Sunday, October 30, 2016
Russia was defeated in its bid to be re-elected as a member of the UN's Human Rights Council, the most prestigious panel in the UN system designed to examine global human rights.
But it was close. Russia lost to Croatia by just two votes, 114 to 112, with Hungary claiming the Eastern Europe region's other remaining seat. UN General Assembly voted in a secret balloting process that has no vetoes.
WHAT UTTER HYPOCRISY!
FIRST, THE U.N. ITSELF IS GUILTY OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE!
WE KNOW WHAT U.N. "PEACEKEEPERS" HAVE DONE IN EVERY NATION THEY HAVE EVER BEEN IN...
RAPED, TORTURED, MUTILATED, ENSLAVED, SEXUALLY MOLESTED CHILDREN, ROBBED, PILLAGED AND MURDERED UNTOLD THOUSANDS.
"As Murphy points out (Murphy, 2006) , “[t]here seems to be little alternative to the present system whereby U.N. forces are prosecuted by their relevant national authorities” (2006, p. 542).
While it is unlikely that troop-contributing countries would be willing to cede their jurisdiction over their nationals accused of criminal offenses, “the U.N.’s position that TCCs alone are responsible for discipline of military peacekeepers, and that it is powerless to intervene, is no longer acceptable” (Defeis, 2008, p. 214).
Hence, as long as criminal accountability of U.N. military personnel accused of sexual exploitation and abuse depends exclusively on the cooperation with the troop-contributing country, reports and allegations of sexual offenses committed by U.N. personnel will continue to emerge.
While it is true that the issue of sexual exploitation has been broadly addressed by the United Nations in the last decade, there is need for further reforms which will ensure that perpetrators are held criminally accountable for their actions and that the number of sexually exploited victims by U.N. peacekeeping personnel is significantly reduced."
THE U.N. NOT ONLY DOESN'T ALLOW NATIONS AGAINST WHOM THESE "PEACEKEEPERS" COMMIT CRIMES TO PUNISH THEM, THE U.N. ITSELF HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO EXACT REAL PUNISHMENT ON ITS FORCES, AS IS SEEN IN THAT ARTICLE,
UNTIL INTERNATIONAL OUTCRIES GREW TO SUCH A PROPORTION THAT THEY HAD NO MORE CHOICE BUT TO BEGIN AT LEAST PRETENDING TO PUNISH A FEW.
SEE ALSO The Dark Side of U.N. Peacekeepers - Newsweek
AND JUST THIS PAST FEBRUARY, TIME MAGAZINE WROTE
New Allegations of Sexual Abuse by U.N. Peacekeeper.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY U.N. FORCES CONTINUES!
WHY WOULD THE U.N. EVEN BE ALLOWED TO SEAT A HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WHEN IT DOESN'T ENFORCE HUMAN RIGHTS WITHIN ITS OWN RANKS?
SECONDLY, HOW CAN THE U.N. JUSTIFY KEEPING AMERICA, WHO AT SAUDI ARABIA'S BEHEST HAS SUPPLIED HOUSE OF SAUD WITH WEAPONRY AND 'INTELLIGENCE' SO THEY CAN CONTINUE KILLING YEMENI CIVILIANS, HAVING BOMBED THE HELL OUT OF YEMEN FOR YEARS.
THE U.S. HAS CARRIED OUT DRONE STRIKES FOR SAUDI ARABIA FOR YEARS AS WELL:
"Throughout the history of the program, there have been 16 air strikes and 159 drone strikes in Yemen. With the exception of the first lethal drone strike in Yemen in 2002, all of them have been launched during the Obama administration."
THE U.S. JUST BOMBED YEMEN A FEW WEEKS BACK AND IS ABSOLUTELY GUILTY OF KILLING CIVILIANS THERE, AND IN SYRIA WHERE AT LEAST 400,000SYRIANS HAVE DIED, IN LIBYA, IN AFGHANISTAN, IN IRAQ, IN PAKISTAN, IN SOMALIA, IN BOSNIA, IN OVER 30 NATIONS ** AROUND THE GLOBE SINCE WORLD WAR II.
WE HAVE ALSO COVERTLY AIDED VERY QUESTIONABLE NATIONS IN MILITARY COUPS OR 'CHANGE OF POWER' AND DENIED IT.
STUDIES HAVE PUT THE U.S. DRONE KILL RATE OF CIVILIANS AT BETWEEN 4% AND 35% EVERYWHERE WE FLY THOSE!
THE U.S. HAS ATTACKED ITS OWN CITIZENS DURING 'OCCUPY WALL STREET' AND OTHER PROTESTS SINCE 1950, AND IS ATTACKING AMERICAN INDIAN PROTESTERS AS I TYPE.
VIDEO EVIDENCE OF THE U.S. TORTURING PRISONERS IN IRAQ AND GUANTANAMO ABOUND, BUT THE U.S. GETS A SEAT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL?
IS THE U.N. BLIND, STUPID OR JUST A SICK JOKE?
WE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN LOSING OUR HUMAN RIGHTS SINCE AT LEAST 1917, AND FOR DAMNED CERTAIN SINCE THAT "PATRIOT ACT"!
HOW DARE THE U.N. OUST RUSSIA AND ALLOW THE U.S., THE U.K., SAUDI ARABIA, CHINA AND CUBA TO SIT ON THAT COUNCIL?
SAUDI ARABIA, WHICH DOESN'T ACKNOWLEDGE HUMAN RIGHTS EXCEPT FOR HOUSE OF SAUD, WHO STILL BEHEADS PEOPLE AND ALLOWS CHILD BRIDES?
CHINA...KING OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FOR DECADES?
AND JUST THIS YEAR... Report: China Had Worst Year Ever for Human Rights Abuses
China Human Rights | Amnesty International
CUBA...UNDER CASTRO'S REIGN SO LONG AS HE LIVES?
THE U.K., WHICH STILL CLINGS TO ITS "COLONIES" AND WON'T INVESTIGATE MURDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY BRITISH TROOPS AND IS CARRYING OUT DRONE STRIKES IN SYRIA JUST AS THE U.S. IS?
IS THERE REALLY ANY NATION ON EARTH THAT HAS NOT BEEN GUILTY OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS?
THE U.N. IS NOT AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE BUT OF GLOBAL CONFLICT.
IT DOESN'T SEEK TO BETTER NATIONS BUT TO TAKE NATIONS, TO DOMINATE, TO CONTROL EVERYTHING.
WE HAVE THIS INTERNET WHICH LINKS US TO FACTS IN SECONDS.
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, GO SEE THE FACTS ABOUT THE U.N.
I LOVE MY COUNTRY, BUT I LOATHE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE POLITICIANS WHO DAILY ARE TRAITORS TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND WHORES TO WALL STREET AND ITS BANKERS.
I CAN ASSURE YOU, PEOPLE OF EARTH, THE USA IS UNDER SIEGE...FROM WITHIN...
IF WE DESERVED A SPOT ON ANY VALID COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, I'D SAY SO.
PROBABLY NOT, BUT DOES RUSSIA DESERVE TO BE OUSTED WHILE THE LIKES OF THOSE LISTED ABOVE ARE NOT?
I CALL THAT HYPOCRISY.
**List of countries the USA has bombed since the end of World War II
ADD YEMEN TO THIS LIST...STILL DRONE-BOMBING THERE.
Belgian Congo 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
El Salvador 1981-92
Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
The original source of this is Global Research, huffingtonpost.com, 2011
Posted by Waninahi at 9:21 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Inside the Military’s New Office for Cyborgs
ROBOTS, CYBORGS, SUPER-SOLDIERS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE....AS I READ THE 'NEWS' THIS WEEK THOSE WORD KEPT POPPING UP IN HEADLINES BOTH HERE AND ABROAD.
THREE YEARS AGO, IN A POST HERE TITLED "DRONES ACROSS AMERICA : RISE OF THE 'CYBORGS'?", I EXPLORED THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMETHING GOING TERRIBLY WRONG WITH ARMED DRONES HERE IN THE U.S.
WE EXPLORED 'A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN DRONES, 1916-2013'.
IT APPEARED THAT, AFTER A HUNDRED YEARS OF USING DRONES, NO "FAIL-SAFE" SYSTEM HAD WORKED, ACCIDENTS STILL HAPPEN.
WE'VE SEEN WARNINGS ABOUT OUR CREATION OF AND DEPENDENCE UPON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FROM MANY CORNERS...SCIENCE, ETHICS, POLITICAL, SOCIETAL, ECONOMICS...
SOME HAVE BEEN QUITE DIRE:
Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind ...
"Dec 2, 2014 - Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC:"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates Warn About Artificial Intelligence
"In January 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter on artificial intelligence calling for research on the societal impacts of AI.
The four-paragraph letter, titled "Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence: an Open Letter", lays out detailed research priorities in an accompanying twelve-page document."
OTHERS THINK AI WOULD BE A GREAT THING FOR HUMANKIND BUT SOME CAUTION IS ADVISED.
What is the superintelligence control problem?
It is reasonable to think that ongoing research in AI (Artificial Intelligence), machine learning, and computing infrastructure will eventually make it possible to build AI systems that not only equal, but far exceed human capabilities in most domains.
... it would be surprising if it were not eventually achieved.
However, superintelligent AI systems could also pose risks if they are not designed and used carefully.
In pursuing a task, such a system could find plans with side-effects that go against our interests; for example, many tasks could be better achieved by taking control of physical resources that we would prefer to be used in other ways, and superintelligent systems could be very effective at acquiring these resources.
If these systems come to wield much more power than we do, we could be left with almost no resources. If a super-intelligent AI system is not purposefully built to respect our values, then its actions could lead to global catastrophe or even human extinction, as it neglects our needs in pursuit of its task.
The superintelligence control problem is the problem of understanding and managing these risks.
There are other sources of risk from superintelligent systems; for example, oppressive governments could use these systems to do violence on a large scale, the transition to a superintelligent economy could be difficult to navigate..."
THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS VERY MUCH WORTH READING.
US Army Will Have More Robots Than Human Soldiers By 2025
(This includes everything classified as "robotic".)
October 21, 2016
"The US army is determined to increase its efficiency level with the help of artificial intelligence technology. It is estimated that by the year 2025, the US army will have more combat robots than human soldiers. This can be a huge breakthrough for the US as it will save human lives and prove to be beneficial for the protection of the country.
Thousands of such robots will be a part of the US army by the end of the next decade."
As the Tea Room has posted before, the most advanced (and secretive while in 'development') robot prototypes are developed and/or funded by the controversial Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
This is one of the PENTAGON's "research and development" branches. There are many, but DARPA is king.
DARPA has also dived deeply into the creation of so-called "super soldiers," cybernetically enhanced humans who will have implants
The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-style disease detectors will be the focus of a new Defense Department office soon.
The new office, named the Biological Technology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clearinghouse for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, programs into brain research, synthetic biology and epidemiology. The office will cover everything from brewing up tomorrow’s bioweapon detectors and connecting humans to computers to designing entirely new types of super-strong living materials that could form the basis of future devices.
Cyborgs, Neurochips and Brain-steered Drones
In 2013, researchers from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago demonstrated a cybernetic arm prosthetic that functions like something straight out of RoboCop.
"The ones where the prosthetics are connecting in to the peripheral nervous system or are being controlled by other muscles in the body are currently in an FDA process,” said Arati Prabhakar, DARPA director.
“That kind of amazing capability is something that no one thought was possible. What we’re learning about the human brain could give us insight into how we build our artificial processing capabilities.”
The agency’s Cortical Processor Program, with a $2.3 million FY 2015 budget request, seeks to recreate in software the brain’s capability to take in lots of incoming stimuli from sensory organs and spit out recognized patterns.
Turning the Building Blocks of Life into New Materials
Synthetic biology holds the promise of one day creating entirely new life forms.
A group of researchers from the U.S. and U.K. recently announced the creation of the first artificial chromosome, derived from piecing together 273,871 separate DNA nucleotides from yeast, thus achieving a key step in the potential development of designer chromosomes or even new life.
”What our program is trying to do is create the tools to make [synthetic biology] an engineering discipline. Instead of taking millions of dollars and many years to do even minor projects, we really want to unleash it,” said Prabhakar. “Think about what’s going to be possible for new chemistries beyond petrochemicals. Think about new types of chemicals with all kinds of structural and electronic and optical properties.”
Bioengineered materials derived from living components like lipids and proteins would be several times more diverse and functional than designs based on more traditional approaches to chemistry. Learning to harness the building blocks of life could allow for living materials that are stronger, more flexible, more durable and cheaper than anything available today. Those new materials could make their way into battlefield armor or even electronic components. "
BIO-ENGINEERED MATERIALS ARE ONE THING, BUT BIO-ENGINEERED HUMANS?
Engineering Humans for War
Sep 23, 2015
"For decades after its inception in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—DARPA, the central research and development organization of the Department of Defense—focused on developing vast weapons systems.
Starting in 1990, and owing to individuals like retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman , a new focus was put on soldiers, airmen, and sailors—on transforming humans for war.
The progress of those efforts, to the extent it can be assessed through public information, hints at war’s future, and raises questions about whether military technology can be stopped, or should [be].
“Soldiers get tired and soldiers get fearful,” Gorman told me last year. “Frequently, soldiers just don’t want to fight. Attention must always be paid to the soldier himself.”
Gorman sketched out an early version of the thinking in a paper he wrote for DARPA after his retirement from the Army in 1985, in which he described an “integrated-powered exoskeleton” that could transform the weakling of the battlefield into a veritable super-soldier.
The “SuperTroop” exoskeleton he proposed offered protection against chemical, biological, electromagnetic, and ballistic threats, including direct fire from a .50-caliber bullet. It “incorporated audio, visual, and haptic [touch] sensors,” Gorman explained, including thermal imaging for the eyes, sound suppression for the ears, and fiber optics from the head to the fingertips. Its interior would be climate-controlled, and each soldier would have his own physiological specifications embedded on a chip within his dog tags.
By 2001, DARPA had unveiled two exoskeleton programs, and by 2013, in partnership with U.S. Special Operations Command, DARPA had started work on a super-soldier suit called TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) unlike anything in the history of warfare.
Engineered with full-body ballistics protection; integrated heating and cooling systems; embedded sensors, antennas, and computers; 3D audio (to indicate where a fellow warfighter is by the sound of his voice); optics for vision in various light conditions; life-saving oxygen and hemorrhage controls; and more,
TALOS is strikingly close to the futuristic exoskeleton that Gorman first envisioned for DARPA 25 years ago, and aims to be “fully functional” by 2018.
Goldblatt told his program managers a few weeks after his arrival. One program in the DSO, called Persistence in Combat, addressed three areas that slowed soldiers down on the battlefield: pain, wounds, and excessive bleeding.
Goldblatt hired a biotechnology firm to develop a pain vaccine. If a soldier got shot, Goldblatt explained, the vaccine would “reduce the pain triggered by inflammation and swelling,” the desired result being “10 to 30 seconds of agony then no pain for 30 days.” Such a vaccine would allow the warfighter to keep fighting so long as bleeding could be stopped.
To develop new ways to try to stop bleeding, Goldblatt initiated another program that involved injecting millions of microscopic magnets into a person, which could later be brought together into a single area to stop bleeding with the wave of a wand.
Another idea was to find a way to get a wounded soldier to go into a kind of hibernation, or suspended animation, until help arrived. Achieving this goal would give a soldier precious hours, or even days, to survive blood loss and avoid going into shock while awaiting evacuation or triage. Bears hibernate. Why can’t man?
Sleep, too, was a focus of intense research at DSO. In the Continually Assisted Performance program, scientists worked on ways to create a “24/7 soldier,” one who required little or no sleep for up to seven days.
If this could be achieved, an enemy’s need for sleep would put him at an extreme disadvantage. Goldblatt’s program managers hired marine biologists studying certain sea animals to look for clues.
Whales and dolphins don’t sleep; as mammals, they would drown if they did. Unlike humans, they are somehow able to control the lobes of their left and right brains so that while one lobe sleeps, the opposite lobe stays awake, allowing the animal to swim.
While some DARPA scientists ruminated over the question of how humans might one day control the lobes of their own brains, other scientists experimented with drugs like Modafinil, a powerful medication used to counter sleep apnea and narcolepsy, to keep warfighters awake.
But a 2008 report by defense scientists raised some warnings. “An adversary might use” brain technology “in military applications. … An extreme example would be remote guidance or control of a human being.” Other critics said that the quest to enhance human performance on the battlefield would lead scientists down a morally dangerous path.
Michael Goldblatt disagreed.
“How is having a cochlear implant that helps the deaf hear any different than having a chip in your brain that could help control your thoughts?” he asked.
When questioned about unintended consequences, like controlling humans for nefarious ends, Goldblatt insisted, “There are unintended consequences for everything.”
“I am here to announce that we are building Iron Man,” President Obama said of the suit during a manufacturing innovation event in 2014.
When the president said, “This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a long time,” he wasn’t kidding."
IRON MAN OR TOTALLY CONTROLLABLE ZOMBIE?
WHAT ARE THE LEGALITIES OF "CYBER-SOLDIERS"?
WOULD SUCH 'ENHANCED HUMANS VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, LAW, AGREEMENTS?
Could Human Enhancement Turn Soldiers Into Weapons That Violate International Law?
Jan 4, 2013
"Half a world away from the battlefield, a soldier controls his avatar-robot that does the actual fighting on the ground. Another one wears a sticky fabric that enables her to climb a wall like a gecko or spider would. Returning from a traumatic mission, a pilot takes a memory-erasing drug to help ward off post-traumatic stress disorder. Mimicking the physiology of dolphins and sled-dogs, a sailor is able to work his post all week without sleep and only a few meals.
All of these scenarios are real military projects.
[TEA ROOM NOTE: THERE ARE 26 LONG PAGES OF THESE 'RESEARCH PROJECTS' LISTED AT THE ABOVE LINK, JUST THE ONES THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE ALLOWED TO SEE, AND YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE SOME OF THEM.]
This is the frontline of the Human Enhancement Revolution -- we now know enough about biology, neuroscience, computing, robotics, and materials to hack the human body, reshaping it in our own image.
And defense-related applications are a major driver of science and technology research.
But, as I reported earlier, we also face serious ethical, legal, social, and operational issues in enhancing warfighters. Here, I want to drill down on what the laws of war say about military human enhancements, as we find that other technologies such as robotics and cyberweapons run into serious problems in this area as well.
Should enhancement technologies -- which typically do not directly interact with anyone other than the human subject -- be nevertheless subject to a weapons legal-review? That is, is there a sense in which enhancements could be considered as "weapons" and therefore under the authority of certain laws?
Should Article 36 of the Geneva Conventions be interpreted to include warfighters themselves as weapons subject to regulation?
There could be several reasons to think so.
First, other organisms are plausibly weapons subject to an Article 36 review.
Throughout history, humans have employed animals in the service of war, such as dogs, elephants, pigeons, sea lions, dolphins, and possibly rhinoceroses.
Dogs, as the most commonly used animal, undergo rigorous training, validation, and inspections.
If a military were to field a weaponized rhino in an urban battlefield that contains innocent civilians, we would be reasonably worried that the war-rhino does not comply with Article 36. "
THAT IS A VERY LENGTHY, IN-DEPTH ARTICLE ON INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND AGREEMENTS ABOUT HOW WARS ARE TO BE FOUGHT AND IT IS WELL WORTH THE READ, BUT I CHOSE TO MOVE ON TO THAT AUTHOR'S CONCLUSION:
"It is imperative to start considering their impacts before technologies fully arrive on the scene and in the theater of war. Consider, for instance, the explosion in number of robots in war: in its invasion of Iraq, the US had zero ground robots in 2003 and suddenly about 12,000 in 2008; and its inventory of aerial robots multiplied by 40-fold between 2002 and 2010. This report, therefore, is intended to anticipate ethical, legal, and policy surprises from new technologies, which -- in the case of military drones -- has already led to international outcry, as well as harm to reputation and real lives. With emerging human enhancements, we can think first before we act."
SORRY, THAT WILL NEVER BE A CONSIDERATION AMONGST THE 'SUPER POWERS' WHO CAN AFFORD TO AND ARE DRIVEN TO CREATE SUCH 'CYBORGS', ETC.
AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, SO IS IT TODAY...WIN AT ANY COST.
BE SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHERS.
IT ISN'T JUST HUMAN-LIKE OR MAN/MACHINE 'ROBOTS' WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.
In March, 2016, DARPA launched an autonomous drone ship designed for various missions, such as hunting down enemy submarines.
We may not ever know what all those "missions" entail, or against whom they are launched.
Boeing, a major US defense contractor, launched an unmanned submarine this past April for "exploratory missions" as well as warfare.
Where, why, for what reasons?
Other companies that are completely unrelated to the US military-industrial complex are also investing in "autonomous ships", unmanned, and perhaps easily "hacked"?
Rolls-Royce, of all companies, announced in June of this year that they plan to create "ghost ships," which would carry cargo and would function specifically in trade.
DARPA is also funding other non-military robotics projects, such as the development of tiny, flying robots to replace the endangered bee population.
Or is there another "project" in mind?
You see, that's a REAL CONCERN, at least to me...we don't know because we aren't told, we're not in those loops that create and deploy these things.
THINGS ARE MOVING MORE QUICKLY THAN IMAGINED...
"John Bassett, a former UK intelligence officer who worked for 20 years at the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), told attendees at a counter-terrorism meeting in London that numerous 'advances in autonomous warfare' have taken place this year and pointed to that as evidence that the automation of the military is quickly approaching.
Bassett also argued that artificial intelligence and robotics, in general, would soon begin to mesh together, due to the recent advancements in both fields."
IF IT WERE ONLY ADULTS FIGHTING WARS, ONLY ADULTS AS VICTIMS OF WAR, MY MIND WOULD STILL REBEL AGAINST WAR.
WAR HAS NEVER BROUGHT ANY LASTING PEACE.
BUT, AS I WROTE IN "WARS ON CHILDREN", THE REAL VICTIMS OF EVERY WAR ARE THE INNOCENTS, THE HELPLESS, THE UNBORN FETUSES, THE UNARMED INFANTS, TODDLERS, YOUNG CHILDREN WHO HAVEN'T SEEN 10 WINTERS YET.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN WHO WOULD SURELY 'GET IN THE WAY' OF THESE NEW MAN/MACHINE SUPER-SOLDIERS?
WHY RISK THAT?
WHAT ON EARTH COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THAT CHILDREN?
WHAT'S WORTH MORE THAN THE LIFE OF ONE INNOCENT?
CONTROL OF WATER SOURCES?
SO, BY ALL MEANS, LET'S DO WHAT WE CAN NOW, WHILE CHANGES CAN BE MADE AND MORE ATTENTION PAID TO SUCH THINGS TO FORCE OUR LEADERS AND OUR MILITARIES WHO ARE DEVELOPING SUCH THINGS TO FIRST CONSIDER THE MOST PRECIOUS THINGS ON EARTH...OUR CHILDREN.
Posted by Waninahi at 6:51 AM
Monday, October 24, 2016
FIRST, LET'S ASK OURSELVES... DO HIGH OIL AND GAS PRICES HELP AVERAGE AMERICANS?
IS IT GOOD FOR AVERAGE AMERICAN TO PAY MORE AT THE PUMP, PAY MORE FOR HEATING FUEL, PAY MORE FOR GOODS AND SERVICE WHEN THE PRICE OF CRUDE, AND, THEREFORE, GASOLINE SKYROCKETS?
IS IT GOOD FOR MOST AMERICANS THAT THE HIGH PRICES FOR OIL AND GAS THAT THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES LIKE GO BACK UP YET AGAIN?
Oil price plunge: Main St. loves it, Wall St. hates it - Jan. 7, 2015
WHO REALLY BENEFITS FROM SKY-HIGH OIL AND GAS PRICES?
NOT THE TRUCKING COMPANIES WHO DELIVER MOST OF OUR GOODS.
SOME OF THOSE GUYS WENT OUT OF BUSINESS BACK DURING THE LAST BIG RISE IN GASOLINE AND DIESEL, AND THEY ADMIT, PRICES AT THE PUMPS CREATE HARDSHIPS FOR THEM.
NOT THE FARMERS OR RANCHERS WHO HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR FUEL FOR FARM/RANCH EQUIPMENT, MORE FOR ENERGY TO RUN THEIR BUSINESSES, MORE FOR FEED, SEED, EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO KEEP AMERICA SUPPLIED WITH FOOD.
NOT THE AVERAGE WORKING MAN OR WOMAN WHO HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FUEL IT TAKES TO GET TO WORK AND BACK, THEN PAY FOR WHATEVER IT TAKES TO RUN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS WITH THEIR MANY ENERGY-CONSUMING APPLIANCES AND LIGHTS AND....
WELL, DO YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING?
NOBODY BENEFITS FROM HIGH GASOLINE PRICES, HIGH OIL PRICES, HIGH NATURAL GAS/PROPANE PRICES EXCEPT THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR MONEY FROM SELLING THOSE THINGS TO AMERICANS.
CONGRESS MAKES MONEY WHEN OIL/GAS GOES HIGH BECAUSE THEIR BIGGEST "FANS" ARE OIL AND GAS, AND COAL, AND BANKERS, WALL STREET, COLLECTIVELY, AND NOT AVERAGE CITIZENS.
AVERAGE CITIZEN CANNOT SHELL OUT ENOUGH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE A CONCERN TO CONGRESS.
WHOM WOULD CONGRESS RATHER MAKE HAPPY, THE BIGGEST CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS OR LOWLY AVERAGE CITIZEN?
A RARE FEW IN THAT ONEROUS CONGRESS HAVE TRIED TO TELL AMERICANS THE TRUTH OF IT ALL...OLD RON PAUL, ALAN GRAYSON, EVEN BERNIE SANDERS COME IMMEDIATELY TO MIND...BUT THE CHIEF WHORES ON THE HILL SIMPLY RIDICULED THEM AND DENIED THE FACTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FELL FOR THEIR TWO-FACED, BARE-FACED LIES AGAIN, AS ALWAYS, AND THE FEW WHO HANDED US THE FACTS WERE BRANDED AS "NUTCASES", THOUGH EVEN THE MEDIA SOMETIMES AGREED WITH WHAT THOSE FEW WERE SAYING.
Wall Street greed fueling high gas prices - CNN
How Wall Street Is Raising the Price of Gas - ABC News
How Wall Street and Washington Conspired to Spike Gas Prices
SURE, THOSE WHO WANT US TO AGREE TO BE GOUGED AT THE PUMPS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE WILL MAKE THAT WORN-OUT, WORTHLESS SPIEL THAT HIGH ENERGY COSTS MEANS A BETTER ECONOMY, BUT THEIR REASONING IS ABOUT AS RATIONAL AS TAKING A HAMMER AND HITTING ONESELF IN THE FACE.
THERE IS NO HARD, COLD LOGIC INVOLVED WHEN CONGRESS OR WALL STREET SAYS HIGH PRICES ARE GOOD FOR AMERICA.
HIGH PRICES ARE ONLY GOOD FOR WALL STREET, ESPECIALLY THE BIGGEST NAMES ON WALL STREET, WHO IN TURN MAKE IT LUCRATIVE FOR THOSE WHO "LEGISLATE" FOR HIGHER PRICES...GOOD OLD CONGRESS.
WHAT A TEAM, AND CRIMINALS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND ON THE MARKET'S FLOOR!
10 OF THE BIGGEST WALL STREET 'BUSTS' OF ALL TIME
AUG. 29, 2015
"There have been hundreds if not thousands of Wall Street criminals over the years, their misdeeds ranging from simple insider trading to massive Ponzi schemes, perpetrated over several years. The recent financial crisis also saw its genesis on Wall Street, where only a handful of white collar criminals were able to bring the entire country to its knees.
Here we take a look at ten of the more notorious Wall Street criminals of all time. Their crimes range in magnitude and severity, and some are noteworthy simply because of who perpetrated them. Some names are well-known, others will be new to most people. But they all have one thing in common: they used the markets to game the system."
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY OF LAST YEAR, 2015:
"On Wednesday, four large global banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland — pleaded guilty to a series of federal crimes over a scheme to manipulate the value of the world’s currencies. The Justice Department accused the banks of collusion in one of the largest and yet least regulated markets, noting that at one bank one trader remarked “the less competition the better.
That lack of oversight, coupled with the pressure to squeeze profits from a relatively middling business, set the stage for this scandal, one that unfolded nearly every day for five years. The crimes described on Wednesday also painted the portrait of something more systemic: a Wall Street culture that enabled many big banks to break the law even after years of regulatory black marks after the crisis.
“If you aint cheating, you aint trying,” one trader at Barclays wrote in an online chat room..."
IN CASE YOU'VE MISSED THIS YEAR'S ROUND OF ESCALATING WHIMPERING, WHINING, WEEPING, WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, AND ALL THE BUTT-KISSING AND BOOT-LICKING THAT HAS GONE ON FROM WALL STREET, CONGRESS, THE OVAL OFFICE IN THEIR ONGOING BOWING TO AND BEGGING THE OPEC NATIONS FOR THE PAST YEAR OR SO IN ATTEMPTS TO JACK OIL PRICES BACK UP AGAIN, HERE'S A SHORT REFRESHER FROM TIMES PAST...
FROM ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST, 2011.
"FIRST, the American people have a right to know why oil prices are artificially high.
The CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) report proved that when oil prices climbed in 2008 to more than $140 a barrel, Wall Street speculators dominated the oil futures market.
Goldman Sachs alone bought and sold more than 860 million barrels of oil in the summer of 2008 with no intention of using a drop for any purpose other than to make a quick buck.
Wall Street, of course, wants to hide this information.
They don’t want the American people to know the extent to which speculators keep oil prices artificially high and the great damage that does to our economy.
After the information became public, it was suggested that some on Wall Street may stop trading in the oil futures market. Good!
SECOND: The Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation required the CFTC to eliminate, prevent or diminish excessive oil speculation by Jan. 17, 2011. Months after that deadline, the commission still has failed to enforce the law, and speculators still are making out like bandits.
[TEA ROOM NOTE: THIS PIECE FAILS TO MENTION THAT MANY IN CONGRESS DON'T WANT THE DODD-FRANK 'LEGISLATION' AT ALL. SEE How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform
AND READ In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank AND ALSO GO SEE WHICH CONS IN CONGRESS HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST THAT ALL THE WAY AND HAVE SOUGHT TO PROTECT THOSE WHO REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH IT.]
THIRD: Third, the commodity regulators’ [ false] claim that they cannot end excessive oil speculation because they lack sufficient data is nonsense. As the information I released makes clear, the commission has been collecting this information for more than three years. The time for studying is over. It is time for action.
The American people are angry and disillusioned because they see our government act boldly to protect Wall Street CEOs but not ordinary Americans. When Wall Street needed a $700 billion bailout, the government was there for them. When working families need an end to excessive oil speculation and real relief at the gas pump, the government has failed to act.
The same Dodd-Frank bill that required commodity regulators to limit speculators included my amendment calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve from Dec. 1, 2007, to July 21, 2010, the period of the financial crisis.
What we learned was that the Fed provided $16 trillion in secret, low-interest loans to every major American financial institution and to other central banks, large corporations and wealthy individuals.
The audit provision was vigorously opposed by the Federal Reserve chairman.
It was right, however, that the veil of secrecy at the Fed was lifted and the American people learned about its actions.
Now it is appropriate to lift the veil of secrecy in the oil futures market. The American people have a right to know how much excessive speculation has driven up oil prices and which Wall Street firms are doing it."
WOW, DID THAT ARTICLE LEAVE A LOT OUT!
IF THE AUTHOR'S INTENTION WAS TO REVEAL EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, HE FAILED, CONSIDERABLY SO.
Ron Paul on CNN: How Wall Street Corrupted The Government
Ron Paul Testimony Before the Senate Banking Committee
IT WAS A THING OF BEAUTY TO WATCH PAUL WIPE THE SMIRK OFF OLD BENNY BERNANKE'S FACE AND REDUCE HIM TO TREMBLING ANGER TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG FOR WALL STREET TO GET THEIR WISH FOR HIGHER OIL/GAS PRICES?
EVERYONE THOUGHT A NEW "WAR" IN SYRIA WOULD MAYBE CUT OFF SOME SUPPLY ROUTES, RAISE CRUDE PRICES...NOPE.
THEY THOUGHT RUSSIA BEING INVOLVED IN SYRIA AND THE HIGH COSTS OF THAT WOULD MEAN RUSSIA MIGHT WANT TO CURTAIL A BIT OF DRILLING TO MAKE SOME SERIOUS MONEY OFF HIGHER CRUDE PRICES.... NOPE.
WELL, ACTUALLY, RUSSIA AND OPEC ARE BOTH ABOUT TO COMPLY WITH WALL STREET'S WISHES, AS WE'LL SEE BELOW.
SURELY, IF AMERICA PUT A FEW HUNDRED NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON RUSSIA'S BORDERS, BOMBED THE BEJEEBUS OUT OF YEMEN FOR SAUDI ARABIA, ARMED EVERYBODY AND THEIR 'DOGS' IN SYRIA, HAD A FEW RUN-INS WITH IRAN IN THAT GULF OF HORMUZ AND WITH CHINA IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND BEGAN A NEW PUSH BACK INTO IRAQ, WELL, DAMN IT, THAT ALL OUGHT TO DO IT, RIGHT?
BIG O (OBAMA) STOPPED THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE THINKING THAT'LL DO IT.
ALL THAT DID WAS MAKE THE GOP SCREAM LOUDER FOR BURNING HIM AT THE STAKE.
MAYBE HAVE A FEW FIRES AND OTHER CATASTROPHES HERE AND THERE AT REFINERIES, PORTS, AND A RAILWAY DISASTER AND PIPELINE RUPTURE OR THREE TO SHUT DOWN DELIVERY OF OIL/GASOLINE, MAYBE A HACK OR TWO AGAINST OUR "INFRASTRUCTURE" AND SOME JUICY CYBER-DRAMA?
WHAT ARE GREEDY BASTARDS LIKE WALL STREET AND CONGRESS TO DO WHEN NOTHING WORKS?
IN EACH OF THOSE INSTANCES I JUST LISTED ABOVE, IF/WHEN OIL PRICES EVEN SLIGHTLY "REBOUNDED", WENT UP EVEN A FEW CENTS PER BARREL, DIDN'T YOU NOTICE HOW ELATED, HOW CONFIDENT THE OLD 'MARKET' GOT, WHEN IT 'RALLIED', WHEN THERE WAS DANCING IN THE STREETS BY WALL STREET AND CONGRESS?
$$$$$$ KA-CHING, KA-CHING! $$$$$$
BUT THEN, HORROR OF HORRORS, PRICES DROPPED AGAIN.
AND WE WERE TOLD AMERICA IS DOOMED, DOOMED, DAMMIT!
IF WE CAN'T GET THINGS BACK TO AT LEAST $5.00 A GALLON FOR GAS, WE'RE GOING TO SEE JOBS LOST, THE ECONOMY TANK, AND SANTA CLAUS WILL NOT BE COMING TO AMERICA THIS YEAR.
THAT THREAT OF JOBS LOST, YEAH, THAT KEEPS AMERICAN WORKERS, AMERICANS IN GENERAL IN SUFFICIENT FEAR TO NOT QUESTION THE FAULTY LOGIC OF THEIR DEMIGODS, THEIR JOB-GIVERS, THEIR MASTERS, RIGHT?
"I WOULDN'T MIND $3 A GALLON GAS," SOME FRIGHTENED CITIZENS SAID, "MAYBE EVEN $4."
"I WOULD PAY AN EXTRA $5 OR $10 FOR A SHOPPING BASKET OF FOOD IF IT HELPS OUR ECONOMY," OTHERS SAID, HUMBLY.
AND WHEN GAS DOES GO BACK INTO THAT $5 A GALLON RANGE AND ALL THE EMPLOYERS SAY, WITH CROCODILE TEARS RUNNING DOWN THEIR SMIRKING FACES, "THANKS GUYS, BUT THESE HIGH GAS AND ENERGY PRICES, WELL, GEE, SORRY TO TELL YOU, BUT IT MEANS WE HAVE TO LAY A FEW PEOPLE OFF, AND NO BONUSES, NO WAGE INCREASE, AND WE MAY HAVE TO GO TO PART-TIME ONLY BECAUSE, WELL, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO STAY OPEN ANY OTHER WAY, DAMN THESE HIGH OIL PRICES."
AND THE GOOD SERFS WILL JUST ACCEPT THAT AND THEIR MASTERS WILL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE MUCH DELIGHTED BANKS.
AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER WILL WORK EVEN HARDER TO KEEP THOSE JOBS, EVEN IF THERE ARE CUTS IN PAY AND/OR 'BENEFITS', WHATEVER, BECAUSE THEY'RE CONDITIONED TO DO SO.
THE CYCLE WILL BE COMPLETE, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR WALL STREET AND ITS WHORES ON THE HILL...AND IN THAT OVAL OFFICE.
OPEC NATIONS WILL ALSO DANCE IN THEIR STREETS, MAYBE NOT AS HAPPY A DANCE AS MOST DID AFTER AMERICA'S 9/11, BUT DANCE THEY WILL.
FINALLY, OH, FINALLY, BIG BEAR RUSSIA AND ALL THE OPEC NATIONS HAVE JUST ABOUT REACHED AN AGREEMENT TO CUT OIL PRODUCTION, ALL BUT IRAQ WHO WANTS TO PUMP HARDER AND IRAN WHO IS BAT-GUANO INSANE ANYWAY.
SCORE A WIN FOR EVERYBODY BUT AVERAGE AMERICAN CITIZEN.
THOSE WITH STOCK IN "ENERGY" COMPANIES, BIG OIL, ETC, WILL ALSO BE SMILING, RELIEVED, CONTENT.
THE FEDERAL RESERVE WILL CALL FOR THE PRINTING OF "MO' MONEY" TO SHORE UP THE AMERICAN CURRENCY ABROAD, IN ORDER TO KEEP IT THE CURRENCY THAT DRIVES THE WHEELS OF, UMMM, INDUSTRY AND ON WE GO.
SURELY THE FED WILL RAISE INTEREST RATES AFTER THIS 'VICTORY', BEING IN THE PROFIT-MAKING BUSINESS THEMSELVES, AFTER ALL.
I CAME ACROSS A QUITE INTERESTING READ AND IT OPENED UP SOME NEW TERRITORY FOR ME, SO MAYBE YOU'LL GET A BIT OF AN EDUCATION FROM WHAT FOLLOWS AS I DID AND SEE WHAT ELSE WE'RE UP AGAINST REGARDING THE DARK SIDE OF OLD WALL STREET AND ALL WHO FEED IT.
DEEP DARK SECRETS OF WALL STREET
"Illegal naked shorting and stock manipulation are two of Wall Street's deep, dark secrets. These practices have been around for decades and have resulted in trillions of dollars being fleeced from the American public by Wall Street. In the process, many emerging companies have been put out of business. This report will explain the magnitude of this problem, how it happens, why it has been covered up and how short sellers attack a company. It will also show how all of the participants; the short hedge funds, the prime brokers and the Depository Trust Clearing Corp. (DTCC) — make unconscionable profits while the fleecing of the small American investor continues unabated.
...an article called Counterfeiting Stock (and a number of other articles on stock manipulation)....was essentially the one I would like to have written. I have decided to reproduce the article on my website in its entirety.
The catalyst for my changing my view was coming across a shocking You Tube commentary by Jim Cramer of CNBC fame. He explained in detail how as a hedge fund manager, he participated in schemes to manipulate stocks. If you haven’t seen this it is a must watch.
Why is This Important?
This problem affects the investing public. Whether invested directly in the stock market or in mutual funds, IRAs, retirement or pension plans that hold stock — it touches the majority of Americans. The participants in this fraud, which, when fully exposed, will make Enron look like child's play, have been very successful in maintaining a veil of secrecy and impenetrability. Congress and the SEC have unknowingly (?) helped keep the closet door closed. The public rarely knows when its pocket is being picked as unexplained drops in stock price get chalked up to “market forces” when they are often market manipulations.
The Cover Up
The securities industry, certain “respected” members of corporate America who like the profits from illegal shorting, certain criminal elements and our federal government do not want the public to become aware of this problem.
The reason for the cover up is money.
Everyone, including our elected officials, gets lots of money.
Consequently there is an active campaign to keep a lid on information. The denial about these illegal practices comes from the industry, the DTC, the SEC and certain members of Congress.
They are always delivered in blanket generalities.
If indeed there is no problem, as they claim, then why don't they show us the evidence instead of actively and aggressively fighting or deflecting every attempt at obtaining information that is easily accessible for them and impossible for companies and investors?
Accusers are counter attacked as being sour-grapes losers, lunatics or opportunistic lawyers trying to unjustly enrich themselves. Death threats are not an unheard of occurrence, although it doesn't appear that anyone has been “whacked” so far.
The securities industry counters with a campaign of misinformation. For example, they proudly pointed out that only one percent of the dollar volume of listed shares are fails-to-deliver.
What they don't mention:
--that the fails-to-deliver are concentrated in companies being attacked
for companies under attack, for every disclosed fail-to-deliver there maybe ten to forty times that number of undisclosed counterfeit shares
--companies under attack have seen their stock price depressed to a small fraction of the price of an average share, therefore the fails-to-deliver as a percentage of number of shares is considerably higher than as a percentage of dollar volume
--the examples cited are limited to listed companies, but much of the abuse occurs in the over the counter market, regional exchanges and on unregulated foreign exchanges that allow naked shorting of American companies, who are not even aware they are traded on the foreign exchanges."
THERE IT IS.
WE'VE BEEN INCESSANTLY 'HAD', AMERICA.
WE'VE BEEN HAD IN MORE WAYS THAN WE CAN COUNT IN A LIFETIME.
BUT LITTLE-BY-LITTLE WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE IT ALL COME UNRAVELED.
WE'RE GETTING MORE AND MORE PEEKS BEHIND THAT 'WIZARD OF OZ CURTAIN' AND IF WE'RE SMART, WE'LL GET RID OF THE WIZARDS, ALL OF THEM, AND STAND UP AND SCREAM, "WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE MAD AS HELL AND WE WILL NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE!"
OR ELSE WE CAN JUST SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND REMAIN THE SERFS AND THE SHEEPLE.
IS THERE REALLY A CHOICE?
BY THE WAY, INSIDER TRADING AND STOCK MANIPULATION IS NOT A NEW THING UNDER THE SUN.
THE SAME THINGS WERE NOT UNCOMMON BACK IN THE EARLY 1700s.
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL CAN GIVE YOU THE SHORT VERSION OF WHAT HAPPENED REGARDING THE 'SOUTH SEAS TRADING COMPANY' AT
THEN, AS IN 2008, MANY PEOPLE LOST EVERYTHING BECAUSE THEY FELL FOR THAT SCAM.
AFTER 400+ YEARS, WE HAVEN'T LEARNED MUCH, HAVE WE?
HOW FAR WILL BIG COMPANIES GO TO MAKE THOSE PROFITS?
THEY'RE WILLING TO KILL FOR PROFIT.
JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES WHO WENT THE LIMIT AND, COLLECTIVELY, CAUSED THE DEATHS OF MILLIONS:
-THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY COVER-UP
-THE ASBESTOS COMPANIES COVER-UP
-THE MERCK PHARMACEUTICAL COVER-UP
ALSO SEE The Polio Vaccine Cancer Cover-up
-THE HALLIBURTON FIX
SEE ALSO Hurricane Halliburton: Conflict, Climate Change & Catastrophe
FOR A MORE EXTENSIVE LIST, BUT BY NO MEANS THE FULL LIST, <READ HERE>.
AND OUR 'GOVERNMENT AGENCIES' ARE NOT 'ABOVE THE LAW'...
Operation Mockingbird was the result of the cooperation of the U.S. news media and the Central Intelligence Agency.
In an effort to create a propaganda network, the CIA recruited and then paid many prominent members of the media to report the stories the government wanted disseminated.
This was occurring during the 1950s and 60s, a time in which the Cold War was going from a simmer to a boil, and when lots of clandestine military activity was taking place that the military and defense department would rather not have anyone know about.
By having an active propaganda machine, the CIA was able to basically prepare press releases, hand them over to the media, and have those stories reported as news. The CIA did mention the project as a part of a 693-page release, now available for viewing from The Washington Post.
The willingness of the media to be completely subjugated by the government is troubling — but to imagine where we are now in relation to the state of the media is even more worrisome.
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Rolling Stone
Posted by Waninahi at 1:40 AM
Saturday, October 22, 2016
ABOVE: Members of Fatah's 'Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division' read a statement condemning Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
PLEASE REFER TO MY PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRY, RE: 'WHAT WE'RE TOLD ISN'T ALWAYS WHAT'S TRUE' AND REMEMBER MY MANY ARTICLES ON THE FALLACIES AMERICANS BELIEVE ABOUT THE SITUATION IN ISRAEL, PLEASE.
THE LONGER THAT WE REFUSE TO HEAR THOSE VOICES FROM GAZA AND THE WEST BANK AND REFUSE TO HELP THEM SHAKE OFF THE IRON RULE BY HAMAS AND FATAH, THE MORE OF THEM WILL LOSE THEIR LIVES WHEN THESE TWO WAR-MONGERS (FATAH AND HAMAS) START MORE WARS THERE.
ANOTHER WAR IS COMING....
WHILE ISRAEL IS CURRENTLY SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES, PERHAPS, AND ONLY PERHAPS, HER MOST DEADLY ENEMIES LIE WITHIN HER BORDERS.
BY HOOK AND BY CROOK, BOTH HAMAS AND FATAH HAVE CONNED MANY IN THE WORLD INTO BELIEVING TWO MAJOR LIES:
#1~ THAT A NEWLY CREATED PEOPLE, CALLED BY A NON-ARABIC NAME, THE "palestinians", SOMEHOW HAVE VALID CLAIM TO LAND WITHIN ISRAEL, THAT PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT EVEN INSIDE THOSE CURRENT BORDERS EVEN 100 YEARS AGO, WHO DIDN'T CALL THEMSELVES BY THAT NAME UNTIL ARAFAT POPULARIZED IT, EVEN DESIRE TO FIGHT FOR THAT LAND.
#2~ THAT THEY ARE EACH (HAMAS AND FATAH) IN EXISTENCE MERELY TO SERVE THOSE WHOM THEY CALL "palestinians", THAT THEIRS IS A "HOLY WAR", AND THAT, WHILE THEY EACH FREQUENTLY CALL FOR THE ABSOLUTE EXTERMINATION OF EVERY JEW WHO LIVES, THEY MEAN NO HARM TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE.
THAT IS TO SAY, THEY MERELY WANT A PIECE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN ORDER TO CREATE A SECOND "STATE" INSIDE ISRAEL AND THEN WILL DWELL PEACEFULLY COEXISTING WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
IT CONFOUNDS ME THAT ANYONE WITH ACCESS TO THE INTERNET IN THIS DAY AND AGE HAS FAILED TO SEE THE PROOF IN FOREIGN NEWS MEDIA, IN VIDEOS POSTED BY THE PEOPLE OF GAZA AND THE WEST BANK THEMSELVES, IN 'MANIFESTOS' BY STUDENTS THERE AGAINST HAMAS, STATEMENTS BY ARABIC SCHOLARS, MUSLIM IMAMS AND OTHERS THAT SHOW THE UTTER FALSEHOOD OF THE STATED INTENTIONS OF HAMAS AND FATAH, WHO HAVEN'T SEEN WITH THEIR OWN EYES THE PERSECUTION AND SOMETIMES EXECUTIONS OF THE VERY PEOPLE WHOM BOTH THESE LYING ENTITIES CLAIM TO REPRESENT.
WHY DON'T THOSE WHO WRITE THE "NEWS" REALIZE THAT, EVEN IF THEY HATE ISRAEL, WHEN THEY FALSELY REPORT OR TWIST OR MANIPULATE THINGS, IT IS THE PEOPLE OF GAZA AND THE WEST BANK WHO ARE THEN TRAPPED BY THE MEDIA LIES INTO ACCEPTING THE REIGNS OF TERROR INFLICTED ON THEM BY BOTH HAMAS AND FATAH?
DOESN'T ANYONE WANT THE VOICES OF THOSE CITIZENS HEARD WHO HAVE SO LONG SUFFERED UNDER THE BRUTALITY OF HAMAS AND FATAH?
AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN, THE NEW GENERATION WHO WILL ALSO HAVE TO LEARN TO BE AFRAID OF THOSE WHO RULE OVER THEM, HAMAS AND FATAH HOODLUMS?
IT'S PAST TIME THAT ALL MEDIA PUT ASIDE THEIR "JEW HATE" AND JUST HELP THE PEOPLE STRUGGLING UNDER THESE TWO LYING, EVIL FACTIONS!
AS ANYONE CAN FIND AND READ, THE PEOPLE OF GAZA HAVE BEEN DENIED ELECTIONS SINCE HAMAS CAME INTO POWER THERE.
HAMAS KNOWS THAT, IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, THE GAZAN PEOPLE WILL BE RID OF THEM!
IT CAME TO MY ATTENTION TODAY FROM A CERTAIN FOREIGN FRIEND THAT THERE APPEARS TO BE A GREAT DEAL OF PREPARATION BEING MADE WITHIN ISRAEL FOR YET ANOTHER ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST THAT LONG-BELEAGUERED TINY NATION, THAT FATAH (AND, AS IT ALWAYS FOLLOWS, HAMAS) WILL SOON LAUNCH A NEW INTERNAL STRIKE AGAINST EVERY JEWISH MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD, AND ANY AND ALL FOREIGNERS WHO GET IN THEIR WAY.
I LOOKED AT ALL THE NEWS FROM ALL MY USUAL FOREIGN SOURCES, BUT CAME ACROSS WHAT YOU WILL READ BELOW AND HAVE OBTAINED THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE TO REPUBLISH, IN TOTO, WHAT THEY HAVE UNCOVERED REGARDING THIS NEW PUSH FOR ANOTHER BLOODY WAR AGAINST ISRAEL.
MANY OTHER VERY VALID, WELL-DOCUMENTED AND CONCERNED NEWS SOURCES HAVE ECHOED WHAT GATESTONE HAS PUBLISHED TODAY AND IN THE PAST, SO I INCLUDE SEVERAL OTHER WARNINGS AND FACTS FROM THOSE OTHER SOURCES AFTER THE GATESTONE ARTICLE.
PLEASE READ AND PONDER WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, AND PLEASE REALIZE THAT THIS WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON AMERICA IN MORE WAYS THAN I CARE TO COUNT.
ISRAEL IS OUR ONLY ALLY IN ALL THE MIDDLE EAST.
EVERY OTHER NATION THERE HAS EITHER DECLARED JIHAD AGAINST AMERICA, AGAINST ALL AMERICANS, OR HAS BANKROLLED THOSE WHO HAVE.
THE TEA ROOM HUMBLY THANKS THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE FOR ALL THEY DO TO INFORM AND EDUCATE.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute:
"Palestinians: Fatah Prepares for War with Israel"
by Khaled Abu Toameh
October 19, 2016 at 5:00 am
"We have pledged to prepare an army of fighters by devoting our full abilities and energies to consolidate the option of armed struggle as the only means to liberate Palestine." — The armed wing of Fatah, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division.
The international community continues to perceive Fatah as the "moderate" Palestinian party with whom Israel should make peace. Yet Fatah is far from a single united bloc; many groups within the faction continue to seek the "liberation of Palestine" through armed struggle. Moreover, neither Abbas nor any of his senior Fatah loyalists have repudiated the war-set Fatah militias. Crucially, many of these Fatah militiamen continue to receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority.
These Fatah gunmen who are preparing for war with Israel are indirectly receiving their salaries from Western donors, including the US and many EU countries, who fund the Palestinian Authority.
These groups believe that they represent the real Fatah, the one that never recognized Israel's right to exist and holds on to armed struggle as the only way to "liberate Palestine." They are not breakaway groups. That is why they continue to operate under the name of Fatah.
Fatah is a two-faced hydra; one face tells the English-speaking international community what it wants to hear, namely, that it supports a two-state solution and seeks a peaceful settlement to the conflict with Israel, while the other tells the truth: it is committed to an armed struggle and the "liberation of Palestine," and is even preparing for war with Israel.
Some 300 members of the Palestinian Fatah faction, headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, have begun receiving "military training" in the Gaza Strip in preparation for war with Israel.
The armed wing of Fatah, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - The Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division, announced that its members have been enrolled in a new military academy for training "fighters" in the Gaza Strip. The academy, inaugurated recently in the Gaza Strip, would train the "fighters" on various fighting methods "in the context of a program for preparing for any future battle" with the "Zionist enemy."
The Nidal Academy was named for Nidal Al-Amoudi, a top Fatah militant killed by the Israel Defense Forces on January 13, 2008, after he carried out a series of armed attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers during the Second Intifada.
"The academy has been named after the commander Nidal Al-Amoudi (Abu Hussein) to fulfill his dream of qualifying the fighters militarily, morally, religiously and revolutionarily," explained a statement released by the Fatah armed group. Noting that some 300 "fighters" have already joined the academy, the group said that they have begun undergoing training in various methods of warfare.
"We have pledged to prepare an army of fighters by devoting our full abilities and energies to consolidate the option of armed struggle as the only means to liberate Palestine," the group declared.
The Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division is one of several Fatah-affiliated militias that continue to operate in the Gaza Strip despite Hamas's violent takeover of the area in the summer of 2007. These groups pose no threat to the Hamas regime, which is why they are allowed to operate freely in different parts of the Gaza Strip.
The groups' explicit policy is to prepare for war with Israel and launch terror attacks against Israelis. Hamas, however, which expelled their leaders from the Gaza Strip and continues to persecute dozens of Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip, is not on their hit list.
The Fatah-affiliated militia inauguration of its own "military" academy in the Gaza Strip is a novel move. In recent years, Fatah armed groups have posted videos of their men undergoing military training orchards and fields, far from the watchful eyes of their rivals in Hamas. Now it seems that Hamas has nothing to fear from the Fatah militants, as Israel is the sole target.
Thus instead of training their men to retake the Gaza Strip and liberate it from the oppressive regime of Hamas, the Fatah "fighters" are busy preparing for war with Israel or fighting among themselves. Indeed, it appears that the Fatah armed groups are actually competing with Hamas for the title of "Most Prepared to Destroy Israel." Like Hamas, they wish to win the hearts and minds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by showing that they too support the "armed struggle" against Israel and seek to "liberate Palestine."
Fortunately for Hamas, the Fatah militias are rather preoccupied with internecine struggles. This leaves precious little time to think about ways of improving their people's lives.
Today, at least five other Fatah armed groups function in the Gaza Strip: The Abu Rish Brigades, the Jihad Jibril Brigades, the Abdel Qader Husseini Brigades, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the Fatah Sukkur (Hawks). Some of these groups have in the past claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Israel. And there is not much harmony or love between these Fatah groups, whose members regard each other as rivals and political foes rather than comrades and colleagues.
Sources in the Gaza Strip point out that many of the members of these groups are former Palestinian Authority policemen who lost their jobs after the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. As such, many of them remain on the payroll of the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that they are more than willing to lambast Mahmoud Abbas and his policies. In other words, these Fatah gunmen who are preparing for war with Israel are indirectly receiving their salaries from Western donors, including the US and many EU countries, who fund the Palestinian Authority.
The Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division recently launched a scathing attack on Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.
Masked members of the group posted a video on social media in which they strongly condemned Abbas for attending the funeral, saying they are opposed to any form of "normalization" with Israel. They demanded that Abbas apologize to the Palestinians and Fatah, adding that the "armed struggle was the only way to "liberate Palestine."
More recently, the same group "welcomed" the shooting attack that was carried out in Jerusalem by Musbah Abu Sbeih and in which two Israelis were killed -- a 60-year-old grandmother and a 29-year-old police officer.
"This heroic operation is a clear message that the armed struggle is a deeply-rooted doctrine among Palestinians," the group stated.
"The operation is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation."
Make no mistake.
These groups believe that they represent the real Fatah, the one that never recognized Israel's right to exist and holds on to armed struggle as the only way to "liberate Palestine." They are not breakaway groups. That is why they continue to operate under the name of Fatah. In their view, they are following the principles of their former leader, Yasser Arafat, who launched Fatah as a "national liberation movement" and never truly abandoned the option of an armed struggle against Israel. It is Abbas and his colleagues in Fatah, they say, who have deviated from Fatah's doctrine and true goals.
The power play among Fatah militias in the Gaza Strip reflects the wider division among Fatah's political leaders. According to Palestinian sources, Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip have truly become disassociated from the faction's leadership in the West Bank.
Abbas's aides blame exiled Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan for the schism, claiming that he provides dissenting Fatah officials with money, in an attempt to undermine the Palestinian president, who is also head of Fatah.
Abbas recently summoned Fatah leaders from the Gaza Strip to an emergency meeting in Ramallah to discuss Dahlan's growing influence in the Gaza Strip and the rifts in Fatah.
The move came after thousands of Fatah members who are loyal to Dahlan staged a large demonstration in the Gaza Strip against Abbas. During the protest, they burned and trampled on pictures of Abbas.
Such developments in Fatah are notable for a specific reason: by and large, the international community continues to perceive Fatah as the "moderate" Palestinian party with whom Israel should make peace. Yet Fatah is far from a single united bloc; many groups within the faction, in their own words, continue to seek the "liberation of Palestine" through armed struggle.
Moreover, neither Abbas nor any of his senior Fatah loyalists in the West Bank have repudiated the war-set Fatah militias. Crucially, many of these Fatah militiamen continue to receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority.
Fatah is, in fact, a two-faced hydra; one face tells the English-speaking international community what it wants to hear, namely, that it supports a two-state solution and seeks a peaceful settlement to the conflict with Israel, while the other tells the truth: it is committed to an armed struggle and the "liberation of Palestine" and is even preparing for war with Israel. Worth noting as well is that some of these Fatah militias also continue to operate in some parts of those territories controlled by Abbas's security forces in the West Bank. And like their cohorts in the Gaza Strip, they too receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas has lost the Gaza Strip not only to Hamas, but also to his own erstwhile Fatah supporters, who are marching in a totally different direction from the Fatah leadership in the West Bank.
The dispute between Fatah and Hamas, which has effectively split the Palestinians into two entities, one in the West Bank and the other in the Gaza Strip, is one reason Palestinians are farther than ever from achieving an independent Palestinian state.
The infighting in Fatah and the gulf separating its leaders is another. Abbas's claim to sole Fatah leadership is hardly credible to even the most credulous of Abbas backers: thousands of his "fighters" are preparing for war with Israel.
~Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist, is based in Jerusalem.
[END GATESTONE INSTITUTE ARTICLE]
WILL YOU BELIEVE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, WHO WANTS HAMAS TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST ITS OWN GAZAN CITIZENS?
THEY REPORTED ON THE VICIOUS MURDERS OF GAZAN PEOPLE BY HAMAS.
KEEP IN MIND THAT 'AMNESTY' HAS ALSO SPOKEN AGAINST ISRAEL SEVERAL TIMES.
DARE WE BELIEVE THEY'RE JUST REPORTING FACTS, TRUTH?
"Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in July and August 2014, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
‘Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict highlights a series of abuses, such as the extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others, including members and supporters of Hamas’s political rivals, Fatah.
“In the chaos of the conflict, the de facto Hamas administration granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuses including against people in its custody. These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.”
“Instead of upholding justice, the Hamas authorities and leadership have continuously encouraged and facilitated these appalling crimes against powerless individuals. Their failure to even condemn the unlawful killings, abduction and torture of perceived suspects leaves them effectively with blood on their hands,” said Philip Luther. "
“Hamas forces have displayed a disregard for the most fundamental rules of international humanitarian law. Torture and cruel treatment of detainees in an armed conflict is a war crime. Extrajudicial executions are also war crimes. "
FROM THE U.K., WHO HAS NEVER BEEN A 'BIG FAN' OF ISRAEL AND OFTEN REPORTS NEGATIVELY ON WHAT GOES ON IN ISRAEL, BUT SOMETIMES THE TRUTH JUST SCREAMS TO BE TOLD:
BELOW IS JUST ONE SOURCE OF FIVE WHO REPORTED THIS IN THE U.K.
Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war
[ NOTE: I BELIEVE IT WAS BOTH FRENCH AND EITHER GERMAN OR ITALIAN JOURNALISTS WHO ALSO REPORTED ON THIS, WHO SAW IT WITH THEIR OWN EYES AND DIDN'T DARE REPORT IT UNTIL THEY WERE SAFELY OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST. THEY SAW HAMAS ROCKETS DESTROY A U.N. SCHOOL AND THEN HAMAS TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE AN ISRAELI ROCKET HAD KILLED THE OCCUPANTS.
ONE OF THE GAZAN FATHERS ALSO TOLD THE TRUTH AFTER HE MANAGED TO GET HIS CHILD TO HOSPITAL.
GAZANS KNEW WHO DID THIS, BUT MOST WERE TOO AFRAID OF HAMAS TO SPEAK UP.
JOURNALISTS ALSO RECORDED HAMAS FIRING ROCKETS FROM SCHOOL YARDS AND FROM ATOP HOSPITALS, FROM BESIDE GAZAN HOMES.
THE TEA ROOM CERTAINLY UNDERSTANDS THE FEAR OF THOSE JOURNALISTS AND OF THE GAZAN PEOPLE WHENIT COMES TO HAMAS...IT IS NOT UNFOUNDED.]
"Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.
Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.
The damning report urged armed Palestinian groups to end attacks on civilians in Israel and to protect those in the Gaza Strip from the effects of such attacks.
[HAMAS] rocket attacks had killed six civilians in Israel, including a child, but other rockets aimed at the Jewish state had fallen short and killed at least 13 civilians, 11 of them children, when a projectile exploded next to a supermarket in the crowded Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza.
Army figures released after the war ended on August 26 showed Gaza militants fired 4,591 projectiles at Israel.
Of those, 3,659 struck Israeli territory and 735 were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system, leaving another 197 falling short and landing inside the coastal enclave.
- 'Flagrant disregard' -
Militant groups used unguided projectiles which were "inherently indiscriminate," the report said, noting they are "prohibited under international law and their use constitutes a war crime."
HAMAS HAS OFTEN PROVEN TO BE INEPT IN THEIR ROCKET LAUNCHES, BUT ARE THEY ALSO UNAWARE THAT ANYONE WITH A VIDEO RECORDER CAN FILM THE TRACKS OF THEIR MIS-AIMED, FAULTY ROCKETS?
FROM ONE OF THE FEW AMERICAN NEWS SITES NOT AFRAID TO POST SOME FACTS...BREITBART...
Palestinians Reveal the Truth about Gaza: 'Hamas Wanted Us Butchered So It Could Win the Media War Against Israel'
“We are under Hamas occupation, and if you ask most of us, we would rather be under Israeli occupation… We miss the days when we were able to work inside Israel and make good money. We miss the security and calm Israel provided when it was here.” — S., graduate of an American university, former Hamas sympathizer.
These quotes were collected by Mudar Zarhan, a Jordanian-Palestinian writer and activist at the Gatestone Institute, who used his contacts in the West Bank to secure secret interviews with friends and family members in Gaza. All spoke anonymously because of the understandable fear that if their identities were revealed they would face execution by the ruthless Hamas regime.
[PLEASE DO UNDERSTAND, THIS IS A "JORDANAIN-PALESTINIAN" MAN WRITING, NOT AN AMERICAN, NOT A JEW.]
What the interviews show is that many of the deaths attributed to Israel during the conflict were in fact caused directly or indirectly by Hamas.
Some were opponents of the regime – often Fatah members – who were shot as “Israeli spies” pour encourager les autres.
One – Ayman Taha – was a senior Hamas leader murdered by his own side but supposedly martyred, according to Hamas press release by Israeli air strikes. Others were killed while demonstrating against Hamas on the streets.
According to D, a store owner:
“There were two major protests against Hamas during the third week of thewar. When Hamas fighters opened fire at the protesters in the BaitHanoun area and the Shijaiya, five were killed instantly. I saw thatwith my own eyes. Many were injured. A doctor at Shifa hospital told methat 35 were killed at both protests. He went and saw their bodies atthe morgue.”
Many more deaths were caused by Hamas’s refusal to allow Gazans to take shelter from Israeli attacks.
Israel’s claims that it was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties went largely unreported.
So too did the Hamas weapons caches under mosques, the rockets fired from hospitals and the vast network of tunnels built to facilitate a planned cross-border spectacular – timed for the Jewish New Year which began yesterday – whereby Hamas terrorists planned to kill or kidnap as many Israelis as possible.
Partly this was the result of reporting restrictions.
All journalists operating from inside Gaza were aware that if they failed to toe the Hamas line they would be immediately expelled – or worse. "
I KNOW THAT MANY THOUSANDS OF ARAB RESIDENTS OF GAZA AND THE WEST BANK JUST WANT PEACE.
I KNOW THAT MANY HAVE ALSO EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO LEAVE THOSE TWO AREAS AND GO BACK HOME TO FAMILIES IN EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER NATIONS.
SOME WOULD EVEN LIKE TO COME TO AMERICA.
HOWEVER, ALL ARE BASICALLY CAPTIVES THERE OF HAMAS AND FATAH WHO WILL BOTH USE AND ABUSE THEM FOR PUBLICITY AGAINST ISRAEL.
NEITHER HAMAS NOR FATAH CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN PEOPLE. THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED AS MUCH EACH TIME THEY REFUSE TO LET ANY OF THEM ESCAPE THE ISRAELI FIRE THEY DREW BY THEIR IDIOTIC ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL.
THEY PROVOKE, THEN CRY FOR INTERNATIONAL HELP.
WHEN THAT HELP COMES, DO THE PEOPLE GAIN FROM ANY OF IT?
GO THERE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHO LIVES IN LUXURY AND WHO LIVES IN RUINS.
GO TO THE PEOPLE OF GAZA, THE WEST BANK, NOT TO LIARS OF HAMAS AND FATAH.
ARAFAT CREATED A MONSTER WITH HIS 'PLO', WITH LABELING AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH A FAKE NAME, AND TELLING THE WORLD THAT ALL WHO RESIDE IN GAZA AND THE WEST BANK SIDE WITH HIM IN THE OBLITERATION OF ISRAEL AS A NATION AND AS A PEOPLE.
ARAFAT WAS A LIAR, A THIEF, A SWINDLER OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.
BECAUSE OF HIS INITIAL LIES, THOSE WHO WANT TO ESCAPE, WHO WANT TO LEAVE THERE ARE NOT WELCOME IN ANY ARAB NATION BECAUSE THEY CARRY THAT LABEL "PALESTINIANS".
ONLY WHEN THE WORLD'S MAJOR NEWS SOURCES START GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN FEAR EVERY DAY UNDER THE TERRORISTS OF HAMAS AND FATAH CAN
WE HOPE TO SEE RELIEF FOR THOSE WHO MERELY WANT PEACE.
WHEN THIS NEW WAR BREAKS OUT, WHEN HAMAS OR FATAH FIRES ON ISRAEL FIRST, FIRES ROCKETS TOWARD ISRAEL AGAIN, SENDS SUICIDE BOMBERS OUT AGAIN, BEGINS TO MURDER AND ARREST AND TORTURE INNOCENT GAZANS AGAIN AND BLAMES THEIR DEATHS ON ISRAEL, DO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO HEAR FROM THOSE IN GAZA, IN THE WEST BANK.
WE HAVE TO HELP THEM BREAK FREE OF HAMAS AND FATAH...IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN.
Abbas to Arab Leaders: Go to Hell!, 2016-09-26
Palestinians: "The Mafia of Destruction", 2016-09-21
Posted by Waninahi at 4:31 AM
Friday, October 21, 2016
TO ILLUSTRATE MY POINT HERE TODAY, THE ABOVE MAP WAS PROVIDED BY THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY (JMA). IT IS SUPPOSED TO SHOW THE MOST RECENT EARTHQUAKES FOR JAPAN.
PLEASE NOTICE THAT IT SHOWS NO RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN THE NORTH OF JAPAN NEAR THE FALLING-DOWN FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.
IF YOU WILL, GO TO ANOTHER WEBSITE THAT REPORTS ON RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN JAPAN AND NOTICE HOW MANY QUAKES ACTUALLY WERE RECORDED IN THE NORTH WITHIN THE PAST 2 DAYS.
PLEASE NOTICE THAT IT SHOWS NO RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN THE NORTH OF JAPAN NEAR THE FALLING-DOWN FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.
IF YOU WILL, GO TO ANOTHER WEBSITE THAT REPORTS ON RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN JAPAN AND NOTICE HOW MANY QUAKES ACTUALLY WERE RECORDED IN THE NORTH WITHIN THE PAST 2 DAYS.
FROM JAPAN TIMES, OCT.21, 2016
AT LEAST 14 PEOPLE INJURED.
"A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shook parts of western Honshu early Friday afternoon, damaging homes and roads and cutting power to almost 77,000 households.
The Meteorological Agency said the earthquake occurred at 2:07 p.m. in central Tottori Prefecture, about 700 km west of Tokyo, at a depth of 10 km. It was followed by a weaker aftershock about 30 minutes later.
NO TSUNAMI DANGER
The agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland temblor.
Okayama City Fire Department said a woman in her 70s was taken to hospital after she fell and broke her right leg. Five people are reported to have been injured in Tottori Prefecture, while others sustained injuries in Okayama, Hyogo and neighboring prefectures, according to police and other sources.
Two houses collapsed in the town of Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, according to the local fire department. Roads were cracked and roof tiles laid strewn in the town. A number of dwellings in other parts of the prefecture suffered damage.
About 2,700 residents evacuated from their homes, according to local officials.
In Kurayoshi in the prefecture, ATMs at some local banks temporarily went offline due to a power outage.
RAILWAY SUSPENDED, AIRPORT CLOSED...
West Japan Railway Co. temporarily suspended all services on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka and Hakata stations.
Okayama airport closed its runway to check for safety.
SHIMANE NUCLEAR PLANT APPEARS TO BE UNDAMAGED.
FEW REALIZE HOW DANGEROUS IT IS FOR ANY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO LOSE POWER.
ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT FUKUSHIMA TO SEE WHAT THAT CAN LEAD TO.
No abnormalities were detected at the Shimane nuclear plant, which is currently off-line, in nearby Shimane Prefecture, according to the utility.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN U.S.G.S. REPORTING AND THE REPORT FROM THE ACTUAL AREA HIT...
Japan's Earthquake Early Warning System initially put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.7, but the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) revised the magnitude down to 6.6.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), meanwhile, put the magnitude significantly lower, at 6.2.
WHY DOES USGS OFTEN LOWER THE NUMBERS?
THERE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINTS FOR QUITE AWHILE ABOUT THIS, BUT TO NO AVAIL.
SEE THE PDF Discrepancies between pidc, isc, and usgs seismic magnitude
THE DISCREPANCY HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED DUE TO COMPLAINTS FROM AMERICANS AND OTHER NATIONS, AND IT WAS FOUND THAT USGS AVERAGES ABOUT A 0.4 LOWER LISTING FOR MANY EARTHQUAKES THAN DO OTHER REPORTING AGENCIES, BUT NO ONE COULD PINPOINT THE ROOT OF THIS DISCREPANCY AND IT HAS CONTINUED SINCE ABOUT 1996.
( REPORT BY J. Murphy, J. Dewey and R. Willmann)
AFTER TODAY'S DOWNGRADE BY USGS, THE TEA ROOM WAS REMINDED OF THIS HAPPENING TIME AFTER TIME BOTH HERE AND ABROAD.
BACK ON OCTOBER 20, 2011, A LOT OF ANGRY CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS AND SOME SCIENTISTS COMPLAINED AT HOW USGS HANDLED THE CLASSIFICATION OF THE TWO SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKES.
USGS DOWNGRADED THE SECOND QUAKE DESPITE EVIDENCE THAT THEY WERE BOTH IN THE 4.0 AND ABOVE RANGE.
AFTER I HAD READ INITIAL REPORTS AND SEEN THE INITIAL MAGNITUDES POSTED AND THEN SEEN THEM CHANGED, A DISCUSSION AMONG RESIDENTS IN COMMENTS AND BY THE WEBSITE AUTHOR, ALSO A BAY AREA RESIDENT, INTRIGUED ME...
AS ANYONE CAN SEE FROM THE ACTUAL SEISMOGRAPH OF THE TWO QUAKES, THE SECOND QUAKE WAS INDEED STRONGER, BUT USGS RULED OTHERWISE.
"To put the USGS initial reporting ‘error’ into perspective, in the particular case of Quake-2, they initially rated it magnitude 4.2, then downgraded to 3.8, which is a difference in strength of 2.5 times! In other words, their error was 250%. (Note, it’s a logarithmic scale, e.g. a magnitude 5 is 10x stronger than a magnitude 4)."
7 DAYS LATER, SAME THING AS ANOTHER QUAKE STRUCK THE SAME AREA AND AGAIN, USGS INITIALLY RANKED IT A 4.2, THEN, JUST AS BEFORE, DOWNGRADED IT TO A 3.8!
ON THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 26, 2016, TRUCKEE, OHIO HAD A RARE QUAKE WHICH USGS RATED AS A 5.2 INITIALLY, BUT THEN...YES, THEY DOWNGRADED THAT TO A 4.7.
THERE IS SIMPLY NO VALID EXPLANATION FOR THIS TENDENCY BY USGS.
THE CASE OF THE FOUR DISAPPEARING CANADIAN EARTHQUAKES, APRIL 14, 2012
DO CAPTURED SCREENSHOTS LIE, OR DOES THE USGS?
TWO OF THESE QUAKES WERE MAGNITUDE >6.0, WHILE THE OTHER TWO WERE MAGNITUDE >5.0.
HOW DID THEY JUST DISAPPEAR?
WHILE THAT WEBSITE'S VIEW IN NO WAY MATCHES MY OWN, FACTS ARE FACTS, NO MATTER WHERE WE FIND THE DOCUMENTATION OF THEM.
THE INFORMATION ON THOSE 4 QUAKES WAS DULY POSTED, THEN REMOVED, WITH NO EXPLANATION.
THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND MAY, IN FACT, BE QUITE UNETHICAL.
THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA'S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TEAM CAME UNDER FIRE AND WAS BEING PUSHED BY BIG OIL COMPANIES TO DOWNPLAY FRACKING AS BEING THE CAUSE OF A >5.0 AND MANY >4.0 EARTHQUAKES THERE, AS AN NBC AFFILIATE STATION REPORTED.
"According to an e-mail from 2013, OGS Seismologist Austin Holland was asked to meet with OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY President David Boren and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm.
A Tulsa World article on the issue refers to OGS e-mails obtained through an open records request by the website Energywire.
After another meeting, Holland wrote "the basic gist of the meeting is that Continental does not feel induced seismicity is an issue, and they are nervous about any dialog on the subject."
"It's always remarkable to see it in black and white," Soraghan said of the e-mails.
IT'S ALSO DISHEARTENING.
In past interviews, Holland has complained of the oil industry’s attempts to “influence his work,” and in a new Bloomberg story he describes the meeting with Boren and Hamm as “just a little bit intimidating.”
From Bloomberg’s Benjamin Elgin and Matthew Phillips:
During the meeting, Hamm requested that Holland be careful when publicly discussing the possible connection between oil and gas operations and a big jump in the number of earthquakes, which geological researchers were increasingly tying to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater, a byproduct of the fracking boom that Continental has helped pioneer. “It was an expression of concern,” Holland recalls.
Continental Resources disagrees with that description:"
THE PLOT THICKENS!
CONTINENTAL RESOURCES OIL CEO WAS ASKED FOR $25 MILLION DONATION BY THE OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
"In a Tulsa World story by Randy Krehbiel, OU President David Boren called a recent piece by EnergyWire’s Mike Sorgahan “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.”
EnergyWire and Sorgahan, stand by the June 23 story, which reports that scientists at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which operates out of OU, “came up with a position that squared with Hamm’s, saying most of the hundreds of earthquakes rattling the state are natural and not caused by the oil industry” — a position the agency later reversed.
The EnergyWire story was sourced with records and emails obtained through the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Sorgahan tells the World:
“We sought and received comment from the university spokeswoman before the story ran,” Soraghan wrote. “All of her responses were included in the story. We have not been contacted by the university or the Oklahoma Geological Survey since the story published.”
At least some of the emails referenced in the EnergyWire story were independently verified by the World. Those emails show that OU fundraising officials had developed a proposal, and that Boren and another university official had scheduled a meeting with Continental Resources Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm:
In previous articles, EnergyWire has reported on the close relationship between the university and the oil industry, including a 2013 meeting with Boren, Hamm and state seismologist Austin Holland of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Holland has acknowledged feeling “pressure” from the industry — and university emails show Hamm wanted scientists fired who were linking the oil and gas industry to earthquakes, Bloomberg reported in May.
Hamm denies he tried to “bully” scientists, and Boren and Holland say interactions and conversations with representatives of the oil industry haven’t changed scientific research."
BIG OIL CALLS SHOTS OR UNIVERSITIES FUNDED BY BIG OIL DO?
SAY IT AIN'T SO!
LISTEN, AMERICANS, SUCH THINGS AS THIS HAPPEN FAR MORE FREQUENTLY THAN MOST ARE AWARE OF.
IN THE CASE OF JAPAN, UNDER-REPORTING AND MAGNITUDE-CHANGING OF EARTHQUAKES SERVES THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY THE MOST AS JAPAN IS SCRAMBLING TO BRING BACK ALL ITS NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS, BUT THEY KEEP FAILING THE TESTS THAT WOULD ALLOW IT.
IF EITHER JAPANESE CITIZENS OR CITIZENS OF OTHER NATIONS SAW HOW MANY AND HOW FREQUENT AND HOW BIG JAPAN'S EARTHQUAKES ARE, PERHAPS PEOPLE WOULD BE AFRAID TO ALLOW THEM TO OPERATE, KNOWING HOW EASILY THEY COULD BECOME WORSE THAN THE HIROSHIMA BOMB AFTER A DEVASTATING QUAKE.
SAME GOES FOR HERE IN AMERICA, BUT HERE, WE'RE OBLIGED TO BIG OIL AND BIG GAS COMPANIES MORE THAN TO NUCLEAR ENERGY AS WE HAVE A NATIONAL OIL/GAS GLUT GOING ON.
WE USE THOSE RESOURCES MORE THAN SEVERAL OTHER BIG NATIONS COMBINED.
IT DOES NOT BEHOOVE THOSE WHO REPORT THE REAL NEWS TO DO SO IF BIG OIL AND BIG GAS OBJECTS.
AFTER ALL, THE SAME WEALTH THAT CONTROLS THOSE MEGA-COMPANIES ALSO CONTROLS OUR MAJOR NEWS MEDIA.
WHEN I LEARNED AS A CHILD OF 13 YEARS OLD HOW THE BIG NAMES OF WALL STREET ABSOLUTELY CALL THE SHOTS IN OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, INFLUENCES HOW WE THINK AND HOW WE VOTE AND EVERYTHING ELSE, I FELT SICK.
I WEPT, I DIDN'T WANT TO BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING AND HEARING.
I HID MY EYES FROM THE REALITY OF IT FOR ALMOST A YEAR, IN DEEP DENIAL
AND THEN, LIKE ANY GOOD STOIC, I ACCEPTED WHAT WAS FACT AND SET OUT TO FIND OUT HOW IT HAD HAPPENED AND WHY.
I STILL LOVE MY COUNTRY PASSIONATELY...MY NATION...NOT ITS LEADERS, BUT ITS "COMMON PEOPLE", THE AVERAGE JOE AND JANE, THE OLD "AMERICAN DREAM", AND THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE WE ALLOWED IT TO BE TAKEN OVER BY THOSE WHO DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT US, WHO CARE ONLY ABOUT PROFITS AND POWER AND BEING THE "KING OF THE HILL".
THEY BUY POLITICIANS, JOURNALISTS, EDUCATORS, SCIENTISTS AND OUR VOTES, ANY WAY THEY CAN.
THEY APPEAR TO HAVE NEITHER ETHICS NOR CONSCIENCE.
WHEN THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED AS A REPUBLIC, NOT A DEMOCRACY, OLD BEN FRANKLIN SAID WE'D HAVE THAT REPUBLIC "IF YOU CAN KEEP IT".
WE WERE TO BE THE "WATCHMEN ON THE WALL" WHO NEVER TOOK OUR EYES OFF THOSE WE CHOSE TO PUT IN POWER IN HIGH PLACES, BUT WE BECAME APATHETIC, COMPLACENT, AND, PERHAPS A DECADE BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE 20th CENTURY, THE PLAN TO CONTROL US BY "ETERNAL DEBT" WAS IMPLEMENTED AND A WAY WAS FOUND TO MAKE US A "DEBTOR NATION, AN INDEBTED PEOPLE".
SINCE 1917 WE'VE BEEN IN A DEATH SPIRAL AND ONLY WE, THE PEOPLE, CAN RECOGNIZE WHO IS BEHIND IT AND STOP THEM FROM KILLING AMERICA.
YES, I HAVE WRITTEN THE EULOGY FOR AMERICA ON THIS BLOG, BUT I HAVE NEVER GIVEN UP HOPE, FOR TO DO SO IS TO DIE INSIDE AND TO ACCEPT DEATH WITHOUT.
I CAN WRITE ABOUT HER DEATH, MY AMERICA, BUT I DAMNED SURE CAN'T SHOVEL DIRT IN HER FACE AND FILL THAT GRAVE.
WHEN WE BUT LOOK, SEEK, DETERMINE TO FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON AND WHO'S BEHIND IT, A WHOLE NEW WORLD OPENS UP BEFORE US AND MAYBE WE SEE WHY AND MAYBE EVEN HOW WE HAVE TO SAVE WHAT'S LEFT.
YOU SEE, IT'S REALLY NOT JUST THAT THE USGS HAS CHANGED MAGNITUDES OF EARTHQUAKES, IT'S THAT EVERY GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS SUCKED-ON TO THE PAPS OF "THE GREAT FEEDERS"...THOSE WHOM MANY WORSHIP AS "JOB-GIVERS", AS THE "INDUSTRIAL BACKBONE OF AMERICA".
THAT GREAT WEALTH CONTROLS MANY THINGS, OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THOSE WE HAVE FOOLISHLY COUNTED ON TO PROTECT AND SERVE US.
NASA WAS BUSTED 'BIG-TIME' FOR COVERING UP SIGNS OF PRECURSOR TO QUAKES OUT ON THE WEST COAST BACK IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR.
"Within a three hour time frame, so much Carbon Monoxide spewed into the atmosphere, that typical ground levels of 150 parts-per-billion-by-volume (ppbv) skyrocketed to more than forty thousand (40,000) ppbv! covering almost the entire state of California. "
THAT REPORT MAKES FOR DISMAL READING, BUT IS NECESSARY, AS ALL SUCH IS, SO THAT WE SEE AND REALIZE HOW VERY LITTLE WE CAN COUNT ON SUCH AGENCIES TO LOOK OUT FOR THE GOOD OF AVERAGE CITIZENS.
NASA's OWN SATELLITE IMAGES CONFIRM THAT THEY WERE GUILTY.
WE'VE SEEN RADIATION LEVELS MISREPORTED OR NOT REPORTED AT ALL, TOXINS IN OUR WATER UNDER-REPORTED, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS DENIED, THE POISONING OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY IGNORED, PLAYED DOWN, THE CREATION OF DRUGS TO MAKE US MINDLESS ZOMBIES, ALL WITHOUT LONG-TERM STUDIES, ACCEPTED, THE JUGGLING OF FIGURES AND OUTRIGHT REFUSAL OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO ALLOW CONGRESS TO AUDIT IT, ITS REFUSAL TO ALLOW FOREIGN NATIONS TO RECLAIM THEIR OWN GOLD SUPPLIES FROM THE U.S., THE MANIPULATIONS OF THE STOCK MARKET, THE CURRENT BRIBERY OF THE OPEC NATIONS TO STOP PUMPING OIL SO THAT WALL STREET CAN ENJOY THE PROFITS OF $5.00 PER GALLON GASOLINE AGAIN, THE HIGH PRICE OF HEATING FUEL AS WE GO INTO WINTER, THE HIGHER PRICES FOR GOODS AS THEY CAN CLAIM IT COSTS MORE TO TRANSPORT THOSE TO US.
FOR OVER FOUR YEARS I'VE BEEN PASSING ON WHAT I'VE LEARNED THESE PAST 57 YEARS SINCE I WAS THAT AWAKENING CHILD OF 13.
I DON'T WRITE THIS BLOG LIGHTLY.
I HAVE NIGHTMARES THAT I'LL REPORT SOMETHING THAT ISN'T CORRECT,
I TRIPLE-CHECK EVERYTHING AND HAVE STILL MADE A FEW ERRORS HERE, AS YOU HAVE READ MY ADMISSIONS TO THOSE ONCE I DISCOVERED THEM.
NOT KNOWING IF I GET MANY MORE TOMORROWS, I MUST BE VERY CAREFUL TO NOT MISLEAD, TO NEVER LIE, TO ALWAYS DO AND SAY AND BE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT AND I AGREE THAT THE PEOPLE MUST COME FIRST, NOT ME.
THE TRUTH MUST BE SHOWN, NO MATTER WHOM IT HURTS OR ANGERS.
HONOR, WE MUST BE HONORABLE...AND ACCOUNTABLE TO HONOR.
SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE, ALWAYS GO FIND THINGS OUT FOR YOURSELVES, BUT NEVER BLIND YOURSELVES TO TRUTH, EVEN WHEN IT BREAKS YOUR HEART OR CURDLES YOUR BLOOD OR MAKES YOU SICK.
QUESTION EVERYTHING, AND SEEK THE GREATEST KNOWLEDGE, THE DEEPEST TRUTHS.
WE LEARN, OR WE PERISH.
MAY YOU FOREVER BE WELL AND FREE.
Posted by Waninahi at 10:50 PM