Sunday, August 9, 2020

DEEP STATE IN DEEP PANIC: FBI Releases Statement on “Grave Concerns” About “Omissions” in FISA Memo That Implicates FBI

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

THE DEEP STATE IS IN DEEP PANIC–

On Wednesday morning Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke to Varney and Co. on the latest developments of the FISA memo and its release.

Judge Napolitano told FBN that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteintold the White House on Tuesday that they were concerned about the memo’s release.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was AWOL again.

Judge Napolitano: According to the Washington Post the president has not yet seen it. He’s going to see it this morning… So the FBI and DOJ do not want it out because they believe it reveals sources and methods of inquiring data, of inquiring intel. And they don’t think it can be effectively redacted. How do we know this? Because Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Rod Rosenstein, the number two person of the DOJ, the chief operating officer of the DOJ… Where’s Jeff Sessions in all of this?… Spent about an hour-and-a-half with General Kelly the president’s chief of staff yesterday afternoon trying to persuade him of the potential dangers coming out.

Via Varney and Co.:

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

US Congressman Matt Gaetz tells Alex Jones: The Clintons may be facing justice “very soon”

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by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

The FBI Has Launched Criminal Investigations In Little Rock, Arkansas.

Congressman Matt Gaetz joined Infowars’ Alex Jones via Skype to announce that the FBI is conducting investigations in order to oust criminals from the bureau involved with Clinton crimes.

Gaetz warned Clinton Foundation pay-to-play scammers that “justice may be coming VERY SOON.”

Via The Gateway Pundit

Kicking off the nearly 14 minute interview, Alex Jones asked Rep. Gaetz, “What happens when [Robert Mueller’s] house of cards falls? They’ve shown they never give up.”

“Well, you’re right about that Alex, but they are going to be like cornered rats when this entire investigation is shown to be the fraud that it is,” Gaetz replied.

“It’s built on a rotten foundation and I suspect they’ll have to go into major defense mode over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.”

“There’s a lot of people that paid bribes to the Clinton Foundation, that still may be getting a benefit out of this government and when they find out their house of cards is falling, we may see a very strong reaction and they may have to really start to explain themselves.”

Jones then asked Gaetz if the FISA memo’s release, coupled with President Trump’s focus on draining the swamp, is going to lead to indictments.

“Well there have been credible media reports that the Little Rock field office is actually investigating elements of bribery and corruption with the Clinton Foundation, particularly as it’s related to Uranium sales that may have not been in our nation’s interest,” Gaetz replied.

The Florida Republican told Jones he believes the Clintons and their associates should be worried that front line agents are running the probe, not D.C. hacks.

“Justice may be coming to their doorstep very soon,” Rep. Gaetz warned.

Read More @ TheDuran.com

2018 ‘Secretive Army of Darkness’ Is Dedicated To The Enslavement, Impoverishment And Extermination Of Every Human On Earth

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by William B Stoecker, All News Pipeline:

– Liberals Continue To Push Their ‘Tyranny With A Happy Face’ Agenda Upon America

There is a powerful army with tens of millions of soldiers, spread across the Earth and present in virtually every nation, an army dedicated to the enslavement, impoverishment, moral degradation, and eventually the extermination of every human being on Earth…including its own soldiers. It is hidden in plain sight, like most of the secrets of the elites, yet is so secret that most of its own members don’t know that they are soldiers, or even that their army exists. The army has three divisions. 

The first division is Islam, a religion supposedly revealed to a merchant named Muhammad living in Mecca in Saudi Arabia in the seventh century. He claimed that the religion was revealed to him by an angel that he encountered while praying (to what?) in a cave. What kind of angel appears underground rather than in the open air? Muhammad’s new religion cobbled together Arabic paganism along with elements of Judaism and Christianity in an apparent effort to make it “sell,” and he built a small army of fanatical followers. When the local Jews refused to convert to his faith, he slaughtered thousands of them and sold the rest into slavery. And ever since Islam has been spread by war and conquest and terrorism.

No other modern religion is responsible for continuous acts of senseless cruelty and mass murder…only Islam. Islam is the only religion that is continually at war with all the others, and, early on, Islam split into the Shia and Sunni factions, who now hate each other as much as they hate Christians, Jews, and everyone else. The new religion spread by conquest across all of the Middle East and North Africa and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It spread into India and Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and the Ottoman Turks conquered the Byzantine Empire, the last remnant of the original Roman Empire; Constantinople fell on 5/29/1453. Muslims from North Africa conquered Spain, but when they crossed the Pyrenees into what is now France they were crushed in the Battle of Tours on 10/10/732. Later the Turks expanded into Eastern Europe, but were stopped by the Poles, Germans, and Austrians in the Battle of Vienna on 9/12/1683. 

Today, senseless acts of terrorism are a daily occurrence; in fact, when the Muslims have no Christians or Jews to butcher, or when the Shias have no available Sunni victims (or vice versa), Shias murder Shias and Sunnis slaughter Sunnis. A Muslim’s gotta do what a Muslim’s gotta do. Muslims enslave their women and practice female genital mutilation and “honor” killings, murdering, for example, their own wives or daughters if they are raped by another man…and radical feminists in the West just love it. In between terrorist bombings, Muslim immigrants commit much of the street crime in Western nations, especially rape and child rape, sometimes aided and abetted by, for example, the British police, who look the other way and refuse even to investigate the crimes.

Leftists continually repeat their mantra claiming that most Muslims are just the most wonderful people on Earth and only a tiny minority are terrorists. It is true that not all Muslims are brave enough or suicidal enough to blow themselves up killing “infidels,” but most of the other Muslims either support terrorism or at least condone it. Where is the outrage from Muslim communities when their co-religionists commit these atrocities? It is no exaggeration to say that the hordes of Muslim invaders that our Western elites have imported into Europe, Canada, and the US are literally destroying Western Civilization. Perhaps that has been the plan all along. 

The second division of the Army of Darkness is composed of criminals…individual street thugs, gangs, and drug cartels. Note that they overlap with the first division because Muslims commit so much crime. Criminals of every kind destabilize society, damage the economy, and provide a convenient excuse for federalization of law enforcement, criminalization of almost every act, and the disarmament of the commoners. Never mind that armed citizens are very effective at stopping crime before it happens; ignore the inconvenient fact that almost all mass shootings occur in “gun free” zones. The real agenda is to disarm anyone who might resist tyranny. 

And it is the army’s third division that is behind this…the political left. The left aids and abets the other two divisions…it is leftist politicians here in the US and in the EU who have imported Muslims and given them special rights, privileges, and protection, expensive benefits paid for by taxpayers, and even kicked their own citizens out of rental homes and apartments in order to house the invaders. It is leftists who allow Muslim immigrants to spew hatred in their mosques but fine or even jail their own citizens for pointing out the obvious truth. And it is the left that invents rights for street criminals, insisting that they not be executed, giving them probation and parole even when they present a clear danger to honest citizens. 

It is leftists who hold candlelight vigils, their tears glistening softly, on those all too rare occasions when a murderer is actually executed. It is leftist politicians who have opened our southern border to Mexican drug cartels and Latin American street gangs. It was Hussein Obama and the smirking Eric Holder who arranged the sale of weapons to the drug cartels…of course, neither of them has been brought to justice…justice in America died a long time ago. Interestingly, the leftist judges who release felons to commit more crimes have no problem imprisoning law abiding Americans for being politically incorrect. The Bundy family was finally released, but what about Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean, railroaded by Bush II? They were finally released, but never pardoned, and their careers and lives were ruined. 

The leftists call themselves “liberals” and “progressives,” but, in reality, they are fascists. Understand that communism, beneath all the rhetoric, all the pretty slogans about “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” has always been fascism, and was never intended to be anything else. Nazism and the Italian fascism of Mussolini are not “right wing” ideologies…they are leftist. “Nazi” is the acronym for “National Socialist,” and Mussolini had been a militant socialist since childhood. But what is the origin of this poisonous ideology? 

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline:

Rome and the decline of the West: rich assortment of ills

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by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times:

Since Petrarch arrived from Avignon in 1341 to sing its praises, Rome in the Western mind has represented the ultimate threshold, the ultimate shrine

Italy will hold a general election on March 4. For the West, that’s quite momentous; voters deciding who rules in Rome will not only affect the third-largest economy in the eurozone but the full euro spectrum.

Italy’s debt is 130% of gross domestic product – the second-highest in the eurozone after Greece. Non-performing bank loans in Italy are the stuff of legend. The economy will grow by only 1.3% in 2018 – nearly half the European Union average (2.1%).

Polls show that voters are so angry there’s a strong possibility of an anti-euro coalition taking power.

The political landscape reveals an unsavory triad. The center-left includes the Democratic Party of former prime minister Matteo Renzi – the Italian Tony Blair. Then there’s the largely discredited Five Star movement. And finally the center-right, with former prime minister Silvio “Bunga Bunga” Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party as a partner to the viscerally anti-immigration Northern League. This is the alliance that stands a strong chance of winning. But still they would need to form a coalition to govern.

Both Five Star and the Northern League want to hold a referendum on Italy’s membership in the euro in case member states cannot increase public spending. Berlusconi’s Forza Italia is even spinning the possibility of a parallel currency. The whole debate in Rome revolves on how to escape the trap of low growth and high unemployment.

This assortment of ills may look like Rome once again offering a living metaphor for the decline of the West. Alternatively, it might also offer a promise of renewal. In search of answers, I looked back in time and set off to the Forum for a walking conversation with the ruins of Rome.

A theo-geopolitical space

In Adonais, Percy Bysshe Shelley urged “Go thou to Rome” and “from the world’s bitter wind / seek shelter in the shadow of the tomb.” What better refuge than the eternal city – whose ruins proclaim loud and clear that fragmentation and mortality are mere illusion, and reality is enduring unity outside time.

Since Petrarch arrived from Avignon in 1341 to sing its praises, Rome in the Western mind has represented the ultimate threshold, the ultimate shrine. The Academy of Western Civilization. Eternal City. Caput Mundi (“Wonder of the World”).

It’s still possible to picture Sigmund Freud at the Forum comparing the vertical sequence of Roman ruins to the layers of memory in our psyche. Or Federico Fellini in La Dolce Vita interpreting Roman life as a vertical sequence, cinematically mixing images from different historical periods.

The mythical origins of Rome lie in the city-state of Troy, bloodily vanquished by the Greeks. The foundation – and development – of Rome involves Mars as the father of Romulus and Remus, and Venus giving birth to the “gens Julia” from which Caesar sprang up. Greek-Latin antiquity is a formidable theo-geopolitical space. Vanquished in Troy, Mars and Venus got their revenge in Rome.

An empire lasting five centuries could not but remain imprinted in the Western psyche. It’s a pleasure to revisit Suetonius, describing how Augustus embellished Rome for the glory of the empire. Or Lucretius, two centuries after Epicurus, presenting the world as issued from a flux of matter and composed by the congregation of every atom in the universe.

But after the reign of Marcus Aurelius, Germans to the west and Parthians to the east threatened the borders of the empire. And then, having invented all the founding models of our civilization, the Urbs Romae fell to the barbarians in AD 476.

Emile Zola correctly identified the beginning of the decadence with Constantine, the “apostate” who in AD 313 installed Christianity as the state religion, bypassing the ancient gods of Rome and creating in the east a second capital under his name, Constantinople. (Naturally, this is not a narrative one will ever hear from a Vatican official.)

Those ‘bewitched stones’

At the Sistine Chapel – the Holy Altar of Western civilization – a compressed multitude of largely Chinese tourists is forced to observe the imperative “Silence!” every single minute. It’s enlightening to remember how Lorenzo the Magnificent played hardball politics to impose Florentine masters – from Botticelli to Michelangelo – to replace painters from Umbria (such as Perugino), not to mention advance the family interests over the papal throne; after Lorenzo’s death in 1492, two popes were Medicis – Leon X and Clement VII.

And then there’s the esthetic illumination of the Raphael rooms, mostly the School of Athens, dominated by Plato and Aristotle (with top guest stars Diogenes, Heraclitus and Archimedes); the subtle harmony, the homage to pagan antiquity at the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

The Enlightenment co-existed with an aesthetic free-for-all. Pauline, the voluptuous principessa Borghese, Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, ended up sculptured by Antonio Canova as a semi-naked Venus. The Apollo Belvedere – the most famous sculptured body of all time – was revisited by Canova as a pop celebrity (Napoleon) posing as a Roman god posing as a Greek god.

Stendhal raved at the Colosseum, “the most beautiful vestige of the Roman people.” From my room in front of the Pantheon – the Olympus of the empire – it’s still possible to revive the days when Rome commanded and the universe obeyed; when the universe was faithful and Rome was just.

When Europe was the center of the world, Rome was the center of Europe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe actually called it “the center of the center” – “The entire history of the world is linked up with this city.”

That was still the era of certainty – after centuries when the temples of ancient Rome were regarded as piles of stones accumulated by Providence to be rebuilt as churches.

Jean-Paul Sartre – passionate for Italy – visited the church of the Capuchins in 1951, where he found “not God, but an infernal circle; the exploitation of the dead by Death.” He complained he had to breathe “4,000 Capuchins on my nostrils” and noted “when the popes stole the bronze of the Pantheon to assure the triumph of Christ over the pagans, it was the same rape of tombs.”

If “antiquity lives in Rome,” it’s by “an odious and magic life, because it was prevented to die so it could be made a slave.” Sartre raged on why we are fascinated by these “bewitched stones:” “Because they are human and inhuman – human because established by men, inhuman because preserved by the alcohol of Christian hate.”

When ancient Rome was still living and breathing, Horace, Ovid and Propertius wrote that marble would perish but the word would endure. We are fortunate that (some) Roman ruins have survived in essence because Renaissance humanists, following Petrarch’s lead, admired not only the embedded history but also the unrivaled standard of architectural beauty.

But Roman majesty was reduced to a pastoral picturesque scenario, with cattle and goats grazing in the Forum. Henry James, in 1870, described the Palatine as a ”confused and crumbling garden.” However Shelley, lost in a Roman wilderness, was adamant: Time is not devouring, but transfiguring – and benign.

The glow in those Chinese eyes

Without Western civilization there could be no modernity. Without the Renaissance there could be no civilization. And without Rome there could never have been a Renaissance.

Read More @ ATimes.com

Facebook Cracks Down On Independent Media, Under Guise Of ‘Enhancing Relationships’

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by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:

Nothing could have exemplified the establishment’s use of Orwellian Newspeak than Facebook’s latest move to censor independent thought under the pretense of caring about the emotional wellbeing of the masses. The media giant has been documented live-streaming murderssuicidesrapes, and abuse. Despite this, The New York Postreported that Facebook officially stated they were ‘unable to stop live-streaming suicides.’ But, trust them, they care about your mental health, and that’s why they don’t want you to read certain news stories.

A recent press report on the matter stated: “Facebook said it’s changing the formula that determines users’ news feeds by decreasing business and media posts and focusing more on personal connections.” However, in reality, the changes seem to have been used to specifically target anti-establishment news sources.

Though Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg enthused regarding the changes, the company’s shareholders appeared less impressed. According to CNBC, Facebook shares fell by 4% the morning after Zuckerberg’s announcement of the new policy.  During the first day following the announcement, stocks fell by 6.1%  which was reported to have amounted to a $3.3 billion loss.

Despite this, Zuckerberg appeared totally unfazed by the price drop, openly admitting that the changes would lead to an overall decline in user engagement.

The Guardian’s coverage of the news not only chided Zuckerberg for not having made the move earlier, but also directly identified the core of the real impetus behind the changes (which had nothing to do with bringing you closer to your family). The Guardian’s writing on the issue reveals that the real reason for the change is active censorship of what the legacy press outlet deems to be “fake news” that “interfered” in the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election.

Such ‘misinformation,’ The Guardian may as well have admonished, is dangerous and liable to transform users into drooling zombies with no control over their actions whatsoever. The Guardian’s coverage of the matter encouraged censorship of independent media under the banner of “fake news,” or in other words, anything other than government-approved-propaganda. It also appeared to be a beautiful teaching moment on the value of projection.

As reported by legacy media, Facebook has come under fire in recent months for allegedly allowing Russians to attempt to influence the 2016 Presidential election through Facebook ads. Disobedient Media has previously addressed the multiple reasons that this line of argument is patently ridiculous, and provides yet another pretext to clamp down on non-corporate media sources.

Although this author and many other independent journalists have been subjected to various methods and degrees of censorship over the last year, Zuckerberg’s Facebook overhaul has gone far beyond what many in the anti-establishment press could have anticipated.

In addition to the issues regarding the coverage of the changes as it stands, a number of non-corporate media outlets, including Disobedient Media, have experienced drastic changes in reach on Facebook’s platform, with Caitlin Johnstone addressing the matter recently on Twitter.

Johnstone also spoke with Disobedient Media, relating to us that: “Medium has a statistics feature which lets you see where your views are coming from. Around a week or so ago the Facebook numbers suddenly plummeted from thousands per article, often tens of thousands, to a few hundred per article. Facebook also has a feature which lets you see the “reach” for your FB page, and those numbers were slashed to somewhere between a third and a quarter of where they used to sit. Just looking at the numbers it appears that both my page and individual independent shares of my articles are getting less visibility all of a sudden.”

MintPressNews also wrote regarding Facebook’s crackdown, specifically in relation to Latin American news outlet teleSUR English. They wrote: “Facebook periodically “tweaks” its algorithm in ways that severely reduce the prominence of alternative media content on newsfeeds, forcing admins to pay for “sponsored posts” in order to reach audiences.”

This is not the first time anti-establishment voices have faced severe and arbitrary censorship on large platforms. Disobedient Media previously reported on Google and Youtube censorship across the political spectrum, specifically in terms of an anti-trust suit brought against Google by social media company, Gab.ai. At that time, a tremendous number of Youtube content providers and anti-establishment websites were hit with strangled traffic content or the demonetization of thousands of videos deemed to be ‘inappropriate’ for some unknown reason.

Read More @ DisobedientMedia.com

WAS GOP TRAIN TARGETED BY CYBERATTACK?

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by Kit Daniels, Infowars:

In 2016, Popular Science reported that train systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks

Was the safety signals for the train carrying GOP leaders outside Charlottesville, Va., hacked to ensure the train would crash – or was the incident completely accidental?

Was the Deep State trying to send a message to globalist Republicans to get back in line – to jump off the Trump train – after the president’s unifying message during the State of the Union?

Of course, the train crash might have been a complete accident, but nevertheless here’s some of the weird circumstances surrounding it so far.

The timing and location: The train was carrying GOP leaders, including globalists such as Paul Ryan who had previously tried to block Trump’s agenda. 

Interestingly enough, before the crash, columnist Michael Goodwin said the GOP was now “Trump’s party” and that the president was teaching Republicans “how to fight and win.”

“The evidence is everywhere every day, and it was on vivid display [at the State of the Union],” he wrote. “The president remains in a fighting mood, determined to keep punching his way forward.”

And remember, Trump’s agenda is often called the “Trump Train,” and after the State of the Union it appears that more and more Republican lawmakers are jumping on board.

So was the stalled dump truck crash meant to send a warning to lawmakers to block Trump’s agenda?

The crash, of course, happened the morning after Trump’s address – and it happened outside Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of the notorious “Unite the Right” rally which the mainstream media tried to link to the president.

And here’s another interesting factoid, which likely means nothing but it’s interesting nonetheless: the train was a charter train, but it was operating on the Amtrak Cardinal route, which was the successor to the George Washington train that provided passenger service from 1932 to around 1971, when Amtrak took over.

Other circumstances: The train was apparently operating on the CSX’s North Mountain Subdivision track, which was slated in 2006 for a “modern signal system that utilizes electronics, electric code, and radio technology.”

The media is also reporting that the dump truck “may have been stuck on the tracks.”

So how come the train wasn’t warned of the truck blocking the track, assuming the track had an electronic signal system?

And at the time of the crash the train was nearing a residential area.  Aren’t there more stringent controls in place for tracks near residential areas?

In 2016, Popular Science reported that train systems were “vulnerable to hacking” after highlighting a study by German cybersecurity researchers who warned that train warning signals could be compromised to cause collisions.

“The flaws were exposed by German whitehat security researchers SCADA Strangelove, who have previously looked at security flaws in green energy systems and smartgrids,” Popular Science reported. “One problem is that some switches require constant access to the internet, and if that signal is lost the trains stop automatically. More embarrassing, for one of the train systems they looked at there were still default passwords associated with admin accounts, leaving access to the system wide open.”

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Corrupt Cops Admit To Keeping BB Guns to Plant On Unarmed People They Kill

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from The Free Thought Project:

In one of the largest police corruption trials in Baltimore’s history, police have admitted to acts which show their mafia-like nature that lays waste to innocent lives.

Baltimore, MD — (ZH) Over the past year, the Baltimore Police Department has undoubtedly gained national attention in a corruption scandal involving the Gun Trace Task Force, running wild on the streets of Baltimore.

Members of this elite group were charged with “racketeering and other corruption, accused of robbing citizens, making illegal arrests and filing for thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked,” said the Baltimore Sun.

Maurice Ward, one of the Gun Trace Task Force detectives, took the stand Tuesday in the case of officers Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor who were charged with robbery, extortion, fraud and firearm charges.

Ward’s testimony provided a somewhat shocking account of how detectives used GPS locators to follow drug dealers, and then, eventually rob them of their cash and drugs.

According to the Baltimore Sun, here are some notable and shocking moments from the testimony during Tuesday’s proceedings:

Ward testified that his squad would prowl the streets for guns and drugs, with his supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, driving fast at groups of people and slamming on the brakes. The officers would pop their doors open to see who ran, then give chase and detain and search them. Ward said this occurred 10 to 20 times on slow nights, and more than 50 times, “easy,” on busier nights.

The officers had no reason to target the crowds other than to provoke someone who might have drugs or a gun into running. “A lot of times” guns and drugs were recovered in this way, Ward said.

Ward said Jenkins liked to profile certain vehicles for traffic stops. Honda Accords, Acura TLs, Honda Odysseys were among the “dope boy cars” that they would pull over, claiming the drivers weren’t wearing seat belts or their windows were too heavily tinted.

Ward said Jenkins also believed males over the age of 18 carrying bookbags were suspicious and attempted to stop them.

Jenkins would portray himself as a federal agent, telling drug dealers that he was taking their money and drugs but would let them go because they weren’t his ultimate target.

Ward said the officers used illegal GPS trackers to follow the movements of some targets.

Jenkins would ask suspected drug dealers, “If you could put together a crew of guys and rob the biggest drug dealer in town, who would it be?” The officers would use the answers to determine who to target, Ward said.

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Anxiety, Anguish, Anger: How It Really Feels to Survive a Collapse

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by J.G. Martinez D, The Organic Prepper:

Hello to all those readers interested in learning from my personal experience of surviving an economic collapse.

I decided to write this article, the first of a series of several similar that will be posted because I am experiencing these days a huge emotional mix. I am not embarrassed in any way for this, I am a normal person, I have feelings and emotions like everyone else, and until not long ago I had a home, a job, and a conventional, peaceful life like perhaps many of you are enjoying right now.

May God keep it that way!

As a former oil worker, one learns to control emotions, because being in this business, a bad decision in the field if there is danger present, could cost one’s life. Or someone else’s. This said, when we made the decision (as a family we discuss all this of course) and, once my salary stopped being useful for three weeks worth of food, we decided that was the inflection point. After 14 years in one of the most profitable industries in the world (except in Venezuela), I was left with nothing in my bank account. The hyperinflation ate away all the little money that was there. The next step, fleeing to a foreign country (yes, I had savings in hard currency) and trying to find some stability was relatively easy, as my sister-in-law and mother-in-law were already here, and they had some space. So I started a small business (mainly private lectures) just to meet the ends, and it became more or less profitable. A phone call every two days to home, to speak with my family, and long, newspaper-like emails, social networks sometimes. (We decided to not disclose my departure because of OPSEC).

Anxiety

Everything had been happening more or less in a kind of natural way. I did not realize how deeply all this has affected me on a subconscious level. After the daily struggle ended, I suddenly start to become more and more anxious and sad whenever I received photos from my friends and family. I had never been a very delicate person regarding emotions, and feelings. I had been able to have everything under relative control.

But the uncertainty and stress have started to take their toll. What motivated me to write this, was that I did not even realize it. A grown man, dressed in black leather, riding a big, loud motorcycle, and whose eyes suddenly broke in tears trying to buy some medicines for a little, sweet, granny who sells flowers in a hutch to the side of the road for a living…come on. Yes, that happened to me. Powerlessness, inability to help because I had the money, but could not find the medicines in any pharmacy I went to…it was the first episode, and I should have taken it as the first warning about something was going on back there, behind the curtains. That was a year ago. I never had a similar experience until recently. I have been exposed to a degree of anxiety, just like a normal student and worker could experience. Once one learns to deal with it, everything seems to improve.

But you know what? We have experienced a disaster like few other countries are experiencing. An earthquake is a terrible experience. But it is fast and sudden. The agony of a slow-motion collapse like the one we are having, I am deeply convinced, leaves permanent scars in the minds of everyone who is going throughout. Whenever a natural disaster is present, perhaps we took our time, but we accepted it. It was inevitable, in most instances.

But when the situation is induced, and the only reason you can find is human evil…that changes things radically. The frustration level is very high. So high, that I have found myself walking (in hilly terrain) just to calm down a little bit. The other things that have worked to calm down my anxiety are meditation, a cup of warm milk with some drops of chamomile essence, and rest.

Anguish

I never realized, until some recent events, the level of the threat we are facing. A total disruption to our former way of life. My sensitivity has been so high, that even being in the market and seeing the pet food large bags, makes a knot my throat, knowing that perhaps our furry parts of the family are not being well fed. And I start thinking about all the abandoned pets in the streets…you know how it is. I have a natural love for animals, and this affects me deeply.

After having read a little bit about the topic, I can say that the uncertainty levels are so high that it has been what has overwhelmed my self-defense mechanisms. Upon accepting this, I became aware that we were doing MUCH better than the average. I had a safety net and a parachute. A lot of people is now trying to sell their goods in an economy that is in the bottom of the tank, just to buy the bus tickets to get out of dodge!…Jeez, dude.

I have learned that the natural response of every individual is different, of course. Some face it with courage, some others just crash down, and crumble. The total impact depends on the magnitude of the threat; on how well prepared the person is to deal with it…here I had some advantages, as a family head. I had been prepping for more than 10 years now, and that helped me to overcome that incredible anxiety that has attacked me in the most unforeseen moments. With the good paying job we acquired some equipment, made some smart investments, and on time I developed some alternative income sources that allowed us to sort many obstacles. Good overall health, d a proper mindset has been extremely important for this.

One of our friends, a good fellow, in his 60s, who had enjoyed a relatively comfortable life, was not so lucky. He was the owner of several commercial locations that he had inherited from his family. The inflation rates and the food supply difficulties hurt him badly, financially speaking. He fell into a deep depressive state, and sadly he got sick and passed away some months ago. Heart disease, they told us. Had he put his guts together, asked for hard currency from his tenants, and start behaving like a prepper, maybe he would be still alive. He had properties enough to navigate through the mess by playing his cards wisely. That was a hard hit for us, and as well a close call: an improper approach in the worst of a crisis, can, and most definitely will, get people killed.

Added to the anxiety paroxysms, I have been experiencing something that could be defined as anguish. It is difficult to differentiate one from the other. This anguish is perhaps deeper and longer lasting. It comes around whenever I start thinking in the near future, instead. Not having any medical insurance now, like the full coverage we all had once, and the lack of a fixed employment with proper income is the main cause, maybe. I am sure it will mitigate once this is resolved. But it is there, and yes, the effect is noticeable.

Anger

Another emotion that I noticed is arising is anger. A gut-deep, strong, dark, powerful anger. Rage. Without any specific target. Not good. Anything that can force you to make a non-rational choice is a potential danger and must be assessed and controlled. I am working on that, though.

Something very interesting I recently read about is the perception the subject has about the crisis that generated the uncertainty state. Personality and some other factors like the age group of the individuals are important factors, too. We have to understand the need to overcome our own personal stuff, and take care of those who need us. It is extremely hard to do, but can be done for a while.

Read More @ TheOrganicPrepper.ca

FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT: FISA MEMO WILL IMPLICATE OBAMA!

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by Adan Salazar, Infowars:

‘All of this spying was probably being inserted into daily briefs by Barack Obama’

The secret FISA memo will likely reveal former President Obama was privy to intel obtained from spying on the Trump campaign, ex-Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino says.

Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday, Bongino claimed the much-anticipated memo, soon to be released pending President Trump’s approval, could implicate many in the previous administration, including President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“It is not a coincidence that Devin Nunes, who has an entire scope of what happened went back in March to the White House facility to read very specific intel that I think will very likely be in this memo,” Bongino told Carlson.

“What am I saying by this? That the information was likely breached to Barack Obama. What does that mean? That means that this information was being used by Hillary and all of this other stuff that was in this dossier and all of this spying was probably being inserted into daily briefs by Barack Obama. Why else would Nunes have to go to the White House to read it?”

“That makes sense,” Carlson responds, “and of course it was the Obama administration that pushed for the surveillance powers over the Trump campaign.”

Bongino had previously claimed the FISA memo’s contents would dismantle Obama’s reputation as a political rockstar.

“Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems. The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they’ve disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed. The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see,” Bongino tweeted.

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SOTU: Tickerguy’s Take

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by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

So here it is, the next day, having had a nice sleep on the words and some time to fact-check a few things.

First and foremost, it was an attempt at an “uplifting” speech.  I say attempt because unfortunately Trump couldn’t muster a few things that actually define such.

Let’s start with the good, because there was some.  The facts on ISIS were good, and Trump can legitimately take credit for a large part of it, along with the change in the military rules-of-engagement in various theaters.  Those are plenary executive authorities, and thus rise and fall with the President as CIC.

But there most of the good news ends, and it’s unfortunate.  Among the bad news was Trump’s capitulation on amnesty, which ought to cost him the next election and ought to also cost him The House.  It is flatly unacceptable to provide amnesty of any sort to 1.8 million illegal immigrants no matter how they got here since they have benefited tremendously from American largesse already.

Specifically, each and every one of them who has gone to a public school has stolen more than $100,000 worth of schooling to which they were not entitled.  Many if not most have also stolen medical benefits and similar again, to which they were not entitled.  It does not matter if they intentionally did this of their own volition or not; they were the beneficiaries and American citizens got the cost, of which I can easily total up more than $200 billion in aggregate, or more than $1,000 per actual taxpaying citizen that has been stolen in either actual cash or accrued national debt that said citizens will be expected to pay.  No consideration of any sort should be given to any kind of permanent “protection” until and unless every penny of that has been repaid, with interest.

Second, irrespective of repayment these people jumped the line.  This is a grave insult to all who wish to immigrate to this nation and who must prove that they are worthy, including being both willing and able to follow all of the laws of this country — which I remind you includes paying all your taxes.  As a good friend of someone who recently was naturalized and who is fully-aware of exactly what that entailed, along with having attended her swearing as a citizen, I find this outrageously insulting to those who have worked tirelessly to earn their citizenship and thus can never support it.  She, incidentally, has gone on to wear the uniform as well.

What I could support is the ability to stay here in the United States subject to paying off all of the largesse they have received, keeping a spotless criminal record with nothing more serious than a speeding ticket looking both forward and back and with their final “regularization” delayed until all of same is paid back and their turn in line comes up, having submitted their names and taken that place in line when the policy is changed.  In short they are all public charges right now and must cure that before being considered.  Even then the “reward” must not be naturalization, which must be barred, but rather lawful permanent residency, which is immediately revoked for any felony charge, except if found not guilty, even if pled down to a lesser-included misdemeanor.

On chain migration the AP claims that there is a huge backlog that makes the removal of it a non-event.  Well, if it’s a non-event why are the Democrats so opposed to it?  The AP is lying, in short, and deserves an asteroid strike on their headquarters and for their entire executive staff to fall victim to fatal and painfully-so disease.

But I want to leave policy aside here because the spectacle crap has risen to a level that was vomit-inducing.

It’s common for the President and others to invite people to the House Gallery for the speech.  In fact, if you want to see it live you basically have to have some sort of patronage relationship with someone or be about to be used as a prop.  The use of invited guests as props is nothing new, but the use of children, including an infant, which the President did twice, was the sort of “heartstring-tugging” theater that had exactly zero policy implication yet it has received a ridiculous amount of attention — and adulation — on Twatter and elsewhere.

The story about some pregnant woman about to inject herself with heroin who gives up her baby for adoption sounds like a piece out of a fairy tale, especially when adorned with the claim that God spoke to the cop — who then asked his wife (the two of them already having four kids) and she immediately said “yes” like a good little obedient God-servant.  Really?  Oh, by the way, what happened to the woman?  You know, the person afflicted with a heroin addiction?  What’s the backstory on that?  Did her addiction start with legal opioids and thus implicate Trump (and his predecessors) with their willful refusal to prosecute drug company executives along with clinics and doctors?  That was, of course conveniently omitted but it’s the real story here and not one news outlet has seized on it or reported on it, nor have they run down the woman to find out what happened to her.

You see a heroin addict isn’t cute and cuddly, while a baby brought into the House Gallery, well, now that is a perfect prop.  Especially when you have the prototypical couple; a shapely wife, a taller and “robust” looking cop, and of course God who does the literal booming voice from the heavens game just at the right moment.  That’s theater folks, and what’s worse it ignores what actually happened that led to the situation in the first place, because if we focused on that we’d find real ugliness that points straight back at Trump, Sessions and the cops including the so-called “hero” himself.

The other, a boy who noticed the lack of flags on veterans headstones, is less-offensive — but no less intentional on the part of the President.  I applaud that kid’s initiative, but deplore a sitting President who thinks it’s appropriate to use his desire to honor those who spent their lives in service of the country as an applause-gathering device.

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SHOCK: New Poll Shows Dems’ Mammoth Congressional Lead for 2018 Has Disappeared

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by Hank Berrien, Daily Wire:

The Democrats in Congress, who must have thought that they would leave their GOP challengers in the dust in the 2018 election, must be looking in their rear-view mirrors in disbelief — a new poll shows that the once vaunted huge lead congressional Democrats held going into 2018 has plummeted to virtually nothing.

A new Monmouth University Poll, which was taken before President Trump’s State if the Union address, shows 47% of registered voters indicating they would vote for or lean toward voting for the Democratic candidate in their district compared to 45% who would support the Republican. That is an astonishing drop from last month, when a Monmouth poll found the Democrats with an enormous 15-point lead, 51% to 36%.

The shift among the public is also reflected in the poll’s numbers for President Trump; his approval rating last month was at a record low, 32%, but it has leaped to 42%. 55% of voters felt Trump has achieved some success in joining with Congress to pass his legislative agenda; in December that number stood at 42%.

As opposed to December, when only 26% of voters approved of the tax reform plan, with 47% disapproving, the voters are now equally split at 44%. Last month, 50% of voters felt their federal taxes would rise; now only 36% feel that way.

Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, concluded, “The president devoted a significant amount of the State of the Union address touting a growing economy and his new tax plan. While there is still some way to go to really win over the public, it looks like the needle has moved in the Republicans’ direction since passage of the tax bill.”

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