The Occult Symbolism of the movie "Metropolis" and its Importance in Pop Culture

The Occult Symbolism of the movie “Metropolis” and its Importance in Pop Culture

Direct link to visually rich Vigilant Citizen – October 19, 2010

Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie “Metropolis” is one of those timeless classics that withstand the test of time. Rather than becoming forgotten and obsolete, “Metropolis” is increasingly relevant as many of its predictions are becoming reality. We will look at the  underlying occult message of the film and the usage of its imagery in the acts of  pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and others.

 Metropolis is a silent science-fiction movie released in 1927 by Fritz Lang, a master of German Expressionism. Set in a futuristic dystopia divided into two distinct and separate classes—the thinkers and the workers—Metropolis describes the struggles between the two opposite entities. Knowing that it was produced in 1927, viewing this movie today is quite an experience as many “sci-fi” aspects of the plot are eerily close to reality. Metropolis describes a society where the “New World Order” has already taken been implemented and a select elite live in luxury while a dehumanized mass work and live in a highly monitored hell.

 As we have seen in previous articles on The Vigilant Citizen, Metropolis is excessively echoed in popular culture, especially in the music business. Whether it be in music videos or photo shoots, pop stars are often portrayed as the character Maria, an android programmed to corrupt the morals of the workers and to incite a revolt, giving the elite an excuse to use violence repression. Are pop stars used by the elite in the same matter, to corrode the morals of the masses?

Movie Analysis

The Workers

The movie opens by showing the workers and their city, situated deep below the earth’s surface. They are shown dressed alike, walking in sync, holding their heads down in submission, resignation and desperation. Throughout the movie, the human cattle is depicted as being physically and mentally exhausted, highly impressionable and, let’s say it, all-around dumb. Like a flock of sheep, the workers move in crowds, are very impressionable and can easily be deceived. This description of the masses corroborates those of Walter Lippmann, an American thinker who, five years earlier in Public Opinion, compared the general public to a “bewildered herd” that is not qualified to manage its own destiny. Joseph Goebbels, the head of propaganda of the Nazi regime, was also in accord with the movie’s conception of the general public. Hitler famously said “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”.

The workers labor in a monstrous machine, a hellish industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and dehumanizing tasks. At one point, the machine is compared to Moloch, the ancient Semitic deity honored by human sacrifices.

 The tasks assumed by the workers are purely mechanical, needing absolutely no brain power, making them nothing more than an extension of the machine.

The Thinker s

If the workers live in a hellish underground dystopia, the thinkers conversely evolve in a gleaming utopia, a magnificent testimony of human achievement. This shiny city could not, however, be sustained without the existence of the Machine (Moloch) and its herds of workers. On the other hand, the Machine would not exist without the need to sustain a city. We find here a dualistic relation where two opposite entities exist in mutual dependence, a concept that has deep occult resonance.

 Joh Fredersen, the Demi-God

The city was founded, built and is run by the autocratic Joh Fredersen. As the creator and only ruler of Metropolis, Fredersen is likened to the Gnostic demiurge, a demi-god who is creator and ruler of the material world.

Joh’s son, named Freder, who, like all sons of managers, was enjoying a life of luxury, discovers the harsh reality of the workers of down under. Wanting to experience the worker’s reality first-hand, Freder descends to the lower level and trades places with a worker. Freder therefore becomes a Christ-like figure, a savior who descends from above. He also becomes enamoured with Maria, a saintly young women from the proletariat.

Maria

Maria is a charismatic woman that is highly admired by her fellow workers. Understanding their suffering and despair, and knowing that a revolt is brewing, Maria preaches peace and patience, prophesying the coming of a “mediator”, who would become the “heart between the head (the thinkers) and the hand (the workers)

At one point, Maria tells the story of the tower of Babel, upon which would be written:

“Great is the world and its Creator! And great is Man!”

This statement has a deep resonance in Mystery Schools as it is taught that men have the potential to become gods through enlightenment. Throughout the ages, monuments and architecture were used to communicate the principles of the Mysteries and to celebrate the greatness of the human mind. Partially for those reasons, there are numerous links between Freemasonry and the Tower of Babel.

 “As regards to Masonry, Babel of course represented a Masonic enterprise and early expositors reaped full benefit from the facts. They remembered that the people, who were of ‘one language and one speech’ journeyed from the East to the West, like those who have been tried and proved as Master Masons. When they reached an abiding place in the land Shinar, it is affirmed that they dwelt therein as Noachide, being the first characteristic name of Masons. It was here that they built their high tower of confusion. Out of evil comes good, however, and the confusion of tongues gave rise to ‘the ancient practice of Masons conversing without the use of speech.’”
-Arthur Edward Waite, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History, Volume I

 “In several early Masonic manuscripts – for example, the Harleian, Sloane, Lansdowne, and Edinburgh-Kilwinning – it is stated that the craft of initiated builders existed before the Deluge, and that its members were employed in the building of the Tower of Babel.”
- Manly P. Hall,
The Secret Teachings of All Ages

 “… at the making of the Tower of Babel there was Masonry first much esteemed of, and Nimrod was a Mason himself and loved well Masons.”
- John T Lawrence, The Perfect Ashlar

 However, says Maria, “one man’s hymns of praise became the other man’s curse”. In other words, the monument praising the greatness of the human spirit was built with the blood and sweat of workers who knew nothing of the Thinker’s grand vision. And, in the film, the same thing is happening all over again. The name of the demi-god Joh Fredersen’s headquarters? Of course … The New Tower of Babel.

Rotwang

Upon learning that the workers are planning an uprising, Joh Federsen seeks the advice of Rotwang, an inventor and mad scientist. Although his work utilizes the latest of technologies, many clues within the movie indicate that he also taps into ancient occult knowledge to create his inventions. He is said to live in “a small house overlooked by the centuries,” symbolically meaning that the scientist’s arcana descended from ancient occult traditions; the basement of his house has a secret trap door leading to 2,000 year-old catacombs, further alluding to the ancient and mysterious sources of Rotwang. Furthermore, the front door of his house bears a pentagram, which refers to the Pythagoreans, occultism and Freemasonry.

If we were to do real-life comparisons, Rotwang is to Joh Fredersen what John Dee was to Queen Elizabeth I: an esteemed advisor immersed in the worlds of science, magic, astrology and Hermetic philosophy. If Fredersen represents our world’s rulers, Rotwang is the occult pendant of decision-making, the mystical entity that is hidden from the public but always historically present.

The inventor proudly presents to Fredersen his latest invention, the Machine-Man, which he considers to be the “Man of the Future”. The android has the faculty of taking the form of any person and, says Rotwang, “no one will be able to tell a Machine Man from a mortal!”. The transhumanist dream was already present back in the early 1920s.

 Fredersen then tells Rotwang to give the Machine-Man the likeness of Maria in order to use her credibility and charisma to spread corruption among the workers.

 So what do today’s pop stars have in common with this android, programmed by the rulers, with a mix of science and occultism? Well … everything.

 Metropolis themes are also very prevalent in fashion.

 Back to the movie. The android completed, Rotwang tells it:

“I want you to visit those in the depths, in order to destroy the work of the woman in whose image you were created!”

Robot-maria responds: One eye closed with devilish grin. You probably know the importance of the single eye from previous articles and the ridiculous amount of pop artists who flash it.

 The Maria android is then sent to Yoshiwara, a man’s club, where she performs erotic dances. In one of her acts, she is portrayed as Babylon, the Great Harlot from the Apocalypse.

Playing the role of the Great Harlot Babylon of the Book of Revelation. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, having a golden cup in her hand”. She is held up by the seven deadly sins.

Do this scene remind you of a classic music video? Madonna – Material Girl. How many realized that she was playing the role of Babylon here?

The programmed Maria performs mesmerizing dances in front of an avid public, causing men to fight, to lust, to be jealous and to commit the rest of the deadly sins. When she’s with her fellow workers,  Maria acts as an “agent-provocateur”, inciting the working men to riot and giving Joh Fredersen reason to use force against them. She is basically acting against the best interest of the public and for the interest of the elite.

With the help of their foreman (because they can’t really think for themselves), the workers ultimately realize that they have been mislead by the android. Believing that she’s a witch, they find robot-Maria and burn her at the stake.

 A bunch of things happen after that, but I won’t spoil the ending for you (though can you really be mad at someone for spoiling the ending of a 83-year old movie?). The movie finishes with this caption.

 This “moral of the story” is basically a message to the elite, a tip to keep the masses in check: in order to keep the oppressed content, you must capture their heart. That is what the media accomplish.

 Which is kind of reminiscent of this music video ending.

 Madonna’s Express Yourself video heavily borrowed its imagery from Metropolis. In turn, Christina Aguilera’s Not Myself Tonight, heavily borrowed from Express Yourself.

 The Moral of the Story

The moral of the story of Metropolis is not “let’s abolish all inequities and rebuild a world where everyone is equal” and it is certainly not “let’s be democratic and vote for who we want as a ruler.” It is more “let’s send the workers back to the depths where they belong, but with the addition of a mediator, who will be the link between the workers and the thinkers”. So, when all is said and done, the movie is intrinsically “elitist,” as it still calls for the existence of an elite group of people holding most of the resources and managing a working class. In the end, the workers – and Freder – were duped, believing that their conditions would change. In fact, the status-quo remained and Joh even got his naive son to give the elite a friendly image while reporting everything happening in the depths, resulting in tighter surveillance and control.

 Who is the Freder of today’s working class? The media. Media is the mediator. That is its function.

 Mass media manipulate the masses’ thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, tricking them into loving their oppression. Popular culture is the entertainment branch of mass media and pop music is the fun way to communicate the elite’s message to the youth. References to Metropolis in pop music are almost winks to those in the know, the initiates, as if to say “this star is working for us”. So go ahead and be an ignorant, degenerate and materialistic person, like in the videos … that’s what they want you to be.

Analogies Between Metropolis and Today’s Pop Culture

But why Metropolis? Why has it become the code for “Illuminati star”? If you’ve read other articles on this site, you’ve probably realized that the movie touches upon all of the themes of today’s “Illuminati agenda”: transhumanism, mind control, dark occultism, degradation of morals, police state, all-seeing government. Metropolis is basically a blueprint for population control. Like Maria, today’s pop stars are recruited from the working class and literally programmed and reinvented to become the hidden ruler’s spokespersons. Notice how many pop stars have wild alter-egos, with a different name and personality. Part of the stars’ role is to promote the elite’s agenda through music and videos, making it sexy and attractive.

In Conclusion

Metropolis is a definitely a movie “by the elite, for the elite”. It tackles the concerns of those managing the world and presents a solution that does not disturb the status-quo. The movie is also permeated with Masonic symbolism and contains many symbols referring to ancient Mysteries which were meant to be decoded by proper initiates. In other words, the movie was primarily aimed at the ruling class.

 So why do singers love it so much? Well they probably don’t love it as much as those behinds the scenes, the directors and image-makers, those who have power in the music business. They decide what the stars do and stand for. And today’s popular culture is elitist, permeated with Illuminati symbolism and promotes moral degradation and the debasement of traditional values. Our pop stars channel Maria, the programmed android, through their acts and accomplish the same functions. Why else would they dress like her? If artists always embodied absolute freedom and creativity, why do singers play the role of a mind-controlled android? Because that’s what they are.

 Metropolis is indeed a great movie. So great that it is only becoming relevant 80 years after its release. But if the elite have it their way, it will be even more relevant in the years to come.

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Who Are The Illuminati?

By Richard Stone 

“A loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires” (Paul Simon).
“The world is governed by far different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes” (Benjamin Disraeli).
“Give me control over a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes the laws” (Mayer Rothschild).

Conspiracy theory is the theory that most of the world is secretly governed by a small group of men who operate behind the scenes. Conspiracy theory is now an accepted turn of phrase but sometimes one hears the expression, sometimes whispered rather than spoken. “The Illuminati”.

What does this mean? Who are the Illuminati? They are, in essence, a cartel of international bankers and industrialists based in Western Europe and North America. The names of certain families persist over long periods of time. Some of the most important names are Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Lazard, Warburg, Schroder and Schiff.

The pivotal family is probably the house of Rothschild, the descendants of Mayer Rothschild (1743 – 1812) of Frankfurt. The male descendants of this family, for at least two generations, generally married first cousins or even nieces. The family established banking institutions in Vienna, London, Naples and Paris as well as Frankfurt. Ever since the middle ages, these families have been building their power by lending money at rates of interest to the monarchies and governments of Europe who were forever in debt, particularly in times of war. Sooner than tax the population to raise funds, always an unpopular measure, they usually preferred to borrow money from the money-lenders. This was the birth of the concept “the national debt.” The countries of the world are forever in debt but where there is a debtor there is a creditor – who is this money owed to? It is owed to this coterie of international bankers.

By the nineteenth century the power of the Rothschild family was immense. They increased their wealth with great cunning and cleverness, while maintaining a low public profile. A notable example of their methods was their exploitation of the battle of Waterloo. The Rothschilds had spies watching the course of the battle and as soon as became evident that Wellington had won, a Rothschild agent traveled at maximum speed to London, arriving hours before Wellington’s own messenger. Rothschild received the messenger and began conspicuously selling his stocks. The whole stock exchange assumed that Wellington had lost and Napoleon had won so everybody started selling, at this point, other Rothschild agents bought up huge stocks at give-away prices. Thus an already massive fortune was massively increased.

The Rockefeller family may be equally important. The pivotal figure in this family was J.D.Rockefeller, who made his fortune out of Standard Oil or Esso in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also controlled the railroads. When rival road transport systems were established he attempted to block them by parking his trains across the roads at level crossings. His basic business technique was the elimination of competitors at all costs, followed by the establishment of a monopoly, followed by profit taking. He rapidly gained a name for huge wealth, secrecy and hard and dirty business practice. In his later years he had a harsh and gaunt appearance, so to counter his bad “public image” JD more or less invented the PR industry. He had short films of himself made, calculated to charm the public, himself playing golf with a pretty little child for instance. This film was shown on TV recently. It has a rather false and amateurish air but was very effective with the public of the day.

The Rockerfellers currently have controlling interests in Exxon (the world’s biggest company) and the Chase Manhattan Bank, which turns over trillions of dollars a week. With so many billions in their hands already, what does more money mean? Obviously it means more power and more control over other human beings, but to what end and in whose name?

Apparently in the name of Lucifer, the fallen angel also known as the bringer of light, hence the name “Illuminati”, which means “the enlightened ones”. Lucifer is also known for the characteristics of pride, deception and impermanence. The illuminati were apparently founded in Bavaria in 1770 by one Adam Weisshaupt, a student of the Jewish philosopher Mendelsohn, and backed by the Rothschild family. The society has always been based on the lodges of Freemasonry, which was taken over at the highest levels during the course of the eighteenth century by agents of the Illuminati. Freemasonry is a very secretive institution, to the extent that members at one level do not know what members at another level are doing. Hence it is an organisation which is full of bonhomie and good deeds at the lower and middle levels, while its motives and deeds at the highest levels veer towards the dark side.

Both Freemasonry and Judaism have strong roots in the ancient Egyptian systems of religious belief, and it was this very similarity which attracted the illuminati to Freemasonry, for most of them were Jewish. It is a source of controversy today to speculate whether or not they are still predominantly Jewish. No unfair racism intended – they either are or they aren’t. Certainly there is much evidence to suggest that they are not, George Bush for instance, a prominent illuminati figure and obviously not Jewish.

The all seeing eye on the U.S. Dollar Bill

The United States of America is more or less a creation of Freemasonry. The symbol of Freemasonry was placed on the cornerstone of the Whitehouse, while the assembled Freemasons lodges stood and watched the ceremony. The famous all-seeing eye in the pyramid appears on the one dollar bill. It is one of the main symbols of Freemasonry. This bill also bears the inscription, in Latin, “1776, the year of inception of a new world order”. If one joins the dots formed by the stars of the thirteen original states one obtains an exact Star of David.

The goal of the IlIuminati is total control of the world. The only nations, which are holding out against their power, are some Islamic nations and China but this resistance is limited because the Illuminati have crushing economic power.

There are certain methods of subjugation and control which are indispensable to this power. The first is, of course, complete control over all financial systems, all borrowing and lending. All banks, all building societies, all insurance companies have to be under their control. At the lowest level even the smallest bank will be forced to toe the line. At the highest level the World Bank decides the fate of countries. It is an interesting and amazing fact that both the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bank of England are controlled by these Illuminati dynasties, in spite of the names of these banks, which suggest that they are run for public benefit. It is said that both Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy wanted to change this system.

The second essential component is control of the media. It is controlled through business fashion. If the board meeting, or the management meeting, or the sales meeting, or the training meeting suggests that facts should be presented in a certain way, who is going to present them differently? There is an implied threat to one’s job and one’s career. Few people would gladly face demotion, retrenchment or the dole and most people are so ambitious they will do nearly anything “reasonable” to court favour with their superiors. This is how business is controlled and the media is the most important part of business, for it controls people’s minds. People are very suggestible and often lend more credence to what they see on “the box” than to what happens on their own street. The Illuminati know this and use this suggestibility factor to the full. Lenin’s key move during the Russian revolution was the capture of the radio station.

The third factor in the control system is the universities, and through them the whole education system. Particular effort is put into the schools of sociology, politics, economics and education, hence “liberal” systems of education which are often degenerate and even violent. Their men are inserted into the universities through the power of funding by big business. They then spread their influence downwards through tertiary to secondary and primary education.

The fourth factor is the enormous influence wielded by two similar organisations, The Council of Foreign Relations in the USA and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England. These institutions are schools for statesmen, Illuminati statesmen. They are the stamping grounds of men such as Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinksi and Lord Carrington. These two “think tanks” have a crucial influence on all US and British governments, no matter which party is “in power”. The statesmen produced by these institutions can and do decide the fate of nations.The tax-exempt foundations are also instruments of Illuminati power. The Ford foundation and the Rockefeller foundation are two prominent examples of this type of “charitable” institution. They were heavily involved in supporting various communist powers when the cold war was at its height. Communism versus capitalism arms race = more money and power for the Illuminati. So these are some of the structures through which the Illuminati work but what methods do they use?

Pitting one side against the other, using a theory devised by Hegel, which is: Thesis versus antitheses – synthesis.

Every force tends to have an opposite counterforce. The conflict between the two results in a new situation, the synthesis. The illuminati make it their business to be the synthesis. Thus no problem situation is ever “nipped in the bud” it is rather fostered and used, just as the Soviet Union was fostered and used.

The insertion of immigrant groups into countries is a variation of this divide and rule process. Each group can be played off against the other.

“Double talk” and “double think”. George Orwell knew instinctively what was going on when he invented these two expressions:
I categorically deny = it will happen a bit later.
Peace = war by another means.

To say one thing and do another is fundamental to Illuminati practice. They believe that the public will accept these lies through laziness and wishful thinking. Unfortunately they are usually correct.

“Keep them busy busy busy, back on the farm with the other animals.” We are kept so busy with business (or busyness) that we do not understand or participate in the decisions and events that will crucially affect our future.

When a real power move is made it is usually done secretly and suddenly often with the pretence that nothing has happened. There is preparation for opposition, but conflict is often not necessary as most people have been trained to be so passive that they will probably not create an effective opposition.

Use of front men in important positions. These front men have the characteristic of “servile obedience”, probably because of a blot or blots on their character which they are anxious to conceal. Most of the Presidents of the USA fall into this category. The current situation springs to mind. Behind the opponent stands the man with real power, who has long been groomed for this position. Men like Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Bush are in this category.

The assassination of opposing leaders as quietly and as secretly as possible, so as to simulate a natural death. If this is not possible due to time constraints or other limited circumstances, surrogates are used and the lines of suspicion are covered by deception, false accusation and if necessary, multiple assassinations. Induced heart attacks, fake motor accidents and apparent suicides are also favoured methods of assassination.

Social engineering. An easily manipulated rabble is what is required. Mixed population groups with weak morals, weak traditions, low educational standards and weak group willpower are the aim. Those with special aptitudes can be taken out and trained to serve the illuminati for technical purposes, security purposes or as part of the propaganda apparatus. The middle class will become surplus to requirements and will be reduced to relative poverty.

Mockery and submission of the manners and morals of societies which show any resistance. Control of the media, the fashion industries and the education systems are essential components in this strategy. “Free love”, the cult of youth, mockery of the Christian and Muslim faiths also fall into this category. “I don’t give a rats ass about Jesus Christ” is one recent masterpiece from one of Hollywood’s biggest starts. He probably didn’t realise what he was saying, which makes him a “useful idiot’. A “useful idiot” is much more effective than a conscious supporter. By these means of subversion societies and nations are conquered from within and open battle is usually not necessary.

The conduct of unrelenting economic warfare. This is the real war and continues even while the bombs are falling and the bullets are flying. The important part is the control of the enemy’s economy after the conflict. The recent economic crash in the far-eastern countries is in reality an assertion of the Illuminati’s economic power, an expression of economic dominance. The Illuminati now control 10-15% of the Japanese economy. This is public knowledge, that is what has been bought at bargain prices. In reality they probably control much more.

Control and exploitation of the standards of public health. The sale of prescription drugs is a huge business generating mega profits. Medical operations and treatments can also be very profitable to big business. These extreme treatments have their place but are over-used for the sake of profit.

In fact big business, particularly the big drug companies, have a vested interest in the ill health of the population. These companies, working through the US Food and Drug Administration, have tried to suppress the health food industry. In this they have largely failed but now the game is to own it and control it so that health foods can only be afforded by the elite.

Argument through defamation of character. The factual debate is ignored while characters are defamed. This is usually a very effective technique as many human beings are very suggestible and seem reluctant to use their reasoning abilities. Thus a “smear campaign” can easily draw attention away from the facts.

To conclude, it is growing increasingly evident that a world government is developing, and many would say that it is probably no bad thing, but few have asked for what purpose this “new world order” is created. Nor have they asked themselves what the consequences will be. These consequences (or some of them) will probably be as follows:

• Increasing profits for big business, increasing poverty for the middle class (who they despise). A rapid decline in moral standards and the promotion of social decay.

• Transience. Jobs that don’t last; neighbourhoods that don’t last.

• Increasing levels of crime and violence.

• Decline and demise of public services; replacement by private enterprise – good service for the few who can afford it.

• Ongoing ill health for the bulk of the population because of stress; poor quality foods; food additives; genetic engineering; pollution and drugs. There may be good health for those who can afford it – only the rich and well informed.

• The gradual phasing out of national governments, which will have powers more like the regional governments of today.

• The formation of several conglomerations like the United States.

In time a world leader will be announced, a real one this time. A pity he will have a cynical contempt for the most of humanity. Do we deserve it?

Strange radio bursts from space baffle scientists

Rob Virtue — Daily Express April 1, 2015

The symmetrical radio waves from deep in space has left scientists at a loss to explain. Click to enlarge

Scientists at a loss to explain the symmetrical radio waves from deep in space. Click to enlarge

The radio waves have been appearing regularly for the last 15 years with each one noticeable for just a few milliseconds.

So far 10 of the Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have been detected with the most recent being in New South Wales, Australia last year.

Scientists say they could possibly be explained as small, distant stars exploding.

However, they have also noticed a pattern emerging in the results suggesting the noises come from exact multiple spaced distances from Earth.

The scientists say there is just a five in 10,000 probability the sequence is a coincidence.

Also small but ultra-dense stars, known as pulsars, usually do not emit the type of waves the FRBs are recording.

One of the team behind the recent research, John Learned from the University of Hawaii in Manoa said: “If the pattern is real it is very, very hard to explain.”

Another possible explanation, according to a report in the New Scientist, is the telescopes are picking up evidence of human technology.

However, the idea of something more out of the ordinary being behind the noise is also being considered.

Another scientist behind the research, Michael Hippke of the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, said: “There is something really interesting we need to understand. This will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an ET.

“When you set out to search for something new you might find something unexpected.”

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US Navy Joined the Strikes Against Houthi Positions on Monday

Sputnik News — April 1, 2015

USS Donald Cook launches cruise missiles. Click to enlarge

USS Donald Cook launches cruise missiles. Click to enlarge

SANAA (Sputnik) — US warships joined the strikes against the Houthi rebels’ positions in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Monday, a military source told Sputnik.

“American ships participated in yesterday’s airstrikes on Sanaa, specifically, they launched a cruise missile on a strengthened missile brigade,” the source said Tuesday.

According to him, the US airstrikes began after a Saudi Arabia-led coalition did not manage to hit the Houthis’ weapons depots.

On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition’s jets reportedly targeted a missile site belonging to the Houthis in the southern Sanaa neighborhood of Faj Attan, witnesses of the ammunition explosions told Sputnik.

Yemen is currently an arena of violent clashes between the Houthi rebel group, the country’s main opposition force, and forces loyal to the incumbent president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has fled the country amid the hostilities.

On March 25, a ten-country coalition led by Saudi Arabia began firing air-to-ground missiles on Houthi positions upon the Hadi’s appeal for help.

The military operation aims to defeat the Houthis, who are supporters of ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and restore ousted president Hadi’s government to power.

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From Gaza To Southampton – We Are All Palestinians

Gilad Atzmon — gilad.co.uk April 1, 2015

gaza to southamptonFor the second time in just a month, a British academic institution has been intimidated by an orchestrated Zionist lobby.
Yesterday we learned that Southampton University has decided to withdraw its permission to hold the academic conference on International Law and the State of Israel. The decision was taken on the grounds of “health and safety” with the university claiming it did not have enough resources to mitigate the “risks.”
This comes just one month after the Royal Northern College Of Music cancelled a concert of mine for similar safety reasons. Like Southampton University, the RNCM was bullied by a violent pro-Israel group and it took us only a few hours to learn that the spokesperson for the pro-Israeli body was an infamous crook as well as a football hooligan (see here).
This raises the immediate question: Is it possible that like the Palestinians, British academia is now also subject to Zionist terror?
The vile campaign against the Southampton Conference was led by the Board Of Deputies of British Jews, a body that claims to represent Jews in Britain. So far, not one single British Jewish body has stood up for the conference and for elementary academic freedom nor has a single Jewish institution criticised the Board of Deputies’ campaign against British academic institutes.  I guess that the meaning of it is as simple as it is devastating: We now see a clear conflict between the Jewish community and those precious British values of tolerance and academic freedom.
Recently, Jewish community leaders have been concerned by the rise of anti-Semitism in Britain. In this connection, I would use this opportunity to remind them that Jewish institutional bullying of British academic institutes does not reflect well on British Jewry. In fact it has a most disastrous effect
So, as we witness this devastating continuum between Gaza and Britain we once again come to realise that the plight of the Palestinians is not an isolated event in contemporary world affairs or history.
Brits are also now subject to Zionist  terror and the meaning of it is simple: Now, more than ever we are all Palestinians.

 

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You can Fool Yourself some of the Time but not All of the Time

Reflections in a Petri Dish — March 31, 2015

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
“The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.”
There are many serious, critical and world changing; nature attacked by the unnatural events LOOMING on the horizon. The most populous state in the US is soon to run out of water. This is an imbalance and every imbalance trends for further states of imbalance. Dry conditions trend toward runaway fires. It’s not just California that is due to be hit in this manner. There are a number of surrounding states that are in line for the same. Consider the size of Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas, just to name a few. This is a condition that marches like an invading army and it will leave the same results in its path as would an army.
Drought impacts directly on the food supply. The bee holocaust, engineered by Monsanto and their chemical demons in arms adds to the affair. Lack of water in the atmosphere leads to strange and violent weather; out of balance, out of balance, out of balance.
The state of nature in its perverted status, is mirrored by a thoroughly corrupt and perverted culture. International war and mass murder are the driving force of the economy. The orchestration of poverty and plague are also a feature. Crime is business as usual at the top of the pyramid of privilege. That gives you the real trickle down effect. Children are disappearing all over the world to be kept as temporary hostages for brutal sex in Satanic rites. They are temporary because they die in torturous bacchanals of terrible outrage. These are performed in order to create a bridge between the visible and invisible worlds; conduits of power, funneled from dark entities, who feed upon the fear, pain and death and who become stronger and stronger inside the consciousness of those who have given themselves over to host these entities.
In Israel, genocidal attacks are routinely performed against near defenseless peoples, kept in prison ghettos for that purpose. These assaults are carried out on so called holy days. Any fool could make the connections if they chose to but most people do not want to know. They are content that it is not happening to them but that… is simply a matter of time. What goes around comes around.
The people of America and Canada, as well as most western governments, cannot believe that what is happening is what is happening. To believe these things are true is to make them complicit in them and this they cannot abide. Proof positive has been given over and over about the gratuitous nature of the conflicts that have been created by international bankers and corporations for their own financial profit. It is what they do.
How long can this perfect storm of recognizably evil circumstances continue? Scylla and Charybdis are screaming from the Marshall stacks. The volume dial is at 11. Meanwhile, the thick, viscous Dream Karo, reduces the populations to an underwater existence. They think they move on land but they move through liquid Jello. There are patches of light high up on the surface that send a ghostly illumination down into the depths. Normal is whatever you get used to. As Bruce Cockburn said, “the trouble with normal is that it always gets worse.” On and on and on it goes and where it stops? Hmmmm…
One might imagine that ‘they’ have it all sewn up but someone, or something is messing with their agenda. Things are going wrong at the top. Undesired information is leaking through cracks in their faltering plots. The world, against all odds is waking up. It is truly a race to the finish. Will the world wake up in time to counter these fell plots against their very lives? Will it be too little too late? That is what our day following day is given us to determine.
No one can argue that a lot of things are all happening at the same time. Anyone paying attention can see that the movers and shakers on this plane seem to be motivated by some arcane force. They do things that you would not expect from a rational mind. One might say it is just hubris. They are so sure of their right to do as they please and so certain that they will avoid the consequences that they do the dumbest shit one can imagine. What is driving them? Whatever it is, it’s really got a hold on them (cue Smoky Robinson)
One might think, having read to this point that all is lost; that doom and gloom are the destined twins of our inescapable fate. This is true only for those who believe and buy into it. It’s been coming for a long time and everyone here is here for a reason. That reason may escape the majority of the participants but there is a reason.
No matter when you are here, now or a thousand years ago, you are here for only two reasons; to suffer or enjoy the fruits of your actions and to wake up. If you do not wake up, the cosmic force of awakening will impact upon you ever more severely until you do. You can cooperate with the inevitable or you can oppose it. You can stand stupefied in the path of the tornado, or you can step aside. The tornado will come regardless. The only imponderable to this point, short of the arrival of the tornado is; where will you be standing? Will you be anchored or will you be swept away? There is no ‘if’ about it. It is only a matter of where and when.
Millions of minds agreeing that something is real, makes it real. It may be only real in a relative sense but that will be real enough. This is why the Satanic elite have gone to such trouble to convince such a large number of people that what they see is real and that it matches up with the explanations and definitions given. They milk the collective belief systems of the populace to convince them of it and use the power of that belief to bring it about. First they tailor those belief systems to their own ends.
Go to any website and you are pounded by images of material culture. They pump up the desire. The desire becomes greater than the desire of any individual and it resonates across the land. It captivates. It fixates. It mesmerizes. Desire manifests through 3 particular portholes and everyone has them. When these 3 portholes are cut off from input from the higher portholes, material culture is all you have and it doesn’t matter if it manifests in a temporal or religious manner. It is materialism regardless and that is why the big religious trends of the day are manifestations of evangelical insanity and fundamentalism. If you happen to have a somewhat functioning brain there is the new age movement, owned and operated by the demonic intelligence agencies. They give you that happy happy, ‘we are all gods and goddesses’ thing. Then you got all that immunity from cause and effect, as millions who have no connection to primitive cultures are herded into the celebration and worship of the same and it isn’t where they come from. True integration does not occur and you wind up with a rootless wandering from template to template and none of them fit. You’re uncomfortable and alienated but you don’t know why.
At the same time that all of these things are happening, discoveries and inventions are occurring all over the world that can radically transforms the world for the better. In countries around the world, people are waking up. Five million people just signed a petition in Venezuela against US aggression. All over the world the tide is rising and the tide is being brutally dealt with at the same time but their evil ways cannot continue for long. They are on the wrong side of history and EVIL DESTROYS ITSELF. Unfortunately, in Kali Yuga, evil also replaces itself and that is why when the tables are turned, you often wind up with what appears to be the same people sitting there. This is not going to continue either. The Kali Yuga is coming to an end and so are all of the things that were allowed to flourish in it.
We’re on the clock folks and all this time… all this inconceivable time, of plodding perpetuation, is only there to provide you with a window for change. It’s all scripted, except where it isn’t. We do have that freedom to first make a difference in our own lives and then make a difference in the lives of others.
Look at the irrefutable evidence of what composes the environment in which we labor; Fire, Water, Air and Earth. These are antagonistic elements at war with one another. What would you logically expect from such interactive forces? Bring your own elements under command and you won’t have any problem with the ones swirling around outside you. Outside of you is an illusion counterpointed by the illusion within. Get rid of the one and the other will vanish. When the truth takes off her clothes, the world disappears.
End Transmission…….
This Sunday’s radio broadcast is now up.

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Cypto Jew Ted Cruz & the “End-Time” Wealth Transfer

henrymakow.com — March 31, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz with his Commie father turned evangelist, Rafael Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz with his Commie father turned evangelist, Rafael Cruz

Don’t be deceived. Ted Cruz is another Zionist shill, a crypto Jew charged with herding the Christian Evangelical sheep with lunatic promises of end times wealth.
Makow Comment: Humanity is imperiled when people who uphold cabalist doctrines are so close to the seat of power.
Putin Comment – Global war “almost inevitable.”

By Tom Mysiewicz — (henrymakow.com)

Ted Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz is a Cuban communist who actively promoted Castro and is now a “born again” Christian Zionist who preaches the doctrine of “End-Time Transfer Of Wealth.”
In this curious doctrine, money, rather than believers, will be “raptured” to the loyal supporters of Israel at the end time. In a 2012 sermon, Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers.
Zionist Jews and their “righteous Gentile” Christian Zionist helpers will then become “stewards” of the world’s wealth by 2016.ii
Canadian-born Ted Cruz, who announced his Presidential candidacy March 23, has been anointed by evangelical Christians to carry out this mission.
Translation: after a financial crisis and nuclear war, Illuminati Jews and their righteous go-fers will get all the world’s wealth.

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A Middle East Holocaust

Paul Craig Roberts — paulcraigroberts.org March 30, 2015

I have been around for a long time and have experienced more than most. The current situation in my experience is the most dangerous time of all for humanity.
Nuclear weapons are no longer restrained by the Cold War MAD doctrine. Washington has released them into pre-emptive first strike form.
The targets of these pre-emptive strikes–Russia and China–know it, because Washington proudly proclaims its immorality in public documents describing its war doctrine.
The result is to maximize the chance of nuclear war. If you were Russia and China, and you knew that Washington had a war doctrine that permits a surprise nuclear attack, would you sit there waiting while Washington cranks up its anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda machine, demonizing both countries as a threat to “freedom and democracy”?
The fools in Washington are playing with nuclear fire. Noam Chomsky points out that in a less dangerous time than currently exists, we came very close to nuclear war. https://philosophynow.org/issues/107/Noam_Chomsky_on_Institutional_Stupidity
Harold Pinter, one of the last Western intellects, understood the danger in Western arrogance. He denounced the West’s crimes and called for the crimes to be subject to established law before it is too late for humanity.
“We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it ‘bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East’. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice.” Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
“An Iraqi Holocaust” by Gideon Polya http://www.countercurrents.org/polya230315.htm and “Genocide In Iraq” http://www.countercurrents.org/polya150315.htm provide abundant evidence for convicting Bush and Blair.
Dr. Gideon Polya is a professor of science in one of Australia’s leading universities. He has a moral conscience, something increasingly rare in the Western world.
His articles are based largely on the just published by Clarity Press two volume heavily documented Genocide in Iraq by Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Tarik Al-Ani. Abdul-Haq Al-Ani is a British-educated lawyer with a Ph.D. in International Law and a Ph.D. in electronics engineering. Tarik Al-Ani, is an architect, translator, and researcher.
Currently I am reading the two-volume work and intended to review it. But Professor Polya’s articles suffice as an introduction to Genocide in Iraq. Washington has committed a terrible crime in our name. Washington not only murdered Iraq, Washington has murdered the Middle East. Washington and its despicable vassals–”the Coalition of the Willing”–are responsible for a Middle East Holocaust.
For people in the Anglo-American world who have a moral conscience, the facts are soul-wrenching. The populations of the countries whose governments comprised “the Coalition of the Willing” are contaminated with war crimes committed by their governments in the Iraq Genocide. A progressive modern state was obliterated, and 2.7 million Iraqi people were murdered.
The crime was covered up with propaganda that demonized Saddam Hussein and created fear of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.
The Iraqi genocide was based on a lie, and both Bush and Blair knew it. The two satanic leaders simply decided to destroy a people who they first demonized and marginalized.
Cheney and the neocons continue to justify the genocide and the illegal torture regime that they created in order to produce fake “terrorists” as a justification for their war crimes. The Western media, especially the New York Times, is also complicit in the Iraqi Genocide as are the insouciant Western peoples themselves who stood by cheering while millions of people were destroyed on the basis of a blatant and transparent lie.
What does the West represent? Greed? Lies? War? Torture? War Crimes? Selfishness, Intolerance? Destruction of life on earth?
The “Christian” West is a master at propaganda and self-deception. Look at the evangelical churches. They support a criminal, inhumane regime while professing to be followers of Christ.
Look at American “conservatives.” They support the militarized police state. They support the routine police murders of dark-skinned American citizens. They support every war Washington dreams up and even more. Indeed, there are not enough wars for the satisfaction of Congressional Republicans who now want war with Russia and with Iran.
Look at the Republicans in Congress and in state governments. They hate the environment. They love polluters. They worship Israel and Israel’s destruction of the Palestinians and the ongoing theft of the Palestinians’ country, a 60-year old activity. Just look at the map of shrinking Palestine. More is stolen each day.
Washington has supported this theft of an entire country. Yet, Washington is able to masquerade as a great defender of human rights. Whose rights? Washington’s and Israel’s. No one else’s rights count.
How does the world survive the American-Israeli aggression? Probably it will not. The evil is now directed at Iran, Russia, and China. These countries cannot be bombed year after year after year with no consequences to the bombers.
Iran is limited in its destructive ability. But Iran could destroy Saudi Arabia and Israel. Russia and China can destroy the US and all of Washington’s vassal states. The intensity of Washington’s propaganda war is driving the world to destruction.
How can it be stopped when Putin himself says over and over that Washington continually ignores every thing that the Russian government says. Putin is the peacemaker. Every peace proposal he brings is ignored by Washington whose response is to beat the drums of war louder.
Unless European governments recognize the danger in Washington’s aggression and dissolve NATO, planet earth hasn’t long to live.
The American public needs to understand the consequences of Washington’s illegality and criminality. On the one hand it means that those subject to Washington’s aggression have to endure war crimes, but on the other hand it means a growing hatred for America. As Washington’s easy targets are used up, Washington engages countries that can reply to force with force.
Unless the neoconservatives are ejected from the Obama regime and banned from inclusion in any future American government, mushroom clouds will go up over Washington, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago. The American mid-west, which hosts the ICBM silos, will become uninhabitable except by cockroaches.
Americans, and the populations of the American puppet states, desperately need to understand that Washington is incapable of speaking the truth about anything. Washington is an evil force. Washington is Sauron. Washington is Satan.
Look at Iraq. Look at Afghanistan. Look at Libya. Look at Syria. Look at Somalia. Look at Ukraine. Nothing but destruction comes from Washington. Will life on earth be Washington’s next victim?

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Russian Analyst Calls For Nuclear Attack on Yellowstone National Park

Paul Joseph Watson — Propagandamatrix March 31, 2015

sivkovRussian geopolitical analyst Konstantin Sivkov has called for Moscow to launch a nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and the San Andreas fault line, noting that the devastating consequences would ‘disappear’ the United States as a country.

Sivkov made the comments in a piece for Russian trade newspaper VPK News, which were translated by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Arguing that NATO aggression against Russia required the “complete destruction of the enemy,” Sivkov went on to depict a chilling scenario.

“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears,” he said.

A Yellowstone supervolcano eruption would kill millions of people in the initial blast and bury much of the United States in volcanic ash. According to some experts, it could cause the end of the world. The last time a supervolcano exploded in Siberia, 85 per cent of all land species and 95 per cent of all ocean dwellers were completely wiped out.

In 2013 it was revealed that the magma below Yellowstone was two and a half times larger than previously thought, giving the park’s supervolcano the potential to cause an eruption 2,000 times more powerful than Mount St. Helens. Some experts say the caldera is overdue to erupt.

Sivkov also said that while Russia’s geography protected it from the threat posed by tsunamis, one could be triggered in the United States with an attack on the San Andreas fault.

“Another vulnerable area of the United States from the geophysical point of view, is the San Andreas fault – 1300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates … a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States,” he wrote.

Sections of the San Andreas fault are overdue for major earthquake activity. “Researchers found that three sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California — Hayward, Rodgers Creek and Green Valley — are either near or past their average recurrence interval and have accumulated sufficient strain to trigger earthquakes of magnitude 6.8 or greater,” reports CBS News.

Fearing that the United States plans to “destroy Russia,” Sivkov says that Moscow is in a much worse position than it was 50 years ago because it has far fewer allies and cannot compete against the military might of NATO and its allies.

While it would be unthinkable for anyone inside the Kremlin to take Sivkov’s comments seriously, his rhetoric illustrates how fraught tensions are between Moscow and Washington.

Last month, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, NATO’s deputy supreme allied commander in Europe, warned that the threat of a conflict with Russia, “represents an existential threat to our whole being”.

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Medieval potion made from onions, garlic, wine and bile from a cow’s stomach ‘can kill hospital superbugs’

Madlen Davies — Mail Online March 31, 2015

A thousand year-old potion made out of onions, garlic, wine and bile from a cow’s stomach can kill hospital superbugs, scientists claim.

The potent 10th century brew – used by Anglo Saxons to treat a stye (an abscess on the eyelid) destroyed 90 per cent of the bacteria on scraps of skin taken from mice with MRSA.

Interestingly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together into the concoction, the study by Nottingham University researchers found.

Potion listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript. Click to enlarge

Potion listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript. Click to enlarge

The ancient remedy, called Bald’s eyesalve, originates from a manuscript in Bald’s Leechbook – an Old English leatherbound volume in the British Library.

The Leechbook is widely thought of as one of the earliest known medical textbooks and contains Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves and treatments.

After using the solution on lab animals with MRSA – one of the most antibiotic-resistant bugs costing modern health services billions – the researchers described their results as ‘astonishing.’

Associate Professor Dr Christina Lee, of the University of Nottingham, said: ‘Medieval leech books and herbaria contain many remedies designed to treat what are clearly bacterial infections – weeping wounds and sores, eye and throat infections, skin conditions such as the erysipelas rash, leprosy and chest infections.

‘Given these remedies were developed well before the modern understanding of germ theory, this poses two questions.

‘How systematic was the development of these remedies and how effective were these remedies against the likely causative species of bacteria?

‘Answering these questions will greatly improve our understanding of medieval scholarship and medical empiricism and may reveal new ways of treating serious bacterial infections that continue to cause illness and death.’

The Anglo Saxon expert came up with the idea of trying out the recipe.

It describes a very specific method of making the solution, including the use of a brass vessel to brew it in, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.

She enlisted the help of microbiologists who believe the potion’s bacteria-killing effect is not due to a single ingredient but the combination used, brewing methods and container material.

Further research is planned to investigate how and why this works.

Dr Lee said: ‘We were genuinely astonished at the results of our experiments in the lab.

‘We believe modern research into disease can benefit from past responses and knowledge which is largely contained in non-scientific writings.

‘But the potential of these texts to contribute to addressing the challenges cannot be understood without the combined expertise of both the arts and science.’

The scientists made four separate batches of the remedy using fresh ingredients each time as well as a control treatment using the same quantity of distilled water and brass sheet to mimic the brewing container but without the vegetable compounds.

The remedy was tested on cultures of the commonly found – and hard to treat – bacteria Staphylococcus aureus in both synthetic wounds and in infected wounds in mice.

None of the individual ingredients alone had any measurable effect, but when combined according to the recipe, the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) populations of bacteria, were almost totally obliterated.

Only about one bacterial cell in a thousand survived.

Microbiologist Dr Freya Harrison, also of the University of Nottingham, said: ‘We thought Bald’s eyesalve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab.

Copper and bile salts can kill bacteria and the garlic family of plants make chemicals that interfere with the bacteria’s ability to damage infected tissues.

‘But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.

‘We tested it in difficult conditions too; we let our artificial “infections” grow into dense, mature populations called “biofilms”, where the individual cells bunch together and make a sticky coating that makes it hard for antibiotics to reach them.

‘But unlike many modern antibiotics, Bald’s eye salve has the power to breach these defences.’

The findings were presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Birmingham.

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Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says ‘key aspects’ agreed

Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi — Reuters April 1, 2015

Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear program, extending talks into an extra day as they edged toward a deal but failed to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the early hours of Wednesday and said they would reconvene later in the day, with Iran and Russia expressing optimism that an initial agreement was within reach.

The preliminary deal is a major milestone toward a final accord, with an end-June deadline, that could end the 12-year-old standoff and reduce the risk of another Middle East war.

With Iran asserting its “nuclear rights” and the United States threatening on Tuesday to abandon the negotiations, the talks have been bogged down on the issues of nuclear research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their restoration if Iran breaches the agreement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said negotiators had reached a general accord on “all key aspects”, according to Russia’s TASS news agency, while his Iranian counterpart said a draft agreement could be prepared on Wednesday.

But a diplomat close to the talks denied that such an agreement had been reached, and a French official said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful”.

It was not clear whether Fabius’ departure was a sign of a major problem in the talks.

The six powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its economy.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

The U.S. administration of President Barack Obama had committed to meeting a March 31 deadline for the outline political accord.Negotiators have a tentative agreement on the rough outline of a possible public statement on the progress they have made so far that would also highlight areas of disagreement, diplomats close to the talks said. But they have not agreed on all the key details central to a political framework that would form the basis of a future nuclear agreement, the diplomats said.

Parts of any understanding reached by the parties will likely remain confidential for the foreseeable future.

Failure to agree a detailed preliminary accord would add to skepticism in the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress over an emerging deal. Congress has warned it will consider imposing new sanctions on Iran if there is no agreement this week, giving an added sense of urgency to the talks.

A Democrat, Obama has threatened to veto any sanctions moves by the Republican-controlled Congress.

RUSSIA SAYS KEY DETAILS AGREED

Officials cautioned that any accord would be fragile and incomplete, but the U.S. State Department gave the go-ahead for talks to go past a self-imposed midnight deadline.

Lavrov was quoted by TASS as saying that the possible agreement included the International Atomic Energy Agency’s control over Tehran’s nuclear program as well as steps to lift sanctions. He added experts would work out technical details by end-June.

“One can say with enough confidence that (foreign) ministers have reached a general agreement on all key aspects of a final settlement to this issue,” he said. “It will be put down in writing over the next few hours, maybe during the day.”

The State Department said earlier in a statement that while enough progress had been made to extend the talks into Wednesday, “there are several difficult issues still remaining.”‎

A senior Iranian negotiator said Tehran was willing to negotiate until the deadlock was resolved.

“Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal, and a final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights,” the negotiator, Hamid Baidinejad, told reporters.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in Washington that U.S. negotiators would not wait until June 30 to walk away from the talks if they could not reach a preliminary political agreement.

“If we’re not able to reach a political agreement, then we’re not going to wait … until June 30 to walk away,” he said.

Speaking in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal than a bad deal.

An agreement would almost certainly lift sanctions only in stages, deferring even a partial return of Iranian crude exports until at least 2016.

Sanctions have halved Iran’s oil exports to just over 1 million barrels per day since 2012 when oil and financial sanctions hit Iran. Brent crude dropped towards $55 a barrel on Tuesday as negotiations proceeded.

STICKING POINTS

Officials from both sides said the main sticking points were the removal of the U.N. sanctions, their reversibility and Iranian demands for the right to unfettered research and development into advanced nuclear centrifuges after the first 10 years of the agreement expires.

Officials said Iran was still demanding the lifting of all U.N. sanctions and that they not be automatically reinstated without further negotiations. Officials have said Britain, France and the United States want any removal of U.N. sanctions to be automatically reversible, but the Russians dislike this because it would weaken their veto power over the deal.

The six powers want more than a 10-year suspension of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work. Their goal is to find a way to ensure that for at least the next 10 years Iran is at least one year away from being able to produce enough fissile material for an atomic weapon.

Iran said the main issue was lifting sanctions quickly. “There will be no agreement if the sanctions issue cannot be resolved,” Majid Takhteravanchi, an Iranian negotiator, told Iran’s Pars news agency.

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s concern that an agreement would fall short of guaranteeing its safety.

The framework agreement would leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon in under a year, said Netanyahu, whose country is believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal.

(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Howard Goller)

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Bomb, Bomb Iran! — And Then Bomb, Bomb Russia!

Darkmoon — March 31, 2015

No one has been held accountable for the war crimes committed in Iraq. Now the same group of warmongers who led the West into a war of aggression in Iraq are doing their best to find a pretext for bombing Iran — and then Russia.

An edited abbreviation of this article by Bill Van Auken, with pictures, captions and commentary by Lasha Darkmoon

John 'Bomb-Bomb-Iran' Bolton

John ‘Bomb-Bomb-Iran’ Bolton

[LD: In late 2002, Bolton lied to the BBC: “We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq.”
According to a 2013 study by the Costs of War Project at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have already cost the United States more than $4 trillion. These costs are likely to go through the roof if Iran is attacked next. (See The Reckless Man’s Case for Bombing Iran)
Paul Craig Roberts writes: “Bolton calls for the bombing of Iran….Of course, there is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, but Bolton asserts it anyway. Moreover, Bolton manages to overlook that the agreement being worked out with Iran halts the Iranian enrichment program far below the level necessary for nuclear weapons. Bolton’s belief that Iran would be able to hide a weapons program if permitted to have nuclear energy is unsubstantiated. It is merely an implausible assertion.” (See here) — LD]
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The New York Times last week published a prominent opinion piece entitled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”
The author was John R. Bolton, a former State Department official and, for a brief period, US ambassador to the United Nations, under the administration of George W. Bush. He became an influential figure in the administration after serving as a lawyer in the Bush campaign’s successful operation to steal the 2000 election by stopping the vote count in Florida.
Bolton, it must be said, has been calling for an immediate military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities—by either Israel or the US, or both—for at least the last seven years. On each occasion, he has warned darkly that unless his prescription for intensive bombing followed by “regime change” was adopted within days, the world would face the threat of an Iranian nuclear attack.
Thursday’s column was no different. “President Obama’s approach on Iran has brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe,” Bolton writes. He is referring to the attempt by Washington, together with the other member nations of the UN Security Council plus Germany, to negotiate restrictions on a nuclear program that Iran insists is strictly for civilian purposes in return for easing punishing economic sanctions.
“Even absent palpable proof, like a nuclear test, Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear weapons has long been evident,” according to Bolton. Despite the lack of “palpable proof,” Bolton insists that Iran’s unwillingness to “negotiate away its nuclear program” and the inability of sanctions to “block its building of a broad and deep weapons infrastructure” constitute an “inescapable conclusion.”
He continues: “The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in Iraq or its 2007 destruction of a Syrian reactor, designed and built by North Korea, can accomplish what is required. Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed.”
Bolton, who has made an entire career of suppressing “inconvenient truths,” allows that he would prefer an all-out US bombing campaign, but would accept a US-backed attack by Israel.
“The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary,” he writes. He adds that this military onslaught must be combined with US efforts “aimed at regime change in Tehran.”
What is involved here is an open appeal for the launching of a war of criminal aggression and incitement of mass murder.
The question arises, why has he been given a forum in the editorial pages of the New York Times, the supposed newspaper of record and erstwhile voice of American liberalism?
The obvious answer is that any differences the Times editorial board—or for that matter the Obama administration—have with Bolton over Iran are of an entirely tactical character. All of them stand by the principle that US imperialism has the unique right to carry out unprovoked “preemptive” war anywhere on the planet where it perceives a potential challenge to its interests.
Not so long ago, Bolton, who personifies this arrogant and criminal policy, and the Times were on the same page politically and on essentially the very same lines he presents in his latest column on Iran.
In 2002, Bolton was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and a point man in the Bush administration’s campaign to prepare a war of aggression against Iraq based upon the lies that Saddam Hussein was developing “weapons of mass destruction” and preparing to hand them over to Al Qaeda.
Bolton, described by one of his former colleagues at the State Department as “the quintessential kiss up, kick down kind of guy,” had been an advocate of aggression against Iraq at least since 1998, when he joined other right-wingers in signing an “Open letter to the president” demanding such a war.
In the run-up to war, he played a central role in manufacturing phony evidence of the existence of Iraqi WMD. This included the promotion of the crude forgeries indicating that Iraq was seeking to procure yellowcake (concentrated uranium) from Niger.
During this same period, the New York Times provided invaluable assistance to this propaganda campaign. Its senior correspondent Judith Miller was working in alliance with administration officials and right-wing think tanks to confirm and embellish upon the lies about WMD.
Thomas Friedman, the paper’s chief foreign affairs columnist, was churning out column after column justifying what he readily acknowledged was a “war of choice” against Iraq, justifying it in the name of democracy, human rights and oil.
judith_miller_jail[LD: Serial liar Judith Miller (pictured) played a key role in promoting both US wars against Iraq while working for the mendacious NY Times. (See here)
NYT columnist Thomas Friedman, a neoconservative Jew like Miller, also had no moral scruples about lying to the NYT about Iraq’s imaginary weapons of mass destruction. These Jewish hasbara merchants were therefore instrumental in causing the death of 1.5 million innocent Iraqis.
“Without the support of the New York Times,” Paul Craig Roberts notes, “the neocons could not have got the Iraq War going. Now the New York Times, faithful to the neocons but faithless to the American people, is helping the neocons to get a war going with Iran and Russia  — LD]
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As the reputed newspaper “of record,” the New York Times set the tone for the rest of the corporate media, which together worked to overcome popular opposition to a war in the Middle East.
The results are well known.
The war claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis, devastated an entire society and threw the whole region into chaos. In the process, some 4,500 US troops lost their lives, tens of thousands more were maimed and wounded, and some $2 trillion was expended.
A dozen years later, the Obama administration has launched a new war in Iraq, supposedly to halt the advance of ISIS, a force that it effectively backed in the war for regime change in Syria.
No one has ever been held accountable for these war crimes; not Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton and others who conspired to drag the American people into a war of aggression based upon lies. Nor have the mendacious editors of the New York Times who produced the propaganda that facilitated their conspiracy.
On the other hand, those who oppose war—from Private Chelsea Manning, who exposed war crimes in Iraq, to Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was sickened by the atrocities carried out against the people of Afghanistan—are submitted to a media lynching and then given the full measure of “military justice.”
In publishing Bolton’s column, the New York Times is making sure that it burns no bridges to the most right-wing and sociopathic layers of the American ruling establishment. While it may differ with them now over an imminent bombing of Iran, future US wars—including against Russia or China, where the propaganda mills of the Times are grinding once again—will undoubtedly bring them back into sync.
John McCain Another Neoconservative Warmonger

John McCain — Another Neoconservative Warmonger

“I have friends who are college presidents who still read and believe the New York Times. The wars with Iran and Russia that the New York Times is encouraging will be much more dangerous than the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan. Humanity might not survive them.”
— Paul Craig Roberts

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Study: Fruit and vegetable pesticides may cut sperm count by nearly half

Colleen Cappon — Fox News March 31, 2015

Sperm under microscope.

Sperm under microscope.

Numerous studies have suggested dangerous effects from pesticides, but now researchers have discovered the first link between pesticides and a lower quality of semen.

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction found that men who ate the largest amount of fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49 percent lower sperm count and a 32 percent lower percentage of normally-formed sperm than men who consumed the least amount of produce with pesticides.

Dr. Jorge Chavarro, study author and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, told FoxNews.com he was surprised at the significant effect of pesticide consumption on sperm count.

“While previous work had linked occupational exposure to pesticides to impaired sperm production I was skeptical that pesticide residues in food could have a similar effect,” Chavarro said. “I think this study opened a lot more questions than I had anticipated.”

Chavarro’s team analyzed 338 semen samples from 155 men over five years who attended a fertility center. Participants ranged from 18 to 55 years old and completed food frequency surveys. Researchers used the annual United States Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program to categorize various fruits and vegetables as being high, moderate, or low in pesticide residue. They also took into account common food preparation practices, like peeling or washing.

High residue foods included peppers, spinach, strawberries, apples and pears, while some low residue foods were peas, beans, grapefruit and onions.

The men who consumed the most pesticide-heavy fruit and vegetables had an average total sperm count of 86 million compared to men who ate the least amount, with an average sperm count of 171 million.

Researchers said poor semen quality is the leading cause of unsuccessful attempts to achieve pregnancy and one of the most common medical problems among young men. Semen production is very sensitive to environmental exposures and lifestyle factors, leading scientists to believe it is an accurate marker for both morbidity and mortality.

However, findings also showed that men who consumed the most fruit and vegetables with only low-to-moderate pesticide residue had a higher rate of normally shaped sperm, proving the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Chavarro said although the study yielded significant results, he thinks more research that provides additional evidence of harm is needed before changes are made in agricultural pesticide guidelines or restrictions.

“I think it is important that these results are replicated in other studies, as it is also important to determine whether the effects on sperm quality translate into observable effects on fertility,” he said.

In the meantime, he said men shouldn’t let the study results dissuade them from eating fruits and vegetables, but maybe consider consuming organically-grown produce or avoiding produce that is known to have a high amount of residue.

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CIA Secret Experiments (documentary)

Vigilant Citizen — vigilantcitizen.com March 29, 2015

CIA mind controlThis National Geographic documentary looks into the CIA’s secret experiments conducted during the Cold War. It mainly focuses on mind control and the brainwashing techniques attached to it : Hypnosis, electroshock therapy and drugs.
CIA Secret Experiments explores a page of the book History that is often heavily redacted or completely shredded. It is about the troubling experiments conducted by the CIA during the Cold War, especially on mind control. The documentary explains how its techniques can be used to create “Manchurian candidates” (aka MK slaves) that can be used to conduct assassinations and other deeds.
It’s the height of the Cold War and the United States government is desperate to combat the spread of Communism. The CIA launches a highly classified, top secret research program into the covert use of biological and chemical agents. In simulated attacks on enemy populations, entire cities in America are contaminated with bacteria, exposing millions of Americans to germ warfare.
But the real focus of the research is on mastering the art of mind control. Psychiatrists at top academic institutions work under secret contract with the agency. Psychiatric patients, prisoners, even unwitting members of the public are exposed to a startling array of experiments designed to facilitate interrogations, induce amnesia and program in new behavior.
Every psychological technique is explored, including hypnosis, electroshock therapy and lethal cocktails of drugs. What was the extent of these brainwashing experiments? How did the CIA become involved in such far-reaching and disturbing research?’
Here is it.

While the documentary puts into light a wealth of important facts, it does not expose the entire system. Mind control is not simply an “experiment” that was developed to beat the USSR. It is actually a system that is more powerful today than it ever was. It is more covert, a lot sophisticated and it is used for all kinds of purposes and, in all kinds of fields, including the military, the entertainment industry and elite underground rings.

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Iran Says U.S. Drone Killed Two Advisers In Iraq

Radio Free Europe — March 30, 2015

Predator UAV. Click to enlargeTehran says a U.S. drone strike killed two Iranian advisers in Iraq last week, but the United States says it has only struck Islamic State (IS) militants in its campaign.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website on March 30 that the strike occurred on March 23, just after the U.S.-led coalition began air strikes to support Iraqi forces trying to retake the IS-held city of Tikrit.

The website identified the dead as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari. It said they were buried on March 29.

The Associated Press news agency quoted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as saying the “international coalition is aimed at Daesh only,” using another term for the IS extremist group.

Without directly addressing the Iranian claim, the statement said, “All air strikes are carried out through the alliance with the Iraqi government and in full coordination with the [Iraqi] Ministry of Defense.”

The large-scale offensive to retake Tikrit has been waged by Iraqi troops and Shi’ite militias advised by Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Guard’s elite Quds Force, in early March.

The U.S.-led coalition began air strikes around Tikrit on March 21 to support the operation at the Iraqi government request.

The top U.S. general for the Middle East said on March 26 that Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias have left the fight and pulled back from Tikrit as a condition for U.S. involvement.

Army General Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he had insisted the militias pull back before the U.S. began flying intelligence-gathering flights and dropping bombs in support of Iraqi soldiers and federal police.

Some militia spokesmen contested that account, saying the forces chose to withdraw to protest U.S. involvement.

Iraq had asked the U.S.-led coalition to mount air strikes on Tikrit after the operation stalled.

Tikrit, the home town of former dictator Saddam Hussain, fell to IS militants in June during an offensive in which they seized much of northern Iraq and Syria.

The U.S.-led coalition began air strikes against the extremist group in August.

Iran has offered advisers and other assistance to Iraq to fight the militants.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad the visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon held meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and other top officials on March 30. Ban also addressed the Iraqi parliament.

Ban’s spokesperson said on Twitter that the UN chief would “convey UN support” for the people and government of Iraq “in these challenging times.”

No details were provided.

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Jade Helm: Preparation for Huge War in the Middle East?

Paul Joseph Watson — Propagandamatrix March 30, 2015

Russia Has Constructed Massive Underground Shelters In Anticipation Of Nuclear War

Michael Snyder — End of the American Dream March 25, 2015

NDCC War room in central Moscow. Click to enlarge

NDCC War room in central Moscow. Click to enlarge

Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size?  In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway.  Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration was deeply concerned about the construction of this enormous complex deep inside Yamantau mountain, but they could never seem to get any straight answers from the Russians.  The command center for this complex is rumored to be 3,000 feet directly straight down from the summit of this giant rock quartz mountain.  And of course U.S. military officials will admit that there are dozens of other similar sites throughout Russia, although most of them are thought to be quite a bit smaller.  But that is not all that the Russians have been up to.  For example, Russian television has reported that 5,000 new emergency nuclear bomb shelters were scheduled to have been completed in the city of Moscow alone by the end of 2012.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Russians have never stopped making preparations for nuclear war.  Meanwhile, the U.S. government has essentially done nothing to prepare our citizens for an attack.  The assumption seems to be that a nuclear attack will probably never happen, and that if it does it will probably mean the end of our civilization anyway.

Needless to say, the Russians are very secretive about their massive underground facility at Yamantau mountain, and no American has ever been inside.  The following is what Wikipedia has to say about it…

Large excavation projects have been observed by U.S. satellite imagery as recently as the late 1990s, during the time of Boris Yeltsin’s government after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two garrisons, Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16, were built on top of the facility, and possibly a third, Alkino-2, as well, and became the closed town of Mezhgorye in 1995. They are said to house 30,000 workers each. Repeated U.S. questions have yielded several different responses from the Russian government regarding Mount Yamantaw. They have said it is a mining site, a repository for Russian treasures, a food storage area, and a bunker for leaders in case of nuclear war. Responding to questions regarding Yamantaw in 1996, Russia’s Defense Ministry stated: “The practice does not exist in the Defense Ministry of Russia of informing foreign mass media about facilities, whatever they are, that are under construction in the interests of strengthening the security of Russia.” Large rail lines serve the facility.

Back in 1996, the New York Times reported on the continuing construction of this site.  U.S. officials were quite puzzled that the Russians were continuing to build it even though the Cold War was supposedly over at that point…

In a secret project reminiscent of the chilliest days of the cold war, Russia is building a mammoth underground military complex in the Ural Mountains, Western officials and Russian witnesses say.

Hidden inside Yamantau mountain in the Beloretsk area of the southern Urals, the project involves the construction of a huge complex served by a railroad, a highway and thousands of workers.

Within the U.S. intelligence community, there was a tremendous amount of debate at that time regarding the purposes of this facility, but what everyone agreed on was that it was going to be absolutely massive…

A report in Sovetskaya Rossiya said the project involves construction of a railroad, a modern highway and towns for tens of thousands of workers and their families.

The complex is as big as the Washington area inside the Beltway,” said an American official familiar with intelligence reports.

A couple of years later, a top U.S. general said that he believed that the complex at Yamantau had “millions of square feet available for underground facilities”

In 1998, in a rare public comment, then-Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Gen. Eugene Habinger, called Yamantau “a very large complex — we estimate that it has millions of square feet available for underground facilities. We don’t have a clue as to what they’re doing there.”

It is believed to be large enough to house 60,000 persons, with a special air filtration system designed to withstand a nuclear, chemical or biological attack. Enough food and water is believed to be stored at the site to sustain the entire underground population for months on end.

A few years after that, in 2003, there was an article in the Washington Post by Bruce G. Blair in which Yamantau was mentioned as a potential key target for U.S. nuclear war planners…

Die-hard [U.S.] nuclear war planners actually have their eyes on targets in Russia and China, including missile silos and leadership bunkers. For these planners, the Cold War never ended. Their top two candidates [i.e., targets] in Russia are located inside the Yamantau and Kosvinsky mountains in the central and southern Urals.

Both were huge construction projects begun in the late 1970s, when U.S. nuclear firepower took special aim at the Communist Party’s leadership complex. Fearing a decapitating strike, the Soviets sent tens of thousands of workers to these remote sites, where U.S. spy satellites spotted them still toiling away in the late 1990s.

But the Russians have not just been building giant underground facilities deep in the Urals.

They have also been constructing thousands of new underground bomb shelters in major cities such as Moscow.

The following is an excerpt from an RT article in 2010…

Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks.

Moscow authorities say the measure is urgent as the shelters currently available in the city can house no more that half of its population.

In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack.

In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters underneath apartment blocks, shopping centers, sport complexes and parks, as in case of attack people will need to reach the shelters within a minute.

Of course all of this construction cost the Russians a lot of money.

One estimate put the cost at “anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars”

Though the bunkers are supposed to be designed to shelter the population in the event of a nuclear attack, government officials say it’s only a precaution and they do not expect such an attack or nuclear outbreak (e.g. Chernobyl) to occur. Neither RT or the Russian government provided estimates for the cost of the facilities. A Popular Mechanics article that reviewed a number of different types of bunkers and building practices had varying prices depending on the type of shelter. Since the proposed Russian bunkers would hold roughly 1000 people each (based on the population count and other details), one could estimate that the lowest price point for a bunker this size, with basic necessities like bathrooms and reserve food for a day or two, may run in the area of around $100,000 – $200,000. This would put a conservative price tag for 5000 shelters anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars. A significant investment, indeed.

So what about us?

Has the U.S. government constructed any bunkers for the survival of the general population in the United States?

Of course not.  In the event of a nuclear war, I guess they just expect pretty much all of us to die.

The Russians also recently finished work on a brand new national defense center in Moscow that contains extensive underground facilities

Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war.

The new top-security, fortified facility in Moscow includes several large war rooms, a brand new supercomputer in the heart of a state-of-the-art data processing center, underground facilities, secret transport routes for emergency evacuation and a helicopter pad, which was deployed for the first time on Nov. 24 on the Moscow River. The Defense Ministry won’t disclose the price tag for the site, but it is estimated at the equivalent of several billion dollars.

In addition, the Russians have also been developing a new anti-ballistic missile system that is designed to keep U.S. nuclear missiles from getting to their targets in the first place.

The U.S. doesn’t have anything like the S-500 that is currently being developed by the Russians.  At the latest, it is scheduled to be deployed in 2017, but there are rumors that it is already starting to be deployed today.  The following comes from military-today.com

The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles traveling at 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft.

Sadly, most Americans are not interested in this stuff at all.

These days, most Americans just assume that the Russians are “our friends” and that a war with Russia could never possibly happen.

What they don’t realize is that the Russian people see things very, very differently.  Today, 81 percent of Russians have a negative opinion of the United States.  Our interference in the conflict in Ukraine has made the Russian people very angry, and there are many over there that now believe that a shooting war with the United States is inevitable.

And this week things between the United States and Russia got even more tense.  Barack Obama has already announced that we will be sending “non-lethal” military aid to the Ukrainians, but now the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution that calls for Obama to send “lethal” military aid to the government in Kiev…

Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just “defensive” weapons to the Ukraine army – the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States (something the US previously did as a favor to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood puppet regime was swept from power by the local army).

The resolution passed with broad bipartisan support by a count of 348 to 48.

According to DW,  the measure urges Obama to provide Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapon systems” that would better enable Ukraine to defend its territory from “the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

“Policy like this should not be partisan,” said House Democrat Eliot Engel, the lead sponsor of the resolution. “That is why we are rising today as Democrats and Republicans, really as Americans, to say enough is enough in Ukraine.”

If Obama does decide to send lethal military aid to the Ukrainians, the Russians are going to flip out.

Sadly, neither side seems very interested in peace at this point.

We just continue to take even more steps along the road toward World War III, and it is a war that the United States is completely and utterly unprepared for.

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Also see: Russia launches ‘wartime government’ HQ in major military upgrade

No ISIS in Afghanistan, They Made it Up

By Kadir Mohmand — Veterans Today March 30, 2015

[ Editor’s note: Last week, Afghan President Ghani came to Washington and addressed congress on an imaginary threat much as his predecessor Netanyahu had done only days before. According to our sources on the ground in Afghanistan, there is no ISIS operating there and President Obama was “snookered” into leaving American troops plus tens of thousands of CIA contractors, in Afghanistan

The American taxpayer is funding contractors and other criminal elements to traffic narcotics, cause civil unrest and now pretend to be ISIS.….Gordon Duff ]

RE: The Brutal Killing of Frakhunda Shows that Ghani has No Control No Matter How Much Money the U.S. Spends. He is just a U.S. Puppet and U.S. Donkey led around for Show by the U.S. Saying What Pleases the War Profiteers and the U.S. Government so that the War and Occupation of Afghanistan Continues.

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Dear Vice President Biden:

Frakhunda. Click to enlarge

Frakhunda. Click to enlarge

The U.S. trained terrorists, the Afghan Police thugs, National Security thugs , and the street thugs participated in the killing of an Afghan woman, 27-year-old Farkhunda. U.S. Puppets Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah should have remained in Afghanistan to address the Afghan nation about this national tragedy.

These U.S. stooges should have talked to Farkhunda’s family and relatives to find out why this tragic incident happened. Instead, these U.S. puppets flew to Washington to beg for more troops and money to buttress their shaky and unpopular regime. Ashraf Ghani addressed the U.S. Congress and the Institute of Peace now (Institute of War Profiteers), pleasing his master, begging for money and more troops, and saying what the U.S. wanted to hear. There needs to be justice for Farkhunda.

Instead of focusing on his barbaric Afghan police who are terrorizing Afghan women, on March 25 2015, in his address to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress Ashraf Ghani stated that , “Terrorist movements whose goal is to destabilize every state in the region are looking for new bases of operation. We’re the front line. But terrorists neither recognize boundaries more require passports to spread their message of hate and discord. From the west, the Daish is already sending advanced guards to southwestern Afghanistan.”

Former President Karzai and other Afghans on the ground have stated that it is not true. Daesh (ISIS) is not in Afghanistan. Afghans have reported seeing U.S. helicopters dropping alleged terrorists down into the villages.

It sounds like a CIA false flag operation. I strongly believe this new message is just more propaganda so that there can be a reason given to the public to increase U.S. troops, slow any alleged withdraw, and continue the war and occupation, which is beneficial to the war profiteers many who are current or former government officials.

President Ghani meets with Madeleine Allbright, one of the prime advocates for the invasion of Iraq. Click to enlarge

President Ghani meets with Madeleine Allbright, one of the prime advocates for the invasion of Iraq. Click to enlarge

Puppet Ghani and the U.S. government want to create the appearance of a new terrorist threat in Afghanistan. The U.S. Congress needs to truly investigate whether Daesh (ISIS) is really in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Government needs to release documents that proves Daesh is there. I strongly believe this is John Kerry’s Daesh propaganda project. I believe Secretary John Kerry is the cause of instability in the world and he needs to resign.

During the past 15 years of occupation of Afghanistan, the U.S. government has emphasized that it has been protecting Afghan women. The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars on the war with a large portion for the training of the Afghan police thugs and security forces.

Just a few days ago, an Afghan woman, named Farkhunda, from a well-respected family, less than a mile away from Ghani’s barricaded palace and ISAF headquarters, was brutally attacked and eventually killed by a group of street thugs and U.S. trained Afghan security forces. She was a teacher and lived in Kabul. She used to guide the Afghan women in the right direction -not to spend their money and time on magic products and remedies, superstitions and other non-Islamic practices.

The business owners of these non-Islamic operations falsely accused her of burning the holy Quran and attacked her while the U.S. trained Afghan police participated or stood by. After her killing, her family was threatened by the Kabul Chief of Police and told to quickly leave Kabul and not to talk about the killing of their daughter to press.

They were forced to tell the press that their daughter was mentally unstable. The main stream media is not telling the truth about what happened. Farkhunda was not mentally ill. She was an educated and bright Afghan woman teacher. Even if she was mentally ill or had disabilities, such an inhuman attack on her would never be justified.

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‘Reuters lied’: MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony

Russia Today — March 30, 2015

A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview.

As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.

“When interviewed by Reuters, Fedotov, the witness who described the ‘wiggling’ rocket, at first said on camera that it was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army. Later, off camera, he said it was launched from a nearby rebel area. Asked why he had originally said the opposite, he said it was because he was afraid of the rebels,” the news agency said.

RT contacted Fedotov who, after some persuasion, agreed to be filmed. He told RT that Reuters correspondent Anton Zverev was “less than accurate” with Fedotov’s testimony.

“When we talked about the Boeing on camera, I explained everything as it was. The things that I allegedly said off-camera were just made up by the journalist. It’s all lies. Off-camera, we never discussed the Boeing,” Fedotov told RT.

He added that the Reuters journalist contacted him after taking the interview, but never showed him a draft of the article. Instead he was asking whether Fedotov had got into trouble for speaking to him.

“The journalist called me and asked if I was in trouble. I was really surprised. Why would I be in trouble if I told the truth? And then my friends told me in the article I was saying different things when the cameras were on and off. That’s when I understood why he was asking if I was in trouble,” the witness explained.

“So it’s mere fantasy from the journalist or maybe he was doing it for his own benefit,” he added.

RT’s request to Reuters for comments on the controversy and raw footage of Fedotov’s interview was not replied to as of publication of this article.

Reuters’ reporting was not based solely on Fedotov’s testimony. The agency cited three other eyewitnesses from the village, but only Fedotov was cited as pointing to either side of the conflict as firing the missile. The report emphasized that the eyewitness accounts didn’t conclusively prove that the rocket they saw was the one that downed Flight MH17.

Earlier in March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the Reuters report of witnesses’ statements, saying it “looked like a stovepiping.” The top diplomat also then said that questions posed by Russia’s officials remained unanswered, saying there have been no promised images from American satellites or recordings of Ukrainian air traffic controllers’ communications with the plane.

The Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner was downed over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year, killing 298 people on board. The incident became an instant controversy, with Ukraine and its Western backers accused rebel forces and Russia of being behind the downing.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Netherlands, but the preliminary report released last year didn’t point even to a kind of weapon used in the downing of the aircraft, only that an outside force destroyed it mid-air.

Russia called not to jump to conclusions and made military radar data public which indicated the presence of Ukrainian surface-to-air batteries and warplanes in the area on the day of the Boeing shooting.

Earlier Ukrainian media falsely claimed that Dutch investigators concluded that MH17 had been shot down by the rebels with a Buk missile, citing a report in the Dutch media that outlined the popular theory, but didn’t claim it to be proven. Dutch prosecutors told RT at the time that the investigation had not been concluded.

 

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First hint of ‘life after death’ in biggest ever scientific study

Sarah Knapton — Telegraph.co.uk Oct 7, 2014

Near Death Experience. Click to enlarge

Near Death Experience. Click to enlarge

Death is a depressingly inevitable consequence of life, but now scientists believe they may have found some light at the end of the tunnel.

The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down completely.

It is a controversial subject which has, until recently, been treated with widespread scepticism.

But scientists at the University of Southampton have spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria.

And they found that nearly 40 per cent of people who survived described some kind of ‘awareness’ during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted.

One man even recalled leaving his body entirely and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room.

Despite being unconscious and ‘dead’ for three minutes, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines.

“We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating,” said Dr Sam Parnia, a former research fellow at Southampton University, now at the State University of New York, who led the study.

“But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn’t beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped.

“The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three minute intervals. So we could time how long the experienced lasted for.

“He seemed very credible and everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.”

Of 2060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated.

Although many could not recall specific details, some themes emerged. One in five said they had felt an unusual sense of peacefulness while nearly one third said time had slowed down or speeded up.

Some recalled seeing a bright light; a golden flash or the Sun shining. Others recounted feelings of fear or drowning or being dragged through deep water. 13 per cent said they had felt separated from their bodies and the same number said their sensed had been heightened.

Dr Parnia believes many more people may have experiences when they are close to death but drugs or sedatives used in the process of rescuitation may stop them remembering.

“Estimates have suggested that millions of people have had vivid experiences in relation to death but the scientific evidence has been ambiguous at best.

“Many people have assumed that these were hallucinations or illusions but they do seem to corresponded to actual events.

“And a higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits.

“These experiences warrant further investigation. “

Dr David Wilde, a research psychologist and Nottingham Trent University, is currently compiling data on out-of-body experiences in an attempt to discover a pattern which links each episode.

He hopes the latest research will encourage new studies into the controversial topic.

“Most studies look retrospectively, 10 or 20 years ago, but the researchers went out looking for examples and used a really large sample size, so this gives the work a lot of validity.

“There is some very good evidence here that these experiences are actually happening after people have medically died.

“We just don’t know what is going on. We are still very much in the dark about what happens when you die and hopefully this study will help shine a scientific lens onto that.”

The study was published in the journal Resuscitation.

Dr Jerry Nolan, Editor-in-Chief at Resuscitation said: “Dr Parnia and his colleagues are to be congratulated on the completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive research into what happens when we die.”

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Mr. Apocalypse: the Hardest Working Archetype in Show Business

Smoking Mirrors — March 30, 2015

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”
The countdown continues… to what? That remains to be seen. Everywhere on the planet, Mr. Apocalypse is at work. He’s the hardest working archetype in show business. He’s the James Brown of The End Times. He can’t be stopped. He can’t be bribed. He can’t be bought. Once… a few years ago, I was told that Mr. Apocalypse intended to show up right in the middle of the high and mighty and catch them with their pants down. He’s doing that. Over in Banker Central, the exposures are an every day affair He’s nailing them at the hoi poloi level and he’s nailing them up at the top of the totem pole. Let’s not forget Cyril Smith either.
Hillary Clinton is now watching her presidential aspirations expire. Ted Cruz is playing kissy face with the Lords of Darkness. He’s cruzing for a bruising. It’s just a matter of time. The Bushligula consortium is working its fat faced, Republican ass bandit scam on the usual idiots who buy into it every time. All over the world, the darkness is running into the breaking dawn of a transforming age. The vampires are getting that old time spontaneous combustion; Nosferatu goes to Hell.
Do you feel me? Do you feel me?!!! (grin) The long pending backlash to Political Correctness is in full swing. The full court press is working both ends of the court. Who is going to win? There are no winners in this zero sum game. We are constantly reminded of Tim Cook and Bill Gates and all of the rest of the Barbary Coast Pirates who tell us they are going to give all of their money away. This puts a righteous sheen on their lying, hypocritical asses. When are they going to give their money away? When they die. Hmmm. Doesn’t it get given away at that point anyway? They want us to think they are good guys. They are not good guys and the level of harm they are all up to is considerable but the light is breaking.
I want to make an important point here. Perhaps in the minds of many readers, there is the perception that I think there is such a thing as good guys and bad guys. In a relative sense, maybe this is true. In the field of competing opposites, in the realm of appearances, maybe this is true but I don’t really think there are good guys and bad guys. I think there are simply a lot of people playing roles. How they came to play those roles is a matter of some obscurity but they are as helpless as anyone and trapped in the illusion of who they think they are, as completely as anyone is. In a cosmic sense. I don’t think they know any better. Even when they do know better and do evil for the sheer joy of it, they don’t know any better.
Do we have free will? Can we change? Is that within our power? These are the kinds of questions that one might ask. Will you get an answer? Will the answer you get be true in an absolute sense or will it only be the answer you need to keep going in the direction you want to go? Is it possible that every answer is tailored to the needs of the person asking it? Think about it. Don’t we all accept what works for us according to whatever rationale we employ to have life make the sense we want it to make? Otherwise, how come everyone comes up with their own answers that serve to make their desired sense out of it all?
Besides the obvious web of the global dream that presses down upon nearly every one of us, there is the personal web of personal business and personal karma that synchronizes us up with the big network and it does it to the degree that we are susceptible to being immersed in it. Some of us are automatic that way and some of us, only a few of us, are immune to the whole affair. This doesn’t mean we are free of it. We’re not. We have to walk that programmed route that is designed for us, regardless of whether we know it’s all an illusion or not. The good news for us is that eventually all of the chains and restraints fall away.
“There ain’t no good guy. There ain’t no bad guy. There’s only you and me and we just disagree.” (cue Dave Mason). I need it understood here that I don’t hate any of these people. I don’t consider myself in a position to judge anyone. I don’t know how they got to where they are. I don’t know how I got to where I am and though I know my course has not been an easy one and very often their course seems to be a walk in the park, I wouldn’t trade my situation with any of them. Things are not what they appear. This we can be absolutely sure of. Things are not what they appear to be. This is why self inquiry is the only sane route because only by taking this route can we come to see things as they are, beyond the veil of appearances.
If I did not allow for the polarity of good and bad there would be nothing for me to write about. It is in writing about the appearance of good and evil that one is able to expose and reveal things that can indicate a state of awareness beyond good and evil. Any truly objective observer of life will surely come to see that good and evil change places on a regular basis. If good and evil were static then all kinds of people wouldn’t get into the trouble they get into. Very often it is a matter of being swept up in the tide.
Let it be known that, regardless of the heinous nature of far too many people captured in the thrall of material darkness, I do not hate them. My propensity for hate is canceled out a thousand times by my immeasurable gratitude. My gratitude is so great that it is impossible to hate. This is not to say that I do not have some level of hatred. I hate my own ignorance. I hate my measures of weakness. I hate the blindness under which I labor and which accounts for my not being one hundred percent all the time and which accounts for my occasional departures from what I know to be my own highest potential and which I fall short of in a routine manner but… it won’t always be that way.
Nigeria just had an election and all kinds of people died. That’s how it is there. The air in many parts of China is so bad that people are wearing masks and breathing apparatuses and chronic pathologies are the fruit of that particular system. In Mexico, violent death is a common event. In Syria, western forces have caused the deaths of 200,000 people and they’ve blamed that on the leader of the country. In Iraq the death toll is even higher and increases by the day. The same cabals are responsible for this as they are in most parts of the world where these things take place. People are dying in droves in The Ukraine and the same people are responsible once again. As war manifests in more and more locales, the infrastructure in the countries responsible crumbles. The war making nations are falling apart, while zippity doo dah blares out of the in house speaker system. It ain’t Mr. Bluebird that is sitting on all these peoples shoulders, it’s a raven quoting, “evermore”.
It is fascinating to watch. I don’t want to watch but I have no choice. I don’t want to see car after car speeding toward the bridge when the bridge is out. I and others like me are racing in the rain and mud by the side of the road, waving at the people passing in the cars. The traffic is backing up, so it is possible to actually bang on the windows as we scream that the bridge is out …but all we get is the finger. The bridge is out. The bridge has always been out on that stretch of highway. You cannot get to the other side on that road. It does not go there. Somehow all these people have convinced themselves that it does. They have convinced themselves that their leaders know what they are doing, or they have convinced themselves that once the bad leaders have hit the end of their term that some good leader will emerge but that hasn’t happened so far and it is doubtful it will happen this time but… hope, like stupidity, springs eternal. You cannot tell people what they do not want to hear. Yeah, you can tell them but it won’t do no good. It’s just the way it is (cue Bruce Hornsby)
It’s not always going to be the way is is and you are not always going to be the way you are, unless you are truly what you are and it’s a rare exception among us who has attained to that rarefied air but… so long as that is your single objective and for so long as you do not depart from the uniform consistency of continuance to that end, you’ll get there.
I don’t concern myself with all the sad and desperate circumstances that make up the tattered tapestry of this present state of the world in which we live. For whatever the reasons may be, this is what it appears that we got. It’s different for everyone. How can I or any of you feel too depressed and downhearted, given what is happening to so many of your fellows in far away places and places nearer than you might think? You got a lot to be grateful for and for all we know, that’s just a small taste of what is yet to come. Time will tell and we shall see.
End Transmission…….
Sunday’s radio broadcast is now up for streaming.

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Ontario Teacher Disciplined for Criticizing Child Procurement Program

henrymakow.com — March 29, 2015

Sex 'education' lessons. Click to enlarge

Sex ‘education’ lessons. Click to enlarge

Introducing pre-puberty children to sex is psychological sexual abuse, leading to physical abuse. Parents must take vigorous legal action. Teachers must refuse to groom children for pedophiles. The time has come for civil disobedience.
We’ve heard about bakeries who refused to bake cakes for gay weddings as a matter of principle. Now we have 75,000 elementary school teachers in Ontario who are forced to act as satanist social engineers and procurers. Their livelihood is at stake. Like Eichmann, will they “obey orders”?
If you were a pedophile, wouldn’t you want children to learn the following? (see article)

by Henry Makow Ph.D .

An Ontario teacher has been disciplined after criticizing Ontario’s sex ed in social media. Details are withheld because she wishes to remain anonymous. She “fears for her safety.”
She writes:
“Thank you for covering the sex-ed topic in such an informative, educational, way. As a public school elementary teacher, I had been trying to do the same by using social media (Twitter, Facebook.) At least until I have been gagged by my own Union and sent to the school board’s “Tweet Right” course.
gingerbreadmanWhat is happening in schools and particularly the union is terrifying. We are being gradually conditioned to approach children with sex talk via images of gingerbread cookies. Most of us have learned as children to reject candy from strangers. Yet here we are, teachers from the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario about to start using images of candied cookies to have adult chats about sex with children.
It’s simply criminal. There ought to be some sort of political/judicial/criminal action to stop this dead in it’s tracks.
There is this sort of linguistic/psychological approach gradually implementing the “sex-ed” curriculum. There is an occult quality to the entire thing and disturbing overtones of pedophilia.
I hope you continue your work on this subject. Parents and teachers need to be educated about the sex education program and its genesis. They simply don’t know. They need to be informed with the facts about it so they can understand.”

SEX ED IS PEDOPHILE’S BEST FRIEND

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