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Friday, November 17, 2017

The death (or murder?) of CIA scientist Dr. Frank Olson hinted of an enormous secret CIA program into techniques of mind alteration and control. The enterprise was assigned the code-name MK-ULTRA and was headed in the 1950s by Willis Gibbons.

MK-ULTRA was inspired by reports of mind-control work in the Soviet Union and China. The CIA's Office of Security attempted to develop techniques in hypnosis, drugging, electro-shock therapy and even brain surgery on unsuspecting humans in various projects over twenty years whose object was to get an individual "to do our bidding against his will and even against such fundamental laws of nature as self-preservation."

The CIA labored secretly on poisons, gadgets to maim and kill, techniques and implements of torture reaching agonizing fruition. They also developed surveillance tools for espionage. All of these activities made the Technical Services Division a vital partner of the covert operations wing of the Agency. read more


An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. Crews shut down the pipeline yesterday. Officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about three miles southeast of the town of Amherst.

This was the second and largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota. The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline can move forward. In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release with most of the oil cleanup lasting two months.

The existing Keystone pipeline transports crude from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma. It can handle about 23 million gallons daily. Operations began in 2010.

President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline in March after it had been rejected by the Obama administration. The Keystone XL project would move crude oil from Canada to existing pipelines feeding refineries along the Gulf Coast.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Throughout the campaign, Trump refused to release his tax returns claiming that he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This excuse disappeared on Election Day, when Trump claimed that the public had voted and decided they didn't care if Trump shared his returns.

Trump refused to either divest from his business empire or have his assets placed in a blind trust. Instead his holdings were placed in a revocable trust, which allows him to retake control at any time. His children have responsibility for running the business and daily access to their father.

Trump has appointed officials to head departments and regulatory agencies with closely ties to the industries they are supposed to regulate.

Trump openly uses his office to profit from his business. He also spends weekends at his various resorts where he causes the government to run up huge bills paying accommodations for his Secret Service protection, as well as for aides. read more


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

From members of Trump's cabinet to the British Royal Family, a document dump in offshore dealings shows how political leaders, rich celebrities and the ultra-rich shelter their assets, keep shady secrets and game the tax systems of nations around the globe.

This group are not subject to the law, by design, as the rest of us. The 'Paradise Papers' explain how these elites secretly manage their wealth. Economist Gabriel Zucman says the interplay between tax havens and global inequality are intricately linked. Sanders considers these extra legal operations the basis for an international Oligarchy.

A "trove of 13.4 million records exposes ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's billionaire commerce secretary, the secret dealings of more than 120 politicians around the world. At the center of the leak is the law firm Appleby which operates in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. read more


Monday, November 06, 2017

Four major factually false claims by Twitter journalists that have gone viral: three involved Donna Brazile and the DNC, and one WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.

Viral Falsehood #1
The Clinton/DNC agreement cited by Brazile only applied to the general election, not the primary. All you need to do to know this is false is to read the agreement.

Viral Falsehood #2
Sanders signed the same agreement with the DNC that Clinton did.
Sanders has released his agreement which is devoid of the provisions beneficial to Clinton.

Viral Falsehood #3
Brazile foolishly thought she could unilaterally remove Clinton as the nominee. Brazile was referencing a complicated process in the DNC charter that allowed for removal of a nominee who becomes incapacitated.

Viral Falsehood #4
The WikiLeaks documents and emails was doctored. All anyone had to do was show the original DNC email and then compare it to the altered WikiLeaks version. But that has never happened. read more


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After an arduous 12 month-long investigation involving both Houses of Congress, a Special Counsel, and a small army of high-paid Washington attorneys, the only straw Brennan has found to hold on to, is a few innocuous advertisements posted on Facebook and Twitter that had no noticeable impact on the election at all.

Adds placed in Facebook do not constitute hard evidence of foreign espionage or election rigging. They indicate the desperation of the people who are leading the investigation. The reason Brennan's intelligence analysts admit that they have no proof, is because they have no proof.

These investigations are taking place because powerful elites want to vilify an emerging geopolitical rival (Russia) and prevent Trump from normalizing relations with Moscow, not because there is any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Russia-gate is not about ‘meddling', it's about politics. And Brennan and Clapper are critical players in the current drama. They're supposed to be the elder statesmen who selflessly defend the country from foreign threats. But, Clapper played a key role in the bogus Iraq-WMD intelligence when he was head of the National Geo-spatial Agency and hid the fact that there was zero evidence in satellite imagery of any weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq invasion. When no WMDs were found, Clapper told the media that he thought they were shipped off to Syria.

In 2013, Clapper perjured himself before Congress by denying NSA's unconstitutional blanket surveillance of Americans. Brennan is even worse than Clapper.

Brennan supported kidnapping (rendition), torture (enhanced interrogation techniques) and targeted assassinations (drone attacks) and advocated immunizing lawbreaking telecoms for their role in the illegal Bush NSA eavesdropping program. And this is the man we are supposed to trust about Russia?

Keep in mind, the jihadist militants that have been tearing apart Syria for the last six years were armed and trained by the CIA. Brennan's CIA. (Mike Whitney)

It is blatantly obvious that Trump's sons and son in law solicited Hillary dirt from Russia and Wikileaks. What dirt did they get that the Republican Party didn't already know? To put the question another way, how do we measure the effect of Russian BS in the sea of BS we live in? Keep in mind that to the extent the source is known to be Russian it is, on average, likely to have the opposite of the desired effect. This makes it extremely risky and has everything to do with deliberately blowing the impact completely out of proportion.

The US should condemn any such interference and publicly promise to cease and desist from interfering in free and fair elections around the world, as it has done frequently with reckless hubris.

Trump lost the popular vote and won the electoral college by hair thin margins in States controlled by Republican administrations with a history of cheating and getting away with it. 25% of all US voting machines have no paper trail. Most of the computerized systems are hack-able, by experts, in a matter of seconds. Voter registration rolls have been purged to favor Republicans, ballots have been destroyed after elections are held. Bernie diluted Hillary's support, as is his and every other American's right.

We need to clean up our own voting systems which can take a month to even finalize tallies, in spite of all the expensive equipment we utilize. Then we should focus on preventing external enemies from exercising undue influence. But this is a tall order so long as we remain properly committed to free speech. Its actually more important to educate our own population to be better able to think intelligently. Let's face it we have an insane clown President because so many Americans are poorly educated. That problem is something we should really do something about, admitting it takes time to accomplish and recognizing that right wing (1%) forces like DeVos, are dead set against that sort of national progress.

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