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A Look Back At 2018: The Year Of Putin-Nazi Paranoia (And We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!)

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As my regular readers will probably recall, according to my personal, pseudo-Chinese zodiac, 2017 was "The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken." This year, having given it considerable thought, and having consulted the I Ching, and assorted other oracles, I'm designating 2018 "The Year of Putin-Nazi Paranoia."

Not that 2017 wasn't already paranoid. It was. It was completely paranoid, and otherwise clinically batshit crazy. But 2018 has been batshit crazier. It started out with the Internet companies that control the flow of information that most of us now perceive as "reality" launching an all-out War on Dissent, purportedly to protect the public from "divisive" and "confusing" content, and other forms of Russian "influencing."

Twitter started sending out scary emails warning customers that there was "reason to believe" that they had "followed," "retweeted," or "liked the content of" accounts "connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization." Facebook launched its own Ministry of Truth, manned by "a dedicated counter-terrorism team" of "former intelligence and law-enforcement officials" (also known as The Atlantic Council, NATO's unofficial propaganda wing). Google stepped up its covert deranking of insufficiently Russia-hating and other "non-authoritative" websites.

Comment: A more apt or appropriate description for what we're witnessing - as 'bat-shit crazy' - can probably not be made. But this all begs the question: how does one talk down tens of millions Americans from the heights of hysteria they're a part of when so much of the "information" they are receiving not only maintains the big Putin-Nazi lie - but is intended to intensify it?


Attention

Days after Trump calls for pulling US troops out of Syria, US Defense Secretary Mattis resigns

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation Thursday afternoon, sending President Donald Trump a letter that implicitly criticized the president's military judgment.

In the letter, Mattis suggested Trump was not treating allies with respect and had not been "clear-eyed" about U.S. enemies and competitors.

"My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues," he wrote.

Mattis told the president in the letter that he should have a defense chief who shares his views.

Comment: Interesting development. It's probably connected with Trump's recent restatement of his desire to get US troops out of Syria.

What a difficult task it is to get US elites to wake up to the fact that reality has changed and we're no longer in 'the post-WW2 era of Pax Americana'.

The US liberal establishment is freaking out:




Quenelle

French police to stage 'Gilets Bleus' protests: "We are middle class too. When we take off our uniforms, we become Yellow Vests"

Local police Yellow vest
© Agence France-Presse
Police face Yellow Vest protests
French police are being urged close police stations on Wednesday as part of a protest over pay and conditions - including a demand to be paid the 23 million hours of overtime they are owed - as the government scrambles to quell growing unrest among the country's forces of law and order.

After the yellow vests, it's now the turn of the blue vests (gilets bleus) to show their anger as French police unions are calling on officers to picket France's police stations on Wednesday and only answer emergency calls as they fight for better working conditions and pay.

Talks were held between police unions and the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday but they failed to find a solution to quell the anger.

Comment: It's curtains for globalist control of France if this becomes a thing.

More from RT:
Speaking to RT on Wednesday, French police union representative Loic Travers said that when some officers are not in uniform "they become Yellow Vests" because they identify with the protesters' cause.

"We are middle class, or even lower, because of our salaries, our origin. That's why some colleagues feel that they are Yellow Vests. The cause of the Yellow Vests really resonate with the police," Travers said.


In an open letter to French lawmakers on Monday, Denis Jacob, the spokesman for national police union Alternative Police, said that police "risk their lives" daily to maintain public order and safety, but are now at a "breaking point" and feeling that "they too are affected by the demands of the Yellow Vests." Police officers are feeling "exhaustion, weariness and deep anger," the letter said.

The last thing that the French government would want as social unrest continues across France is for the police to begin striking in large numbers. Police unions have been in discussions with the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner since Tuesday.


One concession already offered to police is a €300 ($340) bonus to officers who have been deployed during Yellow Vest protests - but the unions say it's not enough and are demanding that 23 million hours of overtime be paid.



Cult

Fight the Power: The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation


Comment: In light of the Western media's characterization of Russian president Vladimir Putin as 'authoritarian' for pointing out the degrading influence of most rap/hip-hop 'music' on Russian youth - despite the fact that he explicitly argues against banning or censoring it - we're re-running this testimony from someone claiming to have been a music industry insider, in which he shows that the US 'government'* also 'guides' hip-hop (although, in their case, towards degradation rather than away from it...)

*Because it's all hush-hush, we never find out if such decisions are actual government policy or ad hoc policy developed by private corporations. No matter, it all amounts to policy-making by 'CorpGov', aka fascism.


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3 words: devil. sold. soul.
This anonymous letter landed in my inbox about a minute ago:
Hello,

After more than 20 years, I've finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning points in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I've simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well-being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren't ready for.

Between the late 80's and early 90's, I was what you may call a "decision maker" with one of the more established companies in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80's and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren't accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why, in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed-door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music's new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practices I've ever seen.

The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves and made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their behavior and formal appearances, they didn't seem to be in our industry. Our casual chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the information presented during the meeting. Needless to say, this intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only a page long but very clear on the matter and consequences which stated that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked several people what this meeting was about and the reason for such secrecy but couldn't find anyone who had answers for us. A few people refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was tempted to follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the "unfamiliar" group collected the agreements from us.

Comment: Whether or not this particular meeting took place, this kind of meeting takes place all the time.


This is an example of what they worked hard to prevent, using a voice to really say something:





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Meteor fireball lights up San Francisco Bay Area, leaves glowing 'dragon' trail

San Francisco Bay Area meteor
© Twitter via @ohheyfella
A mysterious light appeared in the early evening sky over the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday.
A mysterious light with a twisting, smoking tail appeared in the early evening sky over the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, but local astronomers had a scientific explanation.

It was a meteor, according to the University of California's Lick Observatory near San Jose.

"A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset this evening, leaving a bright trail that was visible for many minutes in the western sky," the observatory wrote on Facebook.

Initial reports of the meteor sighting came in around 5:30 p.m., the Bay Area's FOX 2 reported.

Twitter exploded with photos and comments about the glowing phenomenon.

"@NASA white blaze in sky what is dis? Maybe a plane?" user Jose Armando Solis tweeted.

Jeremy Thomas said the light "flashed bright green for a few seconds as it fell and appeared to split up," previously adding that "something fell out of the sky."

Comment: Most interesting. Here's video footage:



Note that the news presenter described the glowing trail it left behind as a 'noctilucent cloud'. She's right, kind of. This kind of trail is itself a relatively novel phenomenon. Both rocket trails from outgoing take-offs and meteor trails from incoming space debris leave such glowing trails down on a regular basis now.

That's why meteor/comet fragment trails are so easily (and happily) conflated with rocket launches, and why we have such a hard time telling them apart...

See also:


Black Cat

Christopher Steele told court that Trump-Russia dossier was created so Clinton could challenge 2016 election results

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© Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Hillary Clinton concedes 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump
The British ex-spy who authored the infamous dossier alleging collusion between Donald Trump and the Kremlin said one of his goals was to give Hillary Clinton legal basis to challenge the 2016 election results.

Christopher Steele's salacious 17-page report was commissioned by Fusion GPS, a firm connected to Clinton's campaign.

"Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as 'Hillary for America') could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election," Steele wrote in recently unsealed declaration that was published by the Washington Times.

Comment: May Mr. Gubarev prevail in court.


Hardhat

Yellow Vest anti-government protest movement launched in Ireland - Calls for 'revolution'

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Several hundred people have attended a protest in the centre of Dublin in solidarity with the French yellow vest demonstrations.

The protesters in Dublin wore yellow vests and some had hard hats, while others tied scarves over their faces. The chanting was mainly anti-Government in nature.

Those who gathered outside the Custom House overlooking the River Liffey before marching to Leinster House included pro-Palestinian organisations and socialist republicans.


Bizarro Earth

Coup d'état brewing? 10 French Generals publish letter calling out President Macron on 'treasonous' UN mass migration pact

UN conference
Has the United Nations played its 'trump' hand in the finalization of their geopolitical card game for "global citizenship"?

Here's what went on regarding the U.N. global migration pact December 10-11, 2018:

"Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech." That marked the occasion of the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Apparently, it's a pact that takes away national sovereignty from every country - 164 in all - that signed it!

Yes, everyone has human rights, but no person has the right to take away from another person their rights, dignity, sovereignty, while seeking to impose foreign mores and new cultures upon either a country or an individual, as is being done in former sovereign European countries, in my opinion.

Comment: At what point do the Generals of France join the Gilets Jaunes when they realize that their letter makes not a bit difference to their puppet President?


Gingerbread

It's actually happening: German court mandates that 'diverse' be added as a 'gender' to national birth register

Men and woman
The German parliament was forced by the courts to make "diverse" an option on the birth register. Critics are split on whether the law goes too far, or not far enough.

Germans will soon be able to choose a third gender on the register of births, with "diverse" set to become an option.

Up until now, people had to choose between "male" and "female" when giving their gender, or leave the option blank.

But following a vote in the German parliament late on Thursday intersex people - people whose sexual anatomy does not fit the typical definitions of male and female - will be allowed to change their entry to "diverse."

Comment: Wow, this is actually happening.

See also:
Sweden's own Jordan B. Peterson: Professor refuses to comply with medical school demanding 'correct' gender terminology
Are gender feminists and transgender activists ignoring science?


Megaphone

'Macron resign!' Yellow Vest protests enter 5th week - 33,000 people throughout France brave aggressive security forces

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© AFP
A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration in Paris
Paris looks 'less yellow' this Saturday as only several hundred people descended on the avenue amid a heavy police presence. This time a week ago the number of protesters was much higher and rallies resulted in heavy clashes.

At least 92 people have been detained and 53 taken into police custody in Paris, police said. By this time last Saturday the number of detentions had already reached 500.


As in previous weeks the Yellow Vests have started spreading across other French regions. In the city of Nimes in southern France demonstrators set barricades alight on a toll road.

Comment: More from RT's ongoing coverage of the protests:
Bare-breasted, silver-painted 'Mariannes' confront police in Paris

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© Reuters / Benoit Tessier
The bare-breasted women joined a "yellow vest" protest in Paris on Saturday
The yellow colors of the raging French protests are mixing with red and silver as several half-naked women posing as Marianne - a French national symbol - have faced off with police in the heart of Paris.

Half-naked women in blood-red hoodies covered in silver paint evoked the French revolutionary icon on Champs-Elysees avenue on Saturday. Their appearance was in stark contrast to the black and blue uniforms of gendarmes and police officers, and the yellow vests of hundreds of protesters around them.

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© Reuters / Benoit Tessier
Marianne, the Goddess of Liberty, is a national symbol of the French Republic which stands opposed to the monarchy and champions freedom and democracy. She is depicted as an embodiment of liberty leading the people over the barricades in the iconic Eugene Delacroix's painting.


RT France reporter struck in face covering Yellow Vest protest

An RT France reporter has been hit in the face during Yellow Vest protests in Paris. She has been taken to a nearby hospital.

Nadège Abderrazak was hit near Place de l'Opéra in the French capital, resulting in a bloody cut on her face and a swollen mouth.

RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan tweeted a photo of Abderrazak after the incident, confirming that the reporter has been taken to hospital.

"Our correspondent was injured in the face during the rally in Paris. She went to the hospital," wrote Simonyan.


About a dozen RT reporters have been injured by the police in Paris since the protests began: RT France reporter shot in the face during police crackdown on Yellow Vest protesters in Paris

While the protests in France seem to have scaled down this week, presumably in response to the (not so) coincidental attack in Strasbourg, there are no signs that they will be coming to a close anytime soon. The meager last-minute concessions offered by Macron drew scorn from the French and, meanwhile, similar movements appear to be spreading throughout Europe, and in some countries even further afield: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Révolution Jaune? France Revolts Against Macron