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19 Australian SAS soldiers accused of unlawful killing of 39 unarmed Afghan prisoners and civilians - report

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Australia has told 13 special forces soldiers they face dismissal in relation to a report on alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan, the head of the country's army said on Friday.

An independent report published last week in redacted form said there was evidence that 39 unarmed Afghan prisoners and civilians were killed by 19 Australian soldiers.

None of the 19 soldiers were identified in the report, which was written by a state judge appointed by the inspector-general of defence. The 19 current and former soldiers have been referred for possible prosecution.

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Bad Guys

Biden's cabinet will push US into more 'forever wars' - Analysts

Projected President-elect Joe Biden's top cabinet selections, deeply tied to the defence industry, will likely ensure US troops get stuck in more intractable military conflicts, analysts told Sputnik.

On Tuesday, Biden announced his selection of Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Biden's picks are all Obama-era officials with whom the former vice president has worked side by side and who supported the foreign policies of then-president Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including intervention in Libya, a controversial approach to militants in Syria, the drawn-out withdrawal from Iraq, and others.

Comment: See also: Who's your daddy? Here's why European leaders are swooning over Biden's warmongering 'back to normal' team


Brexit campaign donor Banks gloats after report journalist Carole Cadwalladr 'admits having no evidence' of his Russia dealings

Carole Cadwalladr Arron Banks
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(L) Carole Cadwalladr; (R) Arron Banks
Brexiteer Arron Banks is celebrating a win against The Observer investigator Carole Cadwalladr, who reportedly admitted in court filings that her claims that money for the Leave campaign came from Russia lacked any evidence.

Cadwalladr won the 2018 Orwell Prize for her reporting on the Cambridge Analytica scandal and big-data influence on the Brexit referendum. Her reports fit like a glove on the overarching narrative, which claims that unfavorable voting outcomes in the West are products of clandestine Russian psyops and cyber action. "Brexit and Trump were intimately entwined ... Brexit was the petri dish for Trump," she said in a TED Talk last year.

One particular person was featured heavily in her reporting. Arron Banks, a prominent donor of the Leave campaign, who was insinuated to be a go-between to pour Russian money into making Britain leave the EU. Banks saw some of the things Cadwalladr said as libelous and filed a lawsuit against her.

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2 + 2 = 4

John Hopkins University Reveals Manipulated Covid Death Figures

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September.
According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master's degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled "COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data."

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19...

Cardboard Box

The US dollar is being systematically destroyed, and we are on a path that inevitably leads to hyperinflation

If we keep treating the U.S. dollar like it is toilet paper, it is just a matter of time before our entire financial system goes down the tubes. At this moment, the dollar is still the primary reserve currency of the world, and the fact that we control it is an absolutely massive advantage for us. Because the rest of the globe uses dollars to trade with one another, that creates a tremendous amount of artificial demand for our currency, and it keeps the value of our currency elevated at a level that it much higher than it otherwise would be. But now that we are starting to act like the Weimar Republic in their heyday, it is only going to be a matter of time before everyone else on the planet starts abandoning the U.S. dollar in droves. We are literally killing our "golden goose", and most Americans do not even understand what is happening.

The remarks that John Williams made about hyperinflation during a recent interview with Greg Hunter have created quite an uproar, but the truth is that Williams is right on target.

We are on the exact same path that Zimbabwe, Venezuela and so many others have already gone down, and the very foolish decisions that we have been making are only going to end in complete and utter disaster.

Comment: See the interview with John Williams:


Macron's COVID war goes from bad to worse

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Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation.
Politicians whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make ridiculous. On Tuesday evening, as the deaths attributed to COVID-19 reached 50,000, Emmanuel Macron, president of the Republic, again commandeered French television channels to announce his latest strategy to end the national lockdown.

He claimed to be making himself perfectly clear as his timetable for ending lockdown was conditioned by the subjunctive. The big give was that from Saturday, we are to be allowed to spend three hours daily outside, and to venture 20km, or 12.5 miles, (no more) from our front doors. (This will be a relief to a friend in the Dordogne who was 'verbalisé' by the flics last week when she was discovered 1.2km (three-quarters of a mile) from her house, 200 meters (an eighth of a mile) more than permitted.)

From December 15, cinemas, theaters and discotheques may open, and the lockdown will officially end, although with a sting. There will be a national curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The nightclubs will have to close at night. So, less to that than meets the eye. And the hated 'attestations de déplacement dérogatoire' (permits to leave home) may finally end.


Con man Bill Browder claims Russians tricked British bank into closing his account

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Convicted fraudster Bill Browder, now a prominent anti-Russia agitator in the West, is accusing British bank NatWest of closing his account due to a dastardly "black PR" campaign waged against him by malign actors in Moscow.

Browder's allegation, reiterated unquestioningly by The Guardian, has emerged via a report issued by opaquely-funded neoconservative think tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). The wealthy financier made a fortune in Russia, initially during the wild 1990s. However, like many foreigners and, indeed, locals operating in the country at the time, he found conditions tougher when regulation and oversight was tightened-up in the 2000s. He was found guilty of evading around $40 million in taxes, and accused of siphoning off money to offshore accounts.

In 2005, he was banned from Russia, just a year after he had written supportively about Vladimir Putin's government in The Moscow Times. After this reversal in fortunes, he quickly turned against the Kremlin and reinvented himself as a vocal opponent of the president he'd once praised.

The HJS report warns that 'black PR,' an alleged practice said to be somehow exclusive to Russia, is seeping into Britain. It says it is used for discrediting individuals as part of political or business disputes, by creating or obtaining compromising material or by generating fake media reports on a particular individual or organization.

The obvious implication is that never before have falsehoods been disseminated by powerful state and non-state actors in order to damage reputations throughout the country's long, perfidious history.


Colbert interviews Obama, gushes that he just wants to 'drink you in' - this is why no one trusts MSM

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Lambasting Trump and pining for Mueller is a defining feature of most of Stephen Colbert’s monologues
Late night host Stephen Colbert was beaming with joy during his new interview with Barack Obama, telling him he has to "get used to looking at a president again," and the lovey-dovey exchange is making social media cringe.

"I just want to take a moment to drink you in for just a moment, because I'm having to get used to looking at a president again," Colbert told Obama on Tuesday night during 'The Late Show' after some light banter back and forth between the two.

"I got to warm up for Joe Biden," Colbert continued while his guest laughed. "I don't want to pull anything when I see him take the oath of office. You got to ease me into this a little bit."

"Physically painful to watch," Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavey tweeted in reaction to the widely shared clip.

"Isn't this more or less what Toobin got in trouble for?" reporter Becket Adams added, sarcastically referring to former New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin, who was let go after reportedly exposing himself during a virtual work meeting.


Justice Barrett casts deciding vote, Justice Gorsuch hammers Gov. Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on churches and synagogues

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In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast the deciding vote in the Supreme Court's ruling against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions. Justice Barrett's vote came as the expected 5-4 Court sided with the Catholic Diocese and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues, holding that the restrictions limiting religious services likely constituted a violation of the First Amendment.

SCOTUS's ruling is a temporary one, granting the plaintiffs an injunction that temporarily halts Governor Cuomo's executive order. The Court's unsigned per curiam opinion called the plaintiffs' need for relief "essential," and noted that the religious groups bringing suit have a strong likelihood of success on the merits. SCOTUS agreed with plaintiffs that the COVID-19 restrictions "single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment."

The Court explained the facts underlying its decision, specifically referring to testimony given before the District Court by a health department official, who testified that "a large store in Brooklyn that could 'literally have hundreds of people shopping there on any given day,'" while religious gatherings were limited to 10 or 25 people. The Court also distinguished the New York cases from other cases previously before it regarding other COVID-19 measures.
"[The New York Restrictions] are far more restrictive than any COVID-related regulations that have previously come before the Court, much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard-hit by the pandemic, and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus at the applicants' services."
The Court suggested that less restrictive measures could have been used to combat the pandemic, and even went so far as to suggest that a better rule might have been tied to the specific congregation in question.

Comment: Cuomo's response?
"The Supreme Court made a ruling. It's more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else," Cuomo said, noting the court's new conservative bent with the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett by President Trump.

"It's irrelevant of any practical impact because of the zone they were talking about is moot. It expired last week," the governor said, adding, "It doesn't have any practical effect."

"The lawsuit was about the Brooklyn zone. The Brooklyn zone no longer exists as a red zone. That's muted. So that restriction is no longer in effect. That situation just doesn't exist because those restrictions are gone."
You see? He's already done violating the Constitution. No big deal.


Media celebrates retired general telling Biden to 'NOT' put America first; Trump tweets 'I should have fired him sooner'

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Former US Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an op-ed on Monday that he hopes President-elect Joe Biden will take "America First" out of the national security strategy for his incoming administration.

Mattis penned the op-ed, titled "Defense in Depth," for Foreign Affairs with Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Jim Ellis, a fellow at the Hoover Institution and former commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and Joe Felter, a fellow at the Hoover Institution.
"In January, when President Joe Biden and his national security team begin to reevaluate U.S. foreign policy, we hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate 'America first' from its contents, restoring in its place the commitment to cooperative security that has served the United States so well for decades. The best strategy for ensuring safety and prosperity is to buttress American military strength with enhanced civilian tools and a restored network of solid alliances - both necessary to achieving defense in depth."

Comment: Some fancy wording to create the illusion of cooperation and avoid the phrase: 'New World Order'. The four authors? Conquest, War, Famine, Plague. The apocalyptic ride has already begun. If America doesn't rebuild herself, she is no great help to anyone.

FYI: The Hoover Institute is a public policy think tank in Stanford, CA founded by Herbert Hoover and connected to Stanford University. A few of the notable think tankers: Condoleezza Rice (current director), George Schultz, Michael McFaul, H.R. McMaster, Thomas Sowell (and three of the authors above) - tells you something about who and what it attracts. It is noted to be the 10th-most influential think tank in the world. Revenue is stated to be $70.5 million.