Welcome to Sott.net
Tue, 25 Oct 2016
The World for People who Think

Puppet Masters


Project Veritas Exposes DNC: Rigging the Election Pt. 3 - Killary Wanted "Ducks on the Ground"

Hillary's idea.
Project Veritas Action has released the third video in a multi-part series that is sending shockwaves through the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The first video explained the dark secrets and the hidden connections and organizations the Clinton campaign uses to incite violence at Trump rallies. The second video exposed a diabolical step-by-step voter fraud strategy discussed by top Democratic operatives and showed one key operative admitting that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years. This latest video takes this investigation even further.

Part III of the undercover investigation dives further into the back room dealings of Democratic politics. It exposes prohibited communications between Hillary Clinton's campaign, the DNC and the non-profit organization Americans United for Change. And, it's all disguised as a duck.

Several Project Veritas Action undercover journalists catch Democracy Partners founder directly implicating Hillary Clinton in FEC violations.

"In the end, it was the candidate, Hillary Clinton, the future president of the United States, who wanted ducks on the ground," says Creamer in one of several exchanges. "So, by God, we would get ducks on the ground."

It is made clear that high-level DNC operative Creamer realized that this direct coordination between Democracy Partners and the campaign would be damning when he said: "Don't repeat that to anybody."

Comment: Check out parts 1 and 2 here: 'Conflict engagement': How Democrat Strategists Plotted to Incite Violence at Trump Rallies. And SOTT's follow-ups: Democrats are still squirming. First up Al Sharpton comes across as woefully misinformed, or willfully misinforming:

Clinton strategist Joel Benenson flails just as miserably:

But even CNN couldn't ignore the actual evidence (O'Keefe's credibility notwithstanding):


Deadly mosque strike: HRW calls for probe as only US coalition and Iraqi jets in area

© Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Baghdad to investigate the alleged airstrike on a mosque south of Kirkuk that killed 13 women and children on Friday, noting that only US-led coalition and Iraqi air force jets are known to operate in the vicinity.

Local residents and police told HRW they believe the attack on the mosque in Daquq 30 kilometers south of Kirkuk, was an airstrike because of the sound of aircraft and the scale of destruction.

"Of the troops fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul, only United States-led coalition forces in Iraq and the Iraqi air force are known to conduct airstrikes in this region," HRW said in a statement, calling for an investigation.

Stock Up

China to invest $11 billion in Russian shores of Siberia

© Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
Russian tour operator Grand Baikal has made a deal with Chinese investors to create a "world-class tourism cluster" in Siberia on the shores of the world's deepest lake. A pool of Chinese firms headed by Chungjingxin will invest $11 billion in the project that will include traveler attractions, transport and logistics infrastructure. A memorandum of cooperation, backed by the governor of Siberia's Irkutsk region Sergei Levchenko, was signed last week. A feasibility study is underway before the final agreement.

"We are planning to build not only up-to-date tourist attractions, but to create an accompanying transport and far-reaching logistic infrastructure around Lake Baikal to attract a significant number of tourists to the region," Grand Baikal said.

According to the company, an important condition for the project is observing basic ecological standards and environmental laws to protect one of the world's natural wonders. The new tourist hub is expected to be built on the site of a former paper mill in the town of Zabaykalsk. The mill was shut down three years ago, and was the lake's biggest source of pollution.

The initiative may jump start social and economic development of the region, according to the statement.

Chart Bar

New Podesta email exposes Clinton playbook for rigging media polls through 'oversamples'

© blazingcatfur.ca
Earlier this morning we wrote about the obvious sampling bias in the latest ABC / Washington Post poll that showed a 12-point national advantage for Hillary. Like many of the recent polls from Reuters, ABC and The Washington Post, this latest poll included a 9-point sampling bias toward registered democrats.
"METHODOLOGY - This ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Oct. 20-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 874 likely voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 36-27-31 percent, Democrats - Republicans - Independents."
Of course, while democrats may enjoy a slight registration advantage of a couple of points, it is nowhere near the 9 points reflected in this latest poll.

Meanwhile, we also pointed out that with huge variances in preference across demographics one can easily "rig" a poll by over indexing to one group vs. another. As a quick example, the ABC / WaPo poll found that Hillary enjoys a 79-point advantage over Trump with black voters. Therefore, even a small "oversample" of black voters of 5% could swing the overall poll by 3 full points. Moreover, the pollsters don't provide data on the demographic mix of their polls which makes it impossible to "fact check" the bias...convenient.

Cowboy Hat

Belgium's Wallonia region defying EU Junker's CETA trade deal

© Francois Lenoir / Reuters
The French-speaking Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected new amendments to a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, compromising the deal due to be signed next week.

The negotiations with regional authorities are ongoing, according to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

"If we can't conclude this trade arrangement with Canada, I don't see how it will be possible to conclude agreements with other parts of the world," he added.

In order to pass, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) must be backed by all 28 EU governments. Belgium cannot vote for the deal without the support from all seven regional, linguistic and federal entities.

Comment: The EU seems desperate to have this trade deal: Desperate EU to push through Canadian trade deal despite Belgium split

Update on EU pressure:Belgium's Wallonia rejects 'undemocratic' EU ultimatum on CETA
Wallonia is not going to be pressured into agreeing the EU-Canada trade deal according to the leader of the French-speaking Belgian region Paul Magnette. The EU has given Belgium an ultimatum to end its objection to the agreement by Monday.

"Every time you try to put an ultimatum it makes a calm debate and a democratic debate impossible," Magnette said at a meeting in Brussels.

"We don't need an ultimatum," he told reporters. "We will not decide anything under an ultimatum or under pressure."

On Sunday the leader of the Wallonia region told the Belga news agency the ultimatum from the EU "is not compatible with the exercise of democratic rights."

"We are not against a treaty with Canada," Magnette said. "But we won't have one that jeopardizes social and environmental standards and the protection of public services and we want absolutely no private arbitration mechanisms."

Magnette was referring to an introduction of a secret corporate court system, empowering big business to sue states for policies that threaten their profits.

Belgium has been given until Monday to resolve an internal disagreement holding back the CETA trade deal with Canada. The pact needs the backing of all 28 EU countries to be passed. Belgium cannot sign without Walloon support.

The EU has warned that unless Belgium makes its position clear, it will cancel this week's EU-Canada summit. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is expected to make a speech on Monday, an EU source told Reuters.


Mush for brains journalist: 'Washington has evidence Russia hacked US' - no proof though (VIDEO)

US intelligence has "evidence" that links Russia to meddling in the US elections, The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky told RT, yet failing to name exact facts, not disclosed by American authorities either.

Speaking to RT, Budowsky, whose email exchange with Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, was leaked by WikiLeaks on Saturday, said that Russia is behind the recent hacking of US officials' and organizations' emails. A respective accusation was published in a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of National Intelligence on October 7. No proof was attached to the paper, though.

"I believe that espionage directed against the American election by the Russians, which is the opinion by almost everybody in American law enforcement, everybody in American intelligence... is a terrible mistake. I think it is horrible thing to do," Budowsky told RT.

After stressing it several times in the interview, the columnist was asked whether he had any proof for the allegation. Yet Budowsky claimed only that the US intelligence as well as its global partners "believe" and are "totally convinced that Russia is behind much of the hacking." While saying he "urged" American law enforcers to disclose the information "for intelligence reasons, as Americans and Russians both understand, they are reluctant to do it."

Comment: Of course not. Under "intelligence reasons," or another favorite - "national security," these bozos can say anything they like - even if it amounts to a Big Fat Lie.

Comment: This brazen doofus Budowsky is one more tool in the echo chamber of lies and imperial hubris that is now the United States government. He has no problem making dangerous assertions, but is horrifically short on the facts. Too bad the RT interviewer wasn't more rigorous with all his idiotic statements.

Dollar Gold

Russia & Saudi Arabia agree to stabilize oil market, possible production freeze

© Reuters
Moscow and Riyadh have found common ground on a possible agreement with OPEC and a plan to stabilize oil prices after a meeting in the Saudi capital.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak met with representatives of Saudi Arabia and other major regional oil producers at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) conference in Riyadh on Sunday. They discussed possible means to stabilize the slumping oil prices, and the parties appeared to come to an agreement.

"We discussed questions related to freezing oil production in Russia and other countries that may join in," Novak wrote on Twitter. "But it's too early to call specific figures. We still have time until November 30, when OPEC is planning to develop a joint solution."

Novak's Saudi counterparts also appeared optimistic.

"Saudi Arabia has started to play an important role to coordinate between Russia ... and OPEC, specifically the Gulf countries," Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said at a press conference quoted by Reuters. "We have managed today... through a common meeting to reach a common notion to what we can reach in November."

Comment: Saudi optimism is interesting considering that Iraq is not on board with the idea of a production freeze.

Iraqi officials said on Sunday they don't want to see a reduction in the country's current production of 4.774 million barrels per day (bpd), and exports of 3.87 million bpd.

"We are not going back in any way, not by OPEC not by anybody else," said Falah al-Amri, the head of Iraq's state oil marketing company.

As of 8:30am GMT, the North Sea benchmark Brent was trading at $51.94 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate was at $50.93.

"Comments by Iraq over the weekend that it may not join the OPEC agreement to cut production could see oil prices come under pressure in today's session," ANZ bank said on Monday.


Wikileaks 17: Concerns over Wall Street speeches, tactics for framing email server controversy

© Brian Snyder / Reuters
WikiLeaks has released a new tranche of emails from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta.

The organization has published more than 26,000 emails on its website over the last fortnight, with a new batch dropping every day.

The latest leaks include emails in which Podesta suggests going "postal on the press", and expressions of concern over the content of Clinton's Wall Street speeches.

Earlier leaks revealed details of Clinton's Wall Street speeches, 'Pay to Play' donations, and staff concerns over her difficulty with apologizing.

The emails also reveal how some of Clinton's campaign team showed contempt towards fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders, as well as their attempt to get the jump on Clinton's own email server scandal.

Yesterday's leaks showed campaign team members discussing Bill Clinton's sex scandals, as well as Podesta's qualms about President Barack Obama's Afghanistan strategy back in 2009.


Hints of fascism: Orban declares Hungary must fight 'Sovietization' of Europe by defending borders against refugees

© Laszlo Balogh / Reuters
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of 1956 anti-Communist uprising in Budapest, Hungary, October 23, 2016.
During the commemoration of an anti-communist uprising in 1956, Hungary's prime minister said his nation must stand up to the "Sovietization" of Europe by defending its borders against migrants, leading to brawls between his supporters and opponents.

"People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietization, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during the Sunday event in Budapest.

The leader, who has been a vocal opponent of EU refugees quotas, went on to state that "we cannot allow Europe to cut the roots that made it great and helped us survive the Soviet suppression. There is no free Europe without nation states and thousands of years of wisdom from Christianity."

Orban once again affirmed his strong anti-migration stance, saying "we must close the border to stop the mass migration that flows from the south."

Comment: Hungary is heading towards a dangerous path:
A form of fascism has already taken hold in two nations on the edges of the European Union, Hungary and Poland. Far-right parties, reacting to the flood of more than a million migrants that descended on Europe last year, are gaining ground in France, Austria, Sweden, Germany and Greece. Nationalism, buttressed by a deification of the military, will be used to compensate for individual powerlessness and a loss of national identity.


Pepe Escobar: So Russia Won't Elect the Next POTUS

© AP/Evan Vucci
Wallowing in the mire of a headline grabbing "suspense" in case "such a nasty woman" becomes the next President of the United States (POTUS), the fear-and-loathing Las Vegas cage-match between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton once again yielded a few stark facts that should be of the highest concern especially to the Global South.

You have all been warned.

Merely relying on Trump's notorious vocabulary impediment is not enough. His "suspense" tirade -- as in not endorsing the final result of the forthcoming presidential election until all votes have been counted -- reveals more than it seems, and is hardly an apocalyptic threat to 240 years of American democracy.

To pull off voter fraud in the US is quite a feat, as the electoral college system is decentralized, run by the states. Thirty-one of these happen to be ruled by Republican governors, including key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Nevada. A great deal of the electronic voting machines is not internet-connected; they would have to be tampered with in advance.

So even if vote-buying and/or tampering may be an all-around difficult proposition, what might actually happen, in a Trumpian sense, is a modified 2000 remix, when the election was actually stolen by active voter suppression in Florida, coupled with a dodgy recount and a Supreme Court decision largely engineered by the Bush family consigliere James Baker.