Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Syrian War Report – August 15, 2017: Tiger Forces Clearing Central Syria From ISIS




Related:

Syrian War Report – August 14, 2017: Govt-held Area In Syria Grown Significantly Over Two Months


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Free Speech at All Costs: We Must Reject Authoritarianism in All Forms (Styx)


You can reject the far left and far right without enabling state abuse; and rejecting state abuse is more important anyways.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

JULIAN ASSANGE ASKS WHY THE US SAID NOTHING WHEN OBAMA SUPPORTED UKRAINIAN NEO-NAZIS



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sent a series of highly apposite Tweets regarding the recent right wing versus left wing protests in Charlottesville that have resulting in one death and multiple injuries.

In the above Tweet, Assange has juxtaposed a neo-Nazi torch march in Kiev with the far-right torch march in Charlottesville. Apart from the torches, it is clear that the Ukrainian fascists were far more equipped for violence as they were wearing bullet-proof combat gear and facial coverings.

Apart from this, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis got scant political coverage in the western media in spite of the fact that their actions included overthrowing a legitimate government as recognised by the United Nations and the installation of a fascist regime which continues to wage a war of aggression on the peoples of Donbass. This war has included the use of chemical weapons on civilians.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Julian_Assange_asks_why_the_US_said_nothing_when_Obama_supported_Ukrainian_neo-Nazis/60301/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

News Round-Up: Trump, Virginia Protests, Gender Fluidity & More...




Richie Allen considers that much of what we are seeing from the Trump Administration is deliberate theatre for the masses. This may be true in some respects.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

James Corbett on Learned Helplessness and Learned Optimism


In this clip from the BFP Roundtable on "Why Are Americans So Apathetic?" James Corbett gives a short lesson on learned helplessness and learned optimism.



One can become more optimistic by understanding how the world really works, and then recognising various steps that can be taken to rectify the negative things you see (by simply spreading awareness of the problems as the first step).

Having a number of wise quotations helps: “One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.”

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Keiser Report (E1110): Trend reversals


Max and Stacy discuss Obamacare death spirals and towns left to die post-trade deals. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com about paradigm shifts: from cryptocurrencies to electric cars.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Summer Temperatures Plummet - As Climate Scientists Ramp Up Their Fraud (Tony Heller)


Summer afternoon temperatures in the US have plummeted over the last 80 years. But this story doesn't scare anyone and doesn't bring in funding. So climate scientists are telling spectacular lies to keep their scam alive.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

This Week in Stupid, Charlottesville (13/08/2017) - Sargon of Akkad


The alt right and social justice warriors are racial collectivists who are opposed to the basic values of the Enlightenment.



Sargon's perspective on the situation, in terms of the ideological battle, is right on the money. He points out that these fascists exist because of creeping left wing (over the top) Social Justice 'activism'. He also points out that the police should have kept these groups apart.

Sargon, as a liberal, condemns both fascists and communists who act as racial collectivists. He points to the fact that modern Western society has been based upon the idea of individualism where people have individual rights and are not organised by things such as skin colour or religious disposition.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Charlottesville Protest Turns Violent: Antifa And The Left vs White Nationalist aka Unit The Right (The Doctor of Common Sense)




The Doctor of Common Sense points out that perceived oppression of one group of people (injustice) will result in a backlash. He has no sympathy for extremists from any of the factions that appeared in Charlottesville.

The Doctor also addresses the fact that race baiting played a part in what is happening today, along with the fact that authorities on the day (deliberately) didn't step in to stop what was unfolding (in order to create an incident).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Charlottesville, Trump's Response, Car Plows into Crowd, Helicopter Downed; My Response to Chaos (Styx)




Styxhexenhammer666 makes good points about how the media has used race baiting to help create the situation that unfolded in Charlottesville. The media frames things within a identitarian frame work, brain washing people to think within an "us vs them" mindset. What happened was not unexpected.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Establishment Main Stream Media Narratives, Remember Who They Serve Re: Charlottesville (Sane Progressive)




The Sane Progressive points out how identity politics helped create what happened through divisive narratives pushed in the media. Vilification and narrow 'talking point' politics caused what happened (the general violence).

She warns how the existing power structure is placing the blame for the present situation on Trump and thus causes people to ignore the wider circumstance that led to the incident.

What is happening today in the US ultimately helps the Police State.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday


As if there weren't enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of "sleepy, vacationy" Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week, citing an administration official, a step that Trump delayed two weeks ago under the guidance of his new Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly, but now appears imminent. It is also an escalation which most analysts agree will launch a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

As Politico details, Trump on Monday will call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, the official said. While it's unclear how much detail Trump will get into in the announcement, administration officials expect U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to open an investigation against China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The ordering of the investigation will not immediately impose sanctions but could lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump has expressed frustration in recent months over what he sees as China's unfair trade policies.

As we discussed two weeks ago, Trump had planned to launch the trade investigation more than a week ago, but he delayed the move in favor of securing China's support for expanded U.N. sanctions against North Korea, the senior administration official said.
The pending announcement also comes amid heightened tension between the United States and China, even after the Trump administration scored a victory in persuading Beijing to sign onto new United Nations sanctions on North Korea. Still, Trump has delayed trade action before, amid pressure from business groups and major trading partners:
Two Commerce Department reports examining whether to restrict steel and aluminum imports on national security grounds were expected by the end of June but have been bottled up in an internal review. Trading partners raised threats of retaliation and domestic steel users complained of being hurt by price increases and restricted supply.
The trade investigation will immediately strain relations between the U.S. and China as the two countries wrestle with the unpredictable situation over North Korea.  Should Trump follow through, the move will lay the groundwork for Trump to impose tariffs against Chinese imports, which will mark a significant escalation in his efforts to reshape the trade relationship between the world's two largest economies. In other words, even if there is now conventional war announced with either North Korea or Venezuela, Trump's next step is to launch a trade war against China.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-12/trump-warns-xi-trade-war-china-begins-Monday

Trump's election promise was to bring back industry to the US via tariffs placed on goods coming in from China, Mexico and other regions. What is occurring here will ultimately prove beneficial to US workers as businesses reverse their decades long practice of outsourcing.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

91 NEW VOLCANOES Found Under ANTARCTIC ICE, BIG BLOW to CLIMATE ALARMISTS




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Monday, 14 August 2017

Our Leaders Are Psychopaths - Corbett Report


They walk among us. On the outside. they’re just like you and me, but on the inside they are unfeeling automatons who care only for themselves. They are the psychopaths, and they are in control of our governments, our corporations, our military and all of the positions of power. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we delve into Political Ponerology, a diagnosis of our politicians and a brief look at the bigger picture.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 14th, 2017.]

Report: Israeli forces detain 880 Palestinians, including 144 children, in July


Israeli forces detained 880 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip in the month of July alone, according to joint report from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Among the detainees were 144 children and 18 women, the report pointed out, adding that the majority of the detentions took place in East Jerusalem and the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, with a total of 425 detentions.

The Jerusalem area was followed by by Hebron with 120 detentions, Nablus with 85, Jenin with 49, Qalqiliya with 47, Bethlehem with 45, Ramallah with 37, Tulkarem with 36, Tubas with 14, Salfit with 10, and Jericho with 10, while two people from the Gaza Strip were detained.

July's detentions brought the total number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody to 6,400, including 52 women, 10 teenage girls, and 300 children, according to the report.
Among the detainees are 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), one of whom has been classified by Israel as an "illegal fighter."

Meanwhile, approximately 450 prisoners are being held without trial or charge under Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention.
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=778590

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 14th, 2017.]

The Merkelling of Europe: Chinese Gone Wild - Black Pigeon




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 14th, 2017.]

Keiser Report (E1109): Geopolitics & Cryptocurrencies


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the electric car boom driving a resource boom in Australia . . . and the biggest mines are now being acquired by Chinese companies. In the second half, Max interviews Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com about paradigm shifts: from cryptocurrencies to electric cars



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 14th, 2017.]

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Trump Gives Update on North Korea


President Trump gives an update on the North Korea situation after a National Security Briefing, and takes some questions from reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey



Although there is continued tough talk from both the US and North Korea the situation here, in terms of outcomes, is pretty simple.

If the US strikes North Korea one will expect a counter strike by the North Koreans. Such counter striking may likely be an escalated response (causing more damage that the original attack.) Any escalation to full scale war would see Seoul destroyed within hours (or minutes) and most of North Korea destroyed, where Chinese military forces would be introduced to defend their allies.

Neither South Korea, North Korea, or China would be happy with this outcome, so they will do everything to avoid it. The Chinese especially do not want to be subject to US economic sanctions (which are likely to kick in during a conflict).

What may happen is some sort of backroom deal between North Korea and China to stop Kim Jong Un's missile tests. If this happens the situation will de-escalate. If the US and South Korea conduct further provocative war games on the border, as they usually do, then the best thing would be for North Korea to ignore it. If they must react, the North Korea army can hold its own military exercises(excluding the firing ballistic missiles), where they can show off their conventional military equipment - like armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, and aircraft. 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 13th, 2017.]

‘No War, No Peace’: India Raises Military Alert Level Over China Border Dispute


The standoff between China and India along the Doklam Plateau has shown no signs of de-escalating, as India continues to bolster its strength and increase operational readiness along the border.
 
New Delhi raised the military alertness level as a "matter of caution," according to anonymous sources speaking to Reuters. The level in question is known as "no war, no peace," and instructs the soldiers to take defensive positions. 

India sends its troops onto "operational alert" every year in the fall — but this year the state has been activated early. "It's out of caution. It has been done because of the situation,"  the anonymous source told Reuters. "The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors [next to Doklam] has been increased," another anonymous official told the India Times.

New Delhi is split over its next course of action. On August 4, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called for a bilateral troop retreat to increase the chances of a peaceful resolution, while Defense Minister Arun Jaitley told the National Parliament on Friday that the military was "prepared to take on any eventuality" in the stand-off. 

Jaitley also denied reports of ammunition shortages, after a Comptroller and Auditor General report found that the border forces only had enough to fight for 20 days. "Our defense forces have adequate equipment to face any eventuality," Jaitley said. Since the report, "significant process has been made. It is a continuous process. Therefore, nobody should have any doubt about the availability of equipment or the preparedness of our forces."
 
For seven weeks now, China and India have faced off over the Doklam plateau, an area disputed by China and India's ally Bhutan. This sequence of events began when China attempted to build a road through remote and rugged Doklam, which they call Donglang and claim is a part of Tibet. Bhutan protested, as they also claim Doklam as part of their territory. Bhutan and India are signatories of a "Friendship Treaty," and so India intervened on their smaller ally's behalf.
 
The construction of the road screeched to a halt after India dispatched troops to the region, which China claims is a violation of their sovereignty. The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has planted its feet and claimed the Chinese project threatens India's security.
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708111056395826-india-increases-military-presence-doklam/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 13th, 2017.]

RED ALERT: Congress Finds Mueller’s “Conflict of Interests” and Demands He RESIGN.




Plus there is still no evidence that Russia hacked the election, the target of Mueller's 'investigations' (the witch-hunt is cover for Hillary's loss and a gambit by neocons to stop good relations with the Russian Government).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 13th, 2017.]