by Alexander Mercouris, The Duran:
Twelve days ago, shortly after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) cleared 28 Russian athletes of the doping allegations which had been made against them, I expressed the hope that sanity would prevail and that the International Olympic Committee would reconsider its decision to exclude some of these athletes from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
After all the International Olympic Committee’s own Schmid commission had reported that there was no proof of a government organised state sponsored doping conspiracy in Russia, and since the athletes had been cleared of the doping allegations there seemed no reason to exclude them.
In the event sanity – or at least justice – did not prevail. Not only did the International Olympic Committee refuse to allowed the cleared athletes to attend the PyeongChang Games, but Thomas Bach – the IOC President, who is himself a lawyer – not only criticised CAS’s decision in intemperate terms but actually called for CAS to be reorganised
We cannot have a situation of CAS losing its credibility with athletes… We have to do our job to make proposals so trust of the athletes can be restored….. [the CAS] ruling was extremely disappointing and surprising…..We feel that this decision shows the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of CAS…..
Bach then went on to insinuate that the 28 Russian athletes who had been cleared by CAS might not be clean after allt
……[the absence of CAS sanctions does not mean that the Russian athletes are entitled to receive an invitation from the IOC] because receiving this invitation is a privilege of clean Russian athletes
(bold italics added)
Bach did not of course say what grounds the International Olympic Committee had for insinuating that the Russian athletes who had been cleared might not be ‘clean’ after all, or what distinguished them from the ‘clean’ Russian athletes the International Olympic Committee had invited to PyeongChang.
However, and unsurprisingly given the clear threat against CAS implicit in these words, CAS then went on to adopt this strange reasoning in its subsequent decision to uphold the International Olympic Committee’s decision to exclude these cleared Russian athletes from the PyeongChang Winter Games. Here is what CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said in an interview he gave to RT
The duty of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) was to show that the athletes involved in this case were guilty of an anti-doping rule violation. The fact that you cannot establish the evidence of guilt does not mean that you have established the innocence of the athletes
(bold italics added)
Ever since the beginning of the Russian Olympic Doping Scandal in the autumn of 2015, and especially since the publication of the first of Professor McLaren’s two reports on the even of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I have been saying that the burden of proof was being reversed, and that instead of those who were accusing Russian athletes of doping offences being asked to prove their case, it was the Russian athletes who were being required to prove their innocence. This for example is what I wrote on 18th July 2016, shortly before the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio
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by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:
Self-destruction usually happens in stages. At first there’s a binge in which the thrill outweighs the sense of transgression. This is usually followed by remorse, acknowledgement of risks, and an attempt to reform.
But straight-and-narrow is exhausting, and because of this is frequently just temporary, eventually giving way to a kind of capitulation in which the addict drops even the pretense of self-control.
2018 is apparently the year in which the world enters this final stage of its addiction to debt. Wherever you look, leverage is soaring as governments, corporations and individuals just give up and embrace the idea that borrowing is no longer a necessary evil, but simply necessary. Some recent examples:
(Reuters) – China’s banks extended a record 2.9 trillion yuan ($458.3 billion) in new yuan loans in January, blowing past expectations and nearly five times the previous month as policymakers aim to sustain solid economic growth while reining in debt risks.
Net new loans surpassed the previous record of 2.51 trillion yuan in January 2016, which is likely to support growth not only in China but may underpin liquidity globally as major Western central banks begin to withdraw stimulus.
Corporate loans surged to 1.78 trillion yuan from 243.2 billion yuan in December, while household loans rose to 901.6 billion yuan in January from 329.4 billion yuan in December, according to Reuters calculations based on the central bank data.
Outstanding yuan loans grew 13.2 percent in January from a year earlier, also faster than an expected 12.5 percent rise and compared with an increase of 12.7 percent in December.
(CNBC) – Total household debt rose by $193 billion to an all-time high of $13.15 trillion at year-end 2017 from the previous quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data report released Tuesday.
Mortgage debt balances rose the most in the December quarter rising by $139 billion to $8.88 trillion from the previous quarter. Credit card debt had the second largest increase of $26 billion to a total of $834 billion.
(Chicago Tribune) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year’s promises to balance the federal budget.
The president’s spending outline for the first time acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not “pay for itself” as Trump and his Republican allies asserted.
Trump’s plan sees a 2019 deficit of $984 billion, though White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney admits $1.2 trillion is more plausible after last week’s congressional budget pact and $90 billion worth of disaster aid is tacked on. That would be more than double the 2019 deficit the administration promised last year.
So far, the financial markets are responding pretty much according to script:
(CNBC) – U.S. government debt yields hit session highs Wednesday after the government reported inflation in January rose more than expected.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note jumped to 2.882 percent as of 10:03 a.m. ET. It hit a four-year high of 2.902 percent on Monday. The yield on the 30-year bond was last seen higher at 3.146 percent. Bond yields move inversely to their prices.
Schwab’s Kathy Jones argued that the latest reading could mean that the yield on the benchmark 10-year note could test 3 percent in the next few months.
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by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:
While the Southern Poverty Law Center makes millions of dollars off of selling hatred by labeling practically everyone they disagree with as a ‘political hate group’, as we’ve seen going back a decade+ since Barack Obama came in to office and helped put Christians, Conservatives and people who love America on DHS watch lists while allowing a countless number of potential ‘trojan horse terrorists’ into America, the globalists war upon Christians and America continues to this day.
With Christians now the most persecuted religious group in the world as stated by VP Mike Pence as is also surprisingly documented by Wikipedia, in this new story from The Organic Prepper we learn that a new bill in Congress once again puts a target on the back of millions of law-abiding American citizens, especially those who love America, and the SPLC is one of the driving forces behind it with the bill citing numerous unreliable, biased and ‘fake news’ sources.
While no mention is made of the terrorist group ‘antifa’ in H.R. 4918, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018, as the Free Thought Project reports in this new story, the “ominous new bill is targeting millions of peaceful Americans who identify with being a patriot by lumping them in with extremely rare violent hate groups”.
With the left and mainstream media recently going so far as to label anyone who supports President Trump a ‘white supremacist’, might this bill be used in a sick and twisted attempt to make sure President Trump doesn’t win again in 2020 by rounding up America-loving Patriots via the lumping of us into the domestic terror bill with those ‘rare hate groups’ on the right that are actually violent?
If what we’ve been witnessing in America over the past decade+ really was an attempt to overthrow US sovereignty while merging us into a totalitarian, Islamic global government where people have no rights as Jerome Corsi recently reported in this Infowars story, then this latest bill is just par for the course as those who’ve committed treason against America in Congress attempt to take the focus off of themselves and put upon those who love America and voted President Trump into office.
And if anyone reading this story had any doubts where ex-president Barack Obama sat on this issue, we got a definitive answer in this recent story from Susan Duclos on ANP in which we see that Obama is quite literally a ‘serpent in the garden’, his administration full of hatred towards whites and Christians as perfectly exemplified by the person he chose to paint his portrait. It’s clear Obama was brought in by globalists to complete the destruction of America which only the election of President Trump has put off a few more years.
And while Congress (most of whom long ago sold out America) currently has a 20% approval rating as reported in this recent Gallup poll, should we be surprised that they are once again attempting to target those who helped put President Trump into office? Is it part of the globalists plans to keep Trump out of office in 2020? As the Daily Bell reports:
It shouldn’t be a problem that the bill targets white supremacists. They are after all responsible for violence, including the tragic killing spree carried out by Dyan Roof on a church congregation.
But “Trump supporter” is now synonymous with “white supremacist” to the mainstream media. How often do you hear people throw out the charge of “racism!” when something has nothing to do with race?
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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:
On his nationally-syndicated radio program Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh explained why he believes the indictment of former National Security Adviser Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is a major component to understanding why special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is “one of the most gigantic political scandals of our lifetime.”
On Monday, Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported former FBI Director James Comey told congressional investigators he did not believe Flynn lied during an unannounced interview with agent Peter Strzok on January 24th, 2017.
Partial transcript via rushlimbaugh.com.
RUSH: After hearing from Comey, these members of Congress “came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the January 24 interview” with the FBI. “Nine months later, with Comey gone and special counsel Robert Mueller in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI in that January 24 questioning. What happened? […]
As I pointed out, even “the Washington Post reported” more than a year ago “that the FBI had reviewed the” transcripts of those phone calls and found Flynn did nothing illegal. So what happened here? Why did he end up pleading guilty to one count? Why has the sentencing been delayed until May? According to Byron York, indeed it appears the FBI did not think Flynn had done anything wrong in the calls. […]
I think… Folks, we are living in the midst of one of the most gigantic political scandals of our lifetime.
According to veteran political operative and Infowars correspondent, Roger Stone, lawyers for Flynn are preparing legal action to have all charges against him dropped.
Credit: The Alex Jones Channel
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by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:
Danielle Park observes that the market finally had a pullback. Was it just a 3 day event or is this just the beginning? Paper profits aren’t real money until you sell or liquidate. It’s always better to sell before the crash, but why are so few unable to execute? It’s all tied into the human psyche. Dopamine is so good, we want the good times to keep rolling along. But they don’t and you need to be prepared. Otherwise, you’ll be left taking out usurious payday loans and that’s a losing strategy.
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by Dan Lyman, Newswars:
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, delivered remarks in Vienna in which he warned against the “destructive emotions” of those who oppose the on-going migrant invasion and denounced the rise of populism in Europe.
Following a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose coalition government has been implementing a series of new policies to tighten border controls and begin purging the country of undesirable illegal immigrants, Tusk issued loosely-veiled threats clearly aimed at Austrian leadership and their ideological allies in other European governments, such as Hungary and Poland, where Tusk recently served as prime minister.
“When it comes to managing illegal migration, Chancellor Kurz and I have discussed it many times already, and we have similar views,” Tusk said. “Migration will remain a challenge for many years to come, which is why we want to find a solution that makes sure that the EU – together with national states – can manage future migration flows efficiently and without creating new divisions in Europe.”
“It is possible, but naturally all sides need to compromise. Above all, we must put an end to the destructive emotions surrounding the issue of relocation, as they continue to fuel populism and divide Europe. If this issue is not resolved by ministers within the next months, we will need to find a solution at the June European Council.”
It seems that June could prove a pivotal month for the direction of Europe, and may usher in an escalation in punitive measures taken by globalists and supranational bodies against nations who refuse to bow to the demands of Tusk, Soros, and the rest of their ilk in the internationalist cabal.
Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban summarized an ultimatum issued by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in which Michel intimated that “force” may be used against Central European countries that refuse to accept ‘refugee resettlement quotas.’
“The presidency of Fidesz has discussed yesterday the announcement of the Belgian prime minister, that they will – if necessary with force – obligate Central European countries, including Hungary, to accept migrants,” Orban said. “According to their plan, this will happen in June at the summit of the prime ministers in Brussels.”
PM Orban recently paid his first visit to Vienna since the 31-year-old Kurz was sworn in as Chancellor, and both leaders vowed to strengthen the bonds between their nations and work together to stem the invasion of predominantly Islamic migrants from Africa and the Middle East.
“We must stop illegal migration in order to ensure safety across the bloc,” Kurz said at a joint press conference with Orban. “I am glad that there has been a change in thinking in many European countries in recent years.”
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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:
According to a group of seismologists who are monitoring the potentially catastrophic supervolcano, Yellowstone is “under strain.” This new report has reignited fears that the caldera could erupt at any moment.
Experts were alerted to the volcano’s strain after noticing deformation. This process, where subsurface rocks subtly change shapes, is occurring beneath the surface of Yellowstone right now. Researchers state deformation occurs when there is a change in the amount of pressure in the magma chamber and experts are keeping an eye on the development.
Seismologists from UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, are using “Global Positioning System (GPS), borehole tiltmeters, and borehole strainmeters” to measure minute changes in deformation at Yellowstone. In an article for the Billings Gazette, David Mencin and Glen Mattioli, geodesists with UNAVCO, say “the strain signal is larger than would be expected if the crust under Yellowstone were completely solid.”
“What that means, at least in their eyes, is that there’s lava flowing that’s allowing pressure to build in the chamber,” says Joe Joseph of The Daily Sheeple. “I don’t know if this is good or bad!”
These independent observations agree with other instruments at Yellowstone, like seismometers, that indicate a zone of semi-molten rock starting about 3 miles beneath the surface. The term “semi-molten” is used because the entire zone contains only between 5 and 15 percent liquid rock that occupies small pockets of space between the solid rock.
But the scientists want to assure the public that these observations are no cause for alarm. “Of course, they’re always gonna say that,” says Joseph. “It’s about 700,000 years ago they say when it erupted and it’s long overdue. So here we are, Yellowstone, yet again, thrust into the news because of some of this new data coming out…,” Joseph said.
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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
A high-profile millionaire donor to Hillary Clinton was found with a dead prostitute in his home, with witnesses saying he kidnapped him, and drugs and paraphernalia everywhere and no one has been charged.
West Hollywood, CA — The family and friends of Gemmel Moore, 26, are fighting an uphill battle to bring the man they say is responsible for his death to justice. Not surprisingly, the fact that Moore, who worked as a male escort, was found dead at the home of 63-year-old Ed Buck—who’s donated hundreds of thousands to Hillary Clinton—has received very little media coverage.
On July 27, Moore’s body was discovered inside the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck. Buck is a well connected and extremely wealthy political activist who gives massive amounts of money to the Democratic party. His influence is vast as he’s given hundreds of thousands to a slew of powerful Democrats including Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state and local organizations in California—which likely explains the reason he’s yet to be charged with any crime.
According to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report, police and paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in Buck’s living room with a “male pornography movie playing on the television.” A spokesman for the coroner’s office, Ed Winter, said Buck was inside his Laurel Avenue home at the time of Moore’s death and that drug paraphernalia was recovered from the scene.
Police found sex toys, syringes and “clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a toolbox roll-cabinet in the living room,” 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a “piece of crystal-like substance.”
Even if we ignore the fact that there was a dead prostitute in his bed, the drugs found on the scene alone should’ve been enough to warrant charges as the multiple plastic bags would land anyone else with not only possession charges but intent to distribute. But there have been none.
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Update (6:20 pm ET): Given the pace at which new information is being released, we’ve decided to include a running list of the highlights below…
…Video of the school shooting suspect, still wearing his hospital gown, being escorted into Broward County Sheriff’s headquarters
MOMENTS AGO: School shooting suspect escorted into BSO headquarters, still wearing hospital gownpic.twitter.com/vBZVVDfYRP
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) 14 February 2018
In another briefing, Sheriff Israel said the shooting “Started outside the school and went inside”. Two succumbed to their wounds at the hospital, but it’s unclear what state the scene is in. Twelve were killed inside the school, two were killed on a street outside, and two more succumbed to their wounds. It’s unclear what happened to the 17…
Cruz is a legal adult and can be charged as such. At this point, it’s unclear if Cruz is cooperating with police…
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by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:
As details continue to emerge of last week’s US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia.
Over the weekend, the US struck again, with officials now confirmed that a US MQ-9 Reaper drone attacked and destroyed a Russian T-72 tank in Eastern Syria, in what US officials are claiming was an act of “self-defense.”
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian says the drone saw the tank “that took a shot at us,” and that he believes the US rules of engagement allowed for the tank to be destroyed in self-defense to protect the drone. Three people within were killed.
As to who they killed, US officials are no more forthcoming than they ever are, with Lt. Gen. Harrigian saying the US is “not going to speculate” on who they killed, and that they flat out don’t know whose tank it was, or who was driving it.
Which isn’t a great excuse because tanks are usually well-marked as to their owners/operators, and while both Russia and Syria are two of the top three extent operators of such tanks, there are massively different ramifications for the US to have destroyed a Syrian tank of Russian origin or to have deliberately attacked and destroyed a Russian tank.
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