Tuesday, June 22, 2021

CIA Finances Another Group of Fraudsters: the Venezuelan ‘Opposition’

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by Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture:

Once again, the Central Intelligence Agency has been caught financing a group of grifters and fraudsters at the expense of the American taxpayers. In the latest case, just another in the agency’s 72-year history, the Trump administration-appointed ad hoc board of CITGO, the US subsidiary of the state-owned Venezuelan oil company, PDVSA, stands accused of steering $70 million of escrowed funds, earmarked for PDVSA’s fiscal year 2020 bond, to the pockets of CIA-supported officials of the Venezuelan opposition “Popular Will” party headed by the so-called “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó.

New Camp Speicher Mass Grave Found; 31 Killed in Iraq

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AntiWar:

The Pentagon blamed an artillery mishap for the deaths of two U.S. servicemembers on Sunday in northern Iraq. The troops were conducting a counter-fire mission against an Islamic State mortar site when the accident happened. Iraq reported that the soldiers were operating in Kurdistan at the time but gave no further details.

Authorities have exhumed the bodies of 267 victims of the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre. This newly discovered mass grave was found in al-Qusor al-Reasia near Tikrit, and it brings the total dead to 2,694 people, by some estimates. Many of the victims were air force cadets.

At least 31 others were killed and nine were wounded in recent violence:

One policeman was killed and two were wounded by a blast in Hammam al-Alil.

Gunmen killed a policeman in Kirkuk.

In Tal Afar, a gunman killed a civilian.

Fracking Giant Sues Citizen for Speaking out Against Fracking

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by Julie Filder, Natural Society:

Fracking giant Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is suing Dimock, Pennsylvania resident Ray Kemble and his attorneys for $5 million after Kemble accused the gas driller of polluting residential wells in Pennsylvania. Cabot alleges that Kemble and his lawyers extorted the company through a “frivolous” lawsuit. [1]

In 2013, an EPA official wrote in an internal report that fracking conducted by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. caused methane to leak into domestic water wells in Dimock, completely contradicting Cabot’s assessment, which said the methane gas was naturally occurring. [2]

State regulators initially got involved in 2010 and said Cabot’s drilling contaminated local wells, though a subsequent EPA investigation in 2012 found the water posed no health risks to Dimock residents.

Though the 2013 report didn’t exactly contract the EPA’s finding that the water was safe to use, it did show that at least one official determined that Cabot’s work damaged water wells.

Read: Study: People Living Near Fracking Sites Suffer Severe Health Problems

Now, Cabot is suing Kemble, claiming that his efforts to garner media attention to his polluted well “harmed” the company. The energy company alleges in the suit that Kemble’s actions breached a 2012 settlement that was part of an ongoing federal class action lawsuit over Dimock’s water quality.

Kemble says that even now his water “burns the back of your throat, makes you gag, makes you want to puke.” According to the outspoken Pennsylvanian, who, along with other community members, was featured in the 2010 documentary “Gasland,” said that things only got worse after Cabot fracked 3 wells near his house. [3]

In August 2017, scientists from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency, again tested the water at Kemble’s home and about 2 dozen other houses.

A report released by the ATSDR in 2016 found contamination in some of Dimock’s well-water, but the tests did not look at what was casing the contamination. [4]

Read: Fracking Contaminates Groundwater, Study Proves

George Stark, Cabot’s director of external affairs, said of the lawsuit:

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EPA air pollution regulations discovered to be based on fraudulent data FAKED by rogue scientists 25 years ago

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by Isabelle Z. , Natural News:

A researcher claims that he has found evidence that one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) most successful and trusted air pollution rules is based on a study that is full of “data fabrication and falsification.”

The veteran toxicologist, Albert Donnay, told the Daily Caller about the problems in a 1989 study that the EPA commissioned into the health effects of carbon monoxide. That report led to 25 years of regulations, not to mention billions of dollars in catalytic converter expenses for cars.

Donnay told the Daily Caller that the EPA scientists claimed to find an effect where none existed and that they fabricated the methods that gave them these results. Essentially, he believes that the study was spun to give the EPA the results they wanted, adding that “They reported results that could not have come from human beings.”

The 1989 study was given “primary consideration” by the EPA in making several important decisions. It was compiled by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) after an earlier study had been found to rely on fabricated data. Donnay believes that the EPA was acting to get the same results that the original fraudulent study had obtained.

Donnay says the HEI study, which was funded by the EPA and the automotive industry, is filled with fraud and needs to be investigated. In the study, human carbon monoxide levels were tested on men who had coronary artery disease. The researchers measured how long the men could exercise before succumbing to angina after carbon monoxide exposure.

They found that low levels of carbon monoxide made angina worse during the exercise, and the EPA used it to support its carbon monoxide standard. The study also played a key role in a 2011 review of carbon monoxide regulations. The $2.5 million study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, HEI Research Reports, and Environmental Health Perspectives.

Reanalysis found intentional scientific fraud

Donnay said he reanalyzed the study after a court ruled against environmentalists who challenged the EPA’s decision on carbon monoxide. He had trouble obtaining the raw data used in the study after the president of the HEI told him that it had been “discarded” in 2008 because no one had questioned the results. By piecing together information from the three journals in which the study was published and a 1985 HEI annual report, he was able to gain a better insight into the findings of the study.

He uncovered considerable evidence that the HEI study contained intentional scientific fraud. He told the Daily Caller that two different sets of results had been printed in different publications without any acknowledgment or explanation of the variation.

 

The Current Nuclear Threat – Part 2, by John M.

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by John M., Survival Blog:

NORTH KOREA, SCENARIO 2

The second North Korean scenario involves China and potentially Russia. While the threat of mutually assured destruction makes a direct engagement with Russia or China unlikely, proxy wars have often been occurring. If China or Russia were to back North Korea, then it could benefit all parties against the U.S.

China and the U.S. have been political adversaries for many years, but have also been economic partners in many respects. Recent competition has escalated, despite maintaining simultaneous partnerships. China has purchased vast amounts of U.S. debt and produces exports for the U.S.. But President Trump has been accused of starting a trade war with China, causing distrust on both sides.

The Trump Administration Reaches for a Trade Sledgehammer

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by Stratfor , financialsense.com:

The White House is planning to launch new investigations into China’s trade and intellectual property practices, and soon. The move underscores how talks between the United States and China have broken down over Washington’s expectations that Beijing would help rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. With the 100-day action plan on trade that followed US President Donald Trump’s April meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping over, and with Pyongyang still aggressively pursuing a fully functional and deliverable nuclear weapon, the White House already had signaled it would no longer be constrained when dealing with China before Trump tweeted July 29 that he was “very disappointed in China” for its inaction on North Korea. And now that comprehensive trade talks are frozen, the United States is pursuing far more aggressive measures against China’s economic policy — though it still retains the option to walk this pursuit back if needed.

According to several reports, the Office of the US Trade Representative will investigate technology transfers mandated by China pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Beijing requires foreign companies to share technology in exchange for allowing them to invest in China or access the massive and lucrative Chinese market. The investigation could be announced this week and is likely to be rolled into an executive order by Trump that includes other enforcement actions related to trade, investment, and intellectual property.

A Heavy Tool, With Limitations

Section 301 investigations are the sledgehammer in the trade enforcement toolbox that Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have at their disposal. In theory, Section 301 gives the trade representative the ability to investigate and remedy any “unfair trade practices.” Such practices not only include other countries’ potential violations of their commitments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade agreements, but also any practice that is “unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens US commerce.” Before the WTO and the creation of its dispute settlement understanding, Section 301 investigations were the primary way the United States forced other countries to negotiate certain trade issues. Perhaps the best-known use of Section 301 investigations came in the 1980s when the United States examined barriers Japan had erected against US semiconductor exports. The mere threat of using Section 301’s broad authority to punish Japan compelled Tokyo to enter into an agreement with Washington. If the United States finds that China is violating its commitments or is burdening US commerce, then it could take a number of potential actions in response, including restricting imports by imposing tariffs on them and suspending preferential treatment under trade agreements such as the WTO. The actions the United States take must be proportional, though it is unclear how proportionality would be determined when an action is not obviously related to trade.

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There are several factors that limit the United States’ use of Section 301 investigations. Since the WTO established its dispute settlement understanding, Section 301 investigations largely have fallen out of vogue. In an early case between the United States and Europe involving Section 301, the WTO’s dispute panel ruled that the United States had violated WTO commitments by pursuing unilateral sanctions against WTO members without going through the organization’s various dispute and response channels.

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Two Key Execs at New York Fed Head for the Exits – Two Business Days After Sharp Cut in GDP Estimate

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

Simon Potter, who runs the Federal Reserve’s open market operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is stepping down at the end of this week, as is Richard Dzina, head of the New York Fed’s Financial Services Group. Wall Street is buzzing over the fact that the two are long-tenured executives at the New York Fed;  are exiting simultaneously, and with only a four-day notice to the public and the markets – suggesting that their departure may not have been voluntary.

The praise lavished on the pair in the press release issued today by John Williams, President of the New York Fed, also suggests that an effort is being made to soften the blow of their surprise departure.

HUGE INCREASE IN GOLD STANDING AT THE COMEX

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by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD UP $10.50 TO $1954.70//SILVER IS DOWN 7 CENTS//HUGE INCREASE IN GOLD STANDING AT THE COMEX: 13.7 TONNES/AND IN SILVER 153.8 MILLION OZ//HUGE OI IN OCT GOLD AS THIS MONTH REFUSES TO CONTRACT IN NUMBERS//CORONAVIRUS UPDATES//CHINA VS USA (TIK TOK)//ANDREW MAGUIRE ..A MUST LISTEN TO TAPE//NO CLOSER TO ANOTHER STIMULUS PKG//MORE SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

DISGUSTING NEW LOW: CNN Claims Donald Trump was Soft Porn Star

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

A new low for the liberal media..

CNN claims President Trump was a porn star today.

Christopher Massie is a reporter for CNN’s KFILE..

Today Massie reported that Donald Trump was a porn star… A soft-porn star.

ANOTHER GIANT MINING FORTUNE REPRESENTED IN THE PILGRIMS SOCIETY (HISTORY’S BIGGEST PANDORA’S BOX!)

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by Charles Savoie, Silver Market News:

In April we reviewed details on James Ben Ali Haggin (1827- 1914, Episcopalian; Pilgrims Society member known as “the greatest mine owner on earth”) in “Silver Mining Kingpin Opposed Silver Money.” In August we reviewed the Guggenheim mining dynasty in “Vast Mining Fortune Represented in Pilgrims Society World Money Trust.” This item will be about the South Africa Oppenheimer mining fortune

(diamonds, gold, platinum, uranium, titanium, zinc, copper, cobalt, coal, chemicals, manganese, rhodium, nickel, iron etc.) and there was a marriage in 1660 between the Guggenheims and Oppenheimers, back in the Old World. Not only that, but Jakob Oppenheimer ran a bank at Hanover, Germany, where the first Rothschild was an apprentice during 1757-1763! Samuel Oppenheimer (1630-1703) was military supplier to King Leopold I of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia. The Guggenheims appear to have mostly died out and those still bearing that name being of lesser influence, the fortune shifting into Episcopalian hands (The Lawson-Johnstons, Episcopalians and Pilgrims Society members).

I realize those releases were way longer than most metals investors are used to reading (539 pages together) but the background on Haggin, the Guggenheims and the Lawson-Johnstons is extensive, and in fact, I only provided a basic outline on both. This time we’ll take a look at another dynastic fortune with representation in The Pilgrims, “a secret society gradually absorbing the wealth of the world” (Review of Reviews, May 1902, page 557). That fortune has a name associated with diamonds, gold and platinum—the Oppenheimers of De Beers and Anglo-American Corporation. I was almost startled to find several Oppenheimers shifting from Jewish religion to Anglican (Church of England, known in America as Episcopalian). But it confirms again the top bosses of globalism are the British Royal family, sponsors of The Pilgrims Society! The Royals run the Anglican Church of England, known in America as Episcopalian Church. Join their anti-Vatican church, you may gain standing with them. First let’s have a look at the Oppenheimer dynasty and the fortune represented thereby. Cecil Rhodes is famed for cartelizing the South African diamond mines. He died in 1902, and over twenty years later control of the diamond mines passed to a new company organized by the Oppenheimers. Below, the flag used by Cecil Rhodes, the man who schemed The Pilgrims Society (or at least he was the front man who schemed it) — he also launched Consolidated Gold Fields— and formed Gold Fields of South Africa in 1887

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Bilderberg 2019 To Discuss Future Of Capitalism, World Disorder

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by Ross Ibbetson, Technocracy News:

The elite Bilderberg group for 2019 includes 95 year-old Henry Kissinger and Jared Kushner. The two biggest topics will be the future of capitalism and the growing instability of their global order. ⁃ TN Editor

More than a hundred of the world’s elite including Henry Kissinger, Mark Carney and the Dutch King will meet at the secretive Bilderberg summit this week.

Bankers, Prime Ministers, CEOs and defence experts will meet in Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss a wide range of topics including Russia, cyber threats and Brexit.

Is Citadel’s Hedge Fund a Harmless $35 Billion Minnow or a $235 Billion Killer Shark?

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

At the end of last Thursday’s 4-hour long hearing on the forces behind the wild trading in shares of New York Stock Exchange-listed GameStop, Congressman Jesus (Chuy) Garcia of Illinois asked Citadel hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin how much money was managed by his hedge fund. Griffin replied: “We manage approximately $35 billion dollars of assets.”

Garcia than suggested that Citadel was systemically important. Since this might be construed to mean that Citadel should be under heightened regulatory oversight, Griffin quickly responded with this: “I believe that our hedge fund would not be in the category as systemically important. With $30-some billion of equity it is simply not at the scale or magnitude of a JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo.”

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Essere Umano – Being Human

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from jessescrossroadscafe:

“What has become of King Don Juan?
And the Princes of Aragon,
What has become of any of them?
What remains of our handsome nobility?
And of the many fads and fashions
They brought with them?
What remains of their jousts and tournaments,
Gilded ornamentations, fancy embroideries
And feathered tops?
Was all this insignificant waste?
Was it anything but a season’s fleeting touch of green on the fields?”

Jorge Manrique

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and achievements, and also looked down upon and despised others who were less accomplished, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ”God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.”

‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’”

Luke 18:9-14

Pride, intended as a recognition of our achievements and superiority, ironically diminishes our fullness as human beings, and often quite dramatically so.   Pride can make people act in ways that, from a distance, seem very pompous and silly.

And among these proud ones there are often those who not only go beyond a simple agnosticism and indifference to the vastness of creation, but actively refuse to acknowledge anything greater than themselves.  And they do so almost with a kind of fervor, aggressively despising any forms of observance among others as a weakness of mind and character.

They proudly build their castles,  made of money and honors and power, on the weak sands of their own ego and worldly achievements.   That form of worldly pride is easier for us to understand.   We see it clearly in the self-proclaimed elite of our time.   The balance of things may only be restored for them by the four last things, the hard realities which are irresistible, even to the mighty.

But less obvious perhaps is the spiritual form of pride, that reduces us into a distorted order of things that would be equally silly if it were not so insidious.   Spiritual pride blinds us to our own faults, of course.  But even worse than that, it leads us to magnify and fix ourselves upon the faults of others.

In doing so we seek to justify our own imagined achievements, and at the same time dismiss our bad treatment and low regard for them.   There is no person who is spiritually proud whose heart will serve as a home for the Holy Spirit, the spirit of humility, and mercy, and of love.  They are too full of the law, and of judgement, and of the trappings of righteousness, and themselves.

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