by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture:
There are two countries that more than others show how the Western world order is undergoing a profound change. Japan and Turkey occupy two distinct and diverse geographical areas, yet they share many of the same strategic choices about their future. Their geopolitical trajectory is increasingly drifting away from Washington and moving closer to China, Russia, India and Iran.
Both Japan and Turkey are two important states in the US’s strategy for controlling the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Both countries have economies that are competitive in comparison to their neighbors, and both often conveniently find themselves allied to countries within Washington’s orbit. Japan has a good relationship with South Korea, and Turkey (until a few years ago) had a privileged relationship with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Keeping in mind that the US aims to prolong and consolidate its regional dominance, Washington has always tried to have excellent relations with these two countries as a way of ensuring its constant presence in regional affairs.
by Ann Coulter, The Burning Platform:
Harvey Weinstein’s recent perp walk reminds me of another great thing about Trump winning the election: Hillary Clinton isn’t president.
A New York Times article on Weinstein’s court appearance noted how the “ground shifted” last year, finally ending the “code of silence” surrounding powerful men. Why “last year,” if this has been going on for decades?
The article explained that Weinstein’s power was enormous, his connections extensive and his willingness to play dirty without bounds. Did Harvey lose his money and connections “last year”?
Nope. But “last year” was the first year of Trump’s presidency, or as I like to think of it, the first year of Hillary not being president. Ever.
Violent Flurry Of Recent Attacks By The Left: Attempted Murder, Rape & Death Threats And Forcing Conservative Writer To Go Into Hiding
by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
On Tuesday we detailed some of the ways big tech was ramping up their attacks on conservatives and Independent Media ahead of the midterm elections and while that is concerning, especially for those of that run Independent websites and those that read them, another very disturbing and dangerous trend has also increased in frequency……violent physical attacks and threats against conservatives.
THE DEMOCRAT & MEDIA-APPROVED VIOLENT LEFT
From September 2015 up until September 10, 2018, there were 564 documented cases of violence, threats and harassment against conservatives and MAGA supporters, with 166 of them occurring in 2018 alone. As the media hype and incitement pushes forward, and Democratic politicians double down on “attacking” conservatives and encouraging mob formation to “confront” conservatives in public, the attacks and threats increase.
Since Now We Know The CIA Could ‘Remote Control’ Dogs 50 Years Ago, What Can They Accomplish Today? The Technologies Being Unveiled Today Are Far Behind ‘Reality’
by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:
– And Is An ‘MKUltra Brain Implant’ The Origin Of Barack Obama’s Head Scars?
Author and former radio show host Steve Quayle has often warned that many of the technologies that we’re witnessing being unveiled in the present are often years, if not decades, behind when the same technologies had long ago been developed and recently declassified documents proving what the CIA’s project ‘MKUltra’ was able to accomplish all the way back in 1967 should be looked at in 2018 as huge red flags of what they’re able to do today.
Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik to make their articles less prominent on the search engine’s news delivery services.
“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said during a Q & A session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday, when asked about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda.”
Schmidt appearance begins at 1:07:00 mark, relevant question at 1:33:00
“We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent that [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we don’t want to ban the sites – that’s not how we operate.”
The discussion focused on the company’s popular Google News service, which clusters the news by stories, then ranks the various media outlets depending on their reach, article length and veracity, and Google Alerts, which proactively informs subscribers of new publications.
RT has criticized the proposed move – whose timescale has not been publicized – as arbitrary and a form of censorship.
“Good to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason: facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT, ‘because Russia’ – even if we have Google on Congressional record saying they’ve found no manipulation of their platform or policy violations by RT,” Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement.
During the discussion, Schmidt claimed that he was “very strongly not in favor of censorship,” but said that he has faith in “ranking” without acknowledging if the system might serve the same function. Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001, said that the company’s algorithm was capable of detecting “repetitive, exploitative, false, and weaponized”info, but did not elaborate on how these qualities were determined.
The Alphabet chief, who has been referred to by Hillary Clinton as a “longtime friend,” added that the experience of “the last year” showed that audiences could not be trusted to distinguish fake and real news for themselves.
“We started with the default American view that ‘bad’ speech would be replaced with ‘good’ speech, but the problem found in the last year is that this may not be true in certain situations, especially when you have a well-funded opponent who is trying to actively spread this information,” he told the audience.
Schmidt advised Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign on digital operations, and offered the same services to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015, according to several emails from campaign chairman John Podesta’s private account, published by WikiLeaks last October.
On election night 2016, Schmidt was spotted at the Clinton campaign headquarters with a “staff” badge, according to a photo submitted to Politico.
RT America registered under FARA earlier this month, after being threatened by the US Department of Justice with arrests and confiscations of property if it failed to comply. The broadcaster is fighting the order in court.
— RT (@RT_com) November 17, 2017
Google’s initiative will have a direct impact on “freedom of speech and thought” in the US, believes Prof. Dan Kovalik, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Read More @ RT.com
by Seraphim Hanisch, The Duran:
The US President has seen the truth of the irrelevance of NATO, but there is enormous resistance to change.
Tucker Carlson, Fox News and Russian and American news outlets alike have picked up the story that US President Donald Trump has on numerous occasions, opined that the United States would do well to depart from the North Atlantic Military Organization, or NATO.