Robert J. Burrowes
If you hadn't previously heard the expression 'near term human extinction', you have now. And you will get used to hearing it soon unless you insulate yourself from reality with greater effectiveness than you are doing by reading this article.
The expression 'near term human extinction' is relatively new in the scientific literature but, unlike other truths that have been successfully suppressed by national elites and their corporate media, this one will keep filtering out until you start to hear the expression routinely. Why? Because this truth is simply too big to suppress permanently and the planetary environment delivers its feedback directly to us in the form of catastrophic environmental events, climatic and otherwise, whether or not these are reported by the corporate media.
It is now widely accepted that we are living through the sixth mass extinction in planetary history. The last one occurred 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs vanished. We are now losing biodiversity at a rate similar to that time. But this mass extinction is driven by us. And we will be one of the casualties. The only real debate is when. And this debate is predicated on the unstated and highly problematic assumption that we can continue to avoid nuclear war.
The US Senate Report documenting CIA torture of alleged terrorist suspects raises a number of fundamental questions about the nature and operations of the State, the relationship and the responsibility of the Executive Branch and Congress to the vast secret police networks which span the globe – including the United States.
CIA: The Politics of a Global Secret Police Force
The Senate Report’s revelations of CIA torture of suspects following the 9/11 bombing is only the tip of the iceberg. The Report omits the history and wider scope of violent activity in which the CIA has been and continues to be involved. CIA organized large scale deathsquad activities and extreme torture in Vietnam (Phoenix Project); multiple assassinations of political leaders in the Congo, Chile, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, the Middle East, Central America and elsewhere; the kidnapping and disappearance of suspected activists in Iraq and Afghanistan; massive drug-running and narco-trafficking in the “Golden Triangle” in Southeast Asia and Central America (the Iran-Contra war).
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, European parliamentarians endorsed Palestinian statehood. Symbolically. In principle. A compromise motion.
Carrying overwhelmingly - 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions. More on this below.
A previous article said the following:
An estimated 134 nations recognize Palestinian statehood. Sweden the latest to join ranks with others. The first EU country to do so.
Britain, France, Spain and Portugal extended unofficial/symbolic parliamentary recognition. So did Ireland.
Denmark surprised. It was expected to followed suit. Not now. Maybe later. Along with perhaps other European countries.
Has the train left the station? Is Israel’s tide going out? Is Palestine headed for official statehood recognition? Despite strong Israeli/US objections?
by Stephen Lendman
A previous article discussed Russian economist/political analyst Mikhail Delyagin expecting a possible anti-Russian nuclear false flag.
Fort Russ now cites intelligence "about impending terrorist attacks on Ukrainian strategic objects, which will justify an attack on Donbass."
Foreign nationals and relatives of senior Ukrainian officials were evacuated from border areas, it says.
Armored vehicles with Russian and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) symbols and flags were seen in Donbas territory controlled by Ukraine's military.
Suggesting a planned provocation. Other intelligence "confirmed the arrival of large numbers of mercenaries, equipment and machinery from NATO countries."
Ukraine's general staff press service head, Vladislav Seleznev, announced possible resumed hostilities in so-called ATO (anti-terrorist operations) areas.
As well as "possible terrorist attacks by the militia on the objects of strategic importance." Because socio/political/humanitarian conditions remain tense, he said. In ATO and bordering areas.
by Peter Chamberlin
Have we reached the point where American economic warfare against Russia has become so painful that Putin has to stop standing in between Bashar Assad and Obama? With the “one-two punch” of punitive banking and oil industry sanctions, followed by plunging oil prices, the American aggression is starting to bear evil fruit.
Further economic sanctions of similar severity and as yet to be identified legal sanctions will severely compound Putin’s problems, across the board. This would probably be enough to crash the ruble, even before any military provocations are carried out. So, as is the way of geostrategic thinkers, Putin can easily see the endgame of Obama’s gambit, meaning that the military contest will decide everything in the end, so why not go there now? Thus explaining the resurgence of Russian apocalyptic references to the humiliation being forced upon it. If we get past all of the diplomatic B.S., who will blink first, when it comes to pulling the nuclear trigger?
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued radiation guides called Protective Action Guides or PAGs which allows more radiation than any American has ever been exposed to.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s parliamentarians to adopt a bill that would allow Ukrainian membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) saying the adoption of the document was “urgent”.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has criticized a UN bid for statehood by the Palestinians, describing the move as an “act of aggression.”“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is adopting measures whose sole aim is to attack Israel, with no benefit for the Palestinians.”
Russia denounced latest round of European Union sanctions against Crimea, which integrated into Russian Federation earlier this year, describing bans as “absolutely unacceptable.” Russian Foreign Ministry:“Brussels should realize that Crimea and Sevastopol are an inseparable part of Russia.”
Drone strikes and other targeted counterinsurgency programs aimed at capturing or killing “high-value targets” belonging to militant groups could be effective if coupled with larger strategic goals, the CIA believes, but they could also backfire.
Russian President Vladimir Puitn:“We are not attacking anyone in the political sense,”“We are only defending our interests… The displeasure of our Western partners, particularly the Americans, comes from that.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western nations want to chain “the Russian bear,” pull out its teeth and ultimately have it stuffed. “They won’t leave us alone. They will always seek to chain us. And once we are chain, they’ll rip out our teeth and claws. “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.”
United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution; US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psak. Israel's foreign minister described draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year ending the Israeli presence in Palestinian territories by 2017 a gimmick.
German researchers discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale even when cellular networks are using most advanced encryption available.
Chevron Corp. second-largest U.S. energy producer will pull out of an agreement for exploring the Oleska field in western Ukraine, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) retreated earlier this year from a similar deal in eastern provinces.
Vehicle to remove allies from Russia, damage it economically. The Ruble in free fall after oil took a hit. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades, has much to offer the US.
At a meeting with leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a new investment fund of $3 billion to facilitate financing in the cash-strapped countries. Most of these countries are members of the European Union.
Russia’s currency market witnessed further huge volatility again today. The finance ministry said it would start selling foreign exchange which are primarily in dollars. This appeared to reduce selling pressure on the rouble; due in part to low oil prices, effects of western sanctions.
The "architect" of the CIA's interrogation program, James Mitchell, accused Senate Democrats of putting his life in danger last week when they released a report detailing the program's "brutal" abuses. one of seven men who owned a company paid millions of dollars by the CIA to devise interrogation techniques for alleged terrorists following the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks The controversial techniques included waterboarding, which President Barack Obama called torture.
Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: recent spending bill, allows banks to gamble on derivatives, and taxpayers and depositors are on the hook for the losses.
Wisconsin-based farm policy research group has worked diligently to uncover persistent violations, filing formal legal complaints against livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs, accusing them of fraudulently marketing such products as organic.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon :The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, with all its power.
Citigroup announced it would move its headquarters from New York to U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of House of Representatives. Citi spokesperson acknowledged makeover of the House is to cost millions,” “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”“Instead of flying from New York to give Congress their orders, Citigroup executives can be on the floor with them, handing them legislation, telling them how to vote, result in tremendous cost savings.
The EU General Court's ruling to exclude Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations has sparked a powerful protest in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Hamas a "murderous terrorist organization" and promised to continue to fight it.
Economic hardship is being created by the foreign-controlled Bank of Russia’s monetary policies, to spread mass discontent and facilitate a Maidan in 2015 to remove Putin. So claims Evgeny Fedorov, citing the colonialist Central Bank law, established after Washington’s victory in the Cold War, and the system of fifth-column levers, methodically operated to steer the revolution. 2:59 Foreign banks own the production in Russia. 8:23 Putin has no authority over the Central Bank. 13:56 Bank of Russia is legally a foreign-controlled Central Bank.15:21 Road map to Maidan 2015.
Citing public safety concerns, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris on Tuesday denied a special event permit application for an anti-police brutality march planned to start at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center during the Lakota Nation Invitational on Friday afternoon.
US Congress approved “pension reform” measure that permits preemptive cuts in benefits from still-solvent pension funds if the funds are deemed to be in a “critical status. The pension provision was backed by major corporations such as UPS, Kroger and by trade unions that jointly administer pension plans covering 10 million retired and active workers.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will not lift its ban on fracking. The long-awaited decision marks a decisive turn in the years-long battle over fracking in New York State
Italy has expressed its intent to partially privatize the postal service, air traffic control company and national railway, as the economy faces a third consecutive year of contraction. The government hopes to raise 10 billion euros.
US military, NATO allies increased military operations near the borders of Russia to keep “peace and stability” in the region, a Pentagon official says. US European Command efforts through Operation Atlantic Resolve are a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO.
The United States, Europe imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial, military sectors, Russian nationals close to President Putin. White House officials: Russia was facing “a very serious economic situation” which “reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules.”
The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations said on Wednesday that ruble’s plunge would lead to a 20-percent fall in the Western European country’s exports to the Russian Federation.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also stated that while low oil prices and
Western sanctions have taken their toll on Russia, the central problem is that the ruble was undervalued. "The figures we saw at exchange offices in the last days do not reflect the real picture.
Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
"[The European Parliament] supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced,
Obama: US seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.
As of December 31, the City of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada will be fluoride-free for the first time since October 4, 1954. A vote to end fluoridation took place in November of this year,unanimously accepted by the new Mayor and Council
Worst day in Russia’s financial crisis; fallout spreading across global markets. Pacific Investment Management Co. (PEBIX) facing mounting losses on its Russian bond holdings; almost every bullish ruble option contract registered in U.S. made worthless; foreign-exchange brokers in New York and London no longer taking ruble trades.
"Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing," Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company. "We apologize to customers for any inconvenience." It is uncertain when Apple will reinstate its operations in Russia.
Goldman Sachs :The global oil industry will face a loss of $1 trillion as producers will be forced to cancel a number of key projects if oil prices stay below $60:.
The US Federal Reserve has a basic capital ratio of 1.26%. if the value of the Fed’s assets declines by 1.26%, the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency becomes insolvent. Russian central bank’s ratio is 12.5%—literally TEN TIMES GREATER than the Fed. GOLD reserves as a percentage of the money supply, i.e. how much gold backs the money supply. In Russia, it’s 6.2%. And rising. How much gold backs the dollar? Precisely zero.
A Ukrainian solider tells his fellow soliders that there are no peaceful civilians in Donetsk and that everyone there is a collaborator with the enemy. Within seconds of this utterance, which was ironically spoken in the Russian language, he gets hit by an artillery shell.
As Russia situation has deteriorated focus on bank exposures sent stocks reeling among many European (and US) banks. UniCredit, strongly invested in Russia; 18 billion euros at stake, 40 percent of its tangible book value. US bank risk widened signicantly. No benign scenarios.
Russian debt to GDP is 20% and they still have hundreds of billions of barrels of crude oil under their land. The US has debt to GDP of 103% of GDP and shale that is worthless unless oil prices are above $80 per barrel. Oil is currently $56 per barrel.
The Russian stock market also went haywire, dropping more than 15 percent as of 2:30pm Moscow time, after it dropped 11 percent the day before. Sberbank, the country's largest lender, lost 17.77 percent, and VTB, the second biggest bank, fell by 14.29 percent. State-owned oil and gas companies Gazprom, Rosneft, and Surgut also saw shares plummet.
The legislation authorizes the US president to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition, and "tactical troop-operated surveillance drones."It will also impose penalties on Russia’s state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and other Russian defense companies.
Global banks curtailing flow of cash to Russian entities, response to ruble’s sharpest selloff since 1998 financial crisis; potential to add strain on Russia’s financial system. Bank of America, Citigroup, haven’t changed their trading with Russia or rubles.
Russian government members have worked out measures to stabilize the currency market, Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev said on Tuesday. Central Bank’s measures would be aimed at increasing foreign currency liquidity supply on the domestic market. “We have mapped out a set of measures, which should help stabilize the situation,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Russia will overcome the West's sanctions, which will only make the country stronger, “We have been in much worse situations in our history and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: military doctrine of the Russian Federation. never mentions NATO is an enemy,” “What it says is that the security risks for Russia are NATO expansion to the East and movement of military infrastructure of NATO closer to the Russian borders — not NATO itself, but its militarized movement to the East.
Senator John McCain accused his fellow Republicans of being hypocritical over justifying torture, noting the US tried and hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American prisoners during World War II. You can’t claim that have them freeze to death is not torture. The Arizona senator said that waterboarding was used during the Spanish Inquisition.
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked. Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
We don’t need to [try to] “understand” Donbass, we need to understand Ukrainian national interests. Donbass must be exploited as a resource, which it is. I don’t claim to have a quick solution recipe, but the most important thing that must be done no matter how cruel it may sound is that there is a certain category of people that must be exterminated.
"Fallout on Las Vegas and vicinity following this morning's detonation was very low and without any effects on health," the newspaper explained. "On Your Guard: Reds Launch 'Scare Drive' Against U.S. Atomic Tests." The article warned: "A big Communist 'fear' campaign to force Washington to stop all American atomic hydrogen bomb tests erupted this past week." It was a popular theme among prominent commentators like syndicated columnist David Lawrence, whose wisdom appeared in the Washington Post and other leading newspapers. "The truth is," he wrote in spring 1955, "there isn't the slightest proof of any kind that the 'fallout' as a result of tests in Nevada has ever affected any human being anywhere outside the testing ground itself." By then, children and others living in downwind areas were beginning to develop leukemia. As time passed, people in affected areas suffered extraordinarily high rates of cancer and thyroid ills. Functioning in tandem, the news media and the federal government continued to deny that nuclear testing was a health hazard.
Kennedy intended to stop the Vietnam War and all future wars waged for profit by America. He intended to regain control of the American people's government and their country by cutting off the military industrial complex and Federal Reserve banking system's money supply. Kennedy launched his brilliant attack using the Constitution, which states "Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value." Kennedy stopped the Federal Reserve banking system from printing money and lending it to the government at interest by signing Executive Order 11,110 on June 4, 1963. The order called for the issuance of $4,292,893,815,000 (4.3 trillion) in United States Notes through the U.S. treasury rather than the Federal Reserve banking system. He also signed a bill backing the one and two-dollar bills with gold which added strength to the new government issued currency. Kennedy's comptroller James J. Saxon, encouraged broader investment and lending powers for banks that were not part of the Federal Reserve system. He also encouraged these non-Fed banks to deal directly with and underwrite state and local financial institutions. By taking the capital investments away from the Federal Reserve banks, Kennedy would break them up and destroy them. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who alone had dared to stand against the military industrial complex and the Federal Reserve banking system, was murdered in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 p.m. CST on November 22, 1963, in a bloody "coup d'état". On that day America ceased to be a democracy of, by, and for the people. From that day forward the leaders of the American government have only been the willing puppets of corporations and an international banking cartel that profits from war.
Scientists have found that our bodies and our minds have both deteriorated significantly compared to our ancestors. In fact, just this week a very prominent professor at Cambridge University said that “our most highly trained athletes pale in comparison to these ancestors of ours”. The biggest reason for this, of course, is the degradation of the human genome. Groundbreaking research by Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University and others has shown that our genes contain tens of thousands of mistakes (mutations), and with each passing generation even more errors are added and passed on. So it should be no surprise that our ancestors were bigger, stronger, faster and smarter. The truth is that they had better genes.
Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony. The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases. ‘US threatens China not to drop dollar’ | ‘West sees China economy as threat’
The ANC government has received a request from the U.S. was rejected to be part of a U.S. disaster management plan which South Africa $ 10 billion a year (about R100 billion) for ten years would receive. According to the plan would be temporary housing for millions of Americans in South Africa built if the Yellowstone super volcano in the country sooner or later would come to a head. Countries that the U.S. will participate noodlenigingsplan, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Sipho Matwetwe, South Africa will not "part of the plan because there is a risk that millions of white Americans in an emergency situation to the country can be sent and we can national culture and identity threat". ►ALERT: Pentagon Moves Nuclear Missiles From Yellowstone Blast Zone
They have been intentionally granted unlimited power, the power of judge, jury, executioner, and torturer. They have been given the power to destroy thousands of innocent American lives every year. The police are almost never punished. Most of the rights Americans once enjoyed have been stripped away by the Bush and Obama puppet regimes. The police and government serve one master, the international banking system and a handful of multi trillionaires otherwise known as globalists. They decide if the American people are ground down and brutalized.
From Gilad Atzmon
Yesterday I was invited by Press TV to participate in their daily program, ‘The Debate.’ In the last few years I have occasionally participated on the show. Usually I am confronted with banal Hasbara mouthpieces. I tend to demolish their arguments within the first round of questions.
Yesterday, I was asked to debate professor Geoffrey Alderman – an avid Zionist academic. To my great surprise Alderman and I agreed on pretty much everything: we had similar views on Israeli politics, the nature of the Jewish State, Netanyahu's Politics, Netanyahu’s engineered crisis, Jewish Lobby Domination in the West and other topics. Fascinating exchange but hardly a debate.
For the last decade I have been chased by Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists who wrote Jewish petitions against me and tried every Talmudic trick to silence my criticism of Jewish power and Jewish ID politics. I have also been harassed by some Trotskyites and even a list of 20 Palestinians who called for my ‘disavowal.’ These attempts to stop me achieved the opposite – if anything, they proved my point regarding Jewish dissent being a corrosive controlled opposition apparatus.
In all this time, not a single one of my Jewish anti Zionist or Trotskyite detractors have had the guts to debate me. But somehow, rabid Zionists and hard-core Hasbara agents are made from different materials. They must have have a modicum of dignity and confidence in their system.
My conclusion may upset some. As a thinker and an artist stimulated by challenge and titillated by intellectual provocation, I prefer to deal with hard core Zionists and Israeli Right wing ideologues rather than with the so-called ‘anti’ and their culture of deceit. At least with Zionists, I know exactly what I am up against.
Those who own and control the banking systems and corporations, those who control the governments and fight the wars for profit, those who are driven by greed and power madness are destroying our earth. The corporate capitalist paradigm of endless extraction from the planet and every person and every living thing will continue until the ecosystem is irreparably damaged and can no longer sustain life. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2014/12/06/our-beautiful-earth-is-dying
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In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny! Contact Your Senators and ask them to stop supporting the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children by Israel.
If we sit silently and do nothing, say nothing the mass murdering will continue. Why should any single group of people be given the right to kill? When will humanity say: 'No more killing' to Israel? You could begin to change this situation by contacting your Senators and Congressmen and telling them that you want them to stop supporting Israel and stop supporting the killing and maiming of thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women, and children trapped in the Gaza Ghetto by Israel.
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