Saturday, August 10, 2019

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We were lied to, and… we were betrayed…. This really wasn’t about going after Al-Qaeda. This wasn’t about fulfilling that mission of protecting the American people at all. It was a regime change war that was launched under the guise of national security, under the guise of humanitarianism, and, ...done really for the benefit of corporate interests and oil.  Tulsi Gabbard on the Iraq War

  Nellie Ohr -- wife of senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr and Fusion GPS employee (i.e. Clinton contractor) -- created a dossier on Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, raising new questions about the true authorship of the so-called Steele dossier




1--The inconvenient truth about the El Paso shooter--The motivations of this weekend’s mass shooters have been so partially reported


Who wrote ‘Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country … creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly over-harvesting resources … the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable’?

The answer, if media reports are accurate, is Patrick Crusius, the man accused of the El Paso massacre. The words appeared in his testament, entitled (in homage to Al Gore?) The Inconvenient Truth, which he seems to have put online before decreasing the number of people in America by 22.
Who said, on Twitter, ‘I want socialism, and I’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding’? Connor Betts, the man accused of shooting nine people, including his sister, in Dayton, Ohio.

This week’s reporting of the two atrocities has painted Crusius as a white supremacist. This does not seem to be accurate. In his manifesto, he is against ethnic mingling and mass immigration, but his view that immigrants should be killed is based not on racial superiority theory, but on his sense that too many people pollute the environment of America. He despairs of persuading his fellow Americans to change their consumerist lifestyles, so he decides to attack the ‘invaders’ instead.

2--Who was Epstein really working for?

Even though Jeffrey Epstein appears to have had ties to the Mossad, this series has revealed that the networks to which Epstein was connected were not Mossad-exclusive, as many of the individuals close to Epstein — Lesie Wexner, for instance — were part of a mob-connected class of oligarchs with deep ties to both the U.S. and Israel. As was discussed in Part I of this series, the sharing of “intelligence” (i.e., blackmail) between intelligence agencies and the same organized crime network connected to the Mega Group goes back decades. With Leslie Wexner of the Mega Group as Epstein’s chief patron, as opposed to a financier with direct ties to the Mossad, a similar relationship is more than likely in the case of the sexual blackmail operation that Epstein ran.

Given that intelligence agencies in both the U.S. and elsewhere often conduct covert operations for the benefit of oligarchs and large corporations as opposed to “national security interest,” Epstein’s ties to the Mega Group suggest that this group holds a unique status and influence in both the governments of the U.S. and of Israel, as well as in other countries (e.g., Russia) that were not explored in this report. This is by virtue of their role as key political donors in both countries, as well as the fact that several of them own powerful companies or financial institutions in both countries. Indeed, many members of the Mega Group have deep ties to Israel’s political class, including to Netanyahu and Ehud Barak as well as to now-deceased figures like Shimon Peres, and to members of the American political class. 

Ultimately, the picture painted by the evidence is not a direct tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations.

Though this series has so far focused on the ties of this network to main Republican Party affiliates, the next and final installment will reveal the ties developed between this web and the Clintons. As will be revealed, despite the Clintons’ willingness to embrace corrupt dealings during the span of their political careers, their mostly friendly relationship with this network still saw them use the power of sexual blackmail to obtain certain policy decisions that were favorable to their personal and financial interests but not to the Clintons’ political reputation or agendas.

3--Propaganda is Us--British government psyops

Chris Hedges--Recently hacked documents reveal an international network of politicians, journalist, academics, researchers, and military officers all engaged in highly deceptive covert propaganda campaigns funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, NATO, Facebook, and hardline national security institutions.  This network of networks, as one document refers to them, centers around an ironically outfit called the Integrity Initiative, and it is all overseen by a previously unknown English-based think tank registered in Scotland, the institute for statecraft, which is operated under a veil of secrecy.  The operation appears to be run by and in conjunction with members of British Military Intelligence....

Eventually, I found an address.  I went and I investigated and I discovered the Institute for Statecraft, at least the Integrity Initiative is based in an area called Temple in South London.  And it's essentially run by current and former members of a British Military Intelligence, so people, like, Chris Donnelly, who's a Honorary Colonel, and what's called SGMI, or Specialist Group Military Intelligence.  You have Dan Lafayeedney, apparently a former SAS, the Special Forces, also Military Intelligence Joseph Walker-Cousins, a captain who operated in Libya during the NATO Operations.  He received an MBE for his work, whatever that was, while he was in Libya during the NATO-backed coup....

So there is what they call clusters that they're setting up and as many countries as possible, the number of countries keeps growing.  We know Greece, Spain, UK, the US, and the point of these clusters is for what they say is to develop a group of researchers, politicians, journalist, who can all work together in order to combat what they call a malign Russian influence.   ...

So what you have are essentially a group of current and former members of the military state or the military branch of the British state seeing fit to restructure British society and influence public opinion, mostly in Britain but also in Europe and wider Europe to ends, that they deem are necessary but they're not prepared to do this as much openly.  Some of this is open.  They publish documents and they'll testify now in parliament, but much of this is--the idea is to create an organic feel to it so that when people read articles or they follow tweets of influential people on Twitter, they think that--they don't realize that actually people have sit around in a room in a conference and, sort of, discussed what the best means are of pushing certain policies

Operation Mocking Bird was basically a CIA Operation where they ran journalists and editors in both inside US Publications but international publications as well....

nd Rolling Stone Magazine that he published in the 1970s where he detailed literally hundreds of journalists who were either assets or even just employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and whose job was to engage in propaganda and further of US Foreign Policy Interests or the interest through the--through the lens of those who are in charge of the CIA.  And so while this doesn't--the Integrity Initiative hasn't proven to be as sophisticated, as it's only been around for a few years, it does seem that the interest is more that they are trying to cultivate something to that end, right?   ...

the Global Engagement Center, which is a branch of the US State Department or connected to the US State Department that was set up under Obama that is a propaganda outfit that exists to, as they say, to counter foreign propaganda.  So, they're working with that department, which has actually funded the Integrity Initiative for the Institute for Statecraft, about a hundred and thousand pounds or hundred thousand dollars.

  Now that would mean that you actually have a foreign office-funded think tank PSYOP operation that is tweeting articles criticizing the opposition party to the government, which is, as I've been told, technically not illegal but completely outrageous.  I've been told that while it's not illegal to do propaganda against the British population, in this country, there are no laws against that, apparently it is illegal for charities to be run by the British state.  So, if indeed these people are operating as cutouts for the British military, then they are operating illegally.   

So, if you oppose militarism in Syria, if you oppose escalating tensions in Ukraine, if you oppose, you know, interventions elsewhere, like in Libya, well then you're playing into Russia's hands


4--Investors dump risky assets as trade war flares

Junk bond and equity funds have suffered their biggest outflows of the year

Veteran suicides are an epidemic in the United States and are in fact the second leading cause of death in the U.S. military. Veterans make up 18 percent of all U.S.  suicides while representing only 8.5 percent of the population.

Why are veterans killing themselves at a rate of 20 per day? A recent study found that the risk of military suicide rises with rapidly repeating deployments — just the kind of constant warfare that Cliff May calls for in his Washington Times article this week.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani announced on 17 June that the country had allegedly busted a CIA-run “large US cyber-espionage” network with help from the intelligence services of other countries. The country’s judiciary later stated that Iranian military personnel working for US intelligence would be executed for treason, while non-military personnel would serve long prison terms.
A month later, Iranian media claimed that as many as 17 CIA-trained spies had been identified, and published photo and video evidence of purported US attempts to recruit Iranians to work against their government.

7--Gun Sales Surge After Mass Shootings, Trump Gun Control Promise

“People are realizing that even a trip to Walmart isn’t safe these days.”

n the wake of the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, and ahead of potential gun control legislation being enacted by President Trump, firearms sales have surged, as Americans look to protect themselves.
The Washington Examiner reports that gun shops are seeing an uptick in business, particularly from first time buyers.

“While we have seen a measured rise in sale of certain tactical rifles and accessories this week, most customers are looking for concealed carry handguns,” said Justin Anderson, Marketing Director of Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C.
“Just this week we have fielded hundreds of calls from people that have never purchased a gun before. Our concealed carry training classes are filling up quickly.” Anderson added.
“People are realizing that even a trip to Walmart isn’t safe these days and they want to be able to protect themselves.” he continued

let us look at a few of the results. First, let us look at unemployment. Today, according to figures given to me by the American Federation of Labor, there are 734,000 more unemployed working people than there were for the same month last year. (1935) This same labor board says that there are around 11,000,000 of unemployed industrial workers in this country today. If we will take the figures to show what agri­culture is making and compare it with a normal year, we will come to the conclusion that the agricultural workers are at least one-half unemployed, which would add about 10,000,000 more people to the unemployed list. At any rate, the highest unemployment that has ever been known in this country exists right today under Roosevelt....

The national income has fallen from around one hundred billions down to forty-two billions under Roosevelt the Little, but while the income has fallen the debts have mounted higher and higher, and taxes have gone higher and higher. Public debts and the private debts amount to $262,000,000,000. The interest on the debts owed in the United States, and taxes paid by the people of the United States, together amount to $28,000,000,000 per year

became Governor of that State in 1928. We had around, maybe, as much as 50 miles of paved highway when I took the helm of the State. At this time we have about 3,500 miles of paved highways in Louisi­ana. We have, to add to that, some 10,000 more miles of farmers' graveled roads. When I became the Governor of that State the census showed that it had 238,000 illiterate adults. That number was very quickly cut in half. It was my admin­istration which gave the State free school books to all the school children. Before our time there were no bridges over the big rivers and streams. They had to be crossed on ferries at a cost of all the way from 50 cents to $2. Today, over those same rivers and streams you will find the large, long, and fine bridges which we built, and you cross them absolutely without cost. They are free to the traveling public. Before our time-I mean by that, before Governor Allen and myself were factors in the State-our State university had an enrollment of 1,500; it now has 5,500. Its status has risen under us from class C to class A. We have built a new medical college, graded class A by the Arr .. ;rican Medical Association, and to it we are now adding a large new college of dentistry. We are laying plans now so that every poor boy in Louisiana will be able to get a college education. We intend to have our plan working by September 1936, so that those who cannot pay all will pay what they can, and so that those who can pay none will nevertheless be given employ­ment at our State university, so that they can have an opportunity to pursue a college course of education or instruction. It might be well that you people who have heard of Louisiana should know that when I became Governcrr of that State the hospitals for mental diseases were overcrowded; some persons suffering with afilictions of the mind were incar­cerated in jail cells, waiting for someone to die to make room for them in the hospital. I have broadened, enlarged, and improved those hospitals in Louisiana so that no longer are there people in the jail cells waiting for treatment, but today there is room in those institutions to care for additional people, and their standards have been improved. The years before I became the Governor of the

as $1,000,000 a year in its operations, but now, under Gover­nor Allen and during the last year of my term, the peni­tentiary is on a self-sustaining and paying basis. You find in Louisiana a people enjoying all these improve­ments; you find there the State universities; you find there that the public schools are now largely supported from the State treasury; you find there that the State university, which was given $800,000 a year before I became Governor, is now drawing $2,750,000 per year to carry on its work of education. Yet with it all, you will find that the taxes in Louisiana have been reduced on all property, and now we have voted laws by which, this year, most of our home owners will be re­lieved from paying any taxes at all on their homes and others will be given back a large part of the taxes which they pay on their homes.

rior to the Chicago convention I was the sole author of a plan known as the " share-our-wealth plan." It proposed that none should own too much, and none should own too little. It necessarily required a redistribution of wealth, so that those who had more than they had any business With, should be made to give over to the Government the money and things which the Government would furnish to the people who did not have enough upon which to live. I proposed that plan when I became a member of the United States Senate early in 1932. It would do this: No man would be permitted to own more than a few millions of dollars, and no family would be allowed to have less than a home and reasonable other things so as to live in comfort. No man would have been allowed to make more than from several hundred thousand dollars up to a million dollars in 1 year. No family would have been allowed to earn less than from $2,000 to $2,500 per year.

o, ladies and gentlemen, you might now say, as was said before Mr. Roosevelt's election, that he pledged himself to the Huey Long share-our-wealth plan. Since Mr. Roosevelt has taken the office of President, he has opposed every effort to adopt the plan for redistribution of wealth. Time and again have I offered this plan to the Congress. I have offered the old-age pension plan; his administration has caused its defeat. I have offered the plan to pay the soldiers what we owe them; he has caused its defeat. I have offered the plan to educate the children in colleges; he has caused its defeat. I have offered the plan by which all would be assured of homes, and of incomes sufficient to keep them in comfort, and he has caused its defeat.

ake the way he gummed up the old-age pension plan we had. I proposed in Congress to give the people who were 60 years old or older from $30 to $40 per month,....

The whole $49,000,000 of the Government, and the whole $49,000,000 of the States, the entire $98,000,-000, would have given them all about $7 a year apiece. And that is just the kind of a way the Roosevelt administration has deluded and gummed up and blind-sighted the people of the United States ever since he started out. I have no faith whatever in the pledges of this administra­tion. Some days ago they made the announcement that they had sent $1,700,000 to Louisiana to the university there. I warned those people that they had not done any such thing, and that they never would do it. Today they admit them­selves that they did not send it, and do not intend to send it. Such a Government, such lack of dependability, such lack of integrity-the Roosevelt administration-the St. Vitus dance government of the United States of America. But our hope lies in the ultimate victory for the share-our­wealth plan, none would have too much, but all would have enough. But, although Mr. Roosevelt has refused to let the share­our-wealth bill become a law, yet the fact that he says what I say and prays for the share-our-wealth plan at least puts him on record to where no man who claims to be for Roosevelt can say other than that " HUEY LONG is right." They say that Mr. Roosevelt has only done this so as to steal my political thunder, or to take the wind out of my sails. Call it a mere imitation of my talk, if you will; call Mr. Roosevelt's gesture for the share-our-wealth plan a counterfeit, if you desire; the fact remains that no one imitates another imita­tion, and no one counterfeits another counterfeit. If Mr. Roosevelt considers that either HUEY LoNG or his share-our­wealth plan is so popular or so good that he must either imitate or counterfeit it for his own sake, then he knows that the genuine plan is considered sound enough, good enough, and popular enough to justify his imitation or coun­terfeit. In all events, you who would take the word or gesture of Roosevelt, must do honor and add prestige and dignity to the share-our-wealth cause, however insincere Mr. Roosevelt may be.     

 We propose that education will be taken over as a function of the United States Government and that every girl and boy will be permitted to absorb an education, not only through grammar school and high school, but through colleges and vocational and professionai training, and the living costs and school costs and other such costs will be absorbed as a mat­ter of government costs. Now you say where are you going to get the money? Wait a moment. That is not aH we propose. We say further we ought to guarantee through our Share Our Wealth program that we will afford to every deserving family in this country, and by deserving we mean every family not in the penitentiary or insane asylum, or even those in the insane asylum for that matter-we say we will guarantee to every deserving family in this country a home and the comforts of a home, and included in such comforts would be such things as a radio and automobile, and such other conveniences and necessi­ties of life. ...

e would include in our program old age pensions to those above 60 years of age of around $30 to $40 to the month. Also, ladies and gentlemen, we would undertake to discharge along with that, the bonus that we owe to the soldiers. Now you want to know where are we going to get the money? We will levy a capital levy tax on all big fortunes in the United States. We will say to a millionaire : "We are not worried about your first million dollars. If you wish to be a millionaire, we will not worry about your first million dollars, and that is more than you can spend during your life time and your children's life time adequately and properly." But we will say if you wish to be a millionnaire, we will not be concerned with that, but if you wish to be above a millionaire we will step in for the welfare of the country to a certain point. So we will say to keep your first million dollars. But a ter you have got more than one million, we charge you 1 7o on the second million ; 2 % on the third million; 4 % on the fourth million; 

a big financial writer here in this country called Roger W. Babson, hired by Wall Street and the newspapers of Wall Street. Let's see what he says. Mr. Roger Babson says in 1934: "With intensive production and proper distribu· tion, every family in the country should receive an income of $10,000 per year, with everybody from 20 to 50 years old working eight montha annually.

Why have this misery and this distress in America? Why have people hungry? Why have people naked for the want of clothes to wear? Why have our people homeless? Why have all these millions of unemployed? We have the food to feed the people. Why let it rot while people starve? We have the clothes and the cotton and wool to make more clothes, and more than anyone will ever need to wear. Why have all of them fall to pieces and mould while people shiver for the lack of them? We have the houses to live in and the material and labor to build more houses to live in. Why have men, women and children crying for a place to rest their heads, while the walls inside the houses fall to ruin for lack of human habitation? Why? Because Mr. Franklin D. Roosevelt has refused to carry out his promise to pull down the size of the big fortunes and to use the money thus taken to end all such things as poverty among the people. With all these many extra things which we have, with this surplus of food, clothes and houses, to let our people go to ruin for the lack of them is a shame on the birth of manhood. The U.S. is like a fool carrying a loaf of bread under his arm and starving to death at the ·same time.

Now if you will turn back to the law of the Lord, Deuteronomy, 15th Chapter, the first verse, you will find where He commanded you have got to remit these debts every seventh year. Now I have been condemned because I wrote a law in Louisiana that all persons burdened with debts which they could not pay would have the right to have these debts suspended on proper showing. They have defamed that law, but in Louisiana it has saved many a person, and I would rather have that.

Mr. Roosevelt rode in on the program that he was going to bring poverty to an absolute end. He was going to bring poverty to an absolute end! He promised to bring down these big fortunes. He promised to see there was no such thing as-a mmrwtttmut 11 ome and tfie comrorts of a home. He promised there would be no such thing as an unemployed man, or woman, and how many have you got unemployed today? 21,000,000 unemployed, and if you consider the fact that 54 % of the farm ;abor is unemployed today, and if you will add the::;e to the industrial statistics, you have got 21,000,000 unemployed. And if you doubt that, go over and take the statistics of the E. R. A.,-the relief organization,-and you will find that today they have got 191h million people on the relief dole today; going to show you there is probably more than 21 million unemployed. Count 2112 to 3 people to every unemployed person, since one man usually earns the bread for three, and you have half of the American people today unemployed, and that doesn't include the doctor, the lawyer and

Mr. Roosevelt don't have to read the Bible; all he has to do is read his own promises and keep them. If Roosevelt will keep his promises to the American people, we won't have all of this trouble. Ladies and gentlemen, the bank deposits show two­thirds of 1 70 own 2/3 of 100 % of all the money in the banks. In other words, 2/3 of 1 % own what 2/3 of 100 % ought to own. That is the dispro­portionate balance that maintains today in regard to the bank balances. What is the correction? The only correction is, ladies and gentlemen, that we must return to the law of the Lord: None shall be too big; none shall be too little. We should go out and start immediately so that we will have the jubilee brought back to where it was intended. Maybe not so completely as the Bible intended, but in some respects, that the fortunes of the little will not be allowed to become less, and the fortunes of the big will not be allowed to become bigger. That being done, our problems are all solved. Why have those uneducated? Why have people in misery? Why have people homeless? In this distress, the Lord has smiled upon this land, so l invite you, I beg you, I beseech you, come into the Share Our Wealth Society; organize in your commu­nity a Share Our Wealth Society,-not on socialistic lines; not on communistic lines ; not on the lines of Fascism; not on the lines of Bolshevism; but on the lines that we will say that when a man reaches u into the millions of dollars, he has enough; � when a man who is below the average of a home for his family, that he has not had enough. That pro­gram which says we will shorten the hours and take up the slack in labor. That program which guaran­tees to every boy and girl the right to be educated according to their mental capacity, and not according to the financial capacity of their parents.     

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