Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Fake News about Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela

by Alan Macleod, Ron Paul Institute:

In recent times the international media, including many who promised to “resist” the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US “humanitarian aid” reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked a bridge in his desperation to starve his own people (see, for example, CNNCBCAssociated PressBBCNPRABCBloombergThe Guardian). A constant flow of stories such as this have served to establish a narrative of a dictator blocking a benevolent US government from helping its desperate people. Something must be done!

Venezuela was my home, and socialism destroyed it. Slowly, it will destroy America, too.

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by Daniel DiMartino, The Burning Platform:

While neither ‘Medicare for All’ nor a wealth tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.

The first time I couldn’t buy food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register, I noticed I had forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the government rationing system would not let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed. It was four days until the government allowed me to buy more.

2 Dead, 14 Injured As Venezuelan Soldiers Open Fire On Civilians Near Brazil Border: WaPo

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from ZeroHedge:

Update: Americo De Grazia, Deputy of the National Assembly, has confirmed on Twitter that a second person has died in the border clashes:

Just hours after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a U.S. humanitarian aid convoy for Venezuela could provoke clashes and create a pretext for removing President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch Russian ally, from power by force,  The Washington Post reports, according to an eye-witnesses and community leaders, that Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, leading to multiple injuries and the first fatality.

What Credit Problem? China Offers Credit To All: $685 Billion Dollars In One Month!!!!

from WallStForMainSt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02mdW6pmRlM

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping Demonstrate Why the British Fear Them, and Why Trump Is Right to Be Friends With Both

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

The urgency of convening LaRouche’s “Four Powers” — Russia, China, India and the U.S. — to implement a New Bretton Woods reform of the bankrupt western financial system, and finally put an end to the geopolitics of the British Empire, was demonstrated today by major speeches by Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The speech by Putin — his annual state of the union to the Federal Assembly — and by Xi — a speech to the scientists and engineers who placed the Chang’e 4 on the far side of the Moon — conveyed an optimism and a vision for the future of Mankind which reflected the ideas and the passion of Lyndon LaRouche over these past fifty years. If not for the frantic British coup attempt against President Trump, his stated commitment to such optimism and scientific progress would be lifting the US out of the Western morass, to join Russia and China in the New Silk Road, in cooperation in space, and in building a new global financial system to replace the broken gambling casinos in London and on Wall Street.

Russiagaters Ramp Up Narrative Management As Mueller Report Nears

by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

Both CNN and the Washington Post are reporting that Robert Mueller’s investigation into a possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government will be wrapping up as soon as next week. This report comes without a single American having been charged with any such conspiracy during the investigation up to this point, and we’re seeing a very revealing uptick in narrative management from the people who have been making a name for themselves promoting the Russiagate conspiracy theory.

OPTIONS EXPIRY WEEK BEGINS AND AS USUAL THE CROOKS RAID GOLD DOWNWARD BY $19.50 TO $1325.45

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

SILVER IS WHACKED BY 37 CENTS DOWN TO $15.87//FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY A MASSIVE QUEUE JUMP IN THE GOLD COMEX CASINO: TODAY OVER 1.5 TONNES JUMPED QUEUE //EUROPE CONTINUES TO DISAPPOINT AS ITS EXPORT ECONOMY IS GRINDING TO A HALT..//SHIPPING GIANT MAERSK WARNS THAT 2019 WILL BE WORSE THAN 2018//FROM THE USA: BAD NUMBERS FROM DURABLE GOODS/EXISTING HOME SALES AND A TERRIBLE PHILLY MFG REPORT//MORE SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

CHINA UNVEILS THE WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE AI NEWS ANCHOR AS GLOBAL SHIFT TOWARDS ROBOTS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ACCELERATES

by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

Named Xin Xiaomeng, the perfectly-coiffed broadcaster is the newest addition to Xinhua’s team of existing male AI anchors. Xiaomeng was developed jointly by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou, and was shown off in a video sent out on social media on Thursday. Aside from a few seemingly stiff facial muscles, Xiaomeng is remarkably life-like, complete with hand adjustments during piece-to-cameras, and just enough on-cue blinking. The computer-generated journalist was modelled after real-life Xinhua news anchor Qu Meng, whose voice and image provided inspiration for developers.

First Venezuela, now Nicaragua? Bolton says Ortega’s days ‘numbered’ & people ‘will soon be free’

from RT:

US President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisor John Bolton appears dead set on resuming his decades-long stand-off with Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, hinting that Washington-backed regime change may be in the offing.

“The Ortega regime has sentenced three farm leaders to 550 years in prison for their roles in protests in 2018, where Ortega’s police forces reportedly killed 300 activists. As President Trump said Monday, Ortega’s days are numbered and the Nicaraguan people will soon be free,” the national security advisor to the US president tweeted on Wednesday.

Russia Long Looked West. That Is About to Change

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from Russia Insider:

Three almost uninterrupted centuries of Russian self-comparison, self-assessment, self-identification with the West and ever deeper involvement in the intra-Western geopolitical and imperial competition have come to an end. Harsh lessons Russians have drawn from its three centuries of intimate interaction with the West — its Occidental Era — were reinforced by the post-Cold War failure to create a ‘common European home’ from Vancouver to Vladivostok, leading to the conclusion that Russia had betrayed the meaning of its national seal – the double-headed eagle looking both west and east. Although Russia still references the West as a competitor as well as standard in some respects, Vladimir Putin’s Russia now rejects the post-modernist West and its neo-imperial civilizational, indeed, ‘civilizationalist’ ambitions in Russia’s neighborhood. Instead of seeking to be part of the West or defeat the Western geopolitical paradigm, it seeks along with China and, in some respects, India and several more regional powers in building an alternative global civilization to that in the post-modern West.

Is Venezuela On The Verge Of Becoming Another Syria?

by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:

Establishment elites have always had a predilection for regime change. Obviously, this strategy helps weed out nation states that might be uncooperative with their future plans for a fully centralized global economic and political order. We have also seen regime change occur when former puppet leaders go rogue and refuse to follow the script they have been given. Most of these men have acted as dictators and are not very empathetic public figures, so we rarely care when they get overthrown or murdered. That said, there are always wider implications to such events.

GLOBAL RESET NEWS: This is WHY Central Banks Are Now HOARDING GOLD

from SGTreport:

Author Ken Schortgen joins me to discuss the coming global monetary reset which, as Ken explains, cannot be avoided. Ken notes that central banks around the world are now buying gold in volumes not seen since 1971, and the reason is likely because massive changes are coming to the global banking system on March 31st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hux4K0DzBI4

The State as Parasitoid

by Joel Bowman, International Man:

Throughout modern history, few political ideologies have been so effective at disarming and asphyxiating its host as collectivism.

Regardless of how the assault begins – be it bloody revolution, domestic coup d’etat, foreign aggression or by self-inflicted, democratic process – once collectivism has found its foothold, the prognosis for the host is universally bleak.

Where merely parasitic institutions, such as monarchies, may take generations, even centuries, to either descend into madness or fade into irrelevance (and sometimes both); the collectivist parasitoid proves itself an exceptionally expedient killer.