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Washington Post: The military keeps encountering UFOs but the Pentagon doesn't care

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We have no idea what's behind these weird incidents because we're not investigating.

In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a "fleet" of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004.

The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies. Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015. In another recent case, the Air Force launched F-15 fighters last October in a failed attempt to intercept an unidentified high-speed aircraft looping over the Pacific Northwest .

A third declassified video, released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a privately owned media and scientific research company to which I'm an adviser, reveals a previously undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015.

The future belongs to not only the physically brave but also the intellectually agile.
More specifically, to those aligned with Truth. If you're off in la-la-land about enemies seeking to destroy you here on Earth, and are thus seeking to pre-emptively destroy them, you have no future.

Aside from the incidents themselves, it's curious that the 'UFO problem' is finally receiving sober mainstream media attention. Previously, the only time given it was for ridicule and debunking.

See also: There have long been rumors that the 'deep state' would one day begin some kind of 'disclosure' about 'the alien reality'. And there are two variants of this theory: one is that it would be an actual disclosure of what the secret world government actually knows; the other is that it would be a controlled, 'fake' disclosure for the purpose of retaining control of people's minds.

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Putin vs Megyn Kelly round 2: Full text of NBC's extensive interview (with VIDEO)

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Vladimir Putin answered questions from NBC anchor Megyn Kelly. The interview was recorded in the Kremlin on March 1, 2018, and in Kaliningrad on March 2, 2018.

Part 1. The Kremlin, Moscow, March 1, 2018

Megyn Kelly: So, thank you very much for doing this, Mr President. I thought that we'd start with some of the news you made today at your State of the Nation Address, then we will move into some facts about you in preparation for our long piece that we are putting together, and then tomorrow when we will have a longer time together, we will talk about more substantive issues together, if that is ok with you.

Vladimir Putin: Fine.

Megyn Kelly: You announced today that Russia has developed new nuclear-capable weapons systems, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that you say renders defence systems useless. Several analysts in the West have said this is a declaration of a new Cold War. Are we in a new arms race right now?

Vladimir Putin: In my opinion, the people you have mentioned are not analysts. What they do is propaganda. Why? Because everything I spoke about today was done not on our initiative, it is a response to the US ballistic missile defence programme and Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002.

If we speak of the arms race, it began at that very moment, when the United States pulled out of the ABM Treaty. We wanted to prevent this. We called on our American partners to work together on these programmes.


Bombshell announcement: Kim Jong Un invites Trump to meet and discuss 'denuclearization of Korean peninsula' - Trump says 'Yes, we can!'

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Donald Trump has accepted a personal invitation from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss the possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but also has vowed to keep sanctions in place until a firm deal is reached.

Following the latest round of successful negotiations between the two Koreas this week in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un sent a personal invitation to the American leader to discuss improving bilateral ties. After months of saber-rattling between the two leaders, Trump agreed to meet the North Korean leader by May, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong announced at the White House on Thursday, after delivering a letter from Pyongyang to the American leader.

Trump confirmed the announcement on Twitter, noting that "Kim Jong-un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze," earlier this week. Revealing the context of the intra-Korean negotiations which led to the invitation, Trump added:

"Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"

Comment: What a fascinating (and hilarious) development.

The US gets to present this as being the fruit of its 'policy of putting maximum pressure on North Korea', but in fact it's only because North Korea has achieved its goal of nuclear ICBMs capable of hitting the US that the US is finally, after some 70 years, going to discuss 'removing nukes' from the peninsula. And it's being compelled further by the recent peace overtures by and between North and South Korea.

Another thing: all that hype about 'fire and fury' last year?

It was symptomatic of the US no longer having the capability to deliver such to lesser nations! (those with nuclear capabilities that can harm the US anyway).

To understand the underlying military-strategic dynamic on and concerning the Korean peninsula, read this:

Disastrous Winter Olympics For the USA, May Lose South Korea to Peace


Progressives are increasing sexism with their gender equality madness

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It's been six months since the world first lost its mind over James Damore's Google memo, but you'd think the whole thing just unraveled yesterday. Branded by the media as an "anti-diversity" memo when it was leaked to the public, Damore, who was a senior software engineer working at Google at the time, called out PC culture and suggested that Google's difficulties in attracting female employees may not be due to sexism or discrimination, but inherent differences in what men and women find interesting when it comes to occupational preference.

The Google memo hit a nerve for so many reasons-allegations of sexism in tech collided with hot-button issues like feminism, gender ideology and censorship, all at once. In an all too predictable way, the public's condemnation of both Damore and his so-called "manifesto" was swift and incisive. Google's VP for Diversity, Integrity and Governance accused it of "[advancing] incorrect assumptions about gender," and Damore was promptly fired from his job.

Contrary to what's been reported, however, Damore is not a far-right, alt-right misogynist intent of keeping women out of tech. When I had the opportunity to speak with him late last year, he voiced empathy for those who disagreed with his memo, and discussed wanting to reduce polarization between the left and right.

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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Israel is trying to 'suck America into' Iranian war that could lead to world war (VIDEO)

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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, at Israel lobby conference, National Press Club, March 2, 2018.
Israel is trying to "suck America into" a war with Iran that could destabilize the Middle East and lead to a world war in much the way that the imperial rivalries in 1914 led to the First World War, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned in Washington last week.

A war with Iran, he said, could "perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become."

But Israeli leaders want a war, and they are pushing one with the support of their American political friends, including Democrats like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, whose overheated rhetoric about Iran recalls Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propagandist, Wilkerson said. Another pro-war faction are "warmed-over neoconservatives" who got us into the Iraq war.

"I've been there, done that; I don't need the tour," he said.

Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who now teaches government at Washington-area universities, served Powell during the runup to the Iraq war. He spoke last Friday at the annual Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club, sponsored by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Institute for Research: Middle East Policy. The conference aired on C-SPAN.

I have transcribed his speech below. Wilkerson's remarks are important because his analysis of the tail wagging the dog is so cogent and frightening at a time when the premier Israel lobby group AIPAC is pushing for action against Iran in Syria. Also for Wilkerson's respectful take on Vladimir Putin; for his unvarnished opinion of the Israel lobby, so different from the tame piece he published in The New York Times a month ago; and for his comments about Israel attacking the USS Liberty in 1967 and stealing US uranium to build a nuclear weapon with LBJ's knowledge.

Comment: Here is the recent piece Lawrence Wilkerson wrote for the New York Times in which he also warned against a war on Iran:

Lawrence Wilkerson helped sell America on Iraq war but is now warning that war party wants Iran next

War Whore

Young Turks' Cenk Uygur joins the chorus demanding that Trump escalate further with Russia

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"Reminder that there are two kinds of Trump-Russia stories: those we pay attention to because they serve a narrative, and those we ignore because they don't," tweeted The Real News' Aaron Maté ‏yesterday in response to the news that the Trump administration had authorized the sale of hundreds of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. "This one falls into latter category."

"That piss-tape kompromat surely dropping any day now," added journalist Mark Ames, a sarcastic reference to the fact that backing off on calls to arm Ukraine was an explicitly named part of the allegations in the notorious Steele dossier as one of the benefits Russia was supposed to have received from its "collusion" with the Trump campaign.

"If US media attitudes re: Russia weren't so hopelessly blinkered, this could be identified as the dangerous escalation that it is - rather than ignored or spun because it doesn't comport with the narrative that so many are now wedded to," said The Young Turks' Michael Tracey.

Comment: Caitlin Johnstone's podcast on the topic, here.

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Enormous crowd packs World Cup final stadium in Moscow to sing Russian anthem with Vladimir Putin - Western media heads explode

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Thousands of people gathered at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on March 3 to attend a rally for Vladimir Putin as Russia prepares to hold the presidential election on March 18. The President was there in person to address the crowds.

A campaign rally gathered over 130,000 people in the capital city of Russia. Vladimir Putin addressed the rally:
"We have clear, coherent, noble goals. We want to make our country vibrant, a country that's looking forward to the future, because our ancestors lived here, we live here, our children live here, and our children and grandchildren will live here. We will do everything to make them happy. Nobody can do this for us but us. And if we do this, the nearest decade, the whole 21st century, will pass under the sign of our bright victories."

Comment: And now let's go over to the Fake News Media for their take...

The Great British Liberal Guardian found evidence that most people in attendance were forcibly put there against their will:
Multiple reports before Saturday's rally indicated that tens of thousands of Russians had been strongarmed into attending the event. University students, state employees, and workers at private companies were among those who came under pressure, according to opposition websites and social media posts.

"Organise yourselves into groups of no less than four, and photograph yourselves when you arrive at the stadium," read an email, seen by the Guardian, which was sent to employees of a Moscow-based company. "Don't forget to pick up your placards on Friday!" An employee at the company said he feared his wages would be cut if he did not comply.
The Great American Freedom Network, ABC, also reported:
"Ninety percent of people here were forced to come by their employer; otherwise people just wouldn't have come, no way," Andrey, who only gave his first name for fear of repercussions, added.

Having state enterprises push their workers to government rallies was a common practice in the Soviet Union days, and one that has continued into present-day Russia; during the last presidential campaign in 2012, reporters witnessed groups of volunteers handing out flags and cash ahead of a Putin rally.

Andrey said employers didn't necessarily threaten people, but made it clear that attendance was expected. It was like in Communist times, he said, "obligatorily voluntary."
Evidently, the Western media's heads are exploding in their desperate rush to mask Putin's popularity. It's critical that they do so because otherwise Westerners would see how debased and servile their leaders are by comparison.


Putin denies 'new cold war' in interview with Megyn Kelly - says arm race began when US dropped ABM treaty (VIDEO)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed as "propaganda" claims that Russia and the West have entered a new "cold war."

In an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly in Moscow, Putin said his earlier comments that Russian ballistic missiles could penetrate any missile defense systems on the planet were not a declaration of a new "cold war" as some defense analysts suggested.

Comment: Putin Delivers Landmark 'State of The Union' Speech: Puts The Smack Down on US, Shows Off Latest Russian Nuclear Weapons

Bad Guys

Snowden documents: NSA used porn to "break down detainees" in Iraq - and other revelations

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U.S. Marines escort nine detainees captured in Fallujah, half of them from other countries such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Gulf states, to a local “prison” as other U.S. Marines of the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, Alpha company engage four insurgents during house searches on Nov. 23, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq.
He was an NSA staffer but also a volunteer, having signed up to provide technical expertise for a wide-ranging, joint CIA mission in Iraq. He did not know what he was getting himself into.

After arriving in Baghdad "grungy and tired," the staffer would later write, he discovered that the CIA and its partner, the Defense Intelligence Agency, had moved beyond talking to locals and were now intent on looking through their computer files. Marines would bring the NSA man "laptops, hard drives, CDs, phones and radios." Sometimes the devices were covered in blood - and quite often they contained pornography, deemed "extremely useful" in humiliating and "breaking down" for interrogation the people who owned them.

The story of how the National Security Agency harvested porn for use against prisoners in Iraq is just one of the revelations disclosed in the agency's internal newsletter SIDtoday during the second half of 2005.

There's also the tale of how some intercepts would be rushed almost instantly to the president at Camp David via golf cart "with virtually no oversight."

Then there's one about how the NSA declared it could find "not many" Arabic translators it could trust among "the largest Arabic-speaking population in the United States."

Or the story of how the agency listened as the Egyptian government dictated through its communication channels the final results for an election that had barely begun.

Told in more detail below, these are highlights from some 297 SIDtoday articles published today by The Intercept as part of an ongoing project to release, after careful review, material provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.


US collapse: The spectacle of our time

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May you live in interesting times, goes the Chinese proverb. Few can doubt that we are indeed living in such an interesting time. Big changes are afoot in the world, it seems.

None more so than the collapsing of the American Empire.

The US is going through an historic "correction" in the same way that the Soviet Union did some 30 years ago when the latter was confronted with the reality of its unsustainable political and economic system. (That's not meant to imply, however, that socialism is unviable, because arguably the Soviet Union had fatally strayed from its genuine socialist project into something more akin to unwieldy state capitalism.)