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The Bubble in Cryptos that No One is Talking About

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from Silver Fortune:

A balanced take on cryptocurrencies, and their future, the role they will play in our future economy, and potential bubbles that we can see right now.

Municipal Bankruptcies and more on the way

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from BATR:

Even to the casual observer, the financial condition of government budgets are under severe stress. Taxes have gone up consistently and have outpaced any meager adjustments in income for most taxpayers. No one can reasonably expect that municipal financing is assured by simply raising assessments and rates to keep their bloated bureaucracies solvent. Since the middle class has never recovered from the money centered meltdown, the average community struggles with diminished resources.

Add into this equation the prospects of an even worse financial collapse, the question needs to be asked, just how municipal jurisdictions will cope with the reality that even more properties will go off the tax rolls.

A measure of last resort might well be bankruptcy, assuming your state allows for such relief. Chapter 9 – Bankruptcy Basics seem straight forward.

“The purpose of chapter 9 is to provide a financially-distressed municipality protection from its creditors while it develops and negotiates a plan for adjusting its debts. Reorganization of the debts of a municipality is typically accomplished either by extending debt maturities, reducing the amount of principal or interest, or refinancing the debt by obtaining a new loan.”

The resources on Bankrupt Cities, Municipalities List and Map, provides valuable information.

Overall bankrupt municipalities remain extremely rare. A Governing analysisestimated only one of every 1,668 eligible general-purpose local governments (0.06 percent) filed for bankruptcy protection from 2008 through 2012. Excluding filings later dismissed, only one of every 2,710 eligible localities (not all states permit governments to file for bankruptcy) filed since 2008.

List of Bankruptcy Filings Since January 1, 2010

All Municipal Bankruptcy Filings: 51

General-Purpose Local Government Bankruptcy Filings (9):
— City of Hillview, Ky.
— City of Detroit, Mich.
— City of San Bernardino, Calif.
— Town of Mammoth Lakes, Calf. (Dismissed)
— City of Stockton, Calif.
— Jefferson County, Ala.
— City of Harrisburg, Pa. (Dismissed)
— City of Central Falls, R.I.
— Boise County, Idaho (Dismissed)

Most financial analysis does not forecast that the risk of government authority default is high. Yet in this never ending bond financial environment, many jurisdictions have abandoned a pay as you go standard. Borrow from tomorrow to pay for the shortfall of today is not sound fiscal policy.

The actual circumstance from one of the above cited cities presents a potential legal strategy that can overturn the apple cart. The ‘B’ Word: Is Municipal Bankruptcy’s Stigma Fading?

“Fiscally distressed cities have sought relief by raising taxes and cutting services, but they often hit a brick wall when it comes to contract adjustments. And even in cases where they can negotiate a new labor agreement, existing pension agreements have legally been untouchable.

That was until Central Falls, R.I., declared bankruptcy. The finance-strapped town of 20,000 people, located on the northern outskirts of Providence, had been trying to renegotiate its pension contracts for months with no success. When it filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2011, the slate was essentially wiped clean. The city immediately moved to change its labor and retiree agreements. The new deal hammered out by Central Falls and the unions was essentially what the city had wanted all along, says Ted Orson, the attorney for the city’s receiver. The final agreement slashed pensions by 55 percent (although funding from the state’s general assembly reduced that cut to 25 percent for the first five years).

The difference, Olson says, is that Central Falls was the first city to use bankruptcy to make good on its promise to cut pension benefits. “Up until Central Falls, there was never what we call an ‘or else,’” Orson says. “There wasn’t any leverage to make concessions. However, after Central Falls, when [the labor unions] saw what happened, they understood it’s better to negotiate a better agreement than to be in a position where something can be forced on you and you might not like what it is.”

This resolution can be a profound game changer. When the time comes during the next and graver economic crisis, the bean counters will look to any alternative to paper over their books, even if that means reneging on former contract agreements.

How the courts will come down may have less to do with case law than for granting continuity of governance.

It is not simply an alarmist scare, since The Fed is doing workshops on municipal bankruptcies now. When the central bank sends out a warning notice, the hazard danger surely is rising.

Read More @ BATR.org

 

 

The Last Clinton Scandal

by  Patrick J McShay, SGT Report:

“If they send a signal that we’re going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly and fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust the justice system. It will be incredibly demoralizing to the people at the Justice Department, both Democrat, and Republican, but it will also send a terrible signal to our Country and the World that we have given up on the kind of values that we use to live by.”

* Hillary Clinton explaining to Mother Jones why looking into her alleged criminality is a big waste of time.

“It’s time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not he should step down”. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

“The Uranium One deal is not a national security scandal, it is a corruption scandal involving Clinton family self-dealing.” Former Federal Prosecutor Andy McCarthy

The Trump Administration is pushing for a real investigation and the appointment of a special counsel to look into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Uranium One deal that sold the rights of 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of America’s Uranium to the Russians. The funny thing is that all of the people involved are “never Trumpers” who have been trying to prove Trump colluded with Russia.  They also want to know why the Clinton Foundation benefited to the tune of $145 million on the deal. Hillary, not pleased at all with this spotlight on another of her shady deals, told Mother Jones that this is “old news” and a new investigation would be a “disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department.”

 Hillary whined that any further investigation into this obviously dirty deal would have devastating consequences for the justice system in America. The Clinton’s decades of lies and complete disregard for decency and the rule of law make Hillary’s pleas for justice laughable and extremely sad if anyone takes this career criminal seriously.  

 Spirit cooker and Hillary Campaign Manager John Podesta recently wrote in the Washington Post that Trump’s investigating criminal activity by Hillary and her cronies would “upend 230 years of Constitutional history and principle to run the Justice Department like a banana republic”. Dripping with hyperbole and hypocrisy, Podesta’s tirade and taunts are an insult to anyone with a pea-sized brain and are as childish and nuanced as the age-old playground taunt,”I know you are, but what am I”. Bold talk from a guy who was doing business in Russia long before Trump ran for president. Bill and Hillary orchestrated the Uranium one deal and now, like many of her other scams, pretends that she was out of the loop. This looks like this could be the Clinton’s last scandal. 

Far from having already been investigated and adjudicated satisfactorily, the main witness in the case is a nuclear energy consultant named William Campbell, who was recruited by the FBI to work undercover as a confidential source in a bribery and kickback investigation involving Rosatom, the Russian State-owned nuclear energy company. It appears the FBI has been withholding documents and are covering up important aspects of the case. Had Trump not been elected would we be talking about any of this? Campbell is set to testify this week and up until a couple of weeks ago was effectively gagged by a Loretta Lymch non-disclosure agreement, with threats of prison time, he was forced to sign several years ago. 

 It is unconscionable, given the number of witnesses to Clinton criminality that have been murdered or died mysteriously to silence their testimony, that Campbell’s name would be released before he testifies. Campbell’s attorney, Victoria Toensing, has been tight-lipped about what he knows but indicated his testimony could contain some bombshells. This is the Russian pay to play and collusion scandal the American people wanted to see investigated, not the phony Russian/Trump collusion fantasy dreamed up by the criminal Clinton cult. 

It came to light this week that there is a system in place in Washington to pay off victims of sexual assault and harassment claims made against randy Congressmen and Senators who can’t keep it in their pants. In the last 17 years, $15.2 million has been paid out to over 250 victims using taxpayer dollars. This is an outrageous abuse of public trust not to mention stealing taxpayer funds to pay off victims of their abuse. The entire process set up to deal with congressional wrongdoing was set up to be as discouraging and secretive as possible. This secrecy needs to end. CNN reports that staffers on the Hill maintain an unofficial “Creep list” of Congressmen to avoid.

Who are these men that pay off their victims of Congressional sexual abuse and harassment claims using taxpayer dollars? These men should be named immediately. Are any of these Congressional abusers now calling for Roy Moore to step aside in the very important Senate race in Alabama? Will these allegations against Roy Moore and Al Franken move the discussion back to the 17 women who accused President Trump of inappropriate behavior? 

Gideon Litchfield, writing for Quartz said,”there’s one man in America who continues to be safe from sexual harassment allegations, and that man is Trump.” the recent comment by Kirsten Gillbrand that Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky affair a signal that Trump’s old accusers will be back in the news now that the Russian collusion story has completely fallen apart and more importantly the public never believed it.

On Friday American Majority founder Ned Ryan sat down with Breitbart’s Executive Chairman, Steve Bannon and Sirius XM”s host Raheem Kassam. Ryan called Gloria Allred, the attorney for the women accusing Roy Moore of sexual impropriety, a human Vulture. Ryan says he has no hard facts, but strongly suspects this Roy Moore story was planted by the Mitch McConnell camp. Once Moore goes down will the “Never Trump” traitor then go after a weakened Trump?

The Mother of Lee Corfman, the accuser who says she was 14 when Roy Moore fondled her, has contradicted details of her daughter’s story, which Moore vehemently denies, Darrel Nelson, the step-son of Beverly Young Nelson, has said she is lying about the charge that Moore fondled her 40 years ago and the claim that Moore signed her yearbook is being called a forgery by the Moore camp. Another accuser, Gloria Deason, says at the age of 18 she went on a few dates with Roy Moore that went no further than hugging and kissing. Despite the fact that the age of consent in Alabama is 16, she now claims to be the victim of abuse. The worst news Mitch McConnell got this week was when Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced she would cast her vote for Roy Moore. 

While America is fed a steady diet of Roy Moore’s accusers, the debate on a tax plan that will likely help no one in the Middle Class, or the latest false flag attack, no one notices what our legislators are up to while we are distracted by the latest so-called breaking news. A good example of this is a recent Bill quietly passed by Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump on August 22, 2017, with no media coverage and very little fanfare, that allows police searches and seizure without a warrant. The USA Liberty Act is a Bill proposed to address concerns about the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act.  The Orwellian named Liberty Act is supposed to address concerns about the government spying on Americans but this Bill offers little substantive change to speak of as usual. 

Will Rogers said, “All I know is what I read in the papers”. Unfortunately, The important stories don’t make papers or the mainstream news, not in Will Rogers day and certainly not today. In a scene from the movie “Three Days Of The Condor,” CIA boss Cliff Robertson meets with Robert Redford’s CIA Agent character, who the agency had been trying to kill the whole movie. When Redford threatens to blow the whistle on an illegal CIA operation and send the story to the New York Times, Robertson asks, “What if they don’t print it? How far will you get if they don’t print it? It left you thinking he was going to be OK. 

In the real world, we would have seen the “No Country For Old Men” ending. They wouldn’t have printed the story, the media would have covered it up and Redford and everybody he cares about would have been unceremoniously whacked. 

According to the Daily Mail in London, author Ed Klein is reporting that Bill Clinton, the nation’s worst abuser of women, and rumored to have AIDS, is facing new accusations from 4 women who claim the former president assaulted them in the early 2000’s when Clinton was working with playboy billionaire Ron Burkle. The women worked in low-level positions and were teenagers at the time of these assaults. Hillary, who has been on her high horse railing about Trump’s indiscretions will not be pleased with these new allegations.  

 Unfortunately, the mainstream media today only gives us the news that has been approved by our controllers, and they have no interest in the public finding out that our rights are being stolen and soon freedom and privacy in America will be a thing of the past. The bottom line is, Selective programming is social engineering. We aren’t being governed, we are being handled through mind control and government approved propaganda.

We live in a country where a recent CDC report, detailed in Reuters, revealed that the water in over 3800 water supplies across America contain twice as much Lead as the toxic water in Flint Michigan, and in half of those cities it was 4 times as bad. So far no one’s gone to prison. Do you think they don’t know it’s that bad? Of course, they do. They were hoping you wouldn’t find out. Why isn’t that breaking news on Fox? 

If we don’t demand clean water they won’t provide it. If we don’t demand they stop illegally spying on us they never will. If we don’t demand our God given rights protected by the Constitution are preserved they will take them. If we don’t demand to be heard soon it’s going to be too late.

Sources:

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=87852

http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2017/11/clinton-nightmare-uranium-one-informant-has-film-of-briefcases-full-of-cash-video-2495545.html

http://newsmela.com/hillary-clinton-questions-legitimacy-of-trumps-victory-in-2016-election/

https://hotair.com/archives/2017/11/16/capitol-hill-staffers-keep-creep-list-lawmakers-avoid/

http://www.tashnews.com/jeff-sessions-leaked-fbi-informant-video-bribery-clinton-russian-agents-video/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-clinton-informant-exclusive/exclusive-secret-witness-in-senate-clinton-probe-is-ex-lobbyist-for-russian-firm-idUSKBN1DG1SB

https://needtoknow.news/2017/08/us-congress-quietly-passed-bill-allowing-searches-homes-without-warrant/

https://www.activistpost.com/2017/11/shocking-cdc-tests-reveal-3800-us-water-supplies-400-contaminated-flint.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=53741ba043-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-53741ba043-388191505

Are Smart Cities Interdimensional Gateways?

from FaceLikeTheSun:

In the last several years, the concept of Smart Cities have become very common in tech industry circles. What destabilized the post-modern paradigm into a digital or transcendent paradigm was through the works of professors like Nick Bostrom and his Simulation Theory. It caused everyone, including those in the scientific world to pause, and reconsider reality…

Trump’s opium war: US begins bombing Taliban drug labs as new Afghanistan strategy takes hold

Ed Note: Thank God. Or thanks TRUMP! With heroin use becoming an epidemic in the United States, this is fantastic news. And it would NOT be happening if the witch Hillary Clinton was in the White House. ~SGT

from South China Morning Post:

The US and Afghan air forces launched a series of strikes on narcotics laboratories in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, marking the beginning of what could be a long, expanded air war there under US President Donald Trump.

The strikes marked the “first significant use” of legal authorities granted August 21 by the Trump administration that will allow the Pentagon to target Taliban revenue streams, said Army General John Nicholson Jnr, the top US commander in Afghanistan. Previously, the US military carried out strikes only when facing imminent threat or working directly with Afghan forces.

Nicholson, speaking Monday from Kabul to reporters at the Pentagon, said that the strikes – carried out by B-52 bombers, highly advanced F-22 Raptor fighters, unmanned aircraft and Marine Corps rocket fire – were still ongoing. The Afghan air force began the strikes by dropping bombs from A-29 aircraft, and the United States continued the bombing campaign afterward.

“There are many, many targets that have been identified,” Nicholson said. “We are striking some, and we will continue to strike these targets as we further refine them.”

Nicholson said that the strikes were not carried out until now, nearly three months after Trump approved his new strategy, because it took extensive preparation and observation by surveillance aircraft to assess the targeted sites. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that there are 400 to 500 opium laboratories across Afghanistan, and about 10 of them have been bombed so far, the general said.

“These strikes required the mapping of their revenue streams, and mapping of their infrastructure in areas where we had not done this before,” Nicholson said.

Hundreds of intelligence analysts have been involved, along with hundreds of hours of aerial surveillance, he added. He indicated that the tempo of air strikes in coming days will be roughly the same.

The strikes have been concentrated in northern Helmand province, an area where the Taliban have long held sway. More than 20,000 Marines were based there during the Obama administration, rooting out the Taliban while training Afghan forces to fight the militants. The Taliban swiftly reclaimed large swathes of territory after the Marines withdrew in 2014.

The strikes Sunday hit seven Taliban drug laboratories and a headquarters in three districts across northern Helmand that have long been volatile. Three strikes occurred in Kajaki district, four in Musa Qala and one in Sangin – all areas controlled by the US military at the height of the Obama administration’s troop surge.

Nicholson highlighted several of the strikes as the Pentagon played video of them Monday. In the largest one, a B-52 struck a opium-processing facility where 50 barrels of drugs were cooking at the time, he said.

The general said that the new strategy does not focus on regular Afghans who farm poppy, which is ubiquitous across Afghanistan and Helmand in particular. Rather, it will target Taliban drug processing hubs, with the hope that if the Afghan government can expand the area it controls, it can encourage the growth of other legal crops.

The United States has sought ways to encourage the growth of pomegranates, wheat and other crops in the past, but those efforts rarely took hold. Nicholson said that one difference now is that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sought ways to open trade with India, and send legal Afghan crops there.

Read More @ SCMP.com

LOL: JPMorgan Capitulates, May Help Clients Trade Bitcoin Futures (For A Fee)

from Zero Hedge:

On September 12, Jamie Dimon caused a stir (and selloff) within the cryptocurrency community when he lashed out at bitcoin, calling it a “fraud” which is “worse than tulip bulbs, predicting “it won’t end well”, will “blow up” and “someone is going to get killed.” Oh, and just to make it clear, “any JPM trader caught trading bitcoin” would be “fired for being stupid.”

After briefly plunging, since then the price of Bitcoin has doubled, and earlier today, Bloomberg quoted money manager David Kotok who said that “clients bring up bitcoin all the time. They think it’s cool. It has the newness, which is attractive to some people, though others would say newness is a risk they don’t want to take.” For banks, as Lloyd Blankfein learned over the past month, this means they have a choice: either get with it, and make money on the latest investing craze, or stand aside and make nothing.

And now, none other than JPMorgan is “getting with it”, because as the WSJ reports, despite Dimon’s guarantee of a pink slip for any trader caught transaction in bitcoin, the bank is now looking at business opportunities in the planned bitcoin-futures market, which the CME has said it will launch by the end of the year. Specifically, J.P. Morgan is considering whether to provide its clients access to CME’s new bitcoin product through its futures-brokerage unit. That, the WSJ reports, means the bank’s customers could use it to trade bitcoin futures while J.P. Morgan collects fees for such services, seemingly in violation of its fiduciary duty considering its CEO just two months ago called the product a “fraud.”

The reversal is not definitive yet, and the process has involved assessing whether there is demand among J.P. Morgan’s customers for the proposed CME bitcoin contract, according to the WSJ source, although judging by the reverse inquiry, there clearly is.

And where JPM goes, others are sure to follow: 

Other banks must also make the call about whether to support CME’s bitcoin futures. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley are among the dozens of firms that offer their customers access to CME’s markets through their futures-brokerage arms.

But, as everyone knows courtesy of repeat media appearances by the outspoken CEO, none of those banks has chief executive who has been as critical of bitcoin as Dimon, who has blasted it as a “fraud” and compared it with past financial bubbles. “If you’re stupid enough to buy it, you will pay the price for it one day,” he told a conference last month.

 

And now, in delightful irony, JPM is preparing to make money by offering this “fraud” to clients. This, also, just days after JPM was busted for assisting money laundering in Switzerland after accusing bitcoin of being used as a tool for money laundering.

Here, we naturally commisserate with the JPM chief: In a world in which as Mike Novogratz said earlier, retail interest in equities has been waning over the past decade as “investors no longer trust financial institutions”, the only alternative to grip the public’s trading and investing interest has been the very bitcoin (and other digital currencies) so loathed by establishment commercial and central banks, especially since the “money” is printed not by some central bank, but the universe of users themselves: a lack of control central banks would never willingly cede.

JPM’s looming decision about whether to let customers trade bitcoin futures underscores the challenges that Wall Street firms face as the cryptocurrency emerges from the shadowy margins of the financial markets and draws growing investor interest. Meanwhile, CME CEO Terrence Duffy said in a CNBC interview this month he expects trading in bitcoin futures to begin the second week of December. Launching futures would bring the virtual currency a big step closer to the financial mainstream, making it easier for both large financial firms and retail investors to trade it.

Furthermore, as we showed in September, J.P. Morgan already gladly collects commcision for handling client trades of Bitcoin XBT, an ETN trading in Europe and tracking bitcoin. While the bank has said it doesn’t take positions in the note and simply routes customers’ buy and sell orders electronically to exchanges, it wouldn’t be the first time JPM has lied about it considers prop trades (see the London Whale). 

In any case, brokering trades in bitcoin futures would be similar, as JPM would be happy to collect a spread every time a client buys or sell the “fraud.” And once in, JPM will have no choice but – as a matter of ego – to be the biggest. J.P. Morgan is the second-biggest futures broker in the U.S., second only to Goldman, CFTC data show.

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

Reports: US Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Lands at Langley!

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from Hal Turner:

Reports are beginning to surface that a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) landed at Langley on Saturday.  

A Marine expeditionary unit (MEU, pronounced “Mew”),  is the smallest Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions.

A Marine expeditionary unit is normally composed of: a reinforced Marine infantry battalion (designated as a Battalion Landing Team) as the ground combat element, a composite medium tiltrotor squadron forms the aviation combat element, a combat logistics battalion provides the logistics combat element, and a company-size command element serves as the MEU headquarters group.

Troop strength is about 2,200 and usually commanded by a colonel, and is deployed from amphibious assault ships. Currently, a Marine expeditionary unit embarks Marines and equipment onto the amphibious warfare ships of an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) which also includes escort ships and submarines to protect them from air, surface, and submarine threats. For further protection and strong air support, such an ESG is often deployed along with one or more carrier battle groups.

WITNESSES

According to persons who reside near Langley, a large contingent of Marines arrived at CIA Headquarters in tilt-rotor aircraft and when the Marines deplaned, they were armed and moved quickly into CIA Headquarters! (I did not personally witness this and am relying solely on what witnesses are telling me)

Those witnesses also say that a significant number of tilt-rotor aircraft could be clearly seen circling the grounds of CIA Headquarters, parked on the grass around the building.

This is not normal.

Never before has anything like this ever been seen taking place at CIA Headquarters and speculation is now running rampant as to what is actually taking place.

Conspiracy Theorists are claiming the President of the United States is moving to take out rogue elements in the Intelligence Community, at the request of his new CIA Director.  It is rumored that these rogue elements have been undermining the Administration since before it took office last January, and may be connected to some well publicized “incidents” which suddenly resumed taking place this year, (mass shootings / violent protests) after a brief respite once the Obama Administration left office.

Moreover, there is not one word of Marines landing at Langley, appearing in _any_ US mass-media outlet.

 

UPDATE  5:51 AM EST —

The number of SEALED INDICTMENTS presently on US District Court Dockets across the United States has reached an astonishing 1800 as of Friday, November 17.  These Sealed  Indictments began appearing on US District Court Dockets on October 31.   

There have never been this many Sealed Indictments showing on federal court Dockets at the same time . . .  ever.

The existence of so many sealed Indictments has lead others to suggest that large groups of federal officials – perhaps including elected officials – are facing mass arrest over a number of corruption-related activities such as “pay-to-play” the UraniumOne conspiracy, Pedophile Rings and other criminal activities, and these troops may be needed to keep order once the high officials start being taken under arrest!

This is especially interesting given revelations late last week, that an FBI Informant allegedly has VIDEO of Clinton Foundation people being given suitcases full of cash from Russians, prior to the approval of the UraniumOne deal which sold twenty percent of US Uranium manufacturing to Russia’s state-owned ROSATOM corporation.  

The existence of video showing cash payoffs has sent a slew of people from the former Administration into fits of anxiety that their schemes are now uncovered and many of them are going to prison for what they did.  Desperate people can sometimes do desperate things and if those people are high-ranking federal officials, God only knows what they might have in the works to try to save themselves.

This is a developing story.  Updates will be made as information becomes available.

UPDATE 9:17 PM EST —

Despite actually having a personal life, and despite today being Sunday, which is family time, I have done a LOT of digging on this story.  I have reached out to contacts in both the Pentagon and in several Intel Agencies and here is what I can confirm:

This story has gone viral and sadly, a number of people who copied the story, added some of their own speculation or assumptions.  Some of the copies offer absolutely wild variations on the basic report above.

Nowhere on this web site did I even make mention of any “coup” against the President.  Those rumors came from others acting on their own.  

Nowhere on this web site did I claim there were 2200 Marines sent to the CIA.  I reported the typical size of an MEU as being typically 2200 and some readers  assumed that all 2200 went to CIA. 

Now, about the troops.  I have been told that ” a very significant number” of troops WERE sent to CIA and arrived via aircraft on Saturday, November 18.  I was not told a precise number.  I was not told WHY they were sent.  I was not told what time they were sent.

My article above reports that a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is comprised of about 2200 Marines.  That’s factually accurate. 

But the Ground Combat Element of an MEU is 1100 troops.

 

Read More @ HalTurner.com

 

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

Totalitarian Collectivism

from BATR

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria’s President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump’s Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 – Trump’s visit do Riyadh

June 5 – Qatar crisis

June 21 – New crown prince

July 30 – Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 – Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 – Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 – Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 – Saudi Arabia returns to ‘moderate Islam’

Nov. 2 – Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a strategic shift in public perception. As with all coups, the deed must be explained by a plausible narrative to divert from the actual aims that are put into motion.

Start with the account that Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing is best explained in that the next king reflects not a mere opening to Western investment or a relaxing of social taboos, but fundamentally acknowledges long concealed cooperation with Israel.

“Bin Salman’s power grab is in itself spectacular. But the wider significance of this can only be fully understood in conjunction with events in Israel. The Jewish state is hardly a natural ally for Saudi Arabia, but they have long shared a common enemy: Iran. Both fear the latter is exploiting the opening created by the fall of Isis, and the triumph of the Assad regime in Syria, to dominate the region. Iran and its proxies — whether the Houthi rebels in Yemen or Hezbollah in Lebanon — are in the ascendant, and neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia are going to sit on the sidelines.”

So what are the prospects for a joint alignment between a country that has never recognized the State of Israel or an apartheid society who has never admitted they are a significant nuclear power?

This warning indentifies the significance of the Saudi abdication, which sets the stage for the Growing ties between Saudis and Israelis could be an ominous sign.

“The winds of war in the Middle East, specifically pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia, are turning into a full-blown sandstorm. And the latest evidence of this comes from a surprising source: An interview in a Saudi newspaper.

Here are the three (Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. General Gadi Eisenkot. quotes from Saudi Arabia’s Elaph newspaper that deserve the most attention:

“With President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat.”

“We are ready to share intelligence, (with Saudi Arabia), if necessary. There are many common interests between us.”

“Iran seeks to take control of the Middle East, creating a Shi’ite crescent from Lebanon to Iran, and then from the Gulf to the Red Sea. We must prevent this from happening.”

Oy vey, how dare those nasty Iranians defend themselves from the expansion of “Greater Israel” designs? From the Neocon publication the Washington Free Beacon, Natalie Johnson parrots the establishment viewpoint in Israel Concerned Syria De-Escalation Zone Will Bring Iran Closer to its Border. This attitude from a country that put boots on the ground within Syria bombed and sought the removable of the Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Read More @ BATR.org

I HAVE JOINED THE EASTERN ORTHODOX FAITH — James Perloff

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On November 18, 2017, I became a baptized, chrismated member of the Orthodox Church.

by James Perloff, JamesPerloff.com:

First, disclaimers. My opinions and words are my own; I am not a spokesman for the Orthodox Church.

Second, this post is not intended to invalidate anyone’s experience in non-Orthodox churches. I attended non-Orthodox churches for more than 30 years, and had very meaningful encounters with God in them. God is sovereign and extends His mercies wherever He wills. As the Apostle Peter said: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” (Acts 10:34-35)

A quick backgrounder: I grew up in an agnostic home, then spent 10 years (1972-82) in a New Age-style cult before coming to Christ.

For brevity, the following comments on Christianity’s history will necessarily require some generalization and oversimplification.

In America, we basically think Christians have two choices: Catholic or Protestant. I’ve never been a Catholic, but many traditional Catholics whom I know acknowledge the severe issues their church is experiencing, especially since Vatican II in the early 1960s—most notoriously, perhaps, pedophilia, gay scandals, and even reported satanism. A friend of mine has a 90-year-old mother who describes herself as having long been “ex-Catholic.” On the day of her confirmation, she said, the priest had “hand trouble.” You can use your imagination as to what that meant.

In fairness to Catholics, I believe their church has been the victim of infiltration, not inherent evil. As just one example, Bella Dodd, a former high-ranking official in the U.S. Communist Party, stated more than 60 years ago:

In the late 1920s and 1930s, directives were sent from Moscow to all Communist Party organizations. In order to destroy the Roman Catholic Church from within, party members were to be planted in seminaries and within diocesan organizations. . . . In the 1930s, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within. The idea was for these men to be ordained, and then climb the ladder of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. Right now the Communist infiltrators are in the highest places in the Church where they are working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism. You will not recognize the Catholic Church.1

I’d guess my friend’s 90-year-old mother very possibly ran into one of those infiltrators.

On the other side of the West’s Christian aisle, there are also two basic divisions within the Protestant church: Modernism and Fundamentalism. In America, this rift erupted during the early 20th century. Modernism (also tagged “Higher Criticism”) denied all the faith’s fundamentals: the authority of the Bible, the reality of miracles (including the Virgin Birth and Resurrection), the Second Coming, and—in cases—even the historical existence of Jesus Christ. It was funded and carefully guided by the Rockefellers and their agencies. I have written an extensive post on it.

The Fundamentalists, on the other hand, asserted their belief in the Bible and in the historicity of Christ. It was churches of this type which I attended for more than 30 years. Unfortunately, the Fundamentalist churches and seminaries were themselves largely hijacked and controlled by the Rothschild/Zionist interests, especially through publication and mass distribution of the Scofield Reference Bible. I have also written an extensive post on this movement’s history. One church I attended became so Zionized that, on one occasion, it celebrated the feast of Purim, passing out noise-makers to the congregation and instructing us to mimic being members of a synagogue.

After over 30 years a Christian, I examined the available options—a degraded Vatican, unbelieving Modernism, and Zionized Fundamentalism—and discovered to my joy the “elephant in the room”; the form of Christianity the West has long forgotten: Eastern Orthodoxy.

Here is a little more history, which (again necessarily) will be informal and oversimplified for brevity.

For the first 1,000 years after the Resurrection, there was essentially one Christian Church. Nobody asked your denomination. There were some disagreements and schisms, but major doctrinal issues and heresies were resolved by Ecumenical Councils, of which seven were convened over the centuries. These were attended by the Patriarchs of Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria, as well as bishops from throughout most, or much, of Christendom. The Patriarch of Rome was traditionally accorded the highest seat of honor, as “the first among equals.” His position could be compared to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: foremost in rank, but not an exclusive decision-maker holding the right to nullify the votes of the others.

However, in 1054, the church split. This came after the Patriarch of Rome (the Pope) declared himself to hold authority over the entire church, and also sought to change the ancient Nicene Creed (the “Filioque controversy,” which I will not elaborate on here).

Christianity became broadly divided in two: the Eastern (Orthodox) Church, centered in Constantinople, and the Western (Catholic) Church, centered in Rome. From thereon, Europe’s only exposure to Christianity was through the Vatican; the Eastern Church was virtually forgotten about in the West.

After about another 500 years came the Catholic-Protestant split. However legitimate Martin Luther’s grievances may have been, there is no denying that, for the long haul, the ultimate outcome was to splinter Western Christianity into hundreds of pieces. Denominations kept spinning off from one another over doctrinal disagreements. Henry VIII even started the Church of England because the Pope wouldn’t grant him a divorce. The process of continuous fragmentation had to be pleasing to Satan, for whom “divide and conquer” has long been a signature strategy. Today, after so many churches have been founded upon the divergent opinions of men, Christianity is increasingly unrecognizable from its original form.

That “original form,” however, remains visible in Eastern Orthodoxy, which has not given over to corruption, nor Modernism, nor Zionism.

My first “heads up” on Orthodoxy came from a YouTuber whom I normally follow for his geopolitical insights: Brother Nathanael, a Jewish convert to the Russian Orthodox Church.

But it wasn’t until I was invited to be a guest on Global Storyline by Dean Arnold that I ran head-on into Orthodoxy. I like to get to know a host before I go on a podcast, and I happened to select an interview Dean did with Jay Dyer. Both men are converts to Orthodoxy, from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds. I learned quite a bit about Orthodoxy and its place within Christianity. What perhaps impacted me most was learning that Orthodoxy continues to hold true to the original practices of the early Church. And who knew better how to run a church than the first Christians, who were taught by the Apostles, or by direct disciples of the Apostles?

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OH… BY THE WAY: IT’S OFFICIAL: AIRPLANES CAN BE REMOTELY …

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by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

Mr. F.L.M. and Mr. M.B. found this story and passed it along, and it’s worth pausing to ponder the implications of this one for a while. It seems a U.S. government hacker working for the Reichsicherheithauptamt….er…. the Department of Homeland  (In)security hacked into a Boeing 757 on the runway:

Boeing 757 controls hacked remotely while on the runway, officials reveal

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5077043/Boeing-757-controls-remotely-HACKED-runway.html

Now, why is this story worth mentioning at all?

Well, for one thing, there is the strange case of the missing Malaysia Air Flight 370, which still remains very strange. For one thing, in spite of years of searches for the missing aircraft, the crash site has still not been found, and the “debris” that has been washing up in the western Indian Ocean has been, at best, suspect, as a number of readers here who are pilots have informed me. In any case, one theory that was advanced quite early on after Flight 370’s disappearance is that the airplane was taken over remotely and flown – or crashed – to “wherever.” This hack is, of course, being spun in the usual and predictable way:

Mr Hickey said that following testing, experts advised that “it was no big deal”.

But in March 2017 he was shocked to learn that seven airline pilot captains from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines had no idea that their aircraft could be hacked.

A Boeing spokesman said: “The Boeing Company has worked closely for many years with DHS, the FAA, other government agencies, our suppliers and customers to ensure the cybersecurity of our aircraft and will continue to do so.

“Boeing observed the test referenced in the Aviation Today article, and we were briefed on the results. We firmly believe that the test did not identify any cyber vulnerabilities in the 757, or any other Boeing aircraft.”

Reading between the lines a bit, what appears to be being said here is “don’t worry, nothing to see here; the pilots remained in control of the aircraft, move along.” But if my memory serves me correctly, a number of years ago, after 9/11, Lufthansa  did an overhaul of their fleet for precisely the purpose of removing potential backdoors that would allow their aircraft to be “hacked’ and presumably flown from “outside the aircraft.” But whether my memory on this score is the case or not, the potential of this article is rather obvious, for the implication is that control of the planes could be wrestled away from the cockpit crew and done remotely.

Which brings us of course to 9/11. Many 9/11 researchers, myself among them, have pointed out the difficulty of Hani Hanjour’s maneuver of allegedly flying a Boeing commercial aircraft into the Pentagon, after having executed a difficult down-ward spiraling turn. As many 9/11 researchers have pointed out, Hanjour’s flight instructors indicated that he could barely fly a Cessna, much less a commercial airliner in such a difficult maneuver through the high-rises of Arlington Virgnia, which one former pilot described as “an obstacle course.”

That former pilot, incidentally, was former Egyptian President Hosni Moubarek, a former pilot for Egypt’s commercial airline and former military pilot. Moubarek made his statements shortly after the events of 9.11 during interviews on American television.

All these considerations led some individuals to propose that Hanjour’s flight was coopted remotely, and that narrative was extended to the hijackers who allegedly flew the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade center.

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Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas …

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by Richard Sauder, Event Horizon Chronicle:

I haven’t posted to my blog for a long while, mostly because I didn’t really have anything pressing to say.

There is also the *grim* factor, in that things are becoming so execrable that it’s downright unpleasant to regularly write about what’s going on in the world.

But what I can say is that in recent weeks I have again drunk ayahuasca, the revelatory, Amazonian shamanic brew. My long-time readers know that my principle reason for originally coming to South America in 2010 was to embark on a shamanic vision quest. I am happy to report that the quest is ongoing! — and ayahasca has played, and continues to play, an integral role in my continuing process of self-inquiry and exploration of broader reality in every sense.

So it is that in recent weeks ayahuasca, in its considerable wisdom, has seen fit to impress upon me, yet one more time, just how fake and FALSEeverything is. It has shown me hours of the most HIDEOUSGHASTLY,HORRIFIC aspects of this world and this reality that one man can bear to take in. Every corpuscle and fiber of my organism automatically reacted in instinctive revulsion and I was reduced to repeated rounds of vigorous retching and deep sighing as I repeated over and over and over: “It’s so false. It’s all so false!”

Indeed, I cannot begin to tell you, though I will nevertheless try, how fake, empty and horrifically EVIL it all seems when ayahuasca shines its inner spotlight on the world that we all know and live in.

Let me enumerate some of the fake,  FALSE reality for you:

false money
false economics
false politics
false elections
false history
false food
false agriculture
false entertainment
false sports
false news
false religion
false medicine
false education
false banking
false stock market
false consciousness
false sexuality
false science
false advertising
false law
false justice
false technology
false government
& etc.

You can easily add to the list yourself. 

What came through for me very clearly, with heavy emotional immediacy, is that things are too far gone to be substantially remedied or reformed at this point. 

The current FALSE order of things is irredeemable, cannot be reformed. A deeply negative, satanically programmed, karmically driven, species-wide, planet-wide, probability tree, or decision tree is now self-executing and counting down to a predetermined time zero.

PURE EVIL does not become good, as it were, (or else it would not bePURE EVIL — see?) and so things will be running their dire course in the coming months and years.

In other words, the whole dynamic is powered by hundreds of millions and billions of deeply programmed, humanoid, meat puppets on largely reflexive, un-self-examined, cumulatively self-destructive auto-pilot, firmly rooted in the numerous FALSE factors that I have listed above.

It boils down to this: humanity has contrived to bring itself face to face with the sum of all its karma. And it will be resolved! It is simply inevitable, because the karmic burden is so darkly heavy. How could it be otherwise after so many thousands of years of warring, slaving, stealing, murdering, lying, exploiting, plundering, looting, torturing, robbing, despoiling, etc.? 

But it’s even worse than that. Ayahuasca has shown me unambiguously that  a purely satanic A.I. (artificial intelligence) is now in control on this planet and ruthlessly, mercilessly pushing towards a nuclear war that has been locked in, that is locked and loaded, and is ticking down to nuclear D-Day.

It is very much as if we are pawns caught up in a satanic, ruthless, merciless video game that is programmed to self-destruct. It’s like an evil, virtual reality movie reel is automatically unspooling under the ruthless guidance of a demented, homicidally psychopathic projectionist who has locked himself in the projection booth of the global movie theatre and cannot be stopped. 

Look around — you’ll see 7+ billions of ostensibly *human* pawns stupidly marching into a grim future bristling with nuclear missiles, a rapidly collapsing global ecology, ecosystems littered with millions of tons of plastic garbage and toxic chemicals of every description, diminishing fresh water sources, an increasingly poisonous, radioactive environment thanks to out-of-control nuclear technology, a crushing, global debt burden that cannot possibly be paid, rampant criminal corruption in government after government the world over, and much more. 

How Do We Get Out Of This Terrible Situation?

A friend of mine to whom I described my visions rejoined: “But, Richard, if there were to be mass repentance and a change of heart by humanity couldn’t this all be avoided?” 
 

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A Perfect Storm for Silver – Steve St Angelo

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from Silver Fortune:

An interview with Steve St. Angelo of the SRS Rocco Report. This includes discussion about precious metals, the energy sector, and a potentially groundbreaking project that Steve is working on.

Check out his website: https://srsroccoreport.com/

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