aim of the South Korean governments after the Cold War ended when they pursued “sunshine policy” rapprochement with the North. That is, until it was shutdown by George Bush’s neocon hatchet men.

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The choice for Tillerson was never a good one. But with adding Pompeo, Haspel and next up John Bolton, Trump’s own picks are a bigger threat to him than Robert Mueller ever could be.

What Secretary of State Tillerson’s Firing Means (Paul Craig Roberts)

The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand, indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia. The combination of the Israel Lobby, the neoconservatives, and the military/security complex have proven to be too powerful for peace to be established between the two nuclear powers. If you look at Trump’s administration, the above three forces are those in charge. Israel remains determined to use the US military to destabilize Syria and Iran in order to isolate Hezbollah and cut off the milita’s support and supplies.

The neoconservatives both support Israel’s interest and their own desire for Washington’s hegemony over the world. The military/security complex intends to hold on to the “Russia threat” as a justification of its budget and power. The presstitutes are in complete harmony with the scheme. Although Russiagate has been proven to be false charges orchestrated by the DNC, FBI, and CIA, the presstitutes continue to repeat the charges as if evidence exists that proves the charges to be true. The “stolen election” is fiction turned into fact. And now we have a new charge, that Putin ordered a former British spy in England to be eliminated while sitting on a park bench with the use of a highly unlikely form of military poison.

The charge is preposterous, but that is not preventing the fiction from becoming fact. Having served in Washington for a quarter century and having known members of the British government, I do not believe that any of them believe the Russiagate and Skripal poisoning stories. What is happening is that an agenda has taken precedence over truth. This is an extremely dangerous agenda. Russia’s new weapons easily give Russia military superiority over the US. As China and Iran see the situation similarly to the Russians, the US is greatly out-classed.

Yet, Washington and its vassals persist in making violent and false charges and threats against Russia, Iran, and on occasion China. Russia, Iran, and China know that these charges are false. Confronting an endless string of false and hostile charges, they prepare for war. The world is being driven to war, which would be nuclear, by a tiny minority: Israeli Zionists, neoconservatives, and the US military/security complex. We are witnessing the most reckless and irresponsible behavior in world history. Where are the voices against it?

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She should be held in one of those sites.

New CIA Director Gina Haspel Once Ran A Torture Site (Qz)

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA. Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it. In 2002, she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand that tortured two terrorism suspects. That torture took place within the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which suspected terrorists are sent to US allies, and interrogated in “black sites” on their soil. One of the men, known as Abu Zubayda, was waterboarded 83 times in one month and was slammed into walls by the head.

He was deprived of sleep and kept in a coffin-like box. Interrogators later decided he didn’t have any useful information. ProPublica found that Haspel personally signed cables to CIA headquarters that detailed Zubayda’s interrogation. CIA videos of the torture were destroyed in 2005, on the orders of a cable drafted by Haspel. Her then-boss Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s director of operations for counterterrorism, signed off on the order. “The cable left nothing to chance. It even told them how to get rid of the tapes,” he wrote in his memoir, according to ProPublica. “They were to use an industrial-strength shredder to do the deed.” The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based NGO, has been pushing Germany’s public prosecutor to arrest Haspel for her role in the torture program.

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You can’t pull this stuff without proof. But note how she gets support from all over, countries, media. Like the US does when it invades yet another nation.

Theresa May Plans For ‘Economic War’ With Vladimir Putin And His Allies (Ind.)

Theresa May is drawing up plans for an “economic war” with Vladimir Putin and his allies after Moscow refused to explain how a deadly Russian nerve agent came to be used in a rural British city. The Independent understands the ground is already being prepared for economic measures such as asset freezes and seizures, alongside visa bans against Russian individuals. Ms May is also understood to be considering expelling diplomats and pushing for joint international action with allies. The Prime Minister is set to meet her National Security Council on Wednesday to finalise her approach which is then likely be announced to the House of Commons in the afternoon.

Action came a step closer after the Russian Foreign Minister said his country would not cooperate with the British investigation into the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on 4 March. But Britain’s allies gave early support to Ms May’s push, with Angela Merkel calling for unified action and Donald Trump saying there must be “consequences” for those responsible. [..] A Government minister said: “What happens will be an economic war, these will be economic measures. “Russia’s economy is only half that of the UK, a lot of it concentrated in a few people’s hands. Well, we’ll do our bit to make it smaller if they want to carry on like this. “That doesn’t give us any pleasure at all, but we need the nations of Europe to behave within the rule of law and not like gangsters. The message has to be economic, political and diplomatic.”

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“.. the British secret services, in close coordination with the British government and the press, poisoned Skripal and his daughter using a nerve agent obtained from Britain’s military research base at Porton Down..”

False Flags for Newbies (Dmitry Orlov)

An important key to spotting a false flag is that the “knowledge” of who is to blame becomes available before any evidence is in. For example, in the case of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines MH-17 over Eastern Ukraine, everyone in the West was convinced that “pro-Russian separatists” were to blame even before the means could be established. To this date, it isn’t understood how they could have done it given the equipment they had at their disposal. In this case, Russia was accused almost immediately, while British FM Boris Johnson was quick to volunteer that Britain should not send its team to the World Cup in Russia this summer, disclosing the real reason behind the assassination attempt.

Is there anything new and different behind this latest provocation? Not really; it seems like a replay of the Litvinenko assassination back in November 2006. The choice of an exotic poison (Polonium 210), the lack of evidence (the British claimed that compelling circumstantial evidence exists but haven’t provided any), and the instantaneous leap to “blame Russia” are all the same. The Russians offered to prosecute whoever is responsible if only the British would provide them with the evidence, but the British have failed to do so.

Giving the British story the benefit of the doubt, let’s see what would compel Russia’s secret services to go after Skripal. In Russia, he was convicted and sentenced for treason, then pardoned and released to the British in a prisoner exchange that included ten Russian spies who had worked in the US, including the rather memorable Anna Chapman. It is a very important rule of the spy business that those released in a spy swap are never acted against; if this rule were violated, the resulting bad faith would make spy swaps impossible to negotiate.

[..] My simple and consistent explanation, expressed in a single sentence, is as follows: Under direction from their colleagues in the US, and closely following a script previously worked out in the Litvinenko case over a decade ago, the British secret services, in close coordination with the British government and the press, poisoned Skripal and his daughter using a nerve agent obtained from Britain’s military research base at Porton Down in order to obtain an excuse to compromise the World Cup games in Russia this summer and also to create a scandal immediately before the Russian presidential election.

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Too close to politics.

Google To Ban All Cryptocurrency-Related Advertising (CNBC)

Google is cracking down on cryptocurrency-related advertising. The company is updating its financial services-related ad policies to ban any advertising about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice, Google’s director of sustainable ads, Scott Spencer, told CNBC. That means that even companies with legitimate cryptocurrency offerings won’t be allowed to serve ads through any of Google’s ad products, which place advertising on its own sites as well as third-party websites. This update will go into effect in June 2018, according to a company post.

“We don’t have a crystal ball to know where the future is going to go with cryptocurrencies, but we’ve seen enough consumer harm or potential for consumer harm that it’s an area that we want to approach with extreme caution,” Scott said. Google’s hard-line approach follows a similar ban that Facebook announced earlier this year. While the crypto-currency boom has produced a lot of excitement and wealth, it’s still a largely unregulated space and has spawned countless high-profile scams.

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Virginia Fidler has it right, except for this: “The good news is, Millennials are aware of the problem”. Thing is, it makes no difference if they’re aware or not. I’ve said it before: the demise of retirement systems is the no. 1 reason for UBI.

The Retirement Crisis: The Elderly Are Broke (GT)

42% of Americans are facing their golden years with less than $10,000 in savings. A lack of savings and planning has reduced what should be an enjoyable time in seniors’ lives to a period of stress and worries for many. Out-of-pocket expenses for health care is spiraling. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Americans 65 years of age and older may spend up to $46,000 annually on healthcare. This is not good news for those with only $10,000 on which to fall back on. For adults over 50, this should be a call to act now, while there is still time. Only one-third of adults in that age group have savings greater than $10,000. Retirement planning needs to become a priority, as there is little time to waste.

Pensions are becoming rarer, and Social Security is becoming less secure than it used to be. Many health needs of seniors are not covered by Medicare. Some experts believe the Social Security system will be depleted by 2030. Adults over the age of 50 need to consider making contributions into 401(k) accounts or similar retirement plans. Social Security was never intended to be the sole income of retiring seniors. It was meant to supplement approximately only 40% of post-retirement spending. Social security was supposed to enhance seniors’ lives, not support it entirely. However, according to Investopedia.com, 43% of unmarried seniors rely on Social Security to cover 90% of their basic needs. Almost a quarter of married couples depend on Social Security to meet most of their expenses.

Some seniors struggling with poverty are able to receive supplemental income (“SPM”), such as food stamps for a bit of additional help. The need is especially high for seniors who are women, African Americans, and Hispanics, and those with ongoing health issues.6,400,000 million American seniors are living at poverty level, struggling to meet fundamental needs such as rent and food. This number is likely to increase as more boomers become eligible for Social Security and the system becomes less able to support them.

What does this mean for the Millennial generation? The current Social Security system will be unsustainable at some point. It cannot continue at the current level. It probably won’t be abolished, as that would cause chaos for seniors. However, Millennials are aware that changes are coming. They know that benefits will likely be reduced by the time they grow older. The good news is, Millennials are aware of the problem. Members of the boomer generation who assumed Social Security would take care of their needs are learning a hard lesson.

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Turkey rattles the cage.

More Than 500 Refugees, Migrants Reach Greek Islands In Four Days (K.)

According to official figures released on Tuesday more than 500 migrants reached islands of the eastern Aegean in the previous four days, following a two-week lull in arrivals. The spike in arrivals was attributed by a Greek Police official to Turkish authorities, who, he said, control the influx. “But they always make sure not to overdo it so they can claim they are honoring the joint EU-Turkey agreement,” the official said, referring to a deal signed between Brussels and Ankara in March 2016 to curb human smuggling. The two-week drop in arrivals eased the pressure on facilities, as did the transfer of migrants to camps on the mainland. But some camps, notably on Lesvos, remain overcrowded.

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    Vincent van Gogh Sprig of Flowering Almond in a Glass 1888   • One Of The Greatest Minds Ever To Live Dies Age 76 (Ind.) • Trump Unmasked 68 Year
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 14 2018]

    #39410

    V. Arnold
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    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, world; and I want off; Scotty?
    Beam me up please…

    #39412

    V. Arnold
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    Virginia Fidler has it right, except for this: “The good news is, Millennials are aware of the problem”. Thing is, it makes no difference if they’re aware or not. I’ve said it before: the demise of retirement systems is the no. 1 reason for UBI.
    Universal Basic Income; the time has come!
    My primary reason for self exiling was political; but at 57 yo, my secondary was retirement.
    I saw the writing on the wall in the 80’s and knew it wouldn’t end well if I stayed in the U.S..
    It breaks my heart to see the helplessness and denial in the U.S. today.
    Without UBI, the U.S. people are going to be relegated to paupers, serfs, and beggars without hope.
    The overlords have stripped everything of value from the people; and they (the people) never even knew how wealthy they actually were…
    The greatest crime in human history…

    #39414

    VA, it’s not an American problem (only). This is unfolding all over the western world -and Japan-. Many if not most pensions funds and governments must be aware of this, but there’s no gains in going public with it. Moreover, it’s as anti-neoliberal as it comes. It’s just a matter of waiting for the first country to acknowledge the issue and act upon it. Which ironically requires recognition of the fact that UBI stays within a society if done well, so doesn’t cause huge deficits. But for that to work, you have to make ‘your own steel’ (or the money will flow out all the time). Globalization would require a global UBI, and that ain’t going to happen. Protectionism is the only way to save your economy, and your people.

    #39416

    Dr. D
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    So…despite all original reservations, having to put guys in he didn’t like, no Goldman Sachs guys left. Despite opposition, no Exxon guys in the Cabinet. Progress. Can I get an amen brother?

    …And you’re going to put in Pompeo, Haspel and possibly John Bolton? These are literally the worst guys on planet earth. We might as well exhume and reinstate Dick Cheney. But now with the division, “my guy right or wrong”, they can’t (won’t) back out of supporting a candidate that is (re)instating the very guys and policies they rebelled against. Who’s left to be the opposition, the counterweight?

    Why not look at the DNC, whose single enemy appears to be Progressives of any color or type, willing — as now legally admitted — to break any law, accept any loss to the GOP as long as it will shut out Progressives and therefore support corporate donors. And at the exclusive expense of the people, otherwise there would be synergy with citizens and companies, not conflct. Wonder why they want to make such divisions that it may break up the country? Look no further than what is happening while we’re all made busy chasing our tails and each other: corporations are running and purging the DNC while generals, neocons, and the police state are running the GOP, while retaining the at least passive compliance of the Right/Libertarians who are the most effective resistance.

    Politicians lie, cheat, coordinate, and misdirect to concentrate their power at your expense? Did I just say that water is wet and the sky is blue here, or what? Beam me up indeed. Beam me up because people still don’t catch on, and defend it. This isn’t a nation of men, of personalities, it’s a nation of Ideals, of Laws. I’d like to see some of those laws come back.

    #39417

    UK expels 23 Russian diplomats. For something they have no proof for (that has been made public). You can’t credibly say that it’s highly likely it’s the Russians because the poison is theirs and they’ve used it before. If anything, that indicates the opposite. Fat finger false flag.

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    V. Arnold
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    Raúl Ilargi Meijer

    Yes, I’m aware of that; but I can only speak from my own experience as a Usian, on this.
    My wife just retired as Thai civil servant (mandatory at 60 yo); all is well with the Thai government retirement program…so far.
    Yes, I agree; it’s a rolling disaster; as a not rich person/family; we can only hope we’ll live this out.
    We’re debt free (with good health insurance); that should help…

    #39419

    And then you have all those allies who declare their solidarity with the UK. You think they’ve all been given the detailed proof that nobody else is allowed to see? That wouldn’t work, they’d be far too afraid to would be leaked. Only logical conclusion is there is no proof, and/or most allies haven’t seen it. Scary stuff.

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    V. Arnold
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    Raúl Ilargi Meijer

    23? That many? Wow.
    Oh swell; that should work?
    TM is a loon; may the gods help the western world; the Harpies are loose…

    #39421

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    The west wants war with Russia; by god damn, they shall have it…
    If, that’s what they really want; gods help the west; they know not that which they do…

    #39422

    Dr. D
    Participant

    So the U.K. goes broke and immediately thereafter takes the wealth of the richest but least connected people? I think we’ve seen that before.

    Okay, so…great start, the Russians DO have a lot of wealth there, probably the most of any location in the world. So tasty. One thing: Ms. May, so, if London gets a reputation of stealing foreigners’ wealth at the slightest pretext, without even the initiation of rule of law (as most U.K. and Russia are signatories to), and starting from the legal basis of proving a negative, then perhaps you might be sparking off overwhelming and unstoppable capital outflows? In a nation that has marginal wealth and creates most GNP being financial trustees? Good plan, bad plan, what do you think?

    And so we finally have something, anything, on the poisoning: it was apparently created by a Soviet Lab, and released 8 minutes from Britain’s main bioweapons lab. Let the second part drop for the moment, Christ on a popsicle, does anyone remember that there hasn’t been a Soviet Union in 29 years? You’re over 50 if even the NAME of this makes sense to you. Okay, details: where has this vial of whatsit been hiding for 30 years, the mini fridge down at the pub? These are reactive compounds and unstable. Or maybe under lock and key in one of the world’s very few biolabs? And, what? Putin got it out of the freezer in Moscow and sent a guy on British Air to kill him, you know, 10 years after he defected, days before an election?

    Speaking of, if you start killing ex-agents you’ve prisoner-traded fair and square, you’ve going to have a little trouble getting anything done, spy-wise. So then the FSB decided to destroy their personal long-term credibility by killing an ex-spy who was long retired, uncontroversial, living openly, and knew nothing relevant? I mean, the only thing he’s done recently was coordinate with Steele on the discredited Trump dossier, how dangerous could that be? I mean, it relates to multiple charges of Treason and election tampering in the U.S. via MI6, not Moscow, surely he had nothing to worry about.

    #39423

    Sergei Skripal and Novichok, as per Dmitry (see above):

    ..It is no longer produced and the destruction of its stockpiles has been verified by international observers. However, its formula is in the public domain and it can be synthesized by any properly equipped chemical lab, such as Britain’s own Porton Down, which, incidentally, is just an 18-minute drive from Salisbury.”

    From Nafeez Ahmed:
    The British Government’s Russia Nerve Agent Claims Are Bullshit

    According to Craig Murray, former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and prior to that a longtime career diplomat in the UK Foreign Office who worked across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, the British government itself has advanced capabilities in Novichok:

    “The ‘novochok’ group of nerve agents – a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago – will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel. ”

    A secret British intelligence unit is actively arranging ‘honey trap’ propaganda operations to incriminate ‘adversaries’

    #39424

    zerosum
    Participant

    What!!!
    How dare anyone accuse the west of doing “false flag, propaganda, etc /sac

    • False Flags for Newbies (Dmitry Orlov)

    “… in close coordination with the British government and the press, poisoned Skripal and his daughter using a nerve agent…”

    FACT CHECK
    #1. “… the only thing he’s done recently was coordinate with Steele on the discredited Trump dossier, how dangerous could that be? …”

    The Trouble With the Steele Dossier
    The Steele dossier should be treated with caution.

    FACT CHECK # 2
    Honey Trap!!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormy_Daniels
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    • The Retirement Crisis: The Elderly Are Broke (GT)

    The system is working as it was designed to work.
    (…people are going to be relegated to paupers, serfs, and beggars without hope….)

    Wake up!
    Its time to take your pain killer pill.

    #39426

    chettt
    Participant

    I’m not going to bother with Infowars anymore. This may be the best place yet!

    #39427

    Nassim
    Participant

    This nerve gas – assuming that it is what the British government claims it to be – is only very slightly different to some common insecticides. A small quantity can be made in any decent lab. The claim that because the Soviets – not the Russians – made it 50 years ago warrants the exclamation “so what!”

    It is pretty obvious that it is all a distraction from what is happening in Syria – where the West’s terrorists are being trounced. I suspect that lots of British special forces are trapped in East Ghouta and the Russians refused to let them escape by going along with the UN trace nonsense. He let them get away far too many times in other sieges. This time is different – too many Russians have died.

    Syrian War Report – March 14, 2018: Government Forces Liberate Key Area In Southern Damascus

    There are rumours that the US moved a large number of F-22 stealth fighter-bombers to an airbase in Jordan that is close to the Syrian border. The Russians have rushed in more S400 batteries. They have also warned the Americans that they will attack any vessel, aircraft or base that launches cruise missiles against the Syrian government. Russian personnel are being placed in all Syrian government buildings and army bases.

    Things are certainly warming up. I would be very pleased if the Russians were to shoot down lots of these planes so that the American public begins to understand that they are being lied to.

    #39428

    Joe Clarkson
    Participant

    Sad to see that the Automatic Earth has followed Orlov deep into tinfoil-hat territory. How desperate for page-views can you be? On the other hand, you’ll probably be pleased to know that this will be my last.

    #39429

    Dr. D
    Participant

    The slightest research will support any/all of what they’re suggesting, at least on this site.

    Conspiracy theories: because we know criminals NEVER commit crimes together. They are ALWAYS solo and don’t tell or include anyone. You know, like the MBS scandal, LIBOR, aluminum rigging, gold rigging, creating false bank accounts, Tyson chicken, Barclays’ copper, Singapore electronics, BNP Forex, Connecticut generic drugs, Loblow’s bakery, Mylan drugs, Canada’s CDOR, Germany’s RMC concrete, Enron, Norwegian shipping, car dealerships, car parts BMW, Daimler, VW, French yogurts, Bridgestone tires, police in Seattle, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Atlanta and elsewhere, Defense and Construction projects, and a few others in 5 minutes of Google search.

    But other than that, there are no conspiracies. Nobody ever coordinates with anyone else to get rich, powerful, or to hide evidence to protect their careers.

    The Mafia doesn’t exist and they they’re just honest businessmen working alone.

    And I’M the crazy one here…

    #39430

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Dr. D
    LOL; but for goodness sake; don’t feed the trolls…

    #39431

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Mayhaps we fail the confirmation bias needed by so many…

    #39432

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Well, well; a hell of a run;
    Ilargi’s run is temporarily done;
    No debt rattle or other prattle,
    for this day, but hey;
    A rest is surely the best;
    for future memes and sharpness of mind;
    We’ll see you anon,..
    while we collect our own minds,
    for more of the on and on…
    Cheers and thanks Ilargi…

    #39433

    zerosum
    Participant
    #39434

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Kudlow. Grrrrrr.

    #39435

    sumac.carol
    Participant

    v. arnold wonderful limerick!

    #39436

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    sumac.carol

    Thanks, just a wee bit of fun.

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