Saturday, 7 May 2016

Ken O'Keefe - The REAL TRUTH About the Middle East

We're looking at the Zionist plan for the Middle East, with various Arab States as pawns in this game.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 7th, 2016.]

Foreign Policy Diary – Donbass, Ukraine: Further Escalation of Violence

Kiev's forces continue shell the contact line and are supported by mercenaries and foreign troops.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 7th, 2016.]

Govt Insider Reveals Hillary's Murderous Past

Dr. Cynthia McKinney reveals Hillary's murderous past with Benghazi, and how the globalists will attempt to fuel race wars to further divide Americans.

McKinney points out that we should NOT, under any circumstance, vote for Hillary Clinton. We should be considering her prosecution. Another Clinton in the White House will be a continuation of the neoconservative agenda.

Related Info:

Roger Stone: Trump Will Not Hesitate To Destroy Hillary

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 7th, 2016.]

Welcome to Sweden

What is life like in Sweden? "The politicians are participating in a chicken race of “goodness” where everybody tries to one-up each other in caring for the citizens of OTHER countries while Swedish retirees, school children, handicapped and other vulnerable categories of people are thorougly ignored."

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 7th, 2016.]

TTIP—American Economic Imperialism: Paul Craig Roberts

These so-called “free trade agreements” are not trade agreements. The purpose of the “partnerships,” which were drafted by global corporations, is to make corporations immune to the laws of sovereign countries in which they do business. Any country’s sovereign law whether social, environmental, food safety, labor protections—any law or regulation—that impacts a corporation’s profits is labeled a “restraint on trade.” The “partnerships” permit corporations to file a suit that overturns the law or regulation and also awards the corporation damages paid by the taxpayers of the country that tried to protect its environment or the safety of its food and workers.

The law suit is not heard in the courts of the country or in any court. It is heard in a corporate tribunal in which corporations serve as judge, jury, and prosecutor.

In other words, the “partnerships” give global corporations the power to overturn democratic outcomes. Allegedly, Europe consists of democracies. Democracies pass laws protecting the environment and the safety of food and labor, but these laws democratically enacted reduce profits. Anything less than a sweatshop, with starvation wages, no environmental protection, no safety legislation for food or worker, can be overturned at will by global corporations under the terms of the “partnerships.”

Only a traitor, a well paid one, could sign such a pact.

In my opinion, corporate taxation can also be overturned as it obviously reduces profits.

The Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific “partnerships” have been conducted in secrecy. The reason is obvious. Had people known how they were being sold out, there would have been a firestorm of protest. The corporate shills and their propagandists in the financial media could deny my revelations, because I had no official documents to release.

The “partnership” agreements are treaties. Under the US Constitution, treaties are the prerogative of Congress, not the prerogative of an executive branch appointed Trade Representative who represents not the people but the corporations seeking the advantage. To avoid the US Constitution, the agreements are defined as non-treaties. You see how the groundwork for corruption is established.

The way it works is that the appointed US Trade Representative “negotiates” with appointed trade representatives of other countries. Any resistance to the deal is overcome with bribes and intimidation. All of the negotiation is conducted in secrecy. When the trade representatives sign on to the deal, it is presented to the legislatures of the countries. The legislators are told that they must approve the pact and not endanger all the hard work that has gone on for so long and that is in everybody’s interest as attested to by all of the bribed and coerced trade representatives.

These “trade pacts” originate in the US, because American global corporations and the American mega-banks are the largest players in the world economy, and the agreements that the corporations walk through the process give the American companies economic hegemony over the countries that sign the agreements. The Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific “partnerships” are tools of US financial imperialism.
Today an article in the Independent reported that the leaked “documents show that US corporations will be granted unprecedented powers over any new public health or safety regulations to be introduced in future. If any European government does dare to bring in laws to raise social or environmental standards, TTIP will grant US investors the right to sue for loss of profits in their own corporate court system that is unavailable to domestic firms, governments or anyone else. For all those who said that we were scaremongering and that the EU would never allow this to happen, we were right and you were wrong.”

As I understand it, the situation is worse than the article describes. TTIP applies to laws already on the books, such as France’s laws against GMO seeds and food products.

The Independent article continues:

“Today’s shock leak of the text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) marks the beginning of the end for the hated EU-US trade deal, and a key moment in the Brexit debate. The unelected negotiators have kept the talks going until now by means of a fanatical level of secrecy, with threats of criminal prosecution for anyone divulging the treaty’s contents.

“Now, for the first time, the people of Europe can see for themselves what the European Commission has been doing under cover of darkness – and it is not pretty. The leaked TTIP documents, published by Greenpeace this morning, run to 248 pages and cover 13 of the 17 chapters where the final agreement has begun to take shape. The texts include highly controversial subjects such as EU food safety standards, already known to be at risk from TTIP, as well as details of specific threats such as the US plan to end Europe’s ban on genetically modified foods.

“The leaked texts also reveal how the European Commission is preparing to open up the European economy to unfair competition from giant US corporations, despite acknowledging the disastrous consequences this will bring to European producers, who have to meet far higher standards than pertain in the USA.

“According to official statistics, at least one million jobs will be lost as a direct result of TTIP – and twice that many if the full deal is allowed to go through. Yet we can now see that EU negotiators are preparing to trade away whole sectors of our economies in TTIP, with no care for the human consequences.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 7th, 2016.]

Friday, 6 May 2016

Syria: Escalation, Terrorism and Military Invasion. A Proxy War against Russia and Iran?

US-NATO is not prepared to let go in Syria. 
While the US sponsored Al Qaeda and ISIS rebels have largely been defeated, with the support of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, the Obama administration is now intent upon replenishing so to speak its “moderate opposition” brigades inside Syria with a new influx of jihadist fighters.

Following the decimation of Deash-al Nusrah positions throughout the country, thousands of Islamic militants have fled amidst the outflow of refugees.

The Western military alliance has responded to this defeat of “moderate” rebel positions by replenishing its proxy army, –ie. recruiting and training a new horde of mercenaries and jihadists with the support of Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In this regard, the ongoing Battle for Aleppo is absolutely crucial. “Thousands of terrorists” were reported to have crossed the Turkey-Syria border in early May.
This inflow of thousands of Al Qaeda Mujahideen was carefully planned. It was preceded by the deployment of US special forces in Syria to oversea and supervise the newly recruited ”moderate opposition rebels” aka Al Qaeda terrorists, most of whom have already undergone paramilitary training. Of significance, these new foreign jihadist “freddome fighters” will de facto (not officially) be under US-NATO Command with US and allied forces deployed on the ground in permanent liaison with NATO and the US military.

In October 2015, the Obama administration confirmed that the deployment of US Special Forces would “involve fewer than 50 Special Operations advisers, who will work with resistance forces battling the Islamic State in northern Syria but will not engage in direct combat” (WP, October 30, 2015)
The strategy now appears to be evolving towards US-NATO boots on the ground: a war theater with the deployment of special forces and eventually regular ground troops in larger numbers, with the danger that Western forces could enter into direct confrontation with Russian as well as Iranian forces and military advisers.

In October, US officials accused Russia of aggression directed against US forces inside Syria:
‘Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.’
Moscow is “deliberately targeting” U.S.-backed forces in Syria as part of a military campaign that has killed up to 150 CIA-trained rebels, a U.S. official told Fox News
The claims state that Russia’s apparent mission to destroy ISIS is really a facade, and that their real mission is to kill American assets. (Fox New 14, 2015).
The “Our Guys” category (“fighting for their lives”) not only includes bona fide “moderate terrorists” trained by the Western military alliance, it also includes an increasingly large number of Western military advisers, intelligence agents and mercenaries deployed inside Syria.

Related Info:

International Military Review – Syria and Iraq, May 03-04

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 6th, 2016.]


During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces had surprised Israel and were fast approaching the edge of the steep Golan Heights, captured by Israel during the 1967 war. It seemed as if Syrian armor and infantry would retake Golan, then pour down into Israeli Galilee.

Soviet recon satellites observed Israel moving its nuclear-armed, 500km-range Jericho missiles out of protective caves and onto their launch pads. At the same time, Israel was seen loading nuclear bombs on their US-supplied F-4 fighter-bombers at Tel Nof airbase.

Believing Israel was about to use nuclear weapons against Syria and Egypt, Moscow put huge pressure on both to rein in their advancing forces. Damascus, already in range of Israeli artillery on Golan, ordered its armored forces on Golan to halt, allowing Israel to mount powerful counter-attacks and retake the strategic heights.

In 1981, Israel formally annexed the 580 sq. mile portion of Golan that it occupied. This illegal annexation was condemned by the United Nations, the United States and Europe’ powers. But Israel held on to Golan and implanted 50,000 there in some 41 subsidized settlements.

The world has pretty much forgotten how close it came to nuclear war in 1973 over Golan. The heights became a primary nuclear trigger point along with Kashmir, Germany’s Fulda Gap, and the DMZ, Korea’s inner border.

Golan recently resurfaced in the news when Israel’s rightwing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, that his nation would never return Golan to Syria. In a speech soon after, Netanyahu vowed Israel would hold on to Golan for “all eternity.” He also admitted for the first time that Israel had made “dozens” of cross-border attacks on Syria.

The long basalt plateau is indeed a valuable prize. It extends from snow-capped, 9,200 ft. (2,814 meter Mt. Hermon in the north to the Sea of Galilee and Yarmouk River in the south. Golan supplies 15% of Israel’s scarce water and may contain gas or petroleum deposits.

Israeli artillery on Golan can hit Syria’s capitol Damascus; Israeli electronic sensors blanket Damascus and cover all Syrian military movement below. Having walked much of the Golan on both Syrian and Israeli-held sides, I can attest to its remarkable military importance and thick defenses.

After the 1967 war, Israel ethnically cleansed Golan, leveling the capital, Kuneitra, with bulldozers and expelled almost all Golan’s 130,000 Druze and Arab inhabitants. Jewish settlers were brought in to replace them. The US shielded Israel from UN action and world-wide protests.

Before 2011, Israel hinted that it would return Golan to Syria as part of a comprehensive peace agreement – provided Damascus ceased supporting Palestinian claims to their lost lands. But once the Syrian civil war conveniently began, there was no more talk of Golan.

In fact, it’s pretty much clear that Israel has been quietly fueling the Syrian conflict by discreet arms and logistics support to so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels and lobbying for the war in Washington and with the US media. Netanyahu has even said – with a straight face – that Israel cannot return Golan, or even negotiate, until calm returns to Syria and Iraq.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 6th, 2016.]

Would a President Trump Get Co op from GOP Congress? Michael Rivero

Women's HPV vaccine causing big problems, Iraq Green Zone takeover, ISIS is the Proxy Army of the west, the TPP and the environment, US hospital attack in Afghanistan, toxic water in the USA, depleted Uranium contamination of US veterans and Iraqi civilians, nuclear power safety.  
Guest's website:

Note: This aired before Cruz dropped out of the race.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 6th, 2016.]

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust - Ellen Brown

Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota’s population, could do following that state’s lead.

In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned depository bank, was more profitable even than J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. The author attributed this remarkable performance to the state’s oil boom; but the boom has now become an oil bust, yet the BND’s profits continue to climb. Its 2015 Annual Report, published on April 20th, boasted its most profitable year ever.

The BND has had record profits for the last 12 years, each year outperforming the last. In 2015 it reported $130.7 million in earnings, total assets of $7.4 billion, capital of $749 million, and a return on investment of a whopping 18.1 percent. Its lending portfolio grew by $486 million, a 12.7 percent increase, with growth in all four of its areas of concentration: agriculture, business, residential, and student loans.

By increasing its lending into a collapsing economy, the BND has helped prop the economy up. In 2015, it introduced new infrastructure programs to improve access to medical facilities, remodel or construct new schools, and build new road and water infrastructure. The Farm Financial Stability Loan was introduced to assist farmers affected by low commodity prices or below-average crop production. The BND also helped fund 300 new businesses.

Those numbers are particularly impressive considering that North Dakota has a population of only about 750,000, just half the size of Phoenix or Philadelphia. Compare that to California, the largest state by population, which has more than fifty times as many people as North Dakota.

What could California do with its own bank, following North Dakota’s lead? Here are some possibilities, including costs, risks and potential profits.
The federally-owned Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) did something similar when it funded a major portion of the New Deal and World War II by selling bonds. This money was then used for loans to build infrastructure of every sort and to finance the war. According to a US Treasury report titled Final Report of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (Government Printing Office, 1959), the RFC loaned or invested more than $40 billion from 1932 to 1957 (the years of its operation). By some estimates, the sum was about $50 billion. A small part of this came from its initial capitalization. The rest was borrowed – $51.3 billion from the US Treasury and $3.1 billion from the public. The RFC financed roads, bridges, dams, post offices, universities, electrical power, mortgages, farms, and much more, while at the same time making money for the government. On its normal lending functions (omitting such things as extraordinary grants for wartime), it wound up earning a total net income of $690 million.

North Dakota has led the way in demonstrating how a state can jump-start a flagging economy by keeping its revenues in its own state-owned bank, using them to generate credit for the state and its citizens, bypassing the tourniquet on the free flow of credit imposed by private out-of-state banks. California and other states could do the same. They could create jobs, restore home ownership, rebuild infrastructure and generally stimulate their economies, while generating hefty dividends for the state, without increasing debt levels or risking public funds – and without costing taxpayers a dime.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 6th, 2016.]

Climate Cops Panic

Alex Jones talks with Lord Christopher Monckton about how the Climate Change narrative is falling apart.

A prominent (leading) climate academic, and expert on temperature feedbacks, now agrees with Lord Monckton. Expect this individual to be vilified by the GW community. The truth jeopardises the 'climate change' money train.  Hopefully his paper destroys the propaganda.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 6th, 2016.]

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mainstream Journalist Slams Mainstream Media Coverage of Syrian Crisis: “Incomparably Worse” Than Coverage of Iraq War

John Rosenthal has been known as a critic of Western intervention in both Libya and Syria since the beginning of both of those crises. Yet, having made a successful career of writing for the Western mainstream press and outlets such as the National Review, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and World Affairs, work has become slower and slower as his views on Anglo-American imperialism become more apparent.

Indeed, Rosenthal has found that mainstream outlets are much less likely to accept material criticizing imperialist measures and that they are virtually united in refusing to print material that does not paint the targets of Western imperialism in an unfairly bad light. While hesitancy to publish material critical of the governments for whom these outlets often speak has surely been a hallmark of the mainstream corporate press for some time, the noose of censorship and the tightening of the grip on information has become even stronger in recent years. Indeed, it is something that Rosenthal himself has been candid about in regard to his own career which he claims has been a victim of such censorship, a trend that he sees as growing with each crisis.

Rosenthal sat down for an interview with the BRICS Post recently and discussed a number of different topics, one of them being the state of the media and Western media coverage of the crises in Syria and Libya. What he revealed was that, at least from a mainstream journalist’s point of view, the journalistic culture in 2016 and the policies of mainstream outlets is more wedded to the idea of pushing agendas and suppressing facts when it comes to geopolitics, international crises, and Anglo-American war aims than even during the period leading up to the Iraq war in 2003.
For instance, BRICS Post asked Rosenthal the question:
There has been much criticism in the past few years of how Western press have covered the Syrian civil war. 
As a journalist who has written about the conflict, is this criticism warranted?
To which Rosenthal responded at length. He stated:
Absolutely. In fact, even though my writing is 99 per cent just factual, I was less and less able to write about the conflict, because the media did not want to publish the facts in question. 
One of the publications to which I had been a regular contributor – National Review Online, the website of the American conservative weekly National Review – went so far as to “bar” me from publishing. 
In other words, they blacklisted me. At least this is what the journalist Michael Weiss claims, and I think Weiss is right. 
The editors at National Review did not tell me I was “barred,” but they never again accepted a submission from me and eventually ceased responding altogether. 
Weiss, incidentally, is one of the main American proponents of the “Assad-as-root-of-all-evil” view of the Syrian conflict, and he clearly believes that my barring was well deserved. 
The reason for my barring was an article I published in June 2012 on the Houla massacre. The massacre represented a major turning point in the Syrian conflict. 
Responsibility was almost instantaneously attributed to regime forces and/or affiliated militias, and Western governments responded by cutting off diplomatic relations with Damascus. 
Two weeks later, however, Germany’s paper-of-record, Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published a report suggesting that these initial attributions were mistaken and that the perpetrators of the massacre were in fact rebel forces. 
I am a specialist in European languages and politics, and it struck me as normal, under the circumstances, to try to make the gist of this report accessible to the English-speaking public. 
But very quickly I heard from a contact at National Review that my sources were suspected of being “beholden to Assad”. 
The notion that the leading paper of Europe’s richest and most powerful nation is somehow “beholden to Assad” is downright laughable. 
But it is a measure of the parochialism of some of America’s would-be “opinion-makers” that it appears to have been taken seriously by the editors at National Review. 
Such insinuations – and, I suppose, the fact that I had the temerity to defend the credibility of the report against irrelevant smears – was enough to get me barred. 
Another example: As you know, in April 2014 the Dutch priest Father Frans van der Lugt was killed in a rebel-controlled Christian neighborhood of Homs. 
Father Frans’s death made headlines around the world and he was widely eulogized for his good works in Syria. Examining Father Frans’s publications in Dutch, however, I discovered that his own first-hand observations of the beginnings of the anti-Assad rebellion contrasted sharply with the standard view in the Western media. 
Undoubtedly most significantly, Father Frans insisted that the protests that sparked the rebellion in 2011 were not strictly peaceful, as they have been almost universally presented to the Western public, but rather contained an armed and violent element from the start. He also accused rebel forces of committing atrocities and then blaming them on the regime. 
By this time, needless to say, I could not even have dreamed of pitching an article on Father Frans’s observations to National Review. But I could not place one in any other Stateside outlet either, including venues with which I had an established relationship. 
Despite their obvious relevance and newsworthiness – or rather: precisely because of the latter – Father Frans’s views were taboo. 
If he had still been alive and his observations had become known, he would surely have been attacked as an Assad “propagandist” – as other Syria-based Christian clergy who made similar observations in fact have been. 
I could give numerous other examples. 
Once Washington and its European allies had established the terms of the politically “correct” narrative of the Syrian crisis, facts that failed to jibe with that narrative were unwanted and anyone who tried to report them was inevitably attacked as “pro-Assad”.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Sabotage of Syria Peace Initiative by Free Syrian Army (FSA) and “Moderate” Al Qaeda “Opposition”

The so-called Syrian opposition, mainly a diverse range of rebranded Islamist militants, is dissatisfied that Al Nusra, the main striking force of the Salafists in Syria, was recognized as a terrorist group and excluded from the negotiations.

This report makes the important point that the various armed opposition groups in Syria work hand in hand with the extreme Islamists, making the ceasefire largely unworkable.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Keiser Report (E909): 'I'm from Goldman Sachs, and I’m Here to Help'

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the nine most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from Goldman Sachs, and I'm here to help." They explore why it is that Goldman Sachs Bank USA is so eager to attract small-time depositors. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Jim Rickards about his new book, The New Case for Gold. They look at the SDR (the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights) and why it is that China is accumulating them.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Lynne Patton "The Trump Family That I Know" - A Black Female Trump Executive Speaks

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Still Report #838 - Trump on Track - 1st Ballot Win

According to a new analysis in yesterday’s Washington Times, Donald Trump is on track for a 1st ballot victory. Going into today’s Indiana primary, Trump is only short a bit over 200 delegates to prevent the dreaded “brokered convention” hoped for by both Cruz and Kasich.
Oh, before we go on, a calming word to Trumpets nationwide; all those delegates that Calgary Ted is “stealing” only count after the 1st ballot. Cruz is working his evil deeds the only way he can – stealing delegates should the convention go to multiple votes. However, that ain’t gonna happen.

Ted Cruz Drops out !!

Ted Cruz drops out after Trump wins Republican primary in Indiana

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NGOs, the Pentagon, and the Human Rights - Industrial Complex

Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire joins us today to discuss his recent article on "Smart Power and The Human Rights Industrial Complex." Topics discussed include the NGO/State Dept/Pentagon/NATO nexus, the use of human rights as a perception management tool to demonise NATO enemies, and the complicity of the media in reporting these stories uncritically.

An excellent and essential MUST SEE interview talking about soft/smart power manipulation. Included in the conversation is the example of the 'White Helmets' NGO in Syria - as a front for Western propaganda.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

RECAP: Obama's SEAL Team 6 Coverup - Explosive Paul Craig Roberts Radio Interview

This clip includes a local Pakistani account of the Bin Laden 'raid' that indicates there was NO SEAL TEAM raid - at least not as described by the Obama Administration. The SEALS that later died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan may have been killed because they started asking questions about who conducted the raid if not themselves.

Another fact to consider is that Osama Bin Laden could not have been killed in the 2011 raid because he had died previously in late 2001. Videos and audio of 'Bin Laden' in later years have been discredited. If there was a raid then those involved would know, or suspect, that the individual killed on their alleged mission was not the CIA connected terrorist 'mastermind'. Because of this situation, anyone connected with the attack (SEALs), who was deemed untrustworthy, or suspected of being untrustworthy, would be marked for death to keep this secret hidden.

Only the truth about both this raid and the false flag attack of 911 will stop the criminals and their murderous agenda.

Related Info:

Osama Bin Laden DIED in Late 2001 - Don't fall for the "We Killed Him in 2011" Propaganda

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

Can You Handle The Facts About Jewish Support for Communism ?

How blind are you ? Do you just refuse to hear ? Wake Up. This is not that hard.

There is a zionist mafia (AIPAC) that controls US foreign policy in Washington today. This situation, and the Communist revolution in Russia, is a logical result of a group of well connected people, particularly intellectuals, wanting to take control of society to shape their own futures (in this case at the expense of other peoples lives and wealth).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

VIDEO EVIDENCE The Voting Machines Are WRONG! (and It’s Being Covered Up)

Some might be disappointed by our primary elections, but they should be furious. The Chicago Board of Elections is seen in this video either covering up or turning a blind eye to fraud. Please watch and share so we can regain our democracy.

Election fraud exposed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

I'm Still Hearing This Talking Point That Trump Has No Real Policies, Offers No Real Details

Just stop it already, you're embarrassing yourselves.

"What surprises me very much about people who write about Trump or presume to be pundits about Trump, is that I don't think these people have read Donald Trump's many books. Now I have. He has multiple books, he's probably in a about four of them, over a twenty year period, he's evolved his ideas about what he would do as president and agree with him or not, anybody who says that he hasn't offered a lot of details about how he would run the country is just an ignoramus playing pundit. Because he has probably more ideas down on paper, documented, than anybody else who's running and I've read those books." -Bestselling Author John Hogue  

Bestselling Author John Hogue Endorses Donald... by debunkerbuster
Trump Presidency Equals 9/11 Disclosure

Some Donald Trump Endorsements

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]