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Economic collapse: European sanctions against Iran -- EU Peace Prize

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EU 'High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy' aka Foreign Minister, Catherine Ashton, has fully supported US imperial intervention in numerous war theaters, including economic sanctions (considered an act of war under international law) against Iran.
For those individuals on the planet with their eyes open, with fear in their hearts and a deep pain that has numbed their souls, today is not beautiful. The light at the end of the tunnel is awful in its vivid portrayal of the horror that awaits all of us, and we have no one to blame for the situations that we find ourselves in other than ourselves.
EU moves closer to new Iran sanctions

The European Union provisionally approved new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program on Friday, with senior diplomats giving their backing to measures against Tehran's banking sector, industry and shipping.
How refreshing. For the Iranians who are currently watching as their economy is destroyed by sanctions, as they are threatened with war on a daily basis by those in America and Israel, the now Nobel-Laureate EU champions the rights of the people to watch their children starve, all while the president of the parliament has "overwhelming emotion for awarding of Nobel Prize to EU." It must be terribly difficult to live comfortable lives, gut the economies of member states, and war-monger. I can just see historians' confusion: "so did peace actually mean malicious cruelty to the 'people' of the 21st century?" Yes, yes it did. No one could make up the unimaginable evil that we are party to.

Vader

SOTT Focus: War Is Peace: European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

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When I first saw the headline in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, I thought it was a joke and wondered if the WSJ had started publishing satirical pieces. But when it appeared to be genuine that the EU was this year's recipient of the Nobel peace prize, I checked to see which other mainstream propaganda outlets were carrying the story. To my surprise it was real and I was immediately reminded of the absurdity of the US government's war commander-in-chief (assassination 'kill list' to boot) receiving the prize in 2009.

My second reaction was to write a satirical piece, putting forward an equally unlikely candidate organisation for a peace prize such as the Federal Reserve or U.S. Congress. But it would have been too easy to mock the Nobel committee and, in any event, like many others, I really wanted to know the reason behind the choice. Reading some of the comments on The Telegraph and The Guardian, it's clear there is an overwhelming sense of bewilderment and frustration at what a farce the Nobel peace prize has become.

Now, It's pretty clear that the European Union is no Mother Teresa! But what on earth is the reason behind the EU winning the (formerly) preeminent international peace prize? Here are some ideas I've come up with so far:

1. The committee has been corrupted by political and corporate influences
2. The committee has been tasked with extending the limits of Orwellian double-speak
3. A publicity stunt
4. A smokescreen
5. An insiders' joke

Star of David

Palestinian olive grove attacked for second time

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Palestinian farmers from Qaryut village inspect the remains of their olive trees last week after after they were uprooted. Dozens of olive trees were set ablaze in a Palestinian village early on Saturday, in an attack that villagers and Palestinian security officials blamed on Jewish settlers.
Dozens of olive trees were set ablaze in a Palestinian village early on Saturday, in an attack that villagers and Palestinian security officials blamed on Jewish settlers.

Residents of Qaryut village, 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of the West Bank city of Nablus, said that the fires had been set at several different spots simultaneously and security officials said the evidence pointed to an arson attack by residents of the neighbouring settlement of Eli.

Seventy of the village's olive trees were cut down in the early hours of Wednesday, the first day of the olive harvest, a period when Jewish settlers have in the past raided Palestinian farmers and their crops.

Figures released last year by the international aid group Oxfam indicated there are approximately 9.5 million olive trees in the West Bank, where the crop is a vital source of revenue for Palestinian farmers.

In a good year, the olive harvest contributes around $100 million (77 million euros) in income to some of the poorest Palestinian communities.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Gear

Millions to participate in FEMA drill next week

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Release Number: R3-12-16

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania - On October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. EDT, more than one million people across five states and the District of Columbia are scheduled to take part in the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is a regional earthquake drill in which participants simultaneously practice the recommended action during an earthquake. This action is known as "Drop, Cover, and Hold On", which means:
  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops
The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event. These states are being supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners. CUSEC coordinates a similar drill across nine Central U.S. states, which had more than 2.4 million participants in February, 2012.

This regional earthquake drill comes on the heels of the one year anniversary of the August 23, 2011 M5.9 Mineral, Virginia earthquake. Last year's earthquake caused significant damage in Louisa County, Virginia, and also millions of dollars in damages in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open-to-the-public, and teaches easy to do, yet potentially life-saving information.

War Whore

Hillary's sinking ship

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Two and a half weeks ago I wrote a column for Fox News Opinion calling on Hillary Clinton to quit as Secretary of State. As more information comes out about what really led to ambassador Chris Stevens's death on September 11, we're hearing growing murmurs demanding the same thing. It's not a full-throated chorus yet. But yesterday's hearings in front of the House Government Oversight Committee are encouraging others to join in.

They certainly confirm three damning facts about our Secretary of State.

First, she and her Washington minions ignored repeated direct calls for help with security in Benghazi, including from the ambassador himself, and warnings about a possible attack on the anniversary of 9/11. According to the State Department's security chief Andrew Wood, getting "security in Benghazi was a struggle" without end.

Twice the man in charge of security for our diplomats in Libya, Greg Nordstrom, begged the State Department for more security in Benghazi after no less than 48 security "incidents" there, including two bombings.

Comment: For further discussion on who was behind the Benghazi attacks see: Benghazi Attack: Libya's Green Resistance did it... and NATO powers are covering up.


Attention

Benghazi Attack: Libya's Green Resistance did it... and NATO powers are covering up

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The NATO powers and the bureaucrats they installed in Libya want you to think that all 5.6 million Libyans are happy that NATO and its proxy terrorists destroyed Libya, a country which under Gaddafi had the highest standard of living in Africa.

They want you to think that NATO brought "freedom and democracy" to Libya, not chaos and death.

They want you to think that there is no Green Resistance to the NATO imperialists or NATO's Islamist allies in Benghazi.

In reality, the Resistance has been increasingly active since shortly after the murder of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011, as will be shown below. They strike any NATO target they can, and they execute key Libyans who betrayed Gaddafi and sided with NATO. The Benghazi incident was merely their latest blow against what they see as NATO's illegal occupation of their country.

Everyone in Libya knows about the Green Resistance, whose members are called "Tahloob" (Arabic for "Gaddafi loyalists"). The denial only happens outside of Libya, by the NATO powers and their dutiful Western mainstream media.

Because of this denial, and because most of the world's people have forgotten about Libya, the internet is filled with blind guesses, unfounded claims, and ridiculous counterclaims regarding the Benghazi incident last week in which US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and at least three other American personnel were killed. And the NATO lie factory is operating at full blast.

Comment: This well-researched article sheds light on what the reality is behind recent finger-pointing on the U.S. election debate circus.


Bizarro Earth

How psychopaths take over

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Sometimes being mad is a good thing. An Oxford scientist suggests we should all learn to act a little crazy

My father was a market trader in London. I used to help him when I should have been at school. "You'll learn more on the stall than you ever will in a classroom," he used to say. And in my case he was probably right. One evening, after shutting up shop, we went to an Indian restaurant for dinner. As we were paying the bill, Dad said: "Kev, if there's one thing I want you to remember in life, it's this: Persuasion ain't about getting people to do what they don't want to do. It's about giving people a reason to do what they do want to do. Watch and learn."

He picked up a spoon and tinkled it against his glass. Suddenly, the room fell silent. Dad got to his feet.

"I'd just like to thank everyone for coming," he announced. "I'm aware that some of you hail from just around the corner and that others have made the journey from much further afield. But I want you to know that you are all most welcome, and that it's very much appreciated. Oh, and that there's a small reception in the King's Arms across the road after you've finished. Thanks once again, and see you in the pub!"

With that, he started to clap ... as did everyone else - a restaurant full of strangers whom we'd never seen before, who'd never seen each other before, all applauding wildly because they didn't want to be seen to be the gate crashers.

"We're not really going to the pub are we?" I muttered, as we barreled out the door. "Course not," said Dad. "But they are - and my old mate Malcolm has just taken over as landlord. He'll make a few quid tonight!"

MIB

Tea-Party conservative Santelli rages because he cannot defend his comment about doctored jobs report

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CNBC on-air editor Rick Santelli, who is credited with helping to launch the tea party movement, flew into a rage on Tuesday after he was asked to defend his apparent suggestion that the most recent jobs report had been doctored to help President Barack Obama get re-elected.

Former GE CEO Jack Welch on Friday spawned a "jobs truthers" front after he tweeted that an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent was "unbelievable," and added that the "Chicago guys" in Obama's campaign headquarters "will do anything..can't debate so change numbers."

"I would never send a tweet like Jack Welch and I respect Jack," Santelli said on Friday. "That's why last month, I said that it would be below 8 percent right before the election. That's why I said it. I don't say things I can't prove, that was my prediction. I will leave it at that."

"I can't prove that it was fudged," the CNBC on-air editor insisted, refusing to distance himself from conservative skepticism about the jobs report. "I do find that that's the common question on the trading floor. It is what it is."

Stock Down

EU Austerity Measures: Will the Nobel Prize laureate use NATO to collect bad debts?

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The only way to explain the Nobel Committee awarding the EU the Peace Prize at this sensitive juncture in history is to say that it is a smokescreen; a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the crimes of the central bankers and their political henchmen. All of this is reminiscent of the uproar that followed last year's Nobel announcement that Barack Obama was the Peace Prize winner despite the fact that the US military was hunkered down on two fronts and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility was still in the torture business.

These once-proud nations have been transformed into hyper-dependent appendages of Brussels, who will probably not hesitate to send NATO forces to collect its monthly rent check.

For the millions of Europeans now protesting against brutal austerity measures, awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union must seem no less unthinkable had the Committee of Five handed their tarnished trophy to Anders Breivik, the nationalist who indiscriminately killed 77 people last year in a madman's attempt to save Norway "from the menace of multiculturalism."

Bad Guys

Is a cyber false flag planned?

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© SpyRepublicLeon Panetta, praying for a cyber attack.
From UPI
"A Cyber-Pearl Harbor that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life, an attack that would paralyze and shock the nation and create a profound new sense of vulnerability."

Panetta, during a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, said his response was to increased aggressiveness and technological advances by America's adversaries, identified as China, Russia, Iran and militant groups, The New York Times reported.

"An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches," Panetta said. "They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."
However, as Michael Tanji, writing for Wired, pointed out over two years ago, the electric grid and the public water supply are not at all vulnerable to a cyber attack, despite what Mr. Panetta may say to incite fear in the ill-informed populous. Instilling fear isn't enough though, as The Secretary of Defense alluded to Congress' failure to pass Cybersecurity legislation.

In a classic Hagelian Dialectic situation, the government has provided us with the problem of cybersecurity, will likely stage something that approximates an attack which can be blamed on enemies, and then will offer the solution--a heavily regulated internet, stripped of any freedom or anonymity.

This has all played out before. Prior to 9/11, in that barely recognizable world, a neocon think tank came up with a plan to impose Western hegemony throughout the world, while subjugating Americans under a brand new scripted and imaginary threat. All that was needed, according to the authors, was "some catastrophic and catalyzing event--like a new Pearl Harbor."