Saturday, December 14, 2019

From Russians To ‘Deplorables’ To Insiders Who Knew Too Much, Are ‘Enemies Of The Deep State’ Being Targeted For ‘Elimination’? The ‘Clinton Body Count’ Rises Again!

by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

In this interesting story over at RT that Steve Quayle linked to on his website we learn that authorities can now request the DNA of Americans, without our knowledge or consent, through websites such as Ancestory.com and 23andMe. And while a 23andMe spokesman claimed they’ve only received 5 requests for DNA and have resisted all requests, resulting in no information released, the legal precedent has been set and as we’re reminded in an SQnote he left on that story: You do realize that bio specific weapons can be targeted against specific individuals DNA, don’t you? 

As we reported on ANP back on November 16th, authorities in the US also recently were accused of collecting Russian DNA by Russian president Vladimir Putin himself and in so doing, raised fears that the DNA collection was being done upon various ethnic groups in Russia for the purpose of developing an ethnic specific weapon capable of only targeting Russians. 

And with the mainstream media and the entire democratic party, aka entrenched establishment, going bats**t crazy in their ‘projection’ that ‘everything is tied to Russia’ here in 2017 America, let’s take a look at what the Russians think about US authorities attempting to get the DNA of people across their country. From Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich, the deputy head of the Defense and Security Committee, who was among the first to suspect foul play.: 

“I am not saying that we are definitely talking about preparations for biological war against Russia,” he prefaced his statement on Facebook. “But the scenario is undoubtedly being developed.” 

The senator suggested that different ethnicities react to biological arms differently and perhaps, “this is why the West is meticulously collecting material across the country.” “The relevant western agencies need to know that we are clued up on their interests,” Klintsevich said, praising Putin’s statement.

Are enemies of the ‘deep state’, whether Russians or ‘deplorables’ or simply insiders who knew too much, being targeted for elimination? As we read in more detail below, a new name could be added to the always-growing ‘Clinton body count’.

In psychology,‘projection’ is a theory in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious (or conscious!) impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. As Susan Duclos reported on ANP in this November 17th story, with the REAL ‘Russia conspiracy’ now being unfurled before our eyes, we’re not the least bit surprised that Hillary is calling the calls to investigate her an abuse of power yet over the past 20+ years, who was regularly abusing their power? 

What we’ve seen from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic establishment and much of the mainstream media apparatus ever since November 8th of 2016 and President Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory over Hillary, with Russia being blamed for almost everything, while facts such as the map above paint a much more truthful picture, have been a huge series of projections and we see an absolutely stunning example of it in this new story from over at Prison Planet

According to the story, a ‘mass triggering’ has been caused by a makeup app that can be used to digitally remove the makeup from women (or men) and of course, Russia is once again being blamed. Proving the absolute ridiculousness of the entire ‘blame Russia for everything’, triggered liberal snowflakes are now blaming Russia for what is being called a ‘violent and misogynistic’ app that will allowtheir friends, or enemies, to see what they likely look like without their make up on. 

The story over at Business Insider Tech Insider began “No one knows how to generate headlines and outrage like a pro-Russia propagandist” and as Chris Menahan over at Information Liberation reports, the liberal media is absolutely losing their mind over this. So now its Russia’s fault for what people look like without their makeup on? 

As Hillary Clinton clearly knows, lies, like makeup, are sometimes partially used to conceal, which brings us back to the collection of DNA both in Russia and of Americans by people who may not have the Russians, nor Americans, best interests in mind. We first lookhere at a very wise comment made on this November 18th ANP story by reader bkinney who stated:

  Some thing big coming our way to get the news off Hillary

History is littered with huge events happening that seemingly come out of nowhere to take the news off of another huge story that often involves the ‘global elite’ and corruption. Take for example the Pentagon news conference on September 10th of 2001 in which it was announced that the Pentagon had somehow ‘misplaced’ $2.3 trillion only for that story to be swept away to the dustbin of history by the events on 9/11. 

Or the ‘Clinton body count’ which seems to have another name added to it on a regular basis now, with DNC mega-donor Steve Mostyn recently found dead in Texas. Mostyn was one of the co-founders of the ‘Ready For Hillary PAC’ and died at the young age of 46 from a‘mental health issue’ which seemed to come about suddenly. Of interest, according to this ATS thread with sourcesMostyn was heavily involved in children’s organizations. And we all know what’s been happening with pedo rings all over the US

Was Steve Mostyn ‘Arkanicided’? 

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com

The World LandBridge

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from LaRouche PAC:

THE NEW SILK ROAD

The “Eurasian Landbridge” or New Silk Road — a vision first proposed and drafted by Lyndon and Helga LaRouche over two decades ago to fully develop the entirety of the Eurasian continent — is now the active, official policy of the government of China, supported also by other key Asian nations. On September 7, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jingping visited Kazakhstan where he first announced the adoption of a policy he called the “New Silk Road Economic Belt” stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.

 Chinese President Xi Jingping speaking in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 7, 2013 announces his poilicy of creating a Silk Road Economic Belt for the development of Eurasia to deepen cooperation and forge closer economic ties among the nations.
Chinese President Xi Jingping speaking in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 7, 2013 announces his poilicy of creating a Silk Road Economic Belt for the development of Eurasia to deepen cooperation and forge closer economic ties among the nations.

To forge closer economic ties, deepen cooperation and expand development in the Euro-Asia region, we should take an innovative approach and jointly build an ’economic belt’ along the Silk Road. This will be a great undertaking benefiting the people of all countries along the route… We must expand the development of Eurasia, creating an economic belt along the Silk Road. China and the Central Asian countries are at a crucial stage; we need a broader vision for cooperation. The peoples of this ancient Silk Road together can compose a wonderful new chapter in the much-told story. Now is a golden opportunity for development.”

— Xi Jingping, Sept. 7, 2013

Astana, Kazakhstan

Less than a month later, President Xi Jingping augmented his program for the Silk Road Economic Belt by also calling for the creation of a ‘Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century’ during a speech in Indonesia.

“Southeast Asia has since ancient times has been an important hub along the ancient Maritime Silk Road. China will strengthen maritime cooperation with ASEAN countries to vigorously develop maritime partnership in a joint effort to build the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century. China is ready to expand its practical cooperation with ASEAN countries across the board, supplying each other’s needs and complementing each other’s strengths.”

Xi Jingping, October 3, 2013 · Indonesian Parliament

SEE: Helga Zepp-LaRouche: New Silk Road Leads to the Future of Mankind

Below, we present an interactive map of the World Landbridge, an extended version of the Eurasian Landbridge plan for the economic development of the entire planet. This planetary development program — an integrated system of the most crucial projects in transportation, water management, power generation, resource development, agricultural production, and city building — will be the cornerstone of a new international system of common benefit among nations for mutual cooperation and progress, a new system which is already emerging with the historic agreements for a new international economic order among the BRICS nations and others.

Read More @ LaRouchePAC.com

Gold-based debit card Glintpay gets started

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from GATA:

Glint App Brings Gold into the Digital Age

The world’s oldest currency is being brought into the digital age with the launch of a debit card and app that will allow people to pay for goods in gold.

Fintech group Glint (http://glintpay.com) has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group in the UK and MasterCard to create an app that enables people to load credit in various currencies, which can then be used to buy a portion of a physical gold bar. Customers use the app at the checkout to select whether to pay in a currency or gold, before transacting with their MasterCard.

The development marks the first time people in the UK and overseas can own just a portion of a gold bar through an app, which can then be used in mobile and debit card-based payments. The app also allows people to send gold to peers in the form of a digital payment. …

Glint’s new service is riding the wave of alternative payments, such as bitcoin, as more people seek payment methods that can store value in a way that differs from traditional currencies.

Ben Davies, a co-founder of Glint, said: “We want to create a fairer form of money whereby we give you choice and control over how you protect your money in an era where central banks issue more currency, and so the value of your currency is falling.”

Glint is working with Lloyds in the UK as the deposit holder for customers storing money on their app. When a customer decides to buy gold through the app, this is used to purchase part of a gold bar that is physically allocated in vaults in Switzerland. …

Read More @ GATA.org

Gold Versus Bitcoin: The Pro-Gold Argument Takes Shape

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by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

Sound money advocates who love the concept of cryptocurrencies but don’t want to abandon precious metals have been trying to clarify their thoughts of late. Risk Hedge just helped, with a comprehensive statement of the pro-gold position. The following is an excerpt. Read the full article here.

All the Reasons Cryptocurrencies Will Never Replace Gold as Your Financial Hedge

Despite what the crypto-evangelists will tell you, digital tokens will never and can never replace gold as your financial hedge.

Here are six reasons why.

#1: Cryptocurrencies Are More Similar to a Fiat Money System Than You Think.
The definition of “fiat money” is a currency that is legal tender but not backed by a physical commodity.

It’s clear that cryptocurrencies partially fit the definition of fiat money. They may not be legal tender yet, but they’re also not backed by any sort of physical commodity. And while total supply is artificially constrained, that constraint is just… well, artificial.

You can’t compare that to the physical constraint on gold’s supply.

Some countries are also exploring the idea of introducing government-backed cryptocurrencies, which would take them one step closer toward fiat-currency status.

As Russia, India, and Estonia are considering their own digital money, Dubai has already taken it one step further. In September, the kingdom announced that it has signed a deal to launch its own blockchain-based currency known as emCash.

So ask yourself, how can you effectively hedge against a fiat money system with another type of fiat money?

#2: Gold Has Always Had and Will Always Have an Accessible Liquid Market.
An asset is only valuable if other people are willing to trade it in return for goods, services, or other assets.

Gold is one of the most liquid assets in existence. You can convert it into cash on the spot, and its value is not bound by national borders. Gold is gold—anywhere you travel in the world, you can exchange gold for whatever the local currency is.

The same cannot be said about cryptocurrencies. While they’re being accepted in more and more places, broad, mainstream acceptance is still a long way off.

What makes gold so liquid is the immense size of its market. The larger the market for an asset, the more liquid it is. According to the World Gold Council, the total value of all gold ever mined is about $7.8 trillion.

By comparison, the total size of the cryptocurrency market stands at about $161 billion as of this writing—and that market cap is split among 1,170 different cryptocurrencies.

That’s a long shot from becoming as liquid and widely accepted as gold.

#3: The Majority of Cryptocurrencies Will Be Wiped Out.
Many Wall Street veterans compare the current rise of cryptocurrencies to the Internet in the early 1990s.

Most stocks that had risen in the first wave of the Internet craze were wiped out after the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2000. The crash, in turn, gave rise to more sustainable Internet companies like Google and Amazon, which thrive to this day.

The same will probably happen with cryptocurrencies. Most of them will get wiped out in the first serious correction. Only a few will become the standard, and nobody knows which ones at this point.

And if major countries like the US jump in and create their own digital currency, they will likely make competing “private” currencies illegal. This is no different from how privately issued banknotes are illegal (although they were legal during the Free Banking Era of 1837–1863).

So while it’s likely that cryptocurrencies will still be around years from now, the question is, which ones? There is no need for such guesswork when it comes to gold.

Read More @ DollarCollapse.com

Top NSA Whistleblower Claims ‘Russiagate’ a Fake to Increase War-Spending

by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture:

William Binney is the mathematician and Russia-specialist, who quit the NSA in 2001 as its global Technical Director for geopolitical analysis, because of the lying about, and manipulations of, intelligence, that he saw — distortions of intelligence by the George W. Bush Administration — in order to ‘justify’ systematic, massive, and all-encompassing, Government snooping into all Americans’ private electronic communications. His, and some colleagues’, efforts to get the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense to investigate the matter, produced FBI raids into their homes, and seizures of their computers, so as to remove incriminating evidence they might have against higher-ups. According to Binney, NSA’s Director, Michael Hayden, had vetoed in August 2001 a far less intrusive and more effective system of signals-intelligence collection and analysis, which might have enabled the 9/11 attacks to be blocked — a more effective system that would have been less expensive, less intrusive, and not violated Americans’ Constitutional rights. Hayden went on to head the CIA, until the end of George W. Bush’s Presidency. Afterward, Hayden joined the Chertoff Group and other military-industrial-complex contractors of the US federal Government. There were no such rewards for any of the whistleblowers.

Binney viewed Hillary Clinton as continuing George W. Bush’s neoconservatism, and so, though reluctantly, voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

On November 15th, an interview of Binney was published at the Washingtonsblog news-site, titled “How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of US Election”, in which Binney provides technical details to explain why he strongly believes that the Democratic Party’s allegations, which say that Russia was the source of the leaks of information from the computers of the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, are nothing more than intentional concoctions and distortions, which are backed and promoted by America’s military-industrial complex, whose stock-values rise accordingly with the lies. 

He believes,

there’s a huge part of the story that the entire mainstream media is missing …

Specifically, Binney says that the NSA has long had in its computers information which can prove exactly who hacked the DNC … or instead prove that the DNC emails were leaked by a Democratic insider. …

And he stressed:

If the idiots in the intelligence community expect us to believe them after all the crap they have told us (like WMD’s in Iraq and “no we don’t collect data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans”) then they need to give clear proof of what they say. So far, they have failed to prove anything.

Which suggests they don’t have proof and just want to war monger the US public into a second cold war with the Russians.

After all, there’s lots and lots of money in that for the military-industrial-intelligence-governmental complex of incestuous relationships.

His technical explanation of how he came to this conclusion, is provided in that Washingtonsblog article. He doesn’t think that the elements within the intelligence community which are promoting the Russiagate allegations can possibly be so stupid as to actually believe what they are saying. He claims that they know that what they are saying is false, because if it weren’t false, then they could provide, to the public, evidence that it is true, and do it without violating anyone’s rights, nor revealing any legitimate US national-security information.

Basically, he is saying that the keepers of the keys are blocking the public from the truth, because they know that the truth will expose the fact that they’ve been lying to the public, all along.

His technical explanation of the details employs a number of undefined terms, which aren’t understandable to persons who are not themselves technically knowledgeable about the field, such as his saying:

First, from deep packet inspection, they would have the originator and ultimate recipient (IP) of the packets plus packet series 32 bit number identifier and all the housekeeping data showing the network segments/path and time to go though the network. And, of course, the number of packet bits. With this they would know to where and when the data passed.

From the data collection, they would have all the data as it existed in the server taken from. That’s why I originally said if the FBI wanted Hillary’s email, all they have to do is ask NSA for them.

Read More @ Strategic-Culture.org

The Yield Curve Has Not Been This Flat In 10 Years, And Many Believe This Is A Sign That A Recession Is Imminent

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Whenever we see an inverted yield curve, a recession almost always follows, and that is why many analysts are deeply concerned that the yield curve is currently the flattest that it has been in about a decade.  In other words, according to one of the most reliable indicators that we have, we are closer to another recession than we have been at any point since the last financial crisis.  And when you combine this with all of the other indicators that are screaming that a new crisis is on the horizon, a very troubling picture emerges.  Hopefully this will turn out to be a false alarm, but it is looking more and more like big economic trouble is coming in 2018.

The professionals on Wall Street take the yield curve very, very seriously, and the fact that it has gotten so flat has many of them extremely concerned.  The following comes from Business Insider

In the past, including before the Great Recession of 2007-2009, an inverted yield curve, where long-term interest rates fall below their short-term counterparts, has been a reliable predictor of recessions. The bond market is not there yet, but a sharp recent flattening of the yield curve has many in the markets watchful and concerned.

The US yield curve is now at its flattest in about 10 years — in other words, since around the time a major credit crunch of was gaining steam. The gap between two-year note yields and their 10-year counterparts has shrunk to just 0.63 percentage point, the narrowest since November 2007.

If the yield curve continues to get even flatter, it will spark widespread selling on Wall Street, and if it actually inverts that will set off total panic.

And with each passing day, even more of the “experts” are warning of imminent market trouble.  For example, just consider what Art Cashin told CNBC the other day…

Investors may want to take cover soon.

Art Cashin, UBS’ director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange, says a “split personality” is manifesting itself in the stock market, and it could hit Wall Street where it hurts at any moment.

“We’ve been setting record new highs, and often the breadth has been negative. We’ve had more declines than advances,” Cashin said Thursday on CNBC’s “Futures Now.”

When the financial markets finally do crash, it won’t exactly be a surprise.

In fact, we are way, way overdue for financial disaster.

Since the last financial crisis, we have been on the greatest debt binge in human history.  U.S. government debt has gone from $10 trillion to $20 trillion, corporate debt has doubled, and U.S. consumer debt has now risen to nearly $13 trillion.

Debt brings consumption from the future into the present, and so it increases short-term economic activity at the expense of long-term financial health.

But we simply cannot continue to grow debt much, much faster than the overall economy is growing.  I have never talked to anyone that believes that our debt binge is sustainable, and I doubt that I ever will.

The only reason why we have even gotten this far is because interest rates have been pushed to historically low levels.  If the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt even returned to the long-term average, we would be paying more than a trillion dollars a year in interest on the national debt and the game would be over.  Unprecedented intervention by the Federal Reserve and other global central banks has pushed interest rates way below the real rate of inflation, and that has bought us extra time.

But now the Federal Reserve and other global central banks are reversing course in unison, and global financial markets are already starting to decline.

The only way we can keep putting off the next financial crisis is if we continue our unprecedented debt binge and if global central banks continue to artificially prop up the financial markets.

Of course more debt and more central bank manipulation would just make the eventual financial disaster even worse, but that is what we are faced with at this point.

Most people simply don’t understand the gravity of the situation.  Nothing was ever fixed after the last financial crisis.  Instead, we went on the greatest debt binge that humanity has ever seen, and central banks started creating trillions of dollars out of thin air and recklessly injected that hot money into the financial system.

Read More @ TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

Part I: Scientology explored

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from Tracy Beanz:

Vegas Massacre Cover-Up: PR Firm Hired by Mandalay Bay Exposed Pushing Conspiracy Theories

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by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:

Why has the PR team hired by Mandalay Bay been pushing bogus conspiracy theories clearly meant to discredit legitimate inquiry into the Las Vegas shooting?

Las Vegas – In another strange twist to the largest mass-shooting in recent U.S. history, a damning report indicates that the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Resorts International, is paying crisis management firm Joele Frank to spread disinformation about the massacre online.

According to a bombshell report, published by Thomas Michael on Medium, the crisis management firm is deliberately spreading ridiculous conspiracy theories on social media in an attempt to discredit legitimate inquiry into the bizarre official narrative—and actively trying to muddy the water about events surrounding the mass-shooting.

The report details how MGM International hired Joele Frank to run damage control in the wake of the deadly attack that left 58 people dead on Oct. 1. Michael’s report subsequently exposes ties between the crisis management firm and numerous Twitter accounts posting clearly bogus conspiracy theories about the mass-shooting, claiming “the shooting was fake, there was no blood, no victims, crisis actors, the whole nine-yards.”

The report goes on to explain how Michael discovered that a significant portion of the disinformation on Twitter concerning the Las Vegas massacre was originating from an account with the handle @DeepStvte.

Curiously, the @DeepStvte account is heavily connected with bots, which helped it spread nonsensical conspiracy theories about the shooting, according to GotNews.

Michael then made a number of disturbing discoveries upon further investigation:

“Now, here is where it gets really weird. Sifting through every reply on the DeepStvte account, I discovered someone who made a few replies in the comment sections — an individual by the name of Mr. Scott Bisang, handle @sbis85. Upon further research, Mr. Bisang is the Head Manager of Joele Frank, the crisis management firm that Mandalay Bay hired after the 1 October Shooting. So, when I searched his Twitter to find his comments on the Las Vegas Massacre again for this piece, all of the posts/replies had been deleted.”

The Medium report goes on to expose an intentional disinformation campaign by the crisis management firm to confuse people who are seeking answers to the tragic Las Vegas massacre:

“Furthermore, the REAL conspiracy theories that were being propagated by the above mentioned Twitter handles were pushing stories such as the shooting was fake, there was no blood, no victims, crisis actors, the whole nine-yards; while simultaneously discrediting any viable theories made by the public. These are, without question, professionals. And, when I mean pushing their real conspiracy theories: they were getting 7.5M impressions at one point in October on Twitter. This was a direct disinformation campaign designed to lure folks who were questioning the official narrative into being told fairy-tales about what actually happened that night, and thus become discredited as ‘conspiracy theorists’ after they rattle off some absurd story that they were told by one of those Twitter handles.”

Make no mistake that such a massive, and well-coordinated, disinformation campaign is the work of top-notch public relations/crisis management specialists.

READ MORE:  Police Deleted Over an Hour of Video Showing them Shooting Teen 16 Times, 9 Times in the Back

The shooting disappearing from the news cycle, amidst so many unanswered questions, has only served to heighten suspicions that the entire story is being intentionally pushed aside by the ruling oligarchy and their mainstream mass media cronies.

In the pursuit of truth and justice, we must ask ourselves:

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

 

Media Silent as Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches

by Rachel Blevins, Activist Post:

It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law.

The USA Liberty Act has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8, and as Congressman Justin Amash noted, all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

“The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant—in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter. “It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”

As Amash implied, the USA Liberty Act provides the opposite of “Liberty” for Americans. Instead, the purpose of the bill is to reauthorize and create additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Amash also noted that the USA Liberty Act is yet another piece of legislation that “furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.” He compared it to the USA Freedom Act, which was passed under similar circumstances in June 2015.

The House Judiciary has also tried to use the USA Freedom Act as a reference to its success, claimingthat the bill “ended the bulk collection of data, protected civil liberties and national security, and provided robust oversight and transparency of our vital national security tools.”

However, as The Free Thought Project reported in May 2015, the USA Freedom Act “doesn’t actually end or suspend the phone records program, but simply requires phone companies to hold onto these records rather than the NSA.” It also authorized, for the first time, “the NSA, FBI, and other government agencies to unconstitutionally collect data in bulk on potentially millions of law-abiding Americans,” and it let the NSA collect “cell phone records in addition to the landline call records.”

Now, as Congress prepares to pass the USA Liberty Act, it claims the bill will “better protect Americans’ privacy” by requiring the government to have “a legitimate national security purpose” before searching an individual’s database. But what the bill does not advertise is the fact that it does not actually address the legitimate problems that exist with Section 702. The FBI’s “legitimate national security purpose” could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give, and agents will only need supervisory authority in order to search Americans’ metadata.

Weeks before the latest vote, more than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, joined together in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, condemning the USA Liberty Act.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Hyperinflation Watch: 300{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Obamacare Premium Increases

from SilverDoctors:

And the deductible is nearly $10,000. Here’s more…

from Zero Hedge:

Over the past several months, Democrats have jumped on every opportunity possible to blame the Trump administration for yet another year of staggering Obamacare premium increases.  Ironically, despite arguments from the Left that Trump’s defunding of Obamacare’s marketing budget would cause 2018 signups to plunge, as Politico recently noted, they’re actually up in 2018…which begs the question:was the Obama administration just wasting $100 million a year in taxpayer money for nothing?  Shocking thought, we know.

Meanwhile a fresh barrage of outcries from Democrats, most notably Ms. Nancy Pelosi, came after Trump’s decision to cut federal subsidies, an action which the CBO insisted could result in devastating premium increases of up to 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Of course, if Trump is responsible for 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Obamacare’s premium hikes in 2018, then perhaps Nancy Pelosi should explain to the Dixon family in Charlottesville, VA precisely who is responsible for the other portion of the 235{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} premium hike they just received.

As the Washington Post points out this morning, the Dixons, a family of 4 in Virginia, were shocked earlier this month to find that their Obamacare premiums were going to surge from roughly $900 per month in 2017 to over $3,000 per month in 2018.

Ian Dixon, who left his full-time job in 2016 to pursue an app-development business, did so because the ACA guaranteed that he could still have quality coverage for his young family, he said.

But when the 38-year-old Charlottesville husband and father of a 3- and a 1-year-old went to re-enroll this month, his only choice for coverage would cost him more than $3,000 a month for his family of four, which amounted to an increase of more than 300 percent over the $900 he paid the year before. And this is for the second-cheapest option, with a deductible of $9,200.

“Helpless is definitely a good word for it,” Dixon said. “Rage is also a good word for it.”

 

Of course, Democrats and the MSM also applauded Obamacare’s ‘great success’ earlier this year when several counties that were previously feared to be left with no coverage options in 2018, suddenly picked up a carrier.  That said, perhaps BloombergReutersNBC, etc. should reconsider just how meaningful these Obamacare monopolies are if the premiums charged are so high that no one can afford them anyway…

Earlier this year, Aetna and Anthem pulled out of the Albemarle market, citing too much unpredictability and risk. A smaller carrier, Optima, came in to fill the void. Consumers in the area went from having 19 plans offered in the options from Aetna and Anthem to only five coverage options with Optima.

Several factors led to Optima’s offering such high-priced plans, said Michael Dudley, the president of Optima.

First, small communities like Charlottesville tend to be pricier to cover because there is a small patient pool to balance out risks. So Optima took a cue from the carriers who had already ditched the market when actuaries predicted it was a place where the insurance companies might be paying out more to cover claims than it receives in premiums.

It is also a more expensive coverage area because the primary provider is University of Virginia Health System, an academic medical center that charges higher rates for its care than a community hospital. Optima will include UVA Health System in-network, unlike many carriers who have dropped the big medical centers as a cost-saving measure.

Read More @ SilverDoctors.com

Saudi Arabia and Israel Replace Syria with Lebanon as Their Next Victim

by Jim Dean, New Eastern Outlook:

Support by US rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man ~ Nikita Khrushchev

Just when you think nothing in Saudi Arabia could get more bizarre, we got the story of Riyadh claiming Hezbollah of declaring war against Saudi Arabia. You just can’t make this stuff up. I had to check to make sure the article was not a spoof piece.

This crazy Hezbollah charge was timed to dovetail with another bizarre event. Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri read his resignation letter in Saudi Arabia like he was some kind of a Manchurian candidate sleeper agent for the Saudis, which it turns out that he was, or their billionaire sock puppet, which is even worse.

As I write, Hariri will soon be a “guest” of the Saudis for almost two weeks, where is he claiming to return in a few days and might even revoke his resignation. He cited some condition that Hezbollah has to break off all ties with Iran, when without those military support ties, Israel would take South Lebanon whenever it wants. Hariri may become the most debased Prime Minister in modern times.

Sure, the Saudis have poured a lot of money into Lebanon, which sorely needs it, not only for its long time burden with the Palestinian refugees from Israel, but also the new ones from the Syrian war. Infrastructure in Lebanon has been stretched to the max in a country where the poor don’t pay taxes and neither do the rich.

The Saudi-Israeli connection reveals it includes Saad Hariri

I smell the hand of Israel working behind the scenes as usual on this latest threat caper. As the Syrian-ISIS war is winding down, we had expected the Coalition of Warmongers to have a new replacement conflict ready to go.

I mention Israel because it is seething, quietly, at its own stupidity in thinking that by helping to Balkanize Syria, the new puppet government in Damascus would concede Israel’s domination over the Golan Heights officially. Israeli politicians wanting a piece of the oil and gas drilling there are held up with Israel not having the legal right to do so, which complicates selling the product internationally due to endless litigation by Syria.

There was not a problem in stealing Syria’s oil, where the Erdogan government had a field day buying it all through Turkish dealers after it had been trucked right through Iraqi Kurdish territory where Barzani got his cut in the rape of Syria. Erdogan seems to be “adjusting” whose side he is really on about twice a year now.

The 12,000 trucks involved in this ruthless aiding and abetting of terrorism trade could be seen from the moon with a regular household telescope. But for the US pilots flying over Northern Iraq, no telescope was needed. That’s how Veterans Today first learned about it. The pilots were not allowed to bomb these columns, despite knowing they were funding ISIS. The US Coalition is covered in shame for this.

Hezbollah stronger than ever due to Israeli mistakes

Israel now finds itself looking at a Hezbollah in Syria that is ten times more capable of defending itself from attack due to its vast experience gained in the Syrian war with conventional military tactics fighting ISIS and all the other US coalition proxy terrorists.

Combined with a sulking Saudi leadership that is not only disappointed in the failure to get its oil pipeline route to Europe through northern Syria, but also cannot win its war against Yemen, the poorest Arab country in the region, despite all of the best weaponry that the US, Britain, France and Germany could sell it.

Crown Prince Salman declares war on the Royal Family

One of the historical traits of despots is they always find someone else to blame for their own failures. We see that trait raising its head in the political purge taking place in Saudi Arabia. In what was obviously a well-planned event, ministers and princes have been arrested in a corruption jihad in a country where corruption is in their DNA and all real work is shunned as something suitable only for slaves.

I must admit I was shocked to find Saudi Arabia’s most famous and well-known businessmen among them, such as Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men, and who had backed Crown Prince Salman’s economic reforms this Spring.

Former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert W. Jordan, had the best one-line quote of the event from his Time Magazine interview, “It’s the equivalent of having Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Colin Powell arrested. It is a shocking display of power.”

No one else has said this yet, so I will. The young Crown Prince is instituting a reverse coup upon his own country by eliminating and looting all of his potential Royal opposition. Only time will tell if it was a wise one, but he may have already doomed Saudi Arabia’s long term prospects with this rash act on top of so many others SA has done that NEO readers are well aware of.

President Trump, not one to miss getting a headline, quickly jumped in to support the young Crown Prince’s actions, with the irony that Trump was interfering in a Saudi political dispute when he is already in a major controversy about his own ascent to high office. But president Trump is nothing if not a man of flexible positions.

Iran was dragged out with Hezbollah to be flayed in public in Saad Hariri’s pitiful tirade, reading his Saudi-prepared script claiming Iran once again to be the bogeyman of the Mideast, when we all know the extent Saudi Arabia has used proxy terrorists in the region.

The Saudis who tend to live in their own dream world seem oblivious to how silly this scandal makes them look, and even more so after the Wikileaks revelation that they have been working quietly with the Israelis for many decades. This was well known in all Intelligence circles, but dodged by mainstream press which has historically dealt with Israel with light gloves.

Could the Saudi obsession with Iran destroy the Royal Family?

Europe is standing solid on its support for the JCPOA, and we hear no denouncing of the agreement since the ball has been passed by Trump to a Congress that has its hands full with many problems, including criminal investigations swirling around the Republican White House and calls for impeachment.

So we have to ask ourselves is the US Coalition crazy enough, after the Syrian debacle and its exposure for using proxy terrorism, to get involved with the Saudis and Israel in another regime overthrow in poor Lebanon, who has already paid for its recent period of peace with blood and destruction?

Gordon Duff has reported that the US has been rescuing ISIS and other terrorists during the current Syrian offensive and has an angry army of about 20,000 of them in Jordan, resting up and waiting for new orders. What new crimes against humanity are being planned for them to participate in, in Lebanon maybe?

The Saudis are again blaming Iran for supporting Yemen when it endures a land, air and sea blockade enforced by the Royals and their Western arms dealers. Maybe Iran has a secret stealth fleet of cargo planes flying in old Russia Scud missiles. Meanwhile Trump sells the Saudis $50 billion more in weapons that it can neither afford nor knows how to operate, being dependent on outside contractors to keep the country running.

A more logical appraisal would indicate that Iran is supporting the Yemeni people politically. But the Saudis are now attempting to frame this political support as an act of war against Saudi Arabia.

I fear for the future because warmongers hate a vacuum, fearing that peace might rush in, and there is nothing they hate more than that, as they cannot play all their dastardly manipulation and pillaging games among the chaos and fog of war.

Everyone has the right of self defense

Syria, Iran and Iraq are going to be creating their own mini version of NATO for their unified defense. Lebanon is in a tough spot being next door to Israel and Jordan, who have shown they will support terror proxies either independently or as part of Team USA.

Lebanon could be the ground zero for a new proxy war against Iran and Hezbollah and an excuse for the Israelis to keep bombing Syria. The Russian position seems to be that they will do nothing to oppose those attacks as long as Russian facilities are left alone.

Iran ran a more honest and successful anti-terrorism campaign in Syria with its partners than the US coalition did, which is why it continues to be smeared with the ridiculous charge of sponsoring regional terrorism.

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