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Greece to Question Syrian over Turkey Bound Bullet Haul

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 1 hour 23 min ago
Call this news story- Curious
Thessaloniki, Greece--Greek investigators were to question Monday a Syrian (Kurdish??) caught trying to sneak tens of thousands of bullets into Turkey, a police source said.How many tens of thousands of bullets? 10? 20? I don't know? 
The 28-year-old man was detained over the weekend at the Kipi customs post in Evros, the northernmost part of Greece, after police found parcels of bullets concealed in special caches in his car.

The authorities said they were not ruling out the possibility that the ammunition was destined to rebels of the Free Syrian Army.

The suspect's vehicle had Austrian registration plates but he was carrying a fake British driving license, police said.

Evros is a central hub on the route connecting Europe and Asia, where smugglers routinely attempt to pass guns, drugs and migrants, from or into Turkey, which shares 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) of border with Iraq and Syria.

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100 US/EU fighter jets join Arctic Exercise near Russia

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 2 hours 59 min ago
How very peace inducing......Reuters

About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 personnel, is meant to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia.

The aim is to exercise and train units in the orchestration and conduct of complex air operations, in close relations to NATO partners,” Norwegian brigadier general Jan Ove Rygg, heading the exercise, said in a statement. The exercise, lasting from May 25 to June 5, is one of the biggest fighter jet exercises in Europe this year and the second of its type after one in 2013. Plans are for exercises every second year, testing everything from shooting down airborne targets to mid-air refuelling. NATO members involved were the United States, Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-members Sweden, Finland and Switzerland, which are linked to the alliance via NATO’s partnership for peaceNATO's partnership for peace... suuure.

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Big Oil: Bring on the Carbon Tax- Poseurs Pembina & Desmog blog

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 6 hours 54 min ago
 Saw this coming a mile away. All the talk of ‘big oil’ being against carbon taxes from the likes of Greenpeace and other environmental pretenders- Big Oil, Big Banks & Wall street walk hand in hand, side by side. As for Greenpeace, keeping you believing, keeps them in the 'green' money! Simple as that! They provide a business service that you believe in- you support it and the business of Greenpeace, keeps on going. It's that straightforward.

Initially I too believed the AGW hype but then I became aware of facts, not spin, that enabled me to see past the lies & bullshit.

So Big Oil: Bring on the Carbon Tax
“"We think climate change is happening," Williams, Suncor's chief executive, told reporters. "We think a broad-based carbon price is the right answer."
Of course climate change is happening. It’s always happened and always will happen
BUT AGW is not happening. Not in the way it’s been sold to justify this tax grab, impoverishment and total control via carbon. When AGW didn't pan out as sold, then the rebrand 'climate change' took it's place. But what is climate change really, but something that occurs, has always occurred and will continue to occur- with or without us.

In backing the idea of a carbon tax, Suncor's Williams repeatedly noted that since 80 per cent of emissions come at the point of combustion, any strategy trying to take on climate change must include end users people turning ignition switches and flipping on lights at home.

Suncor is pushing the greatly expanded carbon tax onto the back of the little people- you and I. The always intended mark (target) of the banks, wall street and government.
It's a message that puts the oilsands giant on the same page as green groups such as the Pembina Institute.
BTW: Pembina has been receiving money from agenda pushing governments, Rockefeller foundation money etc., globally-

Alberta: Funding both sides of the illusory debate
“This is now two departments in the Government of Alberta that we have found shovelling money to anti-pipeline political activists,” said CTF Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt. “It’s absolutely ludicrous for the government to be out fighting tooth and nail for the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline, and than to be giving questionable contracts and grants to the very people who are opposing these pipelines.Tagteaming

US Foundation Money funding Pembina
“ For example, the Rockefeller Brothers paid US$425,000 (2001-2003) to the David Suzuki Foundation to “organize” First Nations on the north coast of B.C. In 2004, the fund also made a small grant to the Suzuki Foundation “to campaign to support a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration” on the B.C. coast.
Rockefeller (oil and banking)  money funneled through David Suzuki , manipulating First Nations people

Pembina: Environmental Faker- Playing offense and defense- which is oxymoronic!
Or is just plain moronic!

Anti-oil sands think-tank being funded by U.K.

Pembina and that other faker ‘DeSmog blog’ walk hand in hand?
A couple of examples: Here or Here
I have a way back post on the sham  that is “DeSmog blog”- Dirt I dug up myself
From Al Gore's Investment Management to DeSmogBlog Helping to make bankers richer and you and I poorer, in every way, every day.Finally: Stephen Harper was NEVER opposed to carbon taxes. Never.

Stephen Harper says Alberta's carbon pricing could 'go broader'
In a 2014 interview with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the prime minister has indicated for the first time a willingness to accept a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking favourably about the merits of Alberta's carbon-pricing system, Harper said it's a model that could be implemented on a "broader" scale.Same as the guy from Suncor is saying in 2015. Harper spoke in 2014 of implementing carbon taxes on a broader scale
"It's not a levy, it's a price. And there's a tech fund in which… [the] private sector makes investments."So look, that's what Alberta has done. That's a model that's available. But you know, as I say, we're very open to see progress on this on a continental basis."Stephen Harper has been pro banker, oil, wall street, wealth extraction, pick pocketing all along
Cause I have other posts here on that too!
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Dave McGowan- Say a little prayer...

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:00
From the day I began this blog Dave McGowan (uberfave)  has been a constant in the sidebar of the blog. He became known to me via his appearances on Meria- the mouth that roars
I can't say with any certainty how many years ago I first heard him talking up his  writings?
It likely had to be around the time he published his first book -Derailing Democracy  So that was  at least 13 years ago???
I own and have read all of his books.  Yes, there are more books then the more recently published "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon" A book, I actually have two copies of. One purchased from Dave with a very lovely autograph. And the other copy bought to read and lend. The other books are  Understanding the F-word and of course Programmed to Kill- and the already mentioned Derailing Democracy. Dave is no 'Johnny come lately' to  what I characterize as the questioning authority and everything else scene.
Hell, yours truly is even responsible for the 'send in the clowns' title of the regular show that Meria and Dave did every month! It described the tomfoolery (playful or silly behaviour) of the two hosts, but especially of Dave, while delivering some of the most difficult or challenging information. Like a spoon full of sugar...

Sigh.. I don't know how to say this, but, I'm going to just get it out there. Dave McGowan is facing the toughest life challenge imaginable. I'm going to quote from his last facebook posting:
Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon7 hrs · So I guess I’ll just cut right to the chase and say that the prognosis is not good. I’ve been in the oncology ward of Glendale Adventist Hospital for several days now subjecting myself to various tests (X-Rays, a C-T Scan, an MRI, blood panels, a bone scan, and a biopsy). And the news has gotten progressively worse. As it stands now, I have small-cell cancer aggressively attacking my lungs, liver and bones, and the doctors fear it could soon invade my brain. The survival rate for this form of lung cancer is very low and beating the odds is a daunting challenge. I’m a fighter by nature, but this is going to require a hell of a fight. On the plus side, the staff here has been wonderfully supportive and they have done everything possible to keep me comfortable and to take the edge off the intense pain. Start my first round of chemotherapy this morning, which hopefully will go well.I don't have 'facebook' so can't comment there- I, like Dave, detest that giant information sucking, manipulating, anti-social, anti human space.
Therefore what I have to say about this sad new is going to be right here:

I'm dam sorry to read this news Dave.. Truly.  Your FB mesage is pure Dave- the fighter in you is apparent in the words. My husband and I send nothing but the best thoughts imaginable to you and your family at this very difficult time.

If anyone wants to comment here, please do, well wishes would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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"ISIS of Saudi Arabia" claims responsibility for suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:57
Yup, that's an alleged new group of ISIS affiliates if your keeping track.
Here is the latest: CBC
A group purporting to be a newly-established Saudi affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group says it is behind Friday's attack on Shia worshippers in the kingdom.

In a statement distributed on ISIS-linked Twitter feeds, a group purporting to be the ISIS branch in Saudi Arabia issued the claim. It could not be independently confirmed if the new group has operational links to ISISThe group's statement carried a logo in Arabic referring to itself as the "Najd Province" — a reference to the historic region that is home to the capital Riyadh and the ruling Al Saud family, as well as the ultraconservative Wahhabi branch of Islam.
NYT's
A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said.
Loyalists of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack — the second against Shiites in the kingdom in six months. In November, the extremist Islamic State group was accused of being behind the shooting and killing of eight worshippers in the eastern Saudi Arabian village of al-Ahsa.Despite a string of IS-related attacks over the past several months that have also targeted police, Friday's suicide bombing appears to be the deadliest in the country in nearly a decade. Some ultraconservative Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, known as Wahhabis, have used Friday sermons to rally support for the war and simultaneously criticize Shiites and their practice of praying at the tombs of religious figures, which they view as akin to polytheism.That is such a familiar occurrence. Exactly as it was done in Syria. Who would think?

The country's top cleric, Grand Mufti Abdel-Aziz al-Sheikh, told Saudi state television that the attack in Qatif aims at "driving a wedge among the sons of the nation" and described it as "a crime, shame and great sin." The country's top council of clerics issued a statement blaming the attack on "terrorist criminals with foreign agendas."Reuters is reporting 21 deaths at the mosque
More than 150 people were praying when the huge explosion ripped through the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, witnesses said.
Flashback:  Sy Hersh’s Limited Hangout: Framing Saudi Arabia for Destruction/Destabilization

An interesting hour of conversation from Jay Dyer and company
   


 This is the half audio interview with Mark Hackard & Daniel Spaulding of Soul of the East.
 Mark and Daniel joined me for a 2 hour discussion of their recent articles and translations of Soviet history, secret operations, black markets, fronts and shells, blackmail and intrigue and Middle Eastern trickery combined with American foreign policy ventures. Topics covered include The Cambridge Five and Philby, Golitsin and defections, ISIS, media manipulation, the history of Islamic sects, and much more.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: None Are Safe from the State's Plundering Parasites

freedominourtime - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:01


All aboard Amtrak -- in Germany, circa 1938. (Still from "The Mortal Storm.")


“Is anyone present carrying more than ten marks, or planning to take out of the country any foreign money, gold, jewels, or other valuables?” demanded the German customs inspector after boarding the Innsbruck-bound train. “Any violation of the law will be punished with penal servitude --special cases by death.”
Freya Roth, a single woman in her 20s traveling with her mother and younger brother, produced her passport and handed it to the inspector. After the document was stamped, the truculent bureaucrat noticed the young lady’s luggage.
“Whose suitcase is that?” he snapped, his voice colored with an implied threat. “Take it down – open it.”
“It isn’t locked,” Freya said quietly, her brows drawn together in worried puzzlement. Before she had finished the sentence the inspector had torn open the luggage and started to paw through it. A comrade noticed a large bound volume on the shelf above Freya’s seat. He retrieved it and began to pore over its handwritten pages.

“What is that – code?” the policeman inquired of Freya.
“No – it’s a physiological treatise,” she replied, proudly explaining that it had been written by her late father, Professor Victor Roth.
Radiating hostile disapproval, the inspector handed the manuscript to a Gestapo officer who had been looming in the background, a silent monolith of murderous menace.
“Why are you taking this out of the country?” the officer barked at Freya. “You intend on publishing it abroad?”
Freya tried to explain that she kept the book with her because it was her father’s last work, which was enough to implicate her as an enemy of the State.

“I can’t take the responsibility of allowing you to cross the border with this document,” sniffed the officer as if he owned Freya and everything in her possession. “This is a matter that can only be decided by my superior.”
Freya was taken to a local police station where she was detained for five days for possession of contraband – “a seditious production sustaining a theory destructive to the new ideals.”

 “You belong – in part – to the German race, but by your action you show yourself unworthy to represent that race abroad,” the police commander explained to Freya, alluding to her paternal Jewish ancestry. “You will report to the police daily. Let me warn you to be extremely careful in your conduct, and in your contacts. That is all.”
The traumatized woman was “released” to life as an inmate in an open-air prison. She had been condemned and dispossessed without a trial as the result of a warrantless search of her effects during a routine train trip.
Freya’s Nazi-era experience, depicted in the 1940 film The Mortal Storm, was a fictional parable intended to shock its American audience: Imagine what it would be like to live in a country where police could board a train, rifle through your luggage, confiscate anything of value they found, and detain you indefinitely if they found suspected contraband in your possession. 
From Republic to Reich: a "VIPR Team" on patrol. I don’t know if Aaron Heuser, a mathematician from Eugene, Oregon, is familiar with “The Mortal Storm.” He doesn’t need to see the movie – he has lived it.
As Heuser recounted to Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlanticmagazine, during an Amtrak trip from Eugene to Washington, D.C. last fall, he received an unwelcome visit in his sleeper compartment by a DEA agent whose comportment was indistinguishable from that of the cinematic Nazi officials who terrorized Freya Roth.
The DEA agent addressed Heuser by name and claimed that his trip had raised numerous “red flags” – specifically, that “I had a sleeper car, was traveling alone, and did not check my luggage.”
When the officious pest demanded access to the sleeper compartment and Heuser’s personal effects, the traveler refused. Undeterred, the agent informed Heuser “that he was going to bring a dog, walk it by my room, and that if it alerted, my room would be searched. He told me that I could not argue this and that I was not allowed to be present for the search.”
Like nearly everything else that emerges from the tax-devouring skull cave of a DEA official, that claim was a lie. Heuser had every right to be present during the search, but the agent insisted that he absent himself because “the dog might bite me.” In retrospect, and perhaps at the time, that statement could be seen as a threat garbed in the unpersuasive disguise of solicitude.

As Heuser strode toward the dining car, he was stalked by a second DEA operative who tried to get him to leave the train, where he would be surrounded by other law enforcement officers.
“The officer followed me, telling me that they know I am transporting drugs, and if I have any for personal use, they do not care, and it would be easier if I just told them,” Heuser told The Atlantic. “I said that was nice to know, then kept walking.” Yet another DEA operative tried to gain access by pretending that “someone was hiding in my bathroom.”
When Heuser was finally allowed to return to his compartment, “I found my backpack moved and open, and my wallet, which was set down on the room table, had $60 missing.” He was told by a dining car attendant that “Amtrak is forced to give passenger info to the Feds, that the DEA comes on every trip, usually arresting someone in the sleeping car or taking all their money.”

That Amtrak employee did not engage in hyperbole, as Joseph Rivers can testify. The 22-year-old native of Romulus, Michigan, was robbed by DEA agents when his Los Angeles-bound train was stopped and searched in Albuquerque. Rivers, who entertained ambitions of becoming a music video producer, was carrying his life savings -- $16,000 in cash – in a bank envelope.
Behaving precisely like his fictional Nazi analogues from “The Mortal Storm,” the DEA agent confiscated every penny of Rivers’ life savings without arresting him or charging him with a crime. Under the Justice Department’s civil asset forfeiture program, possession of large sums of cash or other exceptional wealth – “gold, jewels, or other valuables,” as the customs inspector put it in the film – is sufficiently suspicious to justify confiscation.
“We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” gloated a DEA agent when asked about the incident by the Albuquerque Journal. “It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.” Sean Waite, the DEA’s Ortsgruppenleiter for Albuquerque, bragged to the Albuquerque Free Press that his he and his squalid associates have harvested about $1 million from travelers passing through that city on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.
Setting aside questions about the wisdom of carrying his entire life savings in cash, Joseph Rivers’ experience is especially poignant, given that he could just as easily have been robbed by his local police.
Between 2003 and 2007 – the years of Rivers’ adolescence – Romulus witnessed a 118 percent increase in forfeiture revenues despite the fact that there was no corresponding increase in criminal activity. A similar trend was seen on the part of law enforcement agencies throughout Wayne and Oakland counties. The forfeiture take by police in Novi went from $12,278 to $2.7 million. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office netted $8.69 million in 2007, four times the haul its banditti seized in 2001.
Sgt. Dave Schreiner, the head of Canton Township's forfeiture unit, was admirably forthright in defending civil forfeiture as his department’s chief cash conduit: "Police departments right now are looking for ways to generate revenue, and forfeiture is a way to offset the costs of doing business.... You'll find that departments are doing more forfeitures than they used to because they've got to -- they're running out of money and they've got to find it somewhere."

Bear in mind, once again, that this defense of forfeiture was offered at a time when the non-official crime rate was holding steady, and by some measurements in a modest decline. Acting with the irrepressible predatory instinct that guides all State institutions, the police responded to this state of affairs by carrying out a crime wave of their own.
For the privileged plunderers of Romulus and the surrounding towns, preying on the public was encouraged and rewarded – but holding back any of the loot from your cohorts was a grave offense. This is why former Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre, his wife, and several members of his Special Investigations Unit will spend time in prison.
Between 2006 and 2011, St. Andre and his underlings skimmed money from the city’s forfeiture fund and submitted fraudulent expense reports. Some of the pilfered proceeds were used by St. Andre and his wife to open a tanning salon. The Chief and his favored henchmen also used funds seized in counter-narcotics raids to purchase marijuana, alcohol, and the carnal services of prostitutes.
A year ago, St. Andre pleaded guilty to three felonies, including embezzlement and conducting a criminal enterprise. Last October he was sentenced to a term of up to 20 years in prison, a punishment forcefully underscoring the State’s determination that its plunderers act with only the purest of motives – like the ascetic, disciplined Nazi inspectors portrayed in “The Mortal Storm,” for example.

The Nazis’ reputation for self-denial was largely unearned. Their version of totalitarianism is as dead as their Fuhrer, but their tactics are widely employed by the enforcement caste in America’s Homeland Security State – a fact that either is or soon will be apparent to anybody seeking to exercise the right to travel unmolested.
Recall the question asked by the Nazi customs inspector in “The Mortal Storm”: “Is anyone present carrying more than ten marks, or … any foreign money, gold, jewels, or other valuables?” That same question was posed – almost verbatim – by Idaho State Trooper Justin Klitch following a pretext stop of Colorado resident Darien Roseen a few miles from my home in January 2013.
“How much cash is in the vehicle?” asked Klitch after bullying the elderly man into opening the trunk of his vehicle and pretending to detect a “strong odor of marijuana” emanating from the interior. “Do you have any gold, any high-value items in this vehicle?” That question provided a good and sufficient demonstration of Klitch’s true motive in making the stop: He was looking for loot, rather than contraband.
Like the fictional Freya Roth, Roseen endured a lengthy and entirely unwarranted detention after Klitch hijacked his SUV. A thorough search of the vehicle yielded neither gold, nor jewels, nor marijuana.

A growing number of Americans who need to travel but want to avoid molestation or irradiation at airports have taken to the roads or the tracks, only to find that the TSA and its comrades will not leave them alone.

In the film, Freya and her family were interrogated and subject to detention by Nazi customs officials at a border crossing. Americans can have that experience – which can quickly escalate to threats of arrest and a life-threatening assaultwith a deadly weapon – up to 100 miles inside the national border.


Travelers aren't free from such potentially lethal harassment if they use routes deep within the country’s interior. Multi-jurisdictional task forces called Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams swarm bus and train stations, and even conduct highway checkpoints.
As the redoubtable James Bovard points out, the attitude of our rulers toward travelers “is best summarized by the motto posted at the headquarters of the TSA air marshal training center: `Dominate. Intimidate. Control.’”
Whatever their native tongue, totalitarians from every culture speak the same language. 
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Cold Weather is Much Deadlier Then Extreme Heat

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:18
One would never know that from all the AGW hype and computer models that simply haven't panned out- This information was come by the hard way- Real world data was gathered over a period of time. Considering how dam cold the past few years have been in most of the North American continent alongside many other areas of the globe this seems a timely article

Digression begins: It’s late May here and guess what? Other then a few warm days in a row, our temperatures have been mostly below normal for this time of year.  To date we’ve planted our cool weather plants, but, nothing that requires warmer temps. That would be tomatoes, peppers & eggplants. Worst of all the furnace has been on, intermittently and this Friday coming is going to be quite cold for this time of year.

*Ottawa area: Birds still delayed by cooler than normal weather
* Natural Gas Futures gain..."The weather may be cooler than normal in most of the lower 48 states through May 24, according to Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland"

 Digression over, let’s get back to deadly Cold Weather:


Heat waves get more attention, but cold weather claims more lives, according to a new study analyzing deaths in 13 countriesI simply can’t imagine why ‘heat’ gets more attention then cold? Really, I can’t ;)

“After examining more than 74 million deaths that occurred in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012, researchers calculated that 7.3% of them could be attributed to cold weather and 0.4% to hot weather.”

The researchers collected daily data on weather conditions, air pollution and deaths from 384 cities around the world. For each city, they calculated the temperature at which deaths were least likely to occur. All other days were compared to days with this “optimum” temperature.

In all countries, the optimum temperature was close to the upper end of all temperatures recorded there. In the United States, for instance, 84% of days were colder than the optimum temperature and 16% were warmer. At one end of the spectrum, 93% of days in Sweden were below the optimum temperature and 7% were above it. At the other end, Brazil had 60% of days below and 40% of days above its optimum temperature.

The 2.5% of days that were the very coldest in each location were considered extremely cold, and the 2.5% of days that were hottest were examples of extreme heat.

With the bulk of the days in all areas being below the ideal temperature, days rated cold but not extremely cold were blamed for the most deaths — 6.7% during the study periodFrom earlier today:
Kosher Seal of Approval for PM Stephen Harper?
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Kosher Seal of Approval for PM Stephen Harper?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:52
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper returns today to Quebec, a province where his party hopes to make major gains in this fall's election. And he's being honoured by a community which holds considerable sway over whether those gains will include a seat in Montreal. The riding of Mount Royal is up for grabs this fall with Liberal MP Irwin Cotler stepping down. About 30 per cent of the riding identified as Jewish in the last census — making the electoral district one of only a handful in the country where that community can swing an election if it votes en masse. The Liberals have held the seat since 1940, but Montreal's influential Jewish Community Council appears set to give its stamp of approval to Harper. The council is a religious organization, primarily concerned with certifying whether products are kosher and on Thursday's evening it will give the prime minister its King David Award. "The King David Award is presented to an individual who is a light unto the world," reads a description of the honour on the event's Facebook page. "One whose courage, strength, intelligence and faithfulness are examples and inspirations for us all. Should have read blight. A blight unto the world
"This year’s honouree has gone over and above the call of duty in every one of those attributes." Suuure. If we're talkin' blight then yes Stephen Harper has gone over and above the call of duty
Harper's vocal support for Israel has drawn consistent praise from many segments of the Jewish community, who traditionally voted for the Liberals.
Identity politics in action- Too bad for ordinary run of the mill Canadians. 
See:Gilad Atzmon: From A to Zion and the despicable Identity Politics
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Gilad Atzmon: From A to Zion and the despicable Identity Politics

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:21
With thanks to Henrik @ Red Ice Radio!!

Atzmon has written three books, and he returns to speak with us about his new publication, “A to Zion – The Definitive Israeli Lexicon,” a fictitious satire co-authored with cartoonist Enzo Apicella. Gilad gives a synopsis of the book and tells about his impetus for engaging the issues of Jewish ideology in Israel politics using aphorisms and humor.  Gilad emphasizes the bamboozling effects of identity politics among various discourses, and we relate this cultural tactic to the notion of the oppressed vs. the oppressor as a trick to lead victims into the hands of more oppression Identity Politics just more divide and conquer:

- Win by getting one's opponents to fight among themselves.
- A way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position
Identity politics is a political style that focuses on the issues relevant to various groups defined by a wide variety of shared characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, social class, religion, sex, gender, ethnicity, ideology, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, culture, currency, shared ...



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Obama OK's Arctic Drilling! Greenpeace can see their coffers grow

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:09
Obama OK’s Drilling for Oil in the Arctic-

Big non surprise- Really. This should not be a surprise. All manner of environmental destruction is wrought to benefit the oil/banking cartel. War being a huge destructive force for profit. Those facts are the very reason I have  repeatedly stated- if you believed that the AGW scam was ever going to impede or harm the oil/banking/pharma/chemical/war cartel in any way shape or form, you have been duped.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday gave conditional approval to allow Shell to start drilling for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer, a major victory for the petroleum industry and a devastating blow to environmentalists.
This is not a blow to ‘environmentalists’ like Greenpeace. Though it is appalling to someone like myself and many others who actually care for and tend to this earth. This will be a $$$$ cow for Greenpeace and other coopted ‘Big Green” organizations They can send more emails out, pleading for your hard earned dollars to fight this decision and continue to accomplish absolutely nothing. Same as they have done so far.
Shell has sought for years to drill in the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Federal scientists believe the region could hold up to 15 billion barrels of oil.

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea,” Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said in a statement. She said that the administration recognized the need to establish high standards for the protection of the Arctic ecosystem as well as the cultural traditions of Alaska Natives and that the offshore exploration “will continue to be subject to rigorous safety standards.”The Interior Department’s approval of the drilling was conditional on Shell’s receiving approval of remaining state and federal drilling permits for the project, including permits from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Curtis Smith, a spokesman for Shell, called the approval “an important milestone” for Shell and said it showed the administration’s confidence in Shell’s commitment to safety.The Obama administration had initially granted Shell a permit to begin offshore Arctic drilling in the summer of 2012.However, the company’s first forays into exploring the new waters were plagued with numerous safety and operational problems. One of its oil rigs, the Kulluk, ran aground and had to be towed to safety. In 2013, the Interior Department said the company could not resume drilling until all safety issues were addressed.In a review of the company’s performance in the Arctic, the department concluded that Shell had failed in a wide range of basic operational tasks, like supervision of contractors that performed critical work.The report was harshly critical of Shell management, which acknowledged that it was unprepared for the problems it encountered operating in the unforgiving Arctic environment.But the administration said that since then, the Interior Department has significantly strengthened and updated drilling regulations. And outside experts said that while the challenges of Arctic drilling were steep, the new plan surmounted them to some extent by allowing drilling only in the summer months (when there is way less ice, due to the 24/7 sunshine)  and in shallow waters. (Where ice would melt the quickest and return the latest- so much for the Arctic being devoid of ice?)“It recognizes both the economic and energy potential of the Arctic seas, but also the environmental sensitivity of the area and the challenges of responding to spills and other incidents in such a harsh climate,” said Thomas Lorenzen
Harsh climate!?!? What!?! According to AGW mythology- It's a beach up there.

A Typical email from GreenPeace

Here is a copy of the last email I received from Greenpeace- Cause like I told you all, I used to be a fool for their tripe-
What do you notice about their email?

Dear---------

We may have as little as 68 days before Shell begins to drill for oil in Arctic waters. The consequences of a spill in the Arctic would be devastating.

Help keep the pressure on Shell to halt Arctic drilling. Make a donation today.

Here in Canada, we have big plans to take on Shell all summer. I can’t go into much detail right now, but I promise that these plans are strategic, accessible to people all over Canada and creative!

We may not have Shell’s billions, but we know that there are people across Canada committed to protecting the Arctic. A donation from you can give us the security we need to make these ambitious plans happen.

In the past month, I've witnessed some amazing acts of courage from my colleagues, volunteers and the public.


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You've probably heard about the six volunteers on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza that climbed aboard Shell’s Arctic-bound Polar Pioneer drill rig as both vessels crossed the Pacific Ocean.1 For six days these courageous activists camped out on the rig, bringing international attention to our shared goal: No Arctic drilling!
I am so moved to see that the courage of the six is multiplying, daily. Seattle is the Polar Pioneer’s next stop before heading to the Arctic. Just over a week ago thousands of Seattle residents gathered outside the Port of Seattle to deliver a red kayak full of messages from protesters saying “Shell no to Arctic drilling”.2

In May, when the rig is expected to arrive in Seattle, members of the public are preparing to meet the Polar Pioneer with a wall of people-powered opposition. The movement against Arctic drilling is growing, but only with your help can we keep up the momentum.

Help us keep the pressure on Shell this summer, donate today.Remember Shell’s last attempt at Arctic drilling? It was a fiasco from start to finish, with crashed oil rigs, damaged equipment, failed safety tests and even criminal convictions for its sub-contractors. Amazingly, Shell is eager to go back again this summer.

Let’s work together this summer. Let's build a movement of opposition to Arctic drilling that's just too big for Shell to ignore. Your donation today will fuel the movement and help preserve the Arctic from reckless oil drilling. Please give today.

Say it with me: “SHELL NO!”
Sarah & the team at Greenpeace Canada


 And in the fine print beneath the letter another mention to donate. In one letter Greenpeace asks for money 6 times. What solution is proposed for dealing with this issue of Arctic drilling? Publicity stunts to draw attention to Greenpeace. What have years of publicity stunts accomplished?
Judging by the Obama administration decision? Nothing.
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Macedonia and the "Lipstick Protestor" Yawn

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:29
Previously we had the 'umbrella' protests.. And other prop/ attention grabbers I've likely forgotten!
I'm bored.Seriously, this nonsense is getting tired. Old. Stale. Yawn.
Something eye catching that spreads like wildfire via anti social media-
I'm not impressed. This is a very typical manipulative psyop.



One thing that is clear the police in Macedonia were less animalistic then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the G-20

Who can forget Officer Bubbles?
Threatening to arrest the bubble blowing protestor. And yes she was arrested.

 

No social media, twitter twaddle heads thought her arrest was over kill. None spread their NED, Freedom House bought & paid for messages. Nope, just silence. And media demonization in freedom loving Canada.........Running down those protestors!

Apparently Macedonia has more restrained police officers then so called democratic Canada?
Says much about Canada. And the vast majority of Canadians.
But, I've digressed let's get back to the 'lipstick protestor' and her staged photo shoot.
Bolstered by the bought and paid for 'human rights' promoters

Back to Macedonia and the "lipstick protestor"

On that first day of protests, a police cordon was guarding the main government building in downtown Skopje. As hundreds of people poured past, a Reuters photographer stood perched on a step next to the building for a better view of the crowd. Below him, a young woman approached the police cordon, and as the crowd of protesters shouted around her, she reapplied her red lipstick using one of the riot police officer's shields to view her reflection. As the photographer pointed his camera at her and snapped away, she left a bright red kiss print on the officer's shield.
Completely staged photo- The photographer prepositioned and the 'activist' approaches, but not protesting,  applies her lipstick, kissing the officers shield while the already in position photographer from Reuters snaps away...
This woman is everything pic.twitter.com/XKySELebVT— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) Mayo 6, 2015Her name is Jasmina Golubovska and the image of her reapplying her lipstick in the midst of an anti-government protest has wrapped itself around the globe several times over, getting play on viral websites such as Daily Dot and BuzzFeed as well as major international news outlets. To some she is a “badass”, to others “an icon” of the protests in Macedonia.
But Golubovska was not just a random woman touching up her makeup on the front lines of civic resistance: she is a rights activist and a representative of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Macedonia.In other words she is a bought and paid for 'activist'- Which is why this shot was set up to be taken the way it was.

I've seen the name Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in 'Wherever a Destabilization is Necessary'  This group comes up time and time again. They seem to be tied into the NATO stay behind organizational structure

Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

Freedom House: Nations in Transit- Macedonia 2014

Unrest in Macedonia Follows ‘Regime Change’ Scenarios Used Worldwide

 "There could hardly be any doubt that current destabilization of Macedonia could happen without the will and even support of the same western factors. Statements from various western capitals, participation of some western ambassadors at the opposition rallies in Skopje, slogans and western propaganda, in general, is more than revealing."
Did Victoria Nuland hand out sandwiches in Macedonia?
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Pity the Poor Stormtroopers: Baby Bou-Bou Ambushed Them (Updated, May 21)

freedominourtime - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:39


The truth in black and white -- but don't believe it: Sheriff Joey insists that this is the face of a criminal.
(See the update at the bottom of the essay, or click here.)
It was the baby’s fault that he was nearly burned to death in his own crib. 
Bou-Bou Phonesavanh was barely a year and a half old, just learning to walk, and unable to speak, but those limitations didn’t stop him from engaging in “deliberate, criminal conduct” that justified the 2:00 a.m. no-knock SWAT raid in which he was nearly killed
The act of sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted “criminal” conduct on the part of the infant. At the very least, the infant was fully liable for the nearly fatal injuries inflicted on him when Habersham County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Long blindly heaved a flash-bang grenade – a “destructive device,” as described by the ATF, that when detonated burns at 2,000-3,500 degrees Fahrenheit – into the crib. 
The detonation of a flash-bang grenade. Merely by being in that room, Bou-Bou had assumed the risk of coming under attack by a SWAT team. By impeding the trajectory of that grenade, rather than fleeing from his crib, Bou-Bou failed to “avoid the consequences” of that attack. 
In any case, Bou-Bou, along with his parents and his siblings, are fully and exclusively to blame for the injuries that nearly killed the child and left the family with more than one million dollars in medical bills. The SWAT team that invaded the home in Cornelia, Georgia on the basis of a bogus anonymous tip that a $50 drug transaction had occurred there is legally blameless. 
This is the defense presented by Haberham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and his comrades in their reply to a federal lawsuit filed last February on behalf of Bou-Bou Phonesavanh and his family

A tax-subsidized settlement was reached about a month ago in which the National Fire Insurance Company will pay $964,000 to the family -- a little more than $538,000 for medical expenses, and multiple installments of $200,000 to the infant after he turns 18 in 2033. This arrangement will leave the family facing at least a half-million dollars in current medical expenses, a figure that will be matched or eclipsed by future costs incurred by Bou-Bou's ongoing medical treatment.

In familiar fashion, nobody responsible for this crime will be compelled to make restitution, or be held accountable for the nearly fatal injuries inflicted on the child – and the significant but non-life-threatening injury suffered by his father -- during the 2:00 a.m. home invasion that took place nearly a year ago.
Nearly every lawsuit begets a “defendant’s reply” disputing all of the factual allegations and legal claims presented by the plaintiffs. Where the defendants are law enforcement officers, the objective is to build a case that the actions of the officers were “reasonable” and in compliance with established “policies and procedures” – and thus protected by “qualified immunity.” From this perspective, the assailants are innocent of all liability even though they did everything wrong – and the victims are fully to blame even though they did nothing wrong. The reply filed on behalf of Sheriff Joey's deranged deputies will serve as a legal clinic for other departments involved in similar Soviet-grade atrocities in the future.
No evidence of any illegal conduct was found at the home as a result of the raid. The front yard and driveway of the residence abounded in evidence that children lived there – evidence so clear and compelling that even a police officer would have recognized it. The search and arrest warrant was issued at about 2:00 in the afternoon on May 27; this offered plenty of time for the vigilant and capable personnel of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office to conduct surveillance of the targeted residence and even to arrest the suspect in more conventional fashion, assuming that this was necessary and justified. 

The subject of the warrant, Wanis Thonetheva, was not at the residence when the stormtroopers arrived. He was arrested on narcotics charges several hours later, in broad daylight and in unremarkable fashion, “at his actual place of residence, without any resistance and without the use of a flashbang stun grenade,” the lawsuit recalls.
At the time that arrest was being made, Bou-Bou’s parents were just absorbing the horror of what had been done to the infant by the assailants who had broken into their temporary home without cause and kidnapped the gravely wounded child. 
Bou-Bou’s father -- in agony from a torn rotator cuff that resulted from being assaulted, thrown to the floor, and shackled by one of the invaders -- noticed some blood in the empty crib. The screaming child had been seized by the berserkers and taken away. The frantic parents were not allowed access to the traumatized and bleeding child—“officer safety” uber alles, you know. To cover the abduction, one of the officers on the scene did what comes naturally to highly trained police officers: he hastily improvised a self-serving lie. 
“The parents were told by officers on the search team that their son had a tooth dislodged as a result of the search and that the blood that the parents saw in or about the area of the crib was due to the alleged tooth issue,” recounts the lawsuit. The parents “did not know the extent of their son’s injuries (and were not provided truthful information about them by the Defendants) until they were told at the Hospital where their son was taken that he was in a coma.”

Yes, it is possible that one of the infant’s newly-cut teeth had been “dislodged” by the stun grenade. What the people responsible for that act of abhorrent criminal violence did not mention was that the toddler also suffered “severe blast burn injuries to the face and chest; a complex laceration of the nose, upper lip and face, twenty percent of the right upper lip [was] missing; the external nose [was] separated from the underlying bone; and a large avulsion burn into the chest with a resulting left pulmonary contusion and sepsis.”

Sheriff Joey’s underlings told Bou-Bou’s parents that they had knocked out one of the baby’s teeth. They actually blew off his face and gouged a hole in his chest. Exhibit B in the lawsuit is an unbearable hospital photograph of the child in a medically induced coma immediately after the attack. The Defendant’s reply to that piece of evidence is a denial that the photograph “accurately depicts the injuries allegedly sustained” by the infant.
Even if that photograph is a reliable depiction of those injuries, the baby only had himself to blame, according to Sheriff Joey and his band of privileged cretins. 
Bounkham “Bou-Bou” Phonesavanh is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, with his parents listed as co-plaintiffs. When the defendants claim that the damages caused to the child, “if any,” were “directly and proximately caused by the contributory and comparative negligence of the plaintiffs and their failure to exercise ordinary care,” they are blaming the baby for not foreseeing the possibility that he would be attacked by a SWAT team at 2:00 a.m. and burned alive in his crib.
When the defendants seek to deflect blame by claiming that “the deliberate, criminal conduct of [the] plaintiffs … supersedes any and all negligence or liability, if any, on the part of these defendants,” they are pretending to believe that the 19-month-old child was part of a criminal conspiracy. 

In its “eleventh defense,” Sheriff Joey and his Brownshirts let everything fly, invoking the doctrines of “assumption of the risk, failure to avoid consequences, laches, failure to mitigate damages, last clear chance, and sudden emergency.” 
Reduced to its putrid essence, this compound defense amounts to a single claim: If you live anywhere within the claimed jurisdiction of a federally subsidized einsatzgruppe like the Mountain Judicial Circuit Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team, then you are fair game for an after-midnight military raid, and you have only yourself to blame once it happens. 
It doesn’t matter that the raid is the product of a dishonestly obtained search warrant issued on the basis of an anonymous tip from a petty criminal, or that no evidence of illegal activity was ever discovered. If your home is torn apart and your infant is nearly killed, you alone are responsible, and the gallant agents of public order cannot be held liable. This is true even in cases like that of the Phonesavankh family, who sought a temporary home with a relative in Georgia after their house in Wisconsin was claimed by a fire. 
This is all covered by the “Sucks to be you” provision of the “If you’re not a cop, you’re little people” doctrine. Looking for other babies to burn, deputy? Bobbing like feculent flotsam in the puddle of sewage that is the defendants’ “eleventh defense” is the term “laches,” which refers to an impermissible delay by a plaintiff in bringing forward a claim for damages.
This obviously doesn’t apply to the conduct of the Phonesavankh family in this case. They filed a timely notice of tort claim, and then proceeded to file the lawsuit after the Habersham County grand jury refused to hold the Sheriff and his minions accountable – and after the county government broke its promise to pay for Bou-Bou’s medical treatment.
The origins and usage of that obscure and archaic legal term do offer some insight about the way Bou-Bou’s would-be murderers see themselves, and their victim.
“Laches” is a term embodying the ancient legal maximthat “Equity favors the vigilant, and not those who have slumbered on their rights.” Defendants who appeal to this oft-cited and little-applied concept are accusing plaintiffs of subjecting them to a form of “legal ambush.”
 What Sheriff Joey and his cornpone chekists are claiming, in effect, is that while he was sleeping, Baby Bou-Bou ambushed them.

(This post has been updated to include details of the settlement.)

Update, May 21


Some commenters have asked for specific quotes from the "Defendants' Reply" blaming Bou-Bou for the injuries he suffered, and accusing him of negligence or "criminal" conduct. For those interested in reading full text of that reply, the document is found in a Scribd archive, which is accessible through links in the essay above.

Under the "Four Corners" doctrine, which applies to wills, contracts, and other legal instruments, the author's intention in composing such a document is defined by the plain meaning of the text. If a claim or assertion isn't found within the four corners of that document, it can't be considered. The "Defendants' Reply" made several accusations about the supposed conduct of the "plaintiffs"; nowhere within that text is an effort made to distinguish Bou-Bou from the other defendants. 


The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is the infant, Bounkham Phonesavanh. The Defendants' Reply imputes "deliberate, criminal conduct" to all of the plaintiffs without exception; it is an assertion of joint and several liability on the part of the infant and his parents (described as his "Natural Guardians as Next Friends").

With this in mind, read the "Seventh Defense" on page 34, in which the defendants assert that "plaintiffs' damages, if any, were directly and proximately caused by the contributory and comparative negligence of plaintiffs and their failure to exercise ordinary care."

They did not exempt Bou-Bou from that charge. They couldn't -- he is the chief plaintiff.

The same applies to the claims made in the Tenth Defense (see page 35) that the injuries and damges "were caused by the deliberate, criminal conduct of plaintiffs."

Omission of the definite article from those statements is a failed attempt at a semantic dodge: If the intent were to exempt Bou-Bou, the author of this scabrous brief would have specified which of the plaintiffs had supposedly engaged in "criminal conduct." Absent that specification, the defense mounted on behalf of Sheriff Joey and his minions focused squarely on the lead plaintiff, the infant who was nearly murdered in his sleep.

(My sincere thanks to the heroic Rev. John Pittman Hey for sharing his PACER research on this case.) 

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Sy Hersh’s Limited Hangout: Framing Saudi Arabia for Destruction/Destabilization

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:36
I've wanted to get this post up since I left the comment below here:
PennyMay 12, 2015 at 3:59 AMI put this comment at MoA
Not sure if it posted- that place is funny sometimes- funny as in strange
re: the Sy Hersh piece.

"Is someone trying to apply pressure on him."
Him being Salman and Saudi Arabia
Or...has this story been created to further demonize Saudi Arabia- for when the tide turns. And Saudi Arabia becomes a less favoured nation.
Along the same line of what we have seen the last little while with Turkey-

The death of Bin Laden was necessary for the creation of ISIS
It's pretty obvious in hindsight, isn't it?Let me get the Bin Laden death and intro of ISIS out of the way first:

Bin Laden killed 4 years ago- ISIS introduced to us as the new global terror threat about two years ago. ISIS being an affilliate allegedly of AQ,with a new figure head Al Baghadadi, who has died or not on at least two occasions already- Rebrand.
An obvious rebrand. OBL and AQ: tired and stale
Rebrand: ISIS (easy to recall, fresh, associated with a goddess/deity making the feminists quite happy) and a new 'leader' Al Baghdadi: Mythopoeia- Abu Bakr al Baghdadi 
He who has as many lives as OBL- In other words only the names have changed- Everything else is the same.

There is a post here on the alleged death of OBL:
 Osama Bin Laden dead: Cui Bono? Convenient timing. Potential groomed replacement?
I didn't believe the narrative then and don't care about the rewrite now! There is, however, something else in Sy Hersh's article that is much more relevant to present day. And is the reason, in my opinion, for the appearance/promotion/attention being given to this new narrative.
"Or...has this story been created to further demonize Saudi Arabia- for when the tide turns. And Saudi Arabia becomes a less favoured nation.
Along the same line of what we have seen the last little while with Turkey-"
Sy Hersh: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

The changed narrative presented in the linked Sy Hersh article does not dispute or disagree with the official narrative “We (US) got OBL in Pakistan”. The reinforcement of that lie is right in the headline "The Killing of Osama Bin Laden" What Sy Hersh’s article feels & reads like is the creation or shifting of a narrative, for the next chapter of a very long and ugly work of fiction, that passes for our reality.

I will quote the paragraphs that relate directly to the plot redirection- Framing Saudi Arabia, prepping the audience for the imminent destabilization of Saudi Arabia. Which has already begun with Yemen. If you’ve been paying attention here, you know this has previously been mentioned.

Quoting relevant paragraphs from Sy Hersh’s supposedly startling/shocking article:


“A worrying factor at this early point, according to the retired official, was Saudi Arabia, which had been financing bin Laden’s upkeep since his seizure by the Pakistanis. ‘The Saudis didn’t want bin Laden’s presence revealed to us because he was a Saudi, and so they told the Pakistanis to keep him out of the picture. The Saudis feared if we knew we would pressure the Pakistanis to let bin Laden start talking to us about what the Saudis had been doing with al-Qaida. And they were dropping money – lots of it. The Pakistanis, in turn, were concerned that the Saudis might spill the beans about their control of bin Laden. The fear was that if the US found out about bin Laden from Riyadh, all hell would break out. The Americans learning about bin Laden’s imprisonment from a walk-in was not the worst thing.”

“Adding to the tension was the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, often depicted in the Western press as an ‘Islamic bomb’ that might be transferred by Pakistan to an embattled nation in the Middle East in the event of a crisis with Israel”
Debunking nonsense

“Saudi Arabia financing Bin Laden’s upkeep”
Bin Laden the multimillionaire? Bin Laden the son of a billionaire?  
Requiring Saudi upkeep? I don't think so

“The Saudis feared if we knew we would pressure the Pakistanis to let bin Laden start talking to us about what the Saudis had been doing with al-Qaida. And they were dropping money – lots of it.”
Why would the Saudis fear Pakistan talking about AQ? Seriously? The US was always fully aware of the Bin Laden/Saudi/Pakistan/AQ connection because they fully participated in employed and benefited from  that entire operation. That cooperation loomed very large in Afghanistan, Kosovo and 9/11 amongst other times and places.

Recall this?
Interview from 1998: Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski,
President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser: Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998  Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

I simply do NOT  believe the claim that the Saudi’s were in fear of the US being made aware of their connection to AQ. The US KNEW and were complicit, as was Pakistan- I ask what is the purpose of that bit of baloney being included other then to portray Saudi Arabia as a terror supporting state?
"Adding to the tension was the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, often depicted in the Western press as an ‘Islamic bomb’ that might be transferred by Pakistan to an embattled nation in the Middle East in the event of a crisis with Israel”Since the only Middle east nation mentioned in this article is Saudi Arabia, is the implication being made that Pakistan could or would transfer a bomb or nuclear material to Saudi Arabia?
Just something to keep in mind.
Let’s see if this narrative - Pakistani nuke to Saudi Arabia- appears or is reinforced any time soon?

That's what I had written last week. Actually, I had more about Turkey also. But we're getting long here....
Well, well, well!!!! That sure didn't take long.........
 
I didn't think it would. Not after the Sy Hersh treatment. Lookie here, lookie here!
This one could be seen coming from miles away!
S. Arabia calls in off-the-shelf nuke option with Pakistan – report
Or Saudis ‘to get nuclear weapons’

The story originates with an unnamed former defense official from the US. 
Exactly like Sy Hersh's unnamed source in his alleged expose!


The SaudisSAUDI ARABIA has taken the “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, risking a new arms race in the Middle East, according to senior American officials.  Saudi Arabia has reportedly taken a decision to call in an old favor from Pakistan and get some of its nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia is widely believed to have bankrolled the Pakistani nuclear weapons program. In exchange, Riyadh reportedly expects Islamabad to provide missiles in times of trouble to defend the kingdom. “For the Saudis the moment has come,” a former American defense official told The Sunday Times newspaper. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis, and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.” According to the report, no actual transfer of weapons has taken place yet, but “the Saudis mean what they say and they will do what they say,” the source reportedly said. Very interesting from earlier today!

Greece Under Siege: The EU Trap?
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Greece Under Siege: The EU Trap?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:45
The Grexit. Will it happen? Is it possible? The writer of this oped presents a case in which the EU traps Greece within it's structure and by virtue of it's edicts forces Greece's Syriza government to deliver more misery to the Greek people.
(I beg to differ, there are always ways around the banking tyranny)
How Greece will be trapped inside the euro

  Once again, Greece seems to have slipped the financial noose. By drawing on its holdings in an International Monetary Fund reserve account, it was able to repay €750 million ($851 million) — ironically to the IMF itself — just as the payment was falling due.
This brinkmanship is no accident. Since coming to power in January, the Greek government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza party, has believed that the threat of default — and thus of a financial crisis that might break up the euro — provides negotiating leverage to offset Greece’s lack of economic and political power. Months later, Tsipras and his finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, an academic expert in game theory, still seem committed to this view, despite the lack of any evidence to support it.Game theory, again?
But their calculation is based on a false premise. Tsipras and Varoufakis assume that a default would force Europe to choose between just two alternatives: expel Greece from the eurozone or offer it unconditional debt relief. But the European authorities have a third option in the event of a Greek default. Instead of forcing a “Grexit,” the EU could trap Greece inside the eurozone and starve it of money, then simply sit back and watch the Tsipras government’s domestic political support collapse.
Such a siege strategy — waiting for Greece to run out of the money it needs to maintain the normal functions of government — now looks like the EU’s most promising technique to break Greek resistance. It is likely to work because the Greek government finds it increasingly difficult to scrape together enough money to pay wages and pensions at the end of each month.To do so, Varoufakis has been resorting to increasingly desperate measures, such as seizing the cash in municipal and hospital bank accounts. The implication is that tax collections have been so badly hit by the economic chaos since January’s election that government revenues are no longer sufficient to cover day-to-day costs. If this is true — nobody can say for sure because of the unreliability of Greek financial statistics (another of the EU authorities’ complaints) — the Greek government’s negotiating strategy is doomed.

The Tsipras-Varoufakis strategy assumed that Greece could credibly threaten to default, because the government, if forced to follow through, would still have more than enough money to pay for wages, pensions, and public services. That was a reasonable assumption back in January. The government had budgeted for a large primary surplus (which excludes interest payments), which was projected at 4% of gross domestic product.
If Greece had defaulted in January, this primary surplus could (in theory) have been redirected from interest payments to finance the higher wages, pensions, and public spending that Syriza had promised in its election campaign. Given this possibility, Varoufakis may have believed that he was making other EU finance ministers a generous offer by proposing to cut the primary surplus from 4% to 1% of GDP, rather than all the way to zero. If the EU refused, his implied threat was simply to stop paying interest and make the entire primary surplus available for extra public spending.
But what if the primary surplus — the Greek government’s trump card in its confrontational negotiating strategy — has now disappeared? In that case, the threat of default is no longer credible. With the primary surplus gone, a default would no longer permit Tsipras to fulfill Syriza’s campaign promises; on the contrary, it would imply even bigger cutbacks in wages, pensions, and public spending than the “troika” — the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF — is now demanding. For the EU authorities, by contrast, a Greek default would now be much less problematic than previously assumed. They no longer need to deter a default by threatening Greece with expulsion from the euro. Instead, the EU can now rely on the Greek government itself to punish its people by failing to pay wages and pensions and honor bank guarantees. Tsipras and Varoufakis should have seen this coming, because the same thing happened two years ago, when Cyprus, in the throes of a banking crisis, attempted to defy the EU. "Attempted to defy the EU"- The EU is really a dictatorship. That much is obvious
The Cyprus experience suggests that, with the credibility of the government’s default threat in tatters, the EU is likely to force Greece to stay in the euro and put it through an American-style municipal bankruptcy, like that of Detroit.The legal and political mechanisms for treating Greece like a municipal bankruptcy are clear. The European treaties state unequivocally that euro membership is irreversible unless a country decides to exit not just from the single currency but from the entire EU. That is also the political message that EU governments want to instill in their own citizens and financial investors.Therefore Greece must exit the currency & the artificial construct of the EU
If Greece defaults, the EU will be legally justified and politically motivated to insist that the euro remains its only legal tender. Even if the Greek government decides to pay wages and pensions by printing its own IOUs or “new drachmas,” the European Court of Justice will rule that all domestic debts and bank deposits must be repaid in euros. That, in turn, will force a default against Greek citizens, as well as foreign creditors, because the government will be unable to honor the euro value of insured deposits in Greek banks.
So a Greek default within the euro, far from allowing Syriza to honor its election promises, would inflict even greater austerity on Greek voters than they endured under the troika program.A Greek default on the outside of the Euro structure changes the dynamic completely
At that point, the government’s collapse would become inevitable. Instead of Greece exiting the eurozone, Syriza would exit the Greek government. As soon as Tsipras realizes that the rules of the game between Greece and Europe have changed, his capitulation will be just a matter of time.If Greece exited the EU- Defaulting shortly thereafter- None of the EU edicts could be applied to Greece any longer- And the tyranny of the bankster state would be obvious to the entire globe.
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"Gaming" Ukraine? A Theory of Moves Between the West & Russia

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:37
An undeniably interesting read for anyone who is into Game Theory. And, still interesting for those of us that aren't!

Game Theory explained

Game theory is the study of strategic decision making. Specifically, it is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers.It's debatable whether or not all players are rational or intelligent decision makers- John Kerry often seems both irrational and delusional. But here we go.........
I put  question marks beside the numerous questionable claims. Claims that do not ring true.
Bloomberg View

If Russia is intractable on Ukraine and considers the West an adversary in most other areas of global policy, why has U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry come to Sochi to meet with President Vladimir Putin for the first time since Russia invaded Crimea ???? Most likely, this isn't even a baby step toward a normalization of the Russia-U.S. relationship, but just a sign that the two countries' strategic interaction is close to what game theory calls the ultimate outcome.Standoff in Ukraine
The game unfolding between Russia and the West is described in a paper published in the April issue of the journal Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. Its authors, economists Richard Ericson and Lester Zeager, readily admit they have no particular regional expertise. To model the interaction using the theory of moves, they read the coverage of the Ukraine crisis in The Wall Street Journal and other major U.S. media. That makes their conclusions all the more remarkable. It seems the logic of the game doesn't really depend much on the personalities, history and emotional baggage.Moves in the game are unilateral policy changes -- say, Russia invades eastern Ukraine and the U.S. toughens sanctions in response. Instead of making a move, a player can pass or refrain from changing policy. Two consecutive passes by either player end the game.In Ericson and Zeager's  model, Russia can pursue three basic policies: "let go" (cease interference in Ukraine), "destabilize" (keep aiding separatists as it does now or exert economic pressure) or "invade" (openly send in troops).???? (Half the story) The three possible Western lines are "business as usual" (turn a blind eye to Russian actions in Ukraine), "sanctions" and "military aid" (to Ukraine, that is). Putin supporters would challenge the authors' description of the starting point in the game: "destabilize" (for Russia) and "business as usual" (for the West), meaning the West wasn't involved in any strategic interaction when Russia started meddling in Ukraine after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. The official Russian line is that the West aided an illegal coup in Ukraine, forcing Russia to respond. In terms of the game, however, that's a moot point because we know how each side moved for the year following Yanukovych's ouster. The authors infer from these moves -- correctly, I think -- that Russia is unwilling to "let go" and that it responds angrily to any signs of Western interference. The West, for its part, is generally prepared to react to escalation on Russia's part, but it will choose the weaker response whenever possible. Ericson and Zeager, however, experiment with reordering the sides' preferences. Besides, they noticed that actions by Ukraine -- generally an inert pawn in the big game -- can affect the order of Russian preferences: For example, the Ukrainian army's military successes against the Russian-backed insurgents in the summer of 2014 caused Russia to step up its destabilizing interference.So the game theorists drew up matrices and decision trees for 13 different scenarios, taking into account all the more or less plausible combinations of moves. The idea is to assign an order of preference-based value to each of the policy lines and calculate the benefit of a series of moves to each player.  Here's a sample for game theory lovers:



Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy

The equilibrium for most of these scenarios was "sanctions"/"destabilize." To quote Ericson and Zeager, "Russia destabilizes Ukraine, creating a 'frozen conflict' that blocks the consolidation of a democratic, Western-oriented polity, while the West settles into a stable configuration of ongoing sanctions, punishing Russia, at high cost to itself, for 'bad behavior.'" The second most likely option is "business as usual"/"destabilize," in which "the West believes that preserving a democratic, Western-oriented Ukraine is not worth the cost, again allowing Russia to achieve its geopolitical objectives through successful destabilization." If one assumes that both sides in the game are rational,???? they manage to avoid the "coordination trap" in which Russia begins a full-scale invasion and the West steps up military assistance to Ukraine. The assumption of rationality, especially on Putin's part,???? is something of a leap of faith, but, like the paper's authors, I am prepared to accept it. Rationality, after all, can be defined in terms of economic and geopolitical gain, and Putin is clearly thinking in these terms, whatever he may say on state TV.I would agree with the author Putin is clearly thinking rationally- John Kerry? I'm not so sure.
Not so sure about the Oligarch's being rational. Not so sure about Poroshenko being rational.
In all of Ericson and Zeager's scenarios, the ultimate outcome is reached in just a few moves. In real terms, we may already be at the end of the game. After all, Russia continues to destabilize Ukraine,???? (Russia. Alone?) and the West doesn't intend to lift sanctions. All that remains for the most likely scenario to be realized is the formal creation of a frozen conflict zone, like Transnistria in Moldova, with neither side prepared to let go or escalate any further. Flashback to a recent post:
 Moldova: Jihadi Stop & 1 Billion Missing Dollars- Advancing destabilization

Putin and Kerry are still talking, having kicked out the press immediately after shaking hands. It doesn't matter, however, what the communique after the meeting will say. The outcome of the Ukraine crisis is practically a foregone conclusion if both sides' analysis of possible moves is relatively rational. Kerry has come to Russia so the sides can agree to disagree on Ukraine and move on to other issues such as Syria and Iran, where constructive interaction is still possible.For Ukraine itself, the role of a pawn for bigger players may be somewhat humiliating, but it shouldn't be. If the country successfully transforms itself into a Western-style democracy with a viable open economy, it can handle the continued Russian destabilization attempts and, in time, make them much less effective. Not being a player in the big strategic game is even, perhaps, to Ukraine's advantage: Once it realizes it can have little effect on the outcome, it can concentrate on solving its internal problems.Share some thoughts-

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An Impending Liquidity Crisis- Prepping for Global Crisis Pt2?
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An Impending Liquidity Crisis- Prepping for Global Crisis Pt2?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:12
An update on the impending liquidity crisis. Sure looks like something catastrophic is afoot
Recall this news from a week or so ago?
Bank of Canada Proposes Changes for Market Ops and Emergency Lending
The liquidity problem is far bigger then Canada. As one savvy commenter had already pointed out.
Read on
The biggest providers of exchange-traded funds, which have been funneling billions of investor dollars into some little-traded corners of the bond market, are bolstering bank credit lines for cash to tap in the event of a market meltdown.

Vanguard Group, Guggenheim Investments and First Trust are among U.S. fund companies that have lined up new bank guarantees or expanded ones they already had, recent company filings show.

The measures come as the Federal Reserve and other U.S. regulators express concern about the ability of fund managers to withstand a wave of investor redemptions in the event of another financial crisis. They have pointed particularly to fixed-income ETFs, which tend to track less liquid markets such as high yield corporate bonds or bank loans."You want to have measures in place in case there are high volumes of redemption so you can meet those redemptions without severely impacting the liquidity of the underlying securities," said Ryan Issakainen, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust. The company has increased a credit line it has set up to $80 million at the end of last year, the most recent reporting period, from what was originally a $20 million line in early 2013. The line is shared by two of its ETFs and two mutual funds with a combined $645 million in assets.Under the Wall Street reform act known as Dodd-Frank, banks have been shedding their bond inventories, resulting in less liquidity in fixed-income markets. Because there are fewer bonds available for trading, a huge selloff in the bond markets could worsen the effect of a liquidity mismatch in bond ETFs.Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. ETF provider, lined up its first committed bank line of credit last year and now has a $2.89 billion facility backed by multiple banks and accessible to all of Vanguard's funds, covering some $3 trillion in assets, the Pennsylvania-based fund company told Reuters. The new setup is to "make sure that funds will be available in time of market stress when the banks themselves may have liquidity concerns," Vanguard said.*The issue for ETFs is this: When investors sell fund shares and there aren't enough ETF buyers in the market, the ETF manager in many cases will need to immediately sell shares of the underlying securities in the fund to meet those redemptions. But a sudden selloff of an ETF in an illiquid market could cause the manager to have to dump those securities at any price, causing their share prices to collapse. With a line of credit, fund managers could instead meet redemptions and take their time to sell some securities."These funds offer daily or even intraday liquidity to investors while holding assets that are hard to sell immediately, thus making the funds vulnerable to liquidity risk," U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said in a speech in March in Germany, pointing directly to ETFs and saying they have mushroomed in size while tracking indexes of "relatively illiquid" assets.That is all exacerbated because investors have been pouring money into bond ETFs, while banks, under regulatory pressure to limit their own holdings, have been slashing their bond inventories.
Growth in fixed-income ETFs also means there are now more products tied to corners of the bond market previously untapped by ETFs. Assets in U.S.-listed fixed-income ETFs are up nearly six-fold since 2008, to $335.7 billion at the end of April, according to Thomson Reuters Lipper data.

With overall fixed-income ETF growth has come expansion in some esoteric corners of the bond market. Assets in loan ETFs, for example, have grown almost five-fold over the past three years to $7 billion at the end of April. Many of these funds weren't in existence during financial crisis that shook global markets in 2008 and haven't been tested by a widespread run.
BOLSTERING CREDIT LINES

Like paying for insurance, maintaining these liquidity backstops comes at a cost.

Banks facing their own reserve requirements against these lines are charging commitment fees that can range from 0.06 percent to 0.15 percent, according to company filings. If a line is actually drawn upon, there would be additional interest charged on any amount borrowed. In many cases, these costs are included in the ETF's annual expense ratio, and borne by the funds' investors.

Borrowing costs vary from firm to firm, but they are typically charged interest at a rate equal to the higher of the federal funds rate or the adjusted London interbank offered rate plus an agreed upon spread.

Most fund managers cite the expansion of their credit facilities as commensurate with the growth in assets of their funds. But they are also able to point to them as ways to head off regulator concerns at a time when asset managers have been the subject of increased scrutiny about whether or not they should be classified as "systemically important financial institutions," a tag that would involve more regulation.

Vanguard, for example, referenced its committed credit line in a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in March, noting it was one of the measures it has in place for liquidity risk management.

BlackRock Inc, the world's largest ETF manager, hasn't opened lines of credit for its bond funds because it doesn't trade in the less liquid corners of the bond market, but it has opened a line of credit against its some of its emerging market stock ETFs as "a source of cash to be used to facilitate settlement requirements associated with trading in smaller markets," spokeswoman Melissa Garville said.

State Street Corp, the third biggest ETF provider after BlackRock and Vanguard, and Invesco Ltd's PowerShares, the fourth-biggest, have credit lines set up for their respective senior loan ETFs. For State Street, its senior loan ETF alone has exclusive access to $100 million of the total $300 million credit facility the fund company has in place.

Other ETF firms that have expanded their credit lines include New York-based Guggenheim and Dallas-based Highland Capital. Highland increased its credit line six-fold to $150 million last October in part because of one big investor who "wanted to get a little more comfort" that the fund would be able to meet a potentially large redemption, said Ethan Powell, the firm's chief product strategist.

"In order to accommodate that investor effectively, we upsized the size of the facility," Powell said. "We don't anticipate drawing on it, but it really serves as more of a security blanket."
So, it's clear they are attempting to prevent or slow down this liquidity crisis.
At least that is how it appears to me. But if anyone else wants to chime in, I'm all eyes!

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Bank of Canada- spinning against cash, facts suggest excessive debt/credit card use

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:09
Ignore the hard sell against cash designed to mainly serve the interests of big banks? And the hard sell is on. I have seen countless articles deriding the use of cash and linking it to crime
Bullbiscuits!
I am personally not here to serves the banks. I don't encourage anyone to serve the interests of big banks, credit card companies and other plundering aspects of society.

To not use cash serves the banks and strengthens the central governmental control grid

No cash = No bank runs
No cash = more fees for banks
No cash = more tracking
No cash = less privacy for you

Continue to use cash, it is after all legal tender, deny the government & banks their control and profit over your life /personal business-

Bank of Canada promotional piece
Canadians are now using cash for fewer than half of their transactions, a survey done for the Bank of Canada suggests.Fact: Canadians are using cash for almost half of their transactions- Notice how the Bank of Canada chose to present this information? Emphasizing the do not use rather then focusing on those that still do use cash
The research was included as part of the spring edition of the Bank of Canada Review on Thursday.As stated Bank of Canada 'research' - promoting their agenda

One fact that can be taken away from this piece is people are relying on credit cards because they have no money!
 According to a 2013 method-of-payment survey, credit card use increased to nearly 31 per cent compared with just over 19 per cent in 2009. Debit card usage slipped to 21 per cent from nearly 25 per cent. This increased credit card uses coincides very nicely with the huge indebtedness of Canadians- this does not demonstrate a move away from cash use

Canada household debt ratio hits new record of 163.3% Therefore credit card use, in this case, does not indicate a move from cash. It actually indicates no income, no savings, no money. Here is an interesting fact- dead last sentence Cash has held its ground as a percentage of the total value of payments at about 23 per cent. Cash has held ground as a total percentage of payments....

Which suggests that those people having cash to use, are still using cash. The only real change has come in the credit card use alongside the level of Canadian indebtedness. You would have never known the actual true fact from the headline that accompanies the agenda pushing 'news'.  This article is really about credit card use and massive indebtedness.

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Rid the world of a litany of human abuses by demolishing the UN!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:05
The bureaucracy that is the UN is the PROBLEM. As an organization it gives cover to  multitudes of global tragedies,while pushing an agenda of  elite abuse, criminality, coercion and control onto the entire planet-
Here
- Sex abuse by UN peacekeeping personnel has been a problem for decades, and it is still happening despite the world body's official policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, a group of former diplomats and UN officials said on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported 79 recorded allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in 2014.And likely many many many more sexual abuses went unreported
The Code Blue group argues that the problem of abuse by peacekeepers cannot be solved until a long overdue first step is taken: UN immunity can no longer apply to those accused of sexual offenses.
“It's a perverse irony that the UN should be the only place on earth where even the most depraved and violent sex offenders can expect immunity from legal processes,” said Paula Donovan, co-director of AIDS-Free World.
“It's time to call 'Code Blue': no more immunity, ever, for people working under the UN banner who are accused of sexual exploitation or abuse,” she said.
The senior UN officials said the UN policy on ensuring criminal accountability in cases of sexual abuse was outlined in a 2012 memorandum distributed throughout the UN system.
But they acknowledged that it was often extremely difficult for the United Nations to hold perpetrators accountable and said they are are forced to rely on member states and host countries of UN missions for that.
“We want them not wearing a blue beret,” Anthony Banbury, a senior UN peacekeeping official, said about perpetrators of sexual crimes.
“We want them in jail, in my view, rotting.” The UN is the problem in this instance- Decades of sexual exploitation by so called "peacekeepers" suggests, no actually it screams, the UN is at the heart of the problem
Get rid of this global monstrosity designed to hide these abuses within the confines of it's paper shuffling, waffling, buck passing walls-

I've covered this UN abuse previously- It won't go away until the UN goes away!
UN: Child trafficking on the Rise and UN intervention is at the heart of the problem! Conclusion
These findings underscore the need to consider the impact of UN intervention, not simply on the duration of conflict, but also on human rights.  Our work demonstrates how the UN contributes to grave human rights violations. When large numbers of foreign troops are sent to an unstable and often impoverished state he emergence of trafficking networks.  Thus, a seemingly benevolent UN action, intended to bring peace, serves to promote a shadow economy  The UN knows the interventions they endorse give rise to very grave, despicable depraved abuses and yet...... they keep on goingThis will not stop until the UN is taken apart. Demolished. Scattered to the winds. The UN is not necessary. It is, as I have stated, a happy face for the elitist war mongering, tyranny, banker class and it is nothing more then that Don't Miss- No One Rules If No One Obeys
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No One Rules If No One Obeys

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:50
Reflecting Upon:


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Plane Records Flight Through Unusual/Mysterious Antimatter Cloud

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:00
This is a different kind of story for the blog. But it's so dam interesting I can't pass it by!
Please share some thoughts???!!! 
 DJ

Gizmodo
 In what sounds like a tale from the Bermuda Triangle, an atmospheric physicist, called Joseph Dwyer, was flying through a massive thunderstorm, when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a huge cloud of antimatter

The physicist was piloting a modified Gulfstream V plane on a scientific mission and came across the strange phenomenon by accident.
Gulfstream V plane
Dwyer and his co-pilot mistook a line of thunderstorms for the Georgia coast on their radar, but by the time they realized this, they had no way out.
As they entered the heart of the storm, the scientific instruments on board suddenly began to register something totally unexpected. The plane was being surrounded by positron-electron explosions causing peaks of high-energy, photon gamma rays – a clear sign of antimatter.
The plane plunged downward and began to shake violently. “I really thought I was going to die,” Dwyer said.
So what is antimatter?

ExtremeTech explains that; "Antimatter is the name we give to particles with the same mass, but opposite charge, as the particles of which we are composed. When an antiparticle comes in contact with its corresponding “normal” particle, they annihilate each other and release gamma rays. In this case, the team detected a large number of positrons (the antiparticle of an electron) in that storm." Image of an actual matter-antimatter annihilation due to an atom of antihydrogen captured during a CERN experiment.But the positrons in the storm seemed to somehow steer themselves towards the plane, and what force did that remains a mystery. It is possible the plane itself was interacting with the antimatter. Nature says that the positrons could have been annihilated in the immediate vicinity of the aircraft, or even on the plane itself. Aleksandr Gurevich, an atmospheric physicist at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, suggests that the plane's wings could have become charged, producing extremely intense electric fields around them, causing the creation of positrons.  The incident actually took place in 2009, but the story has only just come out, because scientists have been at a loss to explain what happened – and they still don't have all the answers. Dwyer, from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, told Nature; “This was so strange that we sat on this observation for several years.” Scientists are sure the findings were not the result of some instrument malfunction. They have no doubt that Dwyer's plane correctly detected antimatter. "The team’s data are a “cast-iron signature” of positrons, said Jasper Kirkby, a particle physicist at the CERN particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. However, the data which was recorded is puzzling. In particular, the size of the antimatter cloud was astounding. It measured between one to 2 km (1.25 miles) across – something never seen before, and experts still don't have an adequate explanation for that. “We tried for five years to model the production of the positrons,” and failed, says Dwyer. Antimatter, in general, is extremely ray. When it enters the Earth's atmosphere, it usually comes in the form of cosmic rays from outer space. However, it is known that thunderstorms can also produce some anti-matter, but not on this scale. Electrons in a thunderstorm can accelerate to close to the speed of light. Electron-positrons then collide with an atom nucleus and emit gamma rays.

NASA image of antimatter being emitted from clouds But, what baffles scientists is that, although the plane detected gamma ray spikes, the overall energy of the gamma rays present was insufficient to have produced the huge amount of antimatter recorded. Kirkby says that estimates of the size of the cloud might be too high, and that deeper investigations and experiments need to be made. Dwyer and his colleagues are sending special balloons into the center of severe thunderstorms to find out more. Nature also reports that the US National Science Foundation plans to fly a particle detector on an A-10 ‘Warthog’ into storms – something described as an armored anti-tank plane that could withstand the extreme environment. The thing is – it isn't just the antimatter which is mysterious – but that we lack sufficient scientific knowledge of what happens in thunderstorms in general. Dwyer said;  Dwyer said;
“The insides of thunder­storms are like bizarre landscapes that we have barely begun to explore.”
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