Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and the New Cold War with Russia

by Prof. Kees van der Pijl, Global Research:

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine, a few minutes before it would have crossed into Russian airspace on its journey from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The incident, killing all on board, occurred six months after Ukrainian ultra-nationalists had seized power in Kiev with Western support, triggering the secession of Crimea and a Russian-Ukrainian insurgency in the Donbass (Donetsk and Lugansk provinces).

In my forthcoming book Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Prism of Disaster (Manchester University Press, June), which will also come out in a German translation with PapyRossa in Cologne and a Portuguese one with Fino Traço publishers in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I challenge the Western narrative on what happened that day.

Trump Should Get the Nobel Peace Prize but He Won’t

by Sean Clover, Freedom OutPost:

Trump doesn’t need awards like the Nobel Peace Prize, even though he may soon deserve it. But that is what makes him Trump, and it is why the establishment doesn’t have sway over him.

While President Trump’s focus on the Southern border has been a hallmark of his campaign, a different border stole the headlines in recent days and demonstrated the President’s dealmaking prowess.

Pictures of the leaders of North and South Korea shaking heads across their respective borders flooded news outlets and social media around the country. Pundits on the left were baffled and scrambled to either come up with an explanation or downplay the likelihood of the meeting’s success.

America Is Red, White and Screwed! Your Pension Funds Will Soon Be Gone!

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

Over a decade ago, comedian, Lewis Black, popularized the phrase “red, white and screwed”. Those words were never more acccurate than they are today as we examine America’s financil situation.

America’s Cognitive Dissonance
Have you ever sat in a room and couldn’t figure out why people were laughing? They laughed and laughed and laughed as your curiosity grew and grew. And then, suddenly, you realized they were laughing at you! This is what is happening to all Americans. We have been robbed blind and we have scarcely noticed. Now, our very existence is being threatened and people laugh at you for talking about it as they call you a “conspiracy theorist”, “fear-monger” and “the purveyor of doom and gloom”. For me, and for this two part series on the collapsing economy and what you can do about it, this will be one these days. In honor of the cognitive dissonance crowd, I am thinking about adopting a new pen name, Chicken Little, because the economic sky is indeed falling.

Big Mac Index suggests America in decade-long depression- Peter Diekmeyer

by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money:

U.S. GDP grew at a 4.6% clip in current dollar terms during the first quarter, according to U.S. Government officials at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

On the surface, the data makes sense.

Businesses across the country saw sales rise. Workers got salary increases. Trump must be right, America is becoming great again, the experts seem to suggest.

But are they right?

Not if you measure U.S. economic output based on the number of Big Macs the country’s annual GDP can buy.

FEDS DROP BOMBSHELL: Comey & Lynch Colluded with Clinton Campaign to Entrap, Wiretap Trump; Illegal Scheme Involved Entire U.S. Intel Community

from True Pundit:

Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department and James Comey’s FBI worked together with the Hillary Clinton campaign to entrap Donald Trump and associates — including his eldest son — prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to records and testimony of federal law enforcement insiders.

One high ranking official in the Justice Department called it a sweeping “highly illegal” scheme to ensure Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House.

“This was clearly a scheme using Justice (Department) resources and State (Department) resources to get the Russian lawyer into the United States,” one Justice Department insider said. “Who has the power to do this? Only the people at the very top.”

The Syrian Crisis Escalates

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

As I wrote two weeks ago, the Syrian crisis is only in its beginning stages. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/17/crisis-beginning-stages/ The assault on Syrian military positions last night, apparently a US/Israeli operation, is evidence that the crisis continues to develop. https://www.timesofisrael.com/resonant-syria-strike-suggests-coordinated-us-israel-message-to-russia-and-iran/

There are four mutually reinforcing causes of the crisis:

(1) Israel’s ability to use the US government to eliminate foes in the Middle East that are obstacles to Israel’s expansion. Israel has Syria and Iran targeted, because the two governments supply the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which has twice driven Israel out of Israel’s attempted occupation of southern Lebanon, whose water resources Israel covets.

Forget 2021, Time is Up to Release Last Remaining JFK Files

by George Cassidy Payne, The Sleuth Journal:

“I am afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of National Security.” – Jim Garrison

After a decade or so of looking into the JFK assassination, I finally decided to visit my favorite used book store and grab a copy of Jim Garrison’s book, On the Trail of the Assassins. Like most people interested in the assassination, I had seen Oliver Stone’s movie based on Garrison’s book, but I never got around to reading the actual text.

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Effects

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by Survival Sullivan, The Burning Platform:

An EMP attack is the most deadly doomsday proposition we could ever face. Few outside of the prepper community are even pondering such an end of the work event – and far fewer still are preparing to survive such a SHTF and the copious amount of domino mega disaster effects it would create.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is defined as a brief surge of electromagnetic energy and it can be the result of either man-made or natural disturbances. Electronics can be affected and in some cases an EMP can result in physical destruction of things such as structures and vehicles. After a nuclear explosion, the EMP will radiate abruptly, and is likely to cause unspeakable damage to electrical systems as unnaturally high voltage surges through valves and transistors.

Stunning finding reveals autism is highest in areas with the highest vaccination rates

by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

The surge of autism diagnoses in recent years has left many people looking for an explanation. Oft-labeled a “conspiracy theory,” or something to that effect, the suspicion that vaccines are a potential cause of autism is on the rise. New research from the Canadian government has indirectly shown that in highly vaccinated populations, autism rates are noticeably higher. These shocking findings are sure to leave vaccine propagandists reeling while they try to somehow discredit the findings of a government agency.

How To Completely Diversify Out Of Fiat Currencies

by Pure Blockchain Wealth, via SHTF Plan:

I’ve always viewed currencies as a funny asset class.

When I founded Pure Blockchain Wealth, the price of Bitcoin was $850, and when we emailed our alert on Ripple, it was $0.27 (a month later, it was $3.00).

Cryptocurrencies are a new, disruptive, and unique asset class, but the central question is: can they co-exist for long, without government intervention and legislation?

What we already know is that paper cash, the actual notes that represent the diminishing purchasing power of today’s fiat currencies, are being deliberately taken out of circulation.

UK Bank’s IT Disaster Enters 2nd Week, Contagion Fears Rise

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

“This turned what was a super-hard systems job [into] a clusterfuck in the making.”

Customers of UK bank TSB have probably lost track of the number of times the bank has declared its new online system, Proteo4UK, to be operational, only to find that they cannot log on. Even today, seven days after the system was supposed to be up and running and ten days after work to complete the migration began, and six days after we lambasted the banks for this fiasco, many of the customers are still unable to access their online accounts or make payments.