Nuke

Ten reasons why we should celebrate the inevitable nuclear holocaust


So beautiful.
Our leaders are eager to escalate a conflict that could very easily spiral out of control. So why not embrace the inevitable?

A hundred years ago, the world "sleepwalked" into the First World War, the war that wiped out an entire generation of Europeans. Aren't we repeating the same sleepwalking march again, this time with even deadlier consequences? The recent baiting and bullying of Russia and the Russian-speaking population of Eastern Ukraine; the proposals in Congress to supply lethal military aid to Ukraine coupled with the Defense Secretary nominee's enthusiasm for such help, all indicate a major dysfunction of rationality.

Russia has been sending signals that it is not backing off from this conflict, that the situation in Ukraine is too important to its national security. Recent signals of Russia's resolve include its reformulation of its military doctrine that views NATO expansion into Russia's neighborhood as the major threat; and the view of US policy in Ukraine as a proxy war against Russia.

While some scholars and journalists point to the possibility, if not inevitability, of the all out war, major news outlets prefer to underreport the depth of the conflict, treating it as something farcical rather than tragic. Maybe the press and politicians have the point? After all, how can a possible war with a nuclear-armed rival be serious? So let's learn from our political leaders and stop worrying. We might as well die laughing:

10. In regular wars, common people die in the trenches while those who send them there spend their time giving speeches at luncheons and making TV appearances. By contrast, a nuclear war will put everyone in the same boat. We, the people, should all rejoice in the fact that we'll finally witness the examples of personal courage and leadership provided by our brave politicians. To see a politician putting his money where his mouth is, is one of the greatest joys of citizenry. For many true patriots, it is a joy worth dying for.

9. A nuclear war will provide great satisfaction for messianic nations that take offense at America's self-proclaimed status of "exceptional" and "indispensable." The US's status as the only nation that had used nuclear bombs against civilians will no longer be exceptional.

Life Preserver

Minsk ceasefire deal: Ukraine ceasefire agreement, point by point

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) during a meeting on February 11, 2015 in Minsk.
A glimpse of hope has appeared for peace in Ukraine after a 13-point memorandum was signed Thursday in Minsk.

The deal was brokered by the leaders of France, Germany and Russia, who joined their Ukrainian counterpart on Wednesday for marathon overnight negotiations.

The deal was signed by the so-called "contact group," which includes the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, a representative of the OSCE, Ukraine's former President Viktor Kuchma and the Russian ambassador to Ukraine.

Here is a breakdown of the deal:

1. A comprehensive ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Comes into force at 00.00 (Kiev time) on February 15.
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2. A pullout of heavy weapons. The parties agreed to a compromise disengagement line. Kiev is to pull artillery and other hardware from the current frontline while the rebels would do it from the frontline as it was in September, before they gained ground in a January counter-offensive. The OSCE-monitored safety zone would be 50 km to 150 km wide for weapons, depending on their range. The pullout is to be completed by March 1.

Comment: After a marathon 17-hour series of meetings, a framework is - theoretically - in place to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.

Will it work?

It depends on the goodwill of all parties concerned.

Far from becoming breakaway republics, Donetsk and Lugansk would remain in Ukraine.

More importantly, however, the Kiev regime would no longer be on a war footing. This will present the regime with big problems. The glue that has held this collapsing country together since the coup last February is war. Without war, and faced with having to actually fix ALL of Ukraine, how long will a rabidly anti-Russian, ultra-capitalist regime last?

And then there's the 'silent party' behind these talks. Without a war on Russia's and the EU's doorstep, how can the US keep Europe on a war footing with Russia? If EU-Russian relations normalize, and strengthen via mutual cooperation in terms of both increased trade and security, America loses.

The question is, will the 'Greatest Nation on Earth' go quietly?


Vader

"America hell-bent on war": 80-year-old analyst Stephen Lendman has never been more afraid

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I'm 80 years old. I was never scared throughout the Cold War years. I'm very scared now." That is what Stephen Lendman, a Research Associate for the Centre for Research on Globalization told Sputnik in an exclusive interview regarding recent developments related to the military conflict in Ukraine.

As the Normandy Four are set to meet in Minsk on Wednesday to discuss possible ways out of the deteriorating military conflict in eastern Ukraine, Stephen Lendman forecasts that the US won't drop its idea of waging a full-size war in the region.

Washington under the Democrats or Republicans wants war, not peace, he said. "In the post-9/11 era alone, not a single day of peace has followed. Multiple US direct and proxy wars rage. US Special Forces (trained killers) operate covertly and overtly in over 130 countries disruptively."

'Ignore What Germany and France Say Publicly; Follow What They Do'

He says that "Merkel and Hollande (Germany and France) are bedrock US-dominated NATO members." "Ignore what they say publicly; follow what they do," he advised. "Throughout the Ukrainian crisis, they haven't gone their own way against Washington...nor has Britain's David Cameron."
"I'm sure Merkel and Hollande tried to get Putin to largely bend to Washington's will; in other words, [they] do nothing to stop its chokehold on Ukraine, including NATO forces encroaching on Russia's borders."
America maintains an empire of bases in over 150 countries, he added, noting that Russia and China are increasingly surrounded by US bases, which he called "so-called defensive missiles for an offense target: their heartlands."

Washington wants all sovereign independent governments eliminated, Lendman stated. "Replaced by pro-Western stooge ones. America's ultimate aim is unchallenged global dominance; it's willing to wage wars to achieve its objectives."

Comment: Mr. Lendman's words are starkly accurate. Whether or not Washington will be able to implement its plan for world-domination is still to be seen. More and more countries are finally waking up to the US' psychopathic goal. If they can band together as has begun with the BRICS there may be some hope for a different outcome.


Dollars

When "conspiracy theories" become reality: HSBC documents reveal criminal conspiracy of banks and governments

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On Sunday, international news outlets the Guardian and Le Monde, working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), published articles based on their analysis of leaked files showing that the Swiss private banking arm of HSBC, Europe's largest bank, functioned for years as a tax evasion and money laundering firm.

The company ran a branch that gave out "bricks" of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in foreign denominations and provided its wealthy clientele with advice on how to commit tax fraud, according to the reports.

These facts have for years been been in the possession of international financial regulators and governments throughout the world—including those of Britain, France and the United States—which systematically covered them up. Neither the bank, nor its executives, nor any of the clients that utilized its tax dodging services have been criminally prosecuted.

Comment: Given HSBC's track record so far, this really comes as no surprise:

Drug money banking, terror dealings exposed at HSBC

The Argentina headquarters of HSBC raided by tax officers

HSBC targets account of Syrian refugees in the UK

HSBC to pay $249 million fine for U.S. mortgage abuse


USA

Obama: 'We have to twist arms when countries don't do what we need them to'

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President Barack Obama has said the reality of "American leadership" at times entails "twisting the arms" of states which "don't do what we need them to do," and that the US relied on its military strength and other leverage to achieve its goals.

In a broad-ranging interview with Vox, which Obama himself described as a venue "for the brainiac-nerd types," the US president both denied the efficacy of a purely "realist" foreign policy but also arguing that at times the US, which has a defense budget that exceeds the next 10 countries combined, needed to rely on its military muscle and other levers of power.

Lauding the rule-based system to emerge in the post-World War II era, Obama admitted it wasn't perfect, but argued "the UN, the IMF, and a whole host of treaties and rules and norms that were established really helped to stabilize the world in ways that it wouldn't otherwise be."

Comment: And so the mask is finally removed and the US government is revealed as the elitist, arrogant, aggressor nation that it has always been. Note at minute 9.20 that Obama claims that "we're the largest most powerful country on earth". "Largest"? Really? Is Obama so deluded that he now thinks that the USA is bigger than Russia, a country that has almost twice the landmass of the USA?


Alarm Clock

Paramoralism: Is tolerance of dishonesty our culture's fundamental problem?


Brian Williams: liar, plain and simple.
NBC-TV's star news-anchor Brian Williams got caught repeatedly lying and fabricating his fake-'courageous' personal involvement in news stories that he had 'reported.' At LinkedIn, Rob Wyse headlined recently, "Brian Williams Essentially Lied on His Resume, Or Exaggerated The Truth," and he noted there:
Whether you call it a lie, or an exaggeration - it is a breach of trust. And that is what is looming over Brian Williams. A breach of his public trust. He is a trusted figure in our society. Perhaps the position of news anchor does not hold the same vaulted [he meant vaunted] esteem and prestige as in the days of Edward R. Murrow, or Walter Cronkite - but nonetheless, Williams is in a position of responsibility and trust. And when trust is broken, you almost never gain it back.
Most of the (thus far) 507 reader comments to that post are negative toward the post. A typical one was: "Rather silly article...he has a resume that needs no padding. So therefore this posting shows very clearly the completely misguiding value system the 'press' and the writer of this post has. Don't be the problem."

Another: "To paraphrase Tom Brady, nobody had died over this."

Another: "Big Deal, everyone pads their Resume."

Comment: Truth is the highest value. All others follow from it. That American culture has lost this is not a good sign.


Pharoah

Houston anthropologist reveals irrefutable proof that recorded history is wrong

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Bosnian Pyramid
Evidence Found Across the Globe of Highly Evolved Human Species from before the Ice Age, Demand Scientific Recognition of our Past that Depicts Societies of Advanced Technology and Culture

Houston anthropologist, Dr. Semir Osmanagich, founder of the Bosnian Archaeology Park, the most active archaeology site in the world, declares that irrefutable scientific evidence exists of ancient civilizations with advanced technology that leaves us no choice but to change our recorded history. An examination of the age of structures across the earth reveals conclusively that they were built by advanced civilizations from over 29,000 years ago.

Comment: It seems that our ancestors were tapped into some type of advanced technology and understanding of the universe that we know little about.


Pyramid

Egyptian daily Al-Ahram interviews Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
In the run-up to his visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the Al-Ahram daily newspaper.

QUESTION: How do you assess the current state of bilateral relations between Russia and Egypt following the revolutionary events in Egypt in 2011-2013? What is your vision of their prospects, particularly in light of the outcomes of the visit of Abdel el-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, to Russia in August 2014?

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Egypt is a long-time and trusted partner of Russia. The history of modern diplomatic relations between the two countries that dates back to the year of 1943 has been eventful and colorful. For more than seven decades, both our countries and the international arena have seen numerous transformations. And yet, our desire to work together towards the development of Russia and Egypt as well as ensuring international and regional security has remained unchanged.

Syringe

How vaccinated kids infect the non-vaccinated

With the thousands of mainstream media articles blaming the non-vaccinated for disease outbreaks, this article will provide a necessary counterbalance by showing the vaccinated can (and do) infect the non-vaccinated...
A groundbreaking study published in 2013 in the journal Vaccine titled, "Comparison of virus shedding after lived attenuated and ​pentavalent reassortant rotavirus vaccine," referenced the fact that rotavirus vaccines contain live viruses capable of causing infection, shedding and even transmission to non-vaccinated subjects:
"In fact, transmission of these two rotavirus vaccines or vaccine-reassortment strains to unvaccinated contacts has been detected [9 - 13][1], even in the absence of symptoms."
One of the five studies referenced in the passage above confirming that the vaccinated can infect the non-vaccinated, "Sibling transmission of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq) associated with rotavirus gastroenteritis," published in 2009, is the first report in the literature to identify the transmission of rotavirus vaccine-derived virus to unvaccinated contacts resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis requiring emergency medical attention:
"We document here the occurrence of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq [Merck and Co, Whitehouse Station, NJ]) transmission from a vaccinated infant to an older, unvaccinated sibling, resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis that required emergency department care."

Comment: For more vital information, see our SOTT focus Worshiping at the Altar of Pus: How putrid matter is the alpha and omega of vaccination.


Info

The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever

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The “vanishing” of polar ice (and the polar bears) has become a poster-child for warmists.
When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records - on which the entire panic ultimately rested - were systematically "adjusted" to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline "How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming", I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world - one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.