Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Something rotten going on in USA Swimming

Are parents putting their trust in coaches and teachers that can do no wrong and thus ignoring the tell-tales signs of their children's abuse by some of these ghouls? 

Rachel Sturtz writing at OutsideOnline:
At thirteen, Anna Strzempko was nine years into her amateur career when she reached the finals of the 2008 YMCA Long Course National Championship, swimming for the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings in western Massachusetts. Over the past five years, only one other female Viking had made it to the individual finals at nationals, and this was a turning point, that quiet moment when Strzempko’s potential went from competitor to contender. The curly-haired middle-distance freestyler was the baby of the swim team, and in a sport where young promise follows a quick route to glory, she now had her start.

The coach was good at spotting talent, and on an August day in 2008, Strzempko says, he called her into his office and told her she had the potential to compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials, four years away. Like any athlete who has performed under a no-bullshit authority figure, she was thrilled, because nothing the coach said was said lightly.

Toward the end of their discussion, the coach asked the eighth-grader where she was planning to go to high school. After she told him, he informed her that swimming came before education and that she needed to be prepared for this reality. Strzempko said education came first in her family, and this set him off. Strzempko recalls him saying “Not this again” and then slapping her face. Next, she says, he ordered her into a storage room adjoining his office.

There, according to an account she would give years later to her parents and police, her coach anally and vaginally raped her. Strzempko’s brain couldn’t piece together what was happening. She was unable to cry or scream. Her body bled from two orifices. When the coach was finished, she says, he left her lying faceup on the room’s cement floor.

Lightheaded and unsteady, Strzempko got to her feet and walked through the YMCA to the lobby, where her mother was waiting. Monica Strzempko, a self-described helicopter parent who was then 49, asked her subdued daughter why she wasn’t more excited about the news of her Olympic prospects. Strzempko said she was happy, just shocked.............

Wanna take one of the Rorschach Ink Blot tests?

I don't believe that this stuff can really tell whether you are normal, eccentric or just plain crazy. However, it's fun to see how different people can see different things.  IMO, the more you see in the blots, the more imaginative you are.  What's wrong with that?
Moreover, once you learn how these things work, someone who wants to fool the tester will know the kind of responses to give, just like those spelling tests, etc.

Jihadis in Syria display victims' heads in shop windows to terrorize citizens

From what a woman tells the reporter from ITV, he  presumes that the jihadi army is putting photographs of beheadings in shop windows to terrorize citizens but when the woman tells him "not pictures, heads" you can see the controlled horror in his face.

John Ray writing at ITVNews:
What it's like for a woman under Islamic State in Raqqa The road to Raqqa is the narrow artery upon which the survival of the Syrian regime depends.

Along its route, from Damascus in the south to Aleppo in the north, it is lined with army encampments.
But where the road reaches the borders of the Islamic State, this secure corridor ends.
It takes a brave - or desperate - soul to travel the road beyond.
When you see them at the last government checkpoint, very few want to talk about life in the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State

But today we met one young woman with the courage to speak.
I can’t tell you her name or even tell you her job. She still has family in the town and fears for their safety.

It’s soon clear why.

We can't leave...there's no life. You are dead there.
...I have to dress in black, I cover all my body, all my face.
I can't go anywhere and if there is a man with me they would ask him 'Who are you?'

A driver who has brought a coachload of passengers from Raqqa, again insisting he masks his face before we roll our camera, tells me the town is full of foreign fighters. Many are Europeans...........

CrossTalk discusses the "No" vote by Canada, USA and Ukraine at the UN to combat nazism

Canadian veterans made to wait half a year and more for mental health help

Canadians are supposedly getting the best health care possible, right?  WRONG!
If veterans who should be at the very front of the queue are made to wait for months on end, what do you think is the waiting time for the rest of the citizens?   

Lee Berthiaume writing at OttawaCitizen:
One in five Canadian veterans  suffering from a mental illness and injury is being forced to wait more than eight months before the government approves a request for help, Canada’s auditor general says.

In an explosive report Tuesday, Auditor General Michael Ferguson says bureaucratic red tape and other barriers are preventing hundreds of veterans from getting timely access to the mental health services they need.

“These delays may jeopardize a veteran’s stabilization and/or recovery,” the report says.

The finding appeard to confirm complaints voiced by a number of injured veterans in recent years. It will also turn up the heat on the Conservative government, which has faced a litany of criticism for its treatment of those who have served in uniform.

Ferguson takes specific aim at Veterans Affairs’ disability benefits program, which helps pay for various health services not covered by provincial health plans. These can include specialized psychological care, residential treatment and some medications.

About 15,000 veterans and serving military personnel were eligible to receive mental health support from Veterans Affairs through the program at the end of March. That number is expected to increase as more Afghan vets leave the military for civilian life in the coming years.

Ferguson’s report did find the government “has put in place important health supports for veterans,” including a rehabilitation program that was providing timely support to about 4,600 veterans with mental health conditions who had recently been released from the military.

“However, access to the disability benefits program – the program through which most veterans access mental health services – is slow, and the application process is complex,” the report reads.....

Cartoons: The Ferguson story boils down to ....


How politicians exploit surge in patriotism

Have you noticed how certain bills and rules and regulations that would have us screaming "No" get passed after we have been threatened by "enemies"  and made to think what the powers-that-be are doing is done for us and on our behalf?

Ron Paul writing at InstituteForPeaceAndProsperity:
 Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic. 

At the time, 62 Democrats voted against the Act. On the Republican side there were only three no votes: former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), former Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID), and myself. 

The abuses of the Constitution in the PATRIOT Act do not need to be fully recounted here, but Presidents Bush and Obama both claimed authority based on it to gut the Fourth Amendment. The PATRIOT Act ushered in the era of warrantless wiretapping, monitoring of our Internet behavior, watering down of probable cause, and much more. After the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know how the NSA viewed constitutional restraints on surveillance of American people during the PATRIOT Act period.

After several re-authorizations of the PATRIOT Act, including some cosmetic reforms, Congress last October unveiled the USA FREEDOM Act. This was advertised as the first wholesale PATRIOT Act Reform bill. In fact, the House version was watered down to the point of meaninglessness and the Senate version was not much better. The final straw was the bill’s extension of key elements of the PATRIOT Act until 2017. 

Fortunately, last week the USA FREEDOM Act was blocked from further consideration in the US Senate. The procedural vote was significant and important, but it caused some confusion as well. While some well-meaning pro-privacy groups endorsed the FREEDOM Act as a first step to reform, some anti-liberty neoconservatives opposed the legislation because even its anemic reforms were unacceptable. The truth is, Americans should not accept one more extension of the PATRIOT Act and should not endorse its continued dismemberment of our constitutional liberties. If that means some Senators vote with anti-liberty colleagues to kill the extension, we should still consider it a victory. .......

The world is ruled by psychopaths

Is it any wonder our world is screwed up?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Worst scandal possible brewing in the top echelons of British politics

Top politicians are suspected of not only having been members of a paedophile ring but also having murdered three young boys in the 1970s and 80s. 

Tom Whitehead and David Barrett writing at TelegraphUK:
Westminster paedophile ring allegations: timeline  
Here are the key events in the claims around an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster

November 1983 – Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens sends 40-page dossier to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan detailing alleged child abusers within the British Establishment. It contains the names of Cyril Smith and other senior politicians.
November 1983 – Mr Dickens tells his family “That’s it now. Let it all begin. This is going to blow it all apart.”
March 1984 – Mr Brittan writes to Mr Dickens to say the dossier has been assessed by prosecutors and handed to the police.
May 1995 – Mr Dickens dies with knowledge that no arrests or prosecutions have ever been bought as a result of his dossier.
September 2010 – Rochdale MP Cyril Smith dies having never been charged with any child abuse offences.
September and October 2012 – The Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal breaks fuelling a litany of historical sex abuse allegations.
October 2012 – Labour MP Tom Watson claims during Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons that there is “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No10”.
November 2012 – Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk uses parliamentary privilege to claim that Cyril Smith was a “29-stone bully” who sexually abused boys. He says new alleged victims have come forward in the wake of the Savile scandal.........

George  Keate London writing at TheAustralian:
British pedophile ring of top politicians  may have killed boy, 15
POLICE investigating an alleged pedophile ring at Westminster have told the family of a missing boy he may be one of the three children claimed to have been murdered by establishment figures.

Martin Allen, the son of the Australian high commissioner’s chauffeur, went missing in 1979, aged 15. His brother, Kevin, 51, has said he was called on Friday by Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan police, who said she was investigating whether Martin’s disappearance was linked to an alleged VIP ring.

Operation Midland, the investigation into the deaths, was set up this month. Officers said intelligence from Operation Fairbank, which is looking into whether high-profile figures were involved in organised child sex abuse in the 1970s and 80s, suggested that murders had taken place.

A man known as Nick, who said he was abused by MPs and establishment figures, had alleged he saw three boys being murdered by the pedophile network. He said one was deliberately run over, a second was strangled by a Conservative MP and the third was killed in front of a government minister.

The case of Martin Allen’s disappearance was closed in the 80s, but reopened in 2009 and shut again last year. Mr Allen and his brother, Jeffrey, 61, have described how police said in 2009 the files had been destroyed in a flood.

“We had to give evidence over again to the police,” Mr Allen said. “But then later, when the case was still open, the two detectives on it told us that a retired police officer had withdrawn the files and gone to Spain.

“They said they had tried to get a warrant to question the......

From YahooNews:
Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that allegations surrounding historical cases of child abuse linked to Westminster could be merely "the tip of the iceberg" on the issue. She spoke after fresh allegations surrounding the murder of an 8-year-old boy by a paedophile ring, which included politicians, emerged in recent weeks. The ring organized a series of parties attended by two Conservative MPs, according to a man who claims to have been victimized at the gatherings. As many as three boys were killed by the ring's members, he alleges.
In an interview with the BBC, May said there were serious questions still remaining about how "the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so"..........

Russia's Foreign Minister makes no bones of what he sees the West as doing

I can't help but admire Sergey Lavrov, the FM of Russia.  He tells it like it is. The West will choose not to see the truth in his statements and will as usual brand Russia as Enemy numero uno while continuing to dive headlong on the suicidal path it has chosen for itself.

Few paras from his speech
Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the XXII Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, 22 November 2014   

........Naturally, I will start with Ukraine. Long before the country was plunged into the crisis, there was a feeling in the air that Russia’s relations with the EU and with the West were about to reach their moment of truth. It was clear that we could no longer continue to put issues in our relations on the back burner and that a choice had to be made between a genuine partnership or, as the saying goes, “breaking pots.” It goes without saying that Russia opted for the former alternative, while unfortunately our Western partners settled for the latter, whether consciously or not. In fact, they went all out in Ukraine and supported extremists, thereby giving up their own principles of democratic regime change. What came out of it was an attempt to play chicken with Russia, to see who blinks first. As bullies say, they wanted to Russia to “chicken out” (I can’t find a better word for it), to force us to swallow the humiliation of Russians and native speakers of Russian in Ukraine. ......

........Talks about Russia’s isolation do not merit serious discussion. I need hardly dwell on this before this audience. Of course, one can damage our economy, and damage is being done, but only by doing harm to those who are taking corresponding measures and, equally important, destroying the system of international economic relations, the principles on which it is based. Formerly, when sanctions were applied (I worked at the Russian mission to the UN at the time) our Western partners, when discussing the DPRK, Iran or other states, said that it was necessary to formulate the restrictions in such a way as to keep within humanitarian limits and not to cause damage to the social sphere and the economy, and to selectively target only the elite. Today everything is the other way around: Western leaders are publicly declaring that the sanctions should destroy the economy and trigger popular protests. So, as regards the conceptual approach to the use of coercive measures the West unequivocally demonstrates that it does not merely seek to change Russian policy (which in itself is illusory), but it seeks to change the regime -- and practically nobody denies this. 

President Vladimir Putin, speaking with journalists recently, said that today’s Western leaders have a limited planning horizon. Indeed, it is dangerous when decisions on key problems of the development of the world and humankind as a whole are taken on the basis of short electoral cycles: in the United States the cycle is two years and each time one has to think of or do something to win votes. This is the negative side of the democratic process, but we cannot afford to ignore it. We cannot accept the logic when we are told to resign, relax and take it as a given that everyone has to suffer because there are elections in the United States every two years. This is just not right. We will not resign ourselves to this because the stakes are too high in the fight against terror, the threats of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and many bloody conflicts whose negative impact goes far beyond the framework of the corresponding states and regions. The wish to do something to gain unilateral advantages or to endear oneself to the electorate ahead of another election leads to chaos and confusion in international relations. ..........

Read the rest of his remarks and the analysis of the possible implications of his speech at  Vineyard of the Saker blog

Why the ousting of the US Defense Secretary?

What is the Obama madhouse planning now?  Whatever it is, take it for granted that it will be yet another boondoggle.  If the plans are to get rid of the Assad regime in order to please Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey .... do you think the world is going to become safer by so doing or will the world increase its quota of jihadis?  How many Christians are already fleeing Syria and how many more will flee if they can, if jihadis take over the entire country?  How many wealthy Shiites and Sunnis will make their way to the West once the secular regime of Assad is no more? What's good for the three countries there pulling the strings of their puppet America, is not good for any of us in the West,  but we are too short-sighted to see it.

Suicidal America arming Sunni "volunteers" to fight Sunni headchoppers

If this is not pure madness,  tell me what is.  There goes $24 M worth of weaponry to the jihadi army....because you know as well as almost everybody else outside the Obama administration, that's where the weapons will wind up within a few short weeks of distribution to the "volunteer" Sunnis.

From AlArabiya:
While Iraq’s premier ordered on Saturday more air support for security forces and allied tribesmen fighting jihadists, Washington plans to buy arms for Sunni tribal members  in the western province of Anbar including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.

The United States planning to arm the Sunni tribesmen in Anbar comes after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants killed 25 members of the anti-jihadist Albunimr tribe.

The decision is to help bolster the battle against ISIS militants in the Sunni-stronghold province, Reuters reported Saturday citing a Pentagon document being prepared for the Congress.

The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on the Sunni tribesmen to its overall strategy to diminish Islamic State, and cautioned Congress about the consequences of failing to assist them.....

Chuck Hagel turkey

Kenyans testify to atrocities committed by the British

Between 1952 and 1960, the kind of brutality and sick behaviour inflicted on Kenyans by the British soldiers is finally coming to light.  The affected have filed a class action suit.

No quick death from the depraved British forces on their enemies, torture and degradation of the non-white victims is more their thing in the lands they occupied and looted.

Cahal Milmo writing at IndependentUK:
Mau Mau uprising:   Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Thousands of elderly people claim mistreatment, rape and torture by colonial forces.

Kenya's Mau Mau emergency is still raging more than 50 years since hostilities ceased. The full breadth of the misdeeds inflicted on countless Kenyan men and women suspected of subversive activities against the white settlers and colonial forces still remains the subject of contentious struggle. Thousands of elderly Kenyans, who claim mistreatment, rape and torture by British colonial forces during the Mau Mau uprising, have launched a £200m damages claim against the UK Government.

The High Court action represents the final chance for justice for some 40,000 Kenyans, many of whom are in their seventies and eighties, and will dwarf a case settled last year by 5,000 victims of torture under British rule for £19.9m.........

.......The testimonies, made by claimants who will not be test cases in the proceedings, include:

* A woman, now 76, who details how, as a 14-year-old girl she and her family were brutalised during a raid by colonial police before two white soldiers forced her to have sex with her own father while they looked on.

* A man, now aged 79, who describes how he was placed above a metal drum of burning charcoal, known as the "hat of death", and beaten until he defecated over himself, before then being beaten unconscious with a hammer.

* Another man, now 83, who suffered regular torture including a punishment which involved being made to dig a hole with his index finger by constantly turning his crouched body in a circle, causing dizziness punished by further beatings..........

.........'My father was forced to sleep with me. The two white men were watching'

"Mwara", 74 (not her real name).

Account of a paramilitary raid in 1952 when claimant was aged 14.

"A white officer stabbed me with a bayonet in my knee. He did it to try to force me into the hut. My father was collared into the house and I followed.........

Looters and arsonists in Ferguson aplenty last night

Ferguson, Washington, New York, LA, Chicago ... all saw protests last night after the Michael Brown verdict was announced.  Most protests were peaceful but hooligans in Ferguson thought it fit to loot businesses and commit arson.  That's sending the right message, right?  That's getting the sympathy for their cause from all and sundry, right?
The vid below is of a gathering in LA.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Conrad Black is a perfect example of why I fear historians

How many historians have been lying to us, or at the very least, avoiding telling us the whole truth just like Conrad Black?  You can bet your bottom dollar there have been plenty and their kind will continue distorting the truth at every opportunity.

Don Marks writing at CBC:
Conrad Black's history of Canada:
Arrogant, misinformed and disgraceful
Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from the Vikings to the present ignores the indigenous contribution

Conrad Black is either so arrogant and ignorant that he considers the opinions of others totally beneath him​,​ or he simply likes to fight so much that he deliberately tries to be as politically incorrect as possible.

He is all of this in his recent book, Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from the Vikings to the present. 

The title is completely misleading.  This cannot be a history of Canada when it barely includes First Nations.   When it does, Black is mostly negative and dismissive.  

I thought we stopped publishing history books which ignored the contributions of indigenous people.  And texts that called any battle that was won by the Indians a massacre and any won by the whites a great victory.

First Nations are mostly relegated to three of the early pages of Black's 1,000 page tome (other references to native people are minimal; Big Bear is named, Elijah Harper gets a sentence and Phil Fontaine is completely ignored).  

Louis Riel receives more attention but, like the indigenous people who occupy those three pages, it would be better if Black excluded him entirely. His treatment of First Nations is so insulting and condescending and inaccurate, I am surprised there hasn’t been a major uproar.  

Black describes indigenous religion as “superstition”.   He claims their environmental practices consisted of “chasing away all the wildlife” or “fishing out” the lakes and rivers. 

Indigenous women were promiscuous to the extreme and Indians were untrustworthy (according to Black, they were the ones who didn’t honour treaties).  

Black makes broad accusations and sweeping conclusions as if he were there to provide a first​-​hand account, and he is so cocksure of everything that he writes it like fact.

Black concludes that “The Indians were splendid woodsmen and craftsmen but they were a stone age culture that had not discovered the wheel” and “Indian society was not in itself worthy of integral conservation, nor was its dilution a suitable subject for great lamentation​." 

It is conclusions like those that will provide readers with an indication of where this arrogant, ignorant snob is coming from.  

Modern society has discredited Eurocentric historians who dismiss native culture and contributions out of hand.   Yet Black can write like a dinosaur and seemingly get away with it. 

Well, not here.

Connie, it’s not like the native peoples of .......

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The killing of JF Kennedy ... the mystery of it all will never die

Very interesting interview with Lee Harvey Oswald's lover.  Will the world ever get to the bottom of the killing.

Visit the link below to view some really great photographs from that event.

Max Holland writing at Newsweek:
The Truth Behind JFK's Assassination
On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson directed the Warren Commission to “evaluate all the facts” in the brutal November 22 murder of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy, on a downtown Dallas street in broad daylight. Reduced to its bare essentials, the investigation sought answers to three fundamental questions: Who, why and how?

“Why” was entirely contingent on “who,” and that depended on “how.” Thus, the linchpin of the Warren Report—and every subsequent investigation—has always been precisely how Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza. That is the finding from which all the important answers flow; mishandle that question and the credibility of the entire report is undermined. The Warren Commission’s bungling of “how” is a primary reason why there have been so many residual doubts and conspiracy theories over the past 50 years.

In the 1964 Warren Report, just seven pages (of 888) reconstruct the shooting sequence. Three spent cartridges were found in the sniper’s nest on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, corroborating the testimony of most ear- and eyewitnesses that three shots were fired. But after 10 months of investigation, the report did not present a compelling explanation of the sequence; instead it offered up three slightly different scenarios. In each, one of the bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald fatally hit Kennedy in the head; another struck and passed through the president before hitting Texas Governor John Connally; and the third shot fired by Oswald…well, the commission could not say where that bullet went or even when it was fired. Depending on which of the three scenarios one favored, the total time span of the assassination ranged from as little as 4.8 seconds “to in excess of 7 seconds.”......

Great Depression of the 1930s for Europe but not for North America?

Financial pundits in the USA talk only of how there's danger of EU falling into a financial crisis which would equal or surpass the one in the 1930s but they seldom if ever talk of something similar happening in North America too. Is it a matter of seeing the speck in the other person's eye but never in one's own?  Are we going to be lucky enough to avoid the mess that's coming to the EU?

Paul Taylor writing at Reuters:
The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy.

When European Union leaders meet on Dec. 18-19 under new management, they have a chance to launch a joint assault on the economic stagnation and high unemployment that are fuelling disenchantment and anti-EU protest among voters.

All the signs are they are set to fall short.

The 18-nation euro zone is struggling to pull out of the aftermath of its debt crisis, aggravated by the economic impact of a standoff with Russia over Ukraine.

Inflation and growth are hovering below 1 percent while unemployment is stuck at 11.5 percent, and more than double that level in Spain and Greece. Even EU powerhouse Germany has hit a slowdown.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says Europe risks "secular stagnation" - a long-term, self-perpetuating slump similar to the one that followed the Great Depression in the 1930s.

France's economy is flat lining, Italy's has fallen back into recession and both countries are failing to cut their budget deficits and debt in line with EU rules, causing tension with Brussels and Berlin.

"Without jobs and growth, the European idea itself is in danger," outgoing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said last week. His successor, Poland's Donald Tusk, will have the task of trying to forge a summit agreement on a new economic policy mix.....

Amazing floor mosaics discovered in Turkey

The mosaics were discovered in what used to be an ancient Greek city.

From GreekReporter:
Mosaics Revealed at Ancient Greek City Mosaics Revealed at Ancient Greek City of Zeugma in Turkey 
Archaeologists discovered three unique mosaics at the Ancient Greek city of Zeugma, in south Turkey, near the borders of Syria.

The ancient city of Zeugma was originally founded as a Greek settlement by Seleucus I Nicator, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, in 300 BC. The population of the city at its peak was approximately 80,000 inhabitants.

Zeugma is 80 percent underwater, after it was flooded with the waters of a nearby artificial lake.
The mosaics, which were recovered in excellent condition, belong to the 2nd century B.C.

The first mosaic depicts the nine Muses in portraits. This mosaic was originally in a large room of a house that archaeologists have named “House of Muses.” In the center of the mosaic is Muse Calliope and she is surrounded by her sisters. According to ancient Greek poet Isiodos, Calliope was the greatest and finest of the nine Muses, the protector of Epic poetry and arts. .....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Chad held back from attaining their economic freedom?

Watch the vid below from the 17 min mark and  see if it makes you wonder about the Ebola "opportunity" that has made the USA and UK send military personnel to a part of Africa the USA has long wanted to have military bases set up in,  more so because of the immense wealth under its soil and the excellent sea access for naval ports.

Long before the end of next year you are likely to hear that the USA and UK have set up military bases in at least 2 of the 4+ countries where supposedly "Ebola is raging" or "being controlled"  or "likely eradicated" according to our MSM and the WHO.

Over and above setting up the military bases, you can trust the USA and her allies to have signed tonnes of blackmail agreements with the elite in those countries promising to make them into billionaires for rights to the mineral wealth of their countries, which wealth belongs to all the people ....  but doncha know, only the few the Americans smile on will became billionaires and those people will likely be the biggies in the government bodies ... the rest will remain poor, uneducated and disease-ridden. 

I bet USA and the other Anglo nations were terrified that China's influence would overwhelm that part of Africa too and those countries would become immune to USA's bribes...... so, voila, Ebola the nasty virus was born.  

One has to also wonder how come only American medics operating in those countries are coming down with Ebola and not the Chinese nor the Cubans who have large teams in West Africa combating the virus.  Are their preventive measures better than the USA's or is everything blown up by the MSM in North America?

Long live false flags while shortening the lives of the innocent and the poor.

For the "Believe it or Not" folder: Canada under Stephen Harper glorifies Nazism

Yes, it has come to this.
And, what are the bets that the "No" votes got approval from Israel and the big billionaire honchos from the  Jewish diaspora all around the world?  Israel of course voted "Yes" for obvious reasons.
Not having the ability to recognize one's enemies can mean only one of two things. 
You think you are super smart and can outwit the enemy after you get whatever it is you want from the enemy;
You have given in to your suicidal tendencies.

UN  Vote Name A/C.3/69/L.58/Rev.1
Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Yes = 115
Abstain = 55
No = Canada, USA, Ukraine
UN Vote Name A/C.3/69/L.58/Rev.1
More at the Vineyard of the Saker blog.

On psychopaths in positions of power

Good read.  I am in the middle of it right now and so far it's what I think of politicians and the ruling class.

Joachim Hagopian writing at GlobalResearch:
Psychopaths rule the world  
Psychopaths dominate the halls of power in both the United States and throughout the world. The current economic, political, military and legal system breeds psychopaths, rewarding psychopathic behavior and punishing those with conscience and integrity. Psychopaths will naturally be drawn to and converge at the apex of the power pyramid as much from their own drive for ambitious power as the hierarchical system that both requires and reinforces those who can comfortably operate without conscience, guilt or any genuine level of empathy toward others.

Psychopaths are in love with power and risk taking, masters of manipulation, self-serving opportunism and self-aggrandizement, and hold doctorates in deceit and deception. Psychopaths are super intelligent charmers who are highly skilled at playing others in order to get what they want. They are keenly perceptive at reading people, understanding their motives and values, brilliant at learning their weaknesses and blind spots, and highly effective at inducing both sympathy and guilt in others.

Instinctively knowing what others want to hear, psychopaths are gifted at winning over others, making them feel special and wanted. They are adept at making positive and lasting first impressions and initially demonstrating that they appear to be caring and considerate, but only on the most superficial, disingenuous level. Their innately keen intelligence, social charisma and charm, extroverted energies, over-the-top confidence are all weapons they utilize in their powerful arsenal to win over, defeat and control others, especially to win over those imbued with power and position that they yearn for themselves.

Psychopaths have an uncanny ability to pick brains, soliciting information, knowledge, creative ideas and even secrets from others, yet opportunistically utilize them to their own advantage as living proof that information is power, parading them as their own ideas and knowledge, and craftily taking and receiving undeserving credit and accolades from bosses and those in power. They are gifted actors, able to take on chameleon-like colors according to their particular social setting and company. Though they lack a capacity to feel emotions with any depth or intensity, as actors and manipulators they are able to manufacture crocodile tears for effect whenever it suits and benefits them..........

Lawsuits filed against Harvard University on charges of affirmative action policies

At long last someone is taking to court, universities who are neck-deep in affirmative action. Affirmative Action is one of the most deplorable practices deeply embedded in American universities and contrary to what most of us believe, the policy favors the rich and mostly the rich. The rich, no matter how dumb they might be and regardless of color and creed are always those who benefit from this policy while the most deserving are left out from the admissions quota.

Ben Mathis-Lilley writing at Slate:
Harvard Sued for Discriminating Against "High-Achieving Asian Americans"
Lawsuits filed by an activist organization on behalf of rejected applicants allege that Harvard and the University of North Carolina's affirmative action policies discriminate against individuals with Asian ancestry by limiting the number of such applicants that may be admitted. From Bloomberg:
Such applicants “understand that they are not competing” against “the entire applicant pool,” the group said in its filing against Harvard’s governing body, the Harvard Corp., in Boston federal court. “They are competing only against each other, and all other racial and ethnic groups are insulated from competing against high-achieving Asian Americans.”
Both institutions have responded that their admissions policies are consistent with federal law.

The Supreme Court has held that race can be considered on an individual and "holistic" basis in admissions decisions in order to attain the educational and social benefits of diversity. But quotas—or point-system bonuses—are unacceptable. "[Candidate X] immigrated to America from Colombia with her family when she was 11, perhaps her experience could deepen the rich tapestry that is our campus discourse," is an OK admissions-office thing to say. "We need three more women from the Balkans, let's just grab the first three that are on the pile and then it's Miller Time" is not............

Cartoon: Keystone Pipeline

America goes to the shrink


Tom Engelhardt writing at HuffingtonPost:
Shrinking the Empire  

Doctor: Would you like to tell me why you’re here?

American Empire: Well, Doc, I’m feeling a little off.  To tell you the truth, I’m kind of confused, even a little dizzy some of the time. 

Doctor: When did you first experience symptoms of dizziness?

AE: I think it was all the pivoting that did it. First I was pivoting out of Iraq. Then I was pivoting out of Afghanistan. Then I was pivoting to Asia. Then I was secretly pivoting to Africa. Then all of a sudden I was pivoting into Iraq again, and Syria, and Afghanistan, and... well, you get the picture. 

Doctor: And this left you...?

AE: Depressed.  But Doc, there’s a little background you need to know about the dizzying nature of my life.  For almost 50 years -- this was in the last century -- I was in the marriage from hell.  My partner, the Soviet Union, was a nightmare.  I mean, we had a brief sunny courtship when we were more or less in love, but that only lasted the length of World War II.  The minute I got home from the front, it was hell, and I’m hardly exaggerating if I tell you that, when we got to fighting, it was scorched Earth all the way.  We regularly threatened to annihilate each other.  It was one of those stormy relationships you could never predict in advance where this planet just isn’t big enough for the two of you.

In our worst moments, I used to fantasize about the Soviet Union being obliterated, simply disappearing from the face of the Earth, but it was a fantasy, nothing more.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be free.  Not in my lifetime.  Then one day as 1990 ended, like some unexpected miracle, it happened.  Poof!  The Soviet Union was gone.  I was alone and the Earth was my playground -- or so it seemed.

Doctor: Do you feel that it went to your head?

AE: It would have gone to anybody’s head.  I mean, people were saying the most complimentary things about me all the time.  They were ................