Saturday, August 15, 2020

CLINTON’S LINK TO PUTIN is the underreported ‘dossier’ bombshell

by Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post:

The news that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid forresearch used in the discredited Trump-Russia “dossier” is a bombshell. But even more shocking — and overlooked — is the revelation that the firm the Clinton campaign hired to compile that dossier, Fusion GPS, is the same firm that has been accused in recent congressional testimony of launching a smear campaign in Washington against Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian lawyer who was tortured and killed in a Russian prison in 2009 after uncovering a $230 million tax theft by 23 Kremlin-linked companies and individuals close to President Vladimir Putin.

Which raises the question no one seems to be asking: Why was Hillary Clinton using an opposition research company with Putin-linked clients to dig up dirt on Donald Trump?

The claimed link that was identified in congressional testimony has its roots in the Putin regime’s lobbying for the repeal of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which froze assets and banned visas for Russians involved in or benefiting from Magnitsky’s murder, as well as for others involved in torture, extrajudicial killings or abuses against those seeking to promote human rights or expose illegal activity by Russian officials. So far, some 35 Putin cronies have been sanctioned under the act, infuriating the Russian president.

After the act passed, prominent Magnitsky supporters in Russia began to be mysteriously poisonedthrown off buildings or shot on bridges in front of the Kremlin. At the same time — according to testimony by Magnitsky’s boss, Hermitage Capital Management chief executive William Browder, recently made to the Senate Judiciary Committee — Fusion GPS launched a lobbying campaign in Washington to repeal the Magnitsky Act by charging (a) that Magnitsky was not murdered and (b) that he and Browder were, in fact, the ones responsible for the tax fraud. Of course, Magnitsky was blameless, and Browder’s only crime was that he virtually single-handedly led the charge for passage of the Magnitsky Act — originally opposed by the Obama administration, including Clinton’s State Department.

One of the faces of the campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act was the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (the same lawyer who famously met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016). She visited the United States in 2016 ostensibly to lobby on adoption issues (Putin had barred Americans from adopting Russian children in response to the passage of the Magnitsky Act), but her real purpose was to push the repeal of the act and prevent the passage of a global law bearing Magnitsky’s name. Concurrently, Veselnitskaya defended Prevezon, a company sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act for laundering money from the tax fraud Magnitsky uncovered. Prevezon is owned by Denis Katsyv, a Putin-linked oligarch and son of a former Russian government minister.

In July, Browder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he testified that Prevezon “hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky. . . . He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistleblower and was instead a criminal.” As a former Wall Street Journal reporter, Simpson had extensive contacts with his former media colleagues he could use to spread anti-Magnitsky propaganda.

Read More @ WashingtonPost.com

MUST READ: Things Have Gotten Fishy in the Chicken Industry

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Contributed by Sam Bocetta, SGT report:

We all grew up on that urban legend about the lady who bit into a piece of chicken at her neighborhood KFC and discovered that it was a deep-fried rat. Most rational people realize at once that this is the stuff of folklore or myth. But the truth may be just as strange as the fiction.

A recent report on fast-casual restaurants found that the vast majority of fast food joints use meat that has been treated with antibiotics that are believed to create bacteria that is immune to traditional antibiotics. What this means is that if you eat their meat and then you get sick, the drugs your doctor prescribes to treat your illness may not work.

In other words, the chicken and sausage at your local Popeye’s or Dunkin Donuts could be just as unhygienic and unhealthy as eating a deep-fried gutter dweller.

And it doesn’t stop there. A larger problem is also afoot and it involves the food industry’s fudging of numbers when it comes to food safety dates.

In late-September, the Guardian blew the lid off UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group. The food group in question is the top supplier of supermarket chicken in the United Kingdom allegedly misled customers into purchasing out-of-date meat. The evidence pointed to the tainted meat being distributed to no less than five chain grocers in the region, including Aldi.

Even those companies that received passing scores in that recent survey aren’t above suspicion. McDonald’s, a chain that scored a B+, just introduced their Buttermilk Chicken Tenders and they are definitely cause for raised eyebrows. In a taste test earlier this month, I found them to be the grisliest meat on the fast-casual scene.

When you attempt to rip one in half, you are met by resistance. Instead of tearing, the meat twists like you are wringing out a washcloth. If it is, indeed, chicken, it is some sort of mutant chicken that’s pure sinew. If these things aren’t on steroids, I’ll eat my hat (at least my hat is hormone-free).

It would appear as though there is no safe place to get meat these days unless you kill the chicken and cook it yourself in your own backyard. And it’s hardly a conundrum that’s brand-spanking new. Back in 2014, companies like Burger King, McDonald’s, KFC and Starbucks were involved in a toxic food scandal after it was discovered that they were supplying their Chinese branches with expired meat.

What’s worse is the fact that we’re not only forced to cope with the questionable quality of the chicken we purchase from grocery stores and fast food restaurants. We also must grapple with our meals being potentially compromised by unethical employees.

Earlier this year, a Mississippi Jack’s Family Restaurant location came under social media scrutiny for alleged food contamination after a 16-year old girl reported an employee for smearing menstrual blood on a customer’s hamburger.

The madness doesn’t stop there either; Burger King has admitted in the past that they sell “beef” burgers that actually contain horsemeat. In 2016, a Mirror expose revealed that Mickey D’s so-called “chicken” McNuggets only contain 45{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of actual chicken.

Among the other ingredients in McNuggets, there is dextrose, a sugar that shoemakers use to make leather more pliable. It’s not uncommon for fast food joints to add fillers as well. Oftentimes, they will use additives to beef up their chicken tender’s profile and use the excuse that the ingredient limits oil spatter during the frying process.

Fortunately, we live in more self-aware, health-conscious times and reputable companies are beginning to take notice. Several poultry purveyors advertise the fact that their meats are antibiotic and non-GMO on their labels.

Here is a short list of supermarket brands that you can trust:

  • Whole Foods

  • Katie’s Best

  • Readington Farms

  • Feel Good Foods

Unless you’re a scientist, you will likely never know exactly what you are getting from any frozen food provider which is why the best option is to go directly to the source. In a perfect world, everyone would be able to buy from a local farm, right?

Well, the truth is that you can. By joining a club like Local Harvest or Eat Wild, you are guaranteed to get fresh, farm-raised meats. They connect you to nearby farmers who are committed to promoting the benefits of choosing 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} grass-fed animals and other animals that have been given natural diets.

If you’re hankering for the fast-casual experience, there are still fresh options available to the public. According to nutrition specialist Dr. Josh Axe, the healthiest fast-food restaurants include Chopt, Freshii, Pizza Fusion, Tender Greens and Veggie Grill.

If none of these region-specific restaurants have locations in your area, you’re not alone. Of the ten that Dr. Axe mentions, I’ve only ever heard of two of them and seen one. So for those of us who don’t reside in major cities, here is my list of the healthiest fast-casual dining establishments in America:

  • Panera Bread (Their chicken is hormone-free and their organic whole wheat wraps are awesome)

  • Chipotle (Unlike Taco Bell, you won’t get leathery chicken strips or pale tomato chunks here, everything is certified fresh; you get robust, natural ingredients freshly prepared in front of your very own eyes)

  • Taco Del Mar (Low-cal burritos with less sodium and fat than the competition…just don’t eat their Mondo Breakfast Burrito or you’ll be on that treadmill all day long)

Now that we’ve taken a look at the best of the best, let’s take a look at the worst of the worst.

  • Zaxby’s (Grilled chicken with more calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger and more sodium than a serving of canned soup)

  • Chick-Fil-A (MSG-loaded breading is just the beginning of my problems with this one)

Now that we’ve seen how fishy the meat industry can be, it should be easier to select a healthier option. When in doubt, make sure to pay extra attention to what the packaging says. For one thing, “organic” does not necessarily mean “antibiotic-free.” Always research the meat you eat before you eat it. That being said, don’t be a chicken because, as we’ve seen, there are plenty of reputable sources available for quality meats.

About the author

Sam Bocetta is a retired defense contractor for the U.S. Navy, a defense analyst, and a freelance journalist. He writes at Gun News Daily about program management, export control, international commerce, patents, InfoSec, cryptography, cyberwarfare, and cyberdefense.

 

Secret Document Released: Shows Hillary Had Full Contract to Run DNC in August 2015 Way Before Primaries

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by Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:

It was rigged.

The Democrat Party not only cheated to help Hillary Clinton during the 2016 debates, the liberal party also signed a contract with her campaign manager giving the Hillary Clinton campaign complete control over the party in August 2015.

Bernie Sanders never had a chance. The DNC was working hand-in-hand with Hillary Clinton to win primary. It was rigged before it started.

** Here is a copy of the full pdf agreement posted earlier Saturday via MSNBC.

Read More @ GatewayPundit.com

 

 

Secret document reveals Hillary Clinton had contract to take over DNC in 2015

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by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

Hillary had control of the DNC way before the Democrat primaries.

The DNC was rigged from August 2015, way before Bernie Sanders even made it onto the national political stage.

The Gateway Pundit reports…

The Democrat Party not only cheated to help Hillary Clinton during the 2016 debates, the liberal party also signed a contract with her campaign manager giving the Hillary Clinton campaign complete control over the party in August 2015.

Bernie Sanders never had a chance.

The DNC was working hand-in-hand with Hillary Clinton to win primary.

It was rigged before it started.

Here is a copy of the full pdf agreement posted earlier Saturday via MSNBC.

The full agreement in screenshots…

Read More @ TheDuran.com

Why Would Donna Brazile Be in Fear For Her Life if Seth Rich’s Death Was Just a Random Late Night Mugging?

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Things that make you go, hmm…

On July 10, 2016, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC about a block from his apartment. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.

Via Wikipedia: Earlier that night he had been at Lou’s City Bar, a sports pub 1.8 miles from his apartment, in Columbia Heights, where he was a regular customer. He left when the bar was closing, at about 1:30 or 1:45 a.m.Police were alerted to gunfire at 4:20 a.m. by an automated gunfire locator. Within approximately one minute after the gun shots, police officers found Rich with multiple gunshot wounds, in a conscious and breathing state.[33] He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. According to police, he died from two shots to the back… Rich’s mother told NBC’s Washington affiliate WRC-TV,

“There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything… They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life.”

NBC 4 reported on the murder:

Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.

Seth Rich’s father Joel told reporters, “If it was a robbery — it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money — he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

State Authorities Fine 5yo Girl for Selling Lemonade Without Business License

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A five-year-old is getting a harsh dose of the police state after selling lemonade to buy a new bike and then getting a fine for not having a permit.

Porterville, CA — The state knows no empathy, logic, or reason and will enforce its most asinine decrees—even if it means targeting an innocent five-year-old girl’s lemonade stand. Without resistance, this encroachment upon our everyday activities is as inevitable as the tide.

In Porterville, California, a family is learning this harsh reality of the state after they were issued a citation from city hall for $59—the local fee for applying for a new license—plus a fine.

Autumn Thomasson proudly set up the stand outside her family’s home last June as a means of raising money to buy a bicycle. She sold lemonade, candy, and snacks and raised a whopping $82—enough to buy herself a new bike.

“It meant so much to know she earned her own money, that Mom and Dad didn’t need to go buy her. She got to bring her own wallet and buy it herself and pay at the cash register,” DeHaas told Fox26.

However, her entrepreneurial spirit was crushed this week after her mother received the threatening note of extortion in the mail.

“What kind of world do we live in where kids can’t do lemonade stand or any kind of stands for that matter without getting in trouble?!” Gabby Dehaas wrote of her daughter’s extortion over lemonade. “How are we suppose [sic] to show our kids to work hard for what they want and to expand their ideas/entrepreneurship if they need a license for every little thing! I just got fined for my daughter have a 3 hour lemonade a couple months ago, so she could know how to earn enough money, to know a value of a dollar! 
I’m not mad about the money for the fine I’m mad about the pettiness of the reasoning. These things are just straight wrong!”

The citation included a print out of Dehaas’ Facebook post advertising her daughter’s stand.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

PUTIN: “SOMEONE” IS COLLECTING RUSSIAN DNA: USAF ADMITS IT …

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by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

This one began as a strange story, when several people caught the following short clip of President Putin and sent it to me, in which Mr. Putin claimed that “someone” appeared to be trying to collect Russian DNA… not Slavic DNA, Russian DNA, not Byelorussian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croation, Czech or Ruthenian DNA, but Russian DNA:

Initially, my reaction to this story was more or less a shrug of the shoulders, after all, it wouldn’t be the first time the Russian government has done something, and then tried to make it look like someone else was doing it; nor would it be the first time that the Russian government would use a false story to deflect attention to other parties. It’s a practice as old as Russia itself, whence springs the phrase “Potemkin village.”

Yet, something about it is disturbing. Imagine, for a moment, President Trump going on nationwide television and than stating that someone is taking DNA samples of black Americans; not white Americans, not Chinese-Americans or Japanese-Americans or Hispanic-Americans or what have you, but just black Americans. The statement is made more or less in passing. It’s the specificity of the alleged targeting, in other words, that raises nasty questions.

But then my interest was really piqued when this story from Zero Hedge was seen and sent by many people, for a day after Mr. Putin’s strange comments, the USAF stepped up to the plate to take ownership of the story:

US Air Force Admits To Harvesting Russian Tissue

This makes it even more mysterious, for the US Air Force is making this sound like “all’s normal, nothing to see here, move along”, and the underlying implication is “we’re doing this with the full knowledge and permission of the Russian government,” which, indeed, if the assertions are true, it is hard to imagine American agents secretly traveling around Russia taking DNA samples without the Russian government’s knowledge and permission. Anyway, here’s the “explanation”:

While some initially discounted Putin’s remars as another loony conspiracy theory, as it turns out, he was right: The group responsible for the tissue collection was none other than the US Air Force, proving that yet another conspiracy theory has become a conspiracy fact.

A representative for the US Air Force Education and Training Command explained to Russia Today that the choice of the Russian population was not intentional, and is related to research the Air Force is conducting on the human musculoskeletal system.

Eyebrows were first raised in July when the AETC issued a tender seeking to acquire samples of ribonucleic acid and synovial fluid from Russians, adding that all samples (12 RNA and 27 synovial fluid) “shall be collected from Russia and must be Caucasian.” The Air Force said it wouldn’t collect samples from Ukrainians, but didn’t specify why.

Now, hang on, because there’s a curve ball coming here, and it’s the centerpiece of today’s high octane speculation. But before we get to that, the most obvious use of such data would be for the purpose of constructing of some sort of biologically-specific weapon, targeting just those always-byzantine-scheming-never-to-be-trusted-Russians-and-their-evil-supergenius-criminal-mastermind-Vladimir-Putin. And of course, that purpose is mentioned in the article:

However, some suspect that this explanation is merely a ruse, and that the Pentagon is collecting the tissue for a much more sinister purpose, according to RT.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country. “Do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is – why is it being done? It’s being done purposefully and professionally. We are a kind of object of great interest,” Putin told Russia’s Human Rights Council, without specifying who might be behind the activities involving Russians’ biological samples. “Let them do what they want, and we must do what we must,” he said.

The fact that Russian tissue samples specifically are on the wanted list made some wonder whether the Pentagon is working on a biological weapon to target Russians. “I’m not saying that it is about preparing a biological war against Russia. But its scenarios, are, no doubt, being worked on. That is to say, in case the need suddenly arises,” Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security, wrote on Facebook. “It is also no secret that different ethnic groups react differently to biological weapons. Hence the collection of the biological material from Russians living in different geographical locations. In the west, everything is done extremely scrupulously and is verified up to the tiniest detail.”

But then comes the final few paragraphs, whose implications are, if one reads them carefully, a stunner:

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Tuesday that Russian special services are in possession of intelligence suggesting that NGOs are collecting the genetic material – intelligence that presumably prompted Putin’s initial speculation about who might be behind the collections.

Some emissaries are really carrying out such activities, representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other bodies. Such cases were registered, and security services, the president naturally have this information,” he said.

This is not the first attempt to collect samples of Russian genetic material by foreign agencies in Russia, Igor Nikulin, a former member of the UN biological weapons commission, told RT.

Such attempts were made back in the 90s, when there was a Human Genome program, then there were various programs in the 2000s too… under different pretexts, including the most noble, but for some reason all this happens in the interests of the US military department, and this raises suspicion,” Nikulin said.

He noted that, as a rule, “samples of Europeans of the Slavic group, mostly Russians” are sought-after. “Blood samples are taken for analysis, and if an organization is foreign, what they are doing with the results is always unknown,” he said. (Italicized emphasis added)

Now there’s so many disturbing implications about these statements that I don’t know where to begin, not the least of which is the implication that the Genome project itself was somehow tied to the US military-industrial complex. That’s no surprise, of course, to readers here, for I’ve long suspected it, but it’s strangely unsettling to have such suspicions confirmed, by Russia no less.

What’s supremely unsettling, however, is the linkage of DNA collection activities to NGOs (Non-government organizations). Again, we’re informed that these were “registered” and their activities were being monitored by Russian intelligence.

Read More @ GizaDeathStar.com

‘Something Has Happened And It’s Very Bad’ – Democrats Throwing Hillary Clinton Under The Bus Have Pundits Asking ‘Is More Coming?’

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

While television networks are refusing to report on the series of scandals that have rocked Hillary Clinton, some other media outlets, as well as some top names in Democratic politics, have suddenly gone from talking about her like she is “all that and a bag of chips,” to throwing her directly under the proverbial bus, then taking turns jumping into the driver’s seat to keep running her over.

In the last three weeks, Hillary Clinton has been hit with what Fox News panelist, Charles Hurt calls “Three Watergate-Level scandals,” each one more damaging than the other, all of them implicating others such as Barack Obama, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, other deep state members, the Clinton Foundation, the entire DNC apparatus, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, and more.

Listen below:

Week One, Scandal #1- Uranium One: While “Clinton Cash” exposed quite a bit of information on the Uranium One deal, the majority of the MSM kept calling it all a “conspiracy” theory, when The Hill exposed the level of corruption seen from bribery to potential money laundering, possible racketeering, and more, it blew up all over the internet, and now has follow up reports implicating Barack Obama in setting up a back channel to allow yellowcake uranium, the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons, to be exported out of the U.S. and into Europe and Asia.

So many people, including Robert Mueller, have been implicated in the Uranium One scandal, because Mueller was FBI director at the time, that three GOP lawmakers have just introduced a resolution in Congress, saying that “Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately.”

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com

Is the Pentagon Developing “Personalized” Bioweapons to Use Against Russia?

by Phil Butler, Russia Insider:

At the moment you figured the anti-Russia mess couldn’t get any weirder, Russian President Putin reveals the west’s bio-warfare planning.

News Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, is the latest chilling reminder of the globalist war on Russia. No, you are not reading the fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. But yes, this is a revelation of the coming dystopian future we’re headed for.

Most of us involved in the ongoing media war against the globalist lie can believe just about anything these days. What with RussiaGate unhinging reality in America, and crazy journalists screaming “Evil Putin” with every breath, the announcement radioactive Godzilla has invaded East Germany would scarcely raise an eyebrow. But the most pragmatic leader of humanity in two centuries calling out the U.S. Air Force for preparing all-out biological warfare on Russia?

When I read the RT story, I’ll admit I had to do a double take. Then the insanity of it all hit me like a brick. Senators and the technocrats in America are teaming up to throw RT America out of the country over words and opinions, while at the same time the U.S. Pentagon gives the approval to target DNA of Russians! “Here we go”, with the latest drug induced psychotic episode from Washington.

At a meeting of Russia’s Human Rights Council the Russian president outlined far-out events that took place during recent regional elections, which were reportedly inundated with foreign viewers. The issues Putin later highlighted revolve around foreign viewers recording the people in these elections, and more freakishly, tissue samples being taken from “..different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation.” 

Mr. Putin went on to assure his audience there is nothing to be afraid of, for Russia’s intelligence community is well armed to deal with such an attack.

Prepared or not though, a July tender from the US Air Force Air Education and Training Command on a US government website seeking to acquire samples of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and synovial fluid from Russians is more freakish than a Hillary Clinton seizure. Now as to what our Pentagon is up to here.

A member of the UN Commission on Biological Weaponry, Igor Nikulin told reporters:

“New types of biological weapons are being developed. There’s nothing else that could possibly interest the military department. Most likely, they are weaponized viruses. The US is trying to develop various types of biological weapons specifically for specific carriers of this gene pool, and Caucasoids are needed since they constitute the majority of the population of our country. This is the same focus group for which they are trying to find the samples. It’s necessary for the viruses to act selectively on one or another ethnic group.”

In the end DNA is used to diagnose and treat diseases, but the same procedures can be used to create tightly controlled viruses deadly to only those who are targeted. Theoretically, DNA research could be capable of killing on the individual level at some point. Reading the advertisement by the Air Force sends a chill up my spine, for it is damning to the extreme. Not only does the ad spell out the exact “sample” quantity etc, it spells out how the Air Force will pay would be DNA spies:

”In addition, information on donors must be provided with the samples, including their sex, age, ethnicity, smoking history, medical history, height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). The samples must be delivered to the Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas, within 10 days after the contractor receives the money.”

No, this is not a hoax. I figure some reading are thinking like I did at first, “This cannot be.” Of course the listing has since disappeared, but screenshots and various reports all about the web verify the authenticity of the RT news bit. But Russian media aside, the facts of US biological weapons research aimed at Russia and ALL other perceived enemies is abundant. This report from Air Force Colonel Michael J. Ainscough from back in 2002 outlines how “future” bioweapons will be developed, deployed, and used.

From this report we learned that the Pentagon under the Bush Administration was not nearly as concerned with Iraq’s WOMDs, but instead focused heavily on bioweapons of the former Soviet Union (Chapter I). However, damning the implications of the colonel’s focus may be, however, Colonel Ainscough’s paper was clearly intended to be used to justify America’s later stage bio-weapons developments. Ideas like weaponizing the deadly Ebola virus soon became weps research reality. But once again, terrorists in Syria or Iranian fundamentalists are not the suggested harbingers of targeted Ebola outbreaks against America. Russia is the supposed aggressor again.

This 2014 report entitled “Weaponizing Ebola?” is written by John R. Haines is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Executive Director of FPRI’s Princeton Committee. His “story” loops in the Soviet-era Biopreparat biowarfare agency in order to create the new “boogie man” for America’s military industrialists. The propaganda of weapons scientists equals “Soviets=Russians, , Soviets=Putin, Soviets=Enemy” – just plain old PR campaigning for dealing death.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

Moscow Outmaneuvers Washington’s Kurdistan Project

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by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:

For the moment it looks as if Russian three-dimensional geopolitical chess moves in the turbulent Middle East have thrown a giant monkey wrench into Washington plans to create an independent Kurdistan. In September the Kurdish population in Iraq voted apparently overwhelmingly for creation of an independent Kurdistan that would control some of the richest oil fields of Iraq in and around Kirkuk as well. Today, a month later, Massoud Barzani, the US and Israel-backed Kurd leader, is facing a major loss of powers from the Iraq Kurd Parliament. In the middle of the fast-changing developments—whose outcome is decisive to far more than the Middle East—is Russia and the Russian state-owned oil giant, Rosneft.

Contrary to the slick US and EU propaganda that has portrayed former President Massoud Barzani and his Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) as champions of western-style democracy, Barzani is a clan warlord who has ruthlessly pursued ethnic cleansing against a Yazidi and Christian Assyrian minority in order to gain control of oil lands those peoples had historically occupied until 2014. The Barzani clan and his Peshmerga military arm were trained beginning the late 1960s by Israeli Mossad Lt Colonel Tzuri Sagi, initially to go against Saddam Hussein’s rule. Israeli ties to the Barzani clan have remained since.

Since that time the Massoud Barzani clan has built a dictatorial power in the Kurdish region of Iraq using assassination, corruption and since 2014, control of sales of Iraqi oil via Turkey. Such is Barzani’s mafia-power, despite the fact that his term as President of the Iraqi Kurdistan ended in 2015 and the Kurd regional parliament refused to renew it, he has ruled since without any legal basis by preventing the parliament from convening and formally ousting him. Massoud’s son controls the region’s security council and all all military and civilian intelligence.

Barzani, with open backing of Israel’s Netanyahu, despite major opposition from most of the world, went ahead with a referendum for an independent Kurdish state. It was to have been the beginning of a domino-style reshaping of the geopolitical map of the entire Middle East along the lines of US Army Col. Ralph Peters’ 2006 Armed Forces Journal, “Blood Borders: How a Better Middle East Would Look.”

Since the British and French carved up the oil-rich lands of the collapsing Ottoman Empire in the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 during the First World War, the ethnic peoples known as Kurds were divided, deliberately, between the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and of Turkey. To now create a single Kurdish state would destabilize the entire region and beyond. The issues among the various ethnic Kurds themselves are as well vast with differences in Kurd dialects sometimes being as vast as that between English and modern German. The political differences as well are significant.

Had the US and Israel succeeded in forming an independent Kurdish state in Iraq as a precursor to a Greater Kurdistan of some 23 million people, it would have thrown the entire region from Iran to Iraq to Syria and Turkey into war, the kind of really big war the Pentagon neoconservatives have salivated over since they concocted the fake proof in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Interesting to note, the same California PR firm, Russo Marsh & Rogers, that created Move America Forward (MAF), as a pro-war lobby for the 2003 war against Saddam Hussein, using fabrications to whip up popular support in the US for war in Iraq, is the PR firm used since 2005 by the Barzani clan to promote the idea in the US that Kirkuk oil should be part of an independent Kurdistan.

One month later…

One month later and how the Iraqi Kurd landscape has changed. In a blitz military action that was clearly supported by a strong anti-Barzani faction of the Kurds, the Baghdad army retook Kirkuk and the key oilfields occupied since 2014 illegally by Barzani’s forces.

This meant that the financial key to Barzani and Tel Aviv’s “independent” Iraqi Kurdistan, the oil revenues from Kirkuk and Bai Hasaan fields of around 1.2 million barrels per day are no longer in the hands of the Barzani mafia.

After Barzani’s gang took control of the Kirkuk oil-rich region in 2014, driving hundreds of thousands of ethnic Yazidis and Assyrian Christians from their homes, US oil interests helped to build Barzani’s power. Rex Tillerson as CEO of ExxonMobil defied the Baghdad government and invested in the Kurd region of Iraq along with Chevron after 2014 as a clear part of the US preparation for an independent oil-rich Kurdistan.

Amidst the chaos of the conquests of ISIS across Iraq and Syria after 2014, a conquest that was initially facilitated by Barzani in his bid to grab Kirkuk oil, Barzani’s clan made an illegal deal with the family of Turkish President Erdogan to sell the oil via Turkish pipelines where it was sold on to Israel earning Barzani’s clan billions of dollars. By August 2015 the Jerusalem Post reported that as much as 77{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Israel oil imports were coming from Kurd-occupied Kirkuk region, via pipeline from Turkish Ceyhan to the Israel oil port at Ashkelon.

Following Barzani’s bombastic declaration of a 93{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} independence referendum yes vote, the Iraq government, as did others including that of Turkey and Iran, declared the vote illegal. Baghdad swiftly moved to impose sanctions on the Iraqi Kurdish region. Erdogan’s Turkey, fearing a spread of Kurdish independence to Turkish Kurds, a significant minority bordering Syria and Iraq, cut off Kurd pipeline flows.

Then Baghdad held secret talks with the opposition Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of the recently deceased Jalal Talabani. PUK had opposed the idea of referendum, and it was their soldiers who largely controlled Kirkuk.

According to Bafel Talabani, the son of recently-deceased Jalal Talabani, just before the Iraqi forces, in a joint operation of the Iraqi army and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militias were moving to retake Kirkuk, a deal was reached with Baghdad to peacefully withdraw PUK-controlled Peshmerga forces from the city, opening the way for dialogue and saving thousands of lives. Talabani called the decision of Barzani to go ahead with a referendum, despite clear warnings of the consequences, a “colossal mistake.”

On October 29, Massoud Barzani announced he would step down as (illegitimate) President of the Iraqi Kurdish region, acknowledging the utter failure of the Israel-backed referendum ploy.

Russian Oil Geopolitics

A crucial if little-noted factor in making the strategic shift in the geopolitical energy field of the Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish regions in the last months has been Russia, specifically Russia’s giant state-owned Rosneft.

Surprising many, just after the September 25 Iraqi Kurd referendum vote, Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin announced that Rosneft had agreed to buy control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $4 billion according to remarks by Sechin on October 18 at a conference this author attended in Italy two days before the signing of the deal.

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State Threatens to Kidnap Little Girl Because Parents Cure Her Seizures with CBD in a LEGAL State

by Justin Gardner, Activist Post:

“I would look outside my window just scared to death I would see a police officer and CPS here to take my kid.”

It’s a nightmare made entirely by the State. A little girl would be snatched away from caring parents for doing nothing more than healing their daughter’s debilitating condition with a plant extract.

Even though medical cannabidiol (CBD) is now legal in Indiana, Child Protective Services (CPS) was going to take 20-month-old Jaelah Jerger—because her parents chose to use legal CBD oil instead of a harmful pharma drug. Fortunately, and ironically, this assault was stopped in the nick of time by an Indiana state legislator.

Jaelah suffered about 40 epileptic seizures a day, and was being seen by doctors at Riley Hospital for Children. They recommended the drug Keppra, with known side-effects of “drowsiness, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness.”

Instead of immediately turning to pharmaceutical drugs—as the U.S. medical-pharma industry typically does—Leiah Jerger, Jaelah’s mother, and her husband wanted to find out more about this drug and consider alternatives. CBD oil, a cannabis extract, is well-known to stop seizures in their tracks and allow children suffering from multiple seizures a day to become virtually seizure-free.

CBD, the other major ingredient in cannabis alongside THC, does not produce a high and can be extracted from industrial hemp plants. Due to its amazing healing power, especially for childhood seizures, CBD extract has been legalized in most states—even staunchly prohibitionist holdouts.

 

In April of this year, Indiana legalized the use of CBD oil for those with treatment-resistant epilepsy. After speaking with other parents successfully using CBD, Jaelah’s parents decided they would try it for their own daughter. Why risk the harmful side-effects of Keppra if there is a safer, effective option?

Apparently, at least one “expert” at Riley hospital believes this is such an offense that government must ruin the lives of children and parents who want to end their child’s suffering.

“Lelah Jerger, the child’s mother, said personnel at Riley Hospital for Children reported her to Indiana’s Child Protective Services after she and her husband decided to use cannabidiol oil, or CBD, to treat their daughter Jaelah, rather than use the medication prescribed by a Riley doctor.”

Even though the parents had a prescription for medical CBD from a chiropractic neurologist, and even though Jaelah “went from at least 40 noticeable seizures per day down to almost none,” Riley medical personnel reported the parents for “not treating” their daughter.

Unless you conform to the U.S. medical establishment—driven by Big Pharma and blinded by the drug war—you are in danger of losing the most precious thing in your life. Jaelah was virtually healed of her seizures through a completely legal process, but doctors and the State were somehow compelled to treat these parents as criminals.

“CPS arrived at the Jergers house in Huntingburg on Sept. 20, formally asking the parents to agree to keep Jaelah on Keppra, to take her for weekly blood tests to confirm she was taking Keppra and to only see a specified physician, Lelah said.

Just days before CPS arrived, the Jergers said they had already decided to add Keppra to their CBD oil treatment after consulting with another neurologist.

Jerger said CPS said it would get a court order to remove Jaelah from their home if they did not comply.

CPS contacted that family again on Sept. 26, Jerger said, telling the family to admit the girl to a specific hospital for symptoms from the Keppra medication.”

Rep. Mark Messmer was not going to let this injustice happen. He called the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb the director of the Department of Child Services (DCS). Soon after, DCS dropped the case.

“They had overreacted based on a complaint from the nurse practitioner in this case and should have approached it more cautiously than they did,” Messmer said. “I saw it as extremely heavy handed and over reach on the part of DCS.”

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Washington Stomps on Civil Liberty

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

The insouciant American electorate is so inattentive that it routinely elects enemies of civil liberty to represent the public in Congress. Last Wednesday Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R, SC), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D, VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R , AR ), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D, TX) tried to intimidate executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google into blocking all digital dissent to the anti-Trump/Russian line taken by the DNC and military/secrurity complex and to serve as spy agencies for the CIA.

Two of the above—Gowdy and Cotton—are Republicans who have aligned themselves with the attack on Russia and Republican President Trump. What unites the members of the two parties is that they want a police state. Jackie Speier demands to know from Google why Google hasn’t “shut down RT on YouTube.” Joaquin Castro wants messages linked to Russia turned over to the US government. Trey Gowdy wants false statements blocked, which would mean that the entire print and TV media in the US would be shut down along with Congress, John Brennan, Robert Mueller, and James Comey. Gowdy does not know that the First Amendment guarantees free speech and leaves it up to the public to decide what is true and what is false.

You tell me. What kind of insouciant people are capable of electing representatives who do not respect the Bill of Rights? Is a country whose government does not respect its own Constitution a democracy? Is such a country an exceptional, indispensable country? Or is it a completely corrupt entity whose government no longer has the slightest allegience to the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution?

What is the quality of an electorate that sends those with a police state mentality to represent them in the government that has power over them? Are we witnessing the destruction of democracy by the electorate? Is the failure of the American people staring us in the face?

Are you amazed that it is the executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and not the members of Congress who have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, who point out to US Representatives and Senators that their demands for censorship and spying are unconstitutional?

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