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New World Criminal Order: How the US Govt Funneled $40 Billion Cash to Putin's enemies: the Russian Mafia


Comment: This article was originally published by New York Magazine in 1996 under the title 'The Money Plane'.


Five nights a week, at least $100 million in crisp new $100 bills is flown from JFK nonstop to Moscow, where it is used to finance the Russian mob's vast and growing international crime syndicate. State and Federal officials believe it is part of a multi-billion-dollar money-laundering operation. The Republic National Bank and the Federal Reserve prefer not to think so.

It's a darkening afternoon. The usual assortment of passengers mills about Gate 14 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, waiting to board Delta Flight 30 nonstop to Moscow: American businessmen prospecting the new Russian capitalism, Russian entrepreneurs returning from investor hunting, expatriates going home to visit family, tourists. One passenger, though, is there only for the nine-hour flight and knows something none of the other passengers knows: that the plane will be carrying 1 million fresh hundred-dollar bills in its belly.

The red, white, and blue Boeing 767 is on the tarmac when, at about 5pm, a cream-colored armored truck drives up. While Delta workers casually go about tossing luggage into the hold, two armed guards begin placing large white canvas bags on a conveyor belt. In the bags are stacks of uncirculated new $100 bills, all still in their Federal Reserve wrappers, dozens to a bag. And there are dozens of bags.

A few minutes later, another armored truck rolls up and unloads another series of even larger bags. In total, this flight will carry about 2,300 pounds of $100 bills, or $100 million.

Comment: Edmond Safra, majority owner of Republic National Bank, the primary conduit for this gargantuan scheme to bilk Russia, was arguably the money-laundering man for the Middle East and South America.

In the 1980s, he was implicated in money laundering $800 million in Colombian and Turkish drug money, and as a conduit in the Iran-Contra scandal. His power and influence was such that, as Alex Krainer writes in The Killing of William Browder, "wherever the American deep state ran covert operations, Edmond Safra was among their choice providers of financial logistics."

Among other things, Safra co-founded, with fellow-traveller William Browder, Hermitage Capital, the world's most successful hedge fund from the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, pilfering the Russian state and that country's resources with free abandon until Browder was banned from the country in 2006.

Tried in absentia, Browder was found guilty of defrauding the Russian state, a crime he has since frantically denied by lobbying Western governments to accept his version of events (that the Russian state, he claims, defrauded itself - and that everything wrong in that country is Putin's fault). Browder's successful efforts - and near total, global media coverage in his favor - led to the Magnitsky Act, the first round of unilateral, US-led anti-Russian sanctions in 2012.

Safra, meanwhile, also operated unmolested, successfully fending off every litigation brought against him. His bank was itself eventually 'laundered'. In 1999, Republic was absorbed into the British HSBC banking empire for $10 billion... on the same day as Safra's funeral after he had died in a mysterious fire at his home in Monaco.

In the immediate aftermath of the publication of the above article by Friedman, the US deep state kicked into high gear to limit its fallout, with none other than Senator (then Representative) Chuck Schumer (D, NY) taking to the Congress floor to record testimonies of support for Safra into the Congressional record:
HON. CHARLES E. SCHUMER of New York in the House of Representatives

Tuesday, February 13, 1996
"Mr. Speaker, a weekly magazine recently published a lengthy article raising serious questions about the business activities conducted by Republic National Bank of New York with Russian banks. Republic is a large, well-respected institution serving the New York community and employing thousands of its residents. In the interest of fairness, so that the other side of the story can be heard, I would like to submit for the Record the attached materials. Included among them are several letters from law enforcement agencies and bank regulatory bodies. These letters testify to the bank's record of compliance with the law and cooperation with law enforcement officials and bank regulators."
In the madness of exploiting the 'Wild East' after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, US geopolitical designs to take control of Russian resources, and ultimately dismember that country, led to the raising of ferocious new 'democratic' elites there.

These elites have steadily been checked within Russia since Putin came to power, but to this day 'the Russian mob' is considered 'the most dangerous organized crime group in the world'.


Footprints

Ancient footprint discovery may push back date humans began to walk upright

© Andrzej Boczarowski
These footprints, found at Trachilos in western Crete, have been attributed to an ancient human ancestor that walked upright some 5.7 million years ago.
Human-like footprints have been found stamped into an ancient sea shore fossilised beneath the Mediterranean island of Crete.

They shouldn't be there.

Testing puts the rock's age at 5.7 million years.

That's a time when palaeontologists believe our human ancestors had only apelike feet.

And they lived in Africa.

But a study into the Trachilos, western Crete, prints determines them to feature prominent human features and an upright stance.

And that's significant as the human foot has a unique shape. It combines a long sole, five short toes, no claws - and a big toe.

In comparison, the foot of a Great Ape look much more like a human hand.

And that step in evolution wasn't believed to have taken place until some 4 million years ago.

Blackbox

What would Hitler have said about Abraham Lincoln or General Lee and the U.S. Civil War?

"Some crazy person just compared President Abraham Lincoln to Hitler. Yes, this just happened on CNN and Brooke Baldwin's reaction was perfect."

So scribbled one Ricky Davila on Social Media (Twitter).

Indeed, an elderly Southern gentleman had ventured that President Lincoln, not General Lee, murdered civilians, a point even a Court historian and a Lincoln idolater like Doris Kearns Goodwin would concede.

While the Argument From Hitler is seldom a good one; Ms. Baldwin's response was way worse. Were she an honest purveyor of news and knowledge; anchor-activist Baldwin would have sought the facts. Instead, she pulled faces, so the viewer knew she not only looked like an angel, but was on the side of the angels.

Pretty, but not terribly bright, Ms. Baldwin would be shocked to hear that the civics test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recognizes as correct the following answers to questions about the "Civil War":

If asked to "Name one problem that led to the Civil War," you may legitimately reply: "States' right."

If asked to "Name the war between the North and the South," you may call it, "the War between the States."

Brook would wince, but, again, your reply would be perfectly proper if you chose to name "economic reasons" as one of the problems that led to the Civil War.

Not even the government-the USCIS, in this case-will risk denying that the 1861 Morrill tariff was one cause of the War of Northern Aggression. Lincoln, a protectionist, was expected to enforce the tariff with calamitous consequences to the "the import-dependent South, which was paying [at the time] as much as 80 percent of the tariff."

It's fair to assume that the civics naturalization test (I took it) was not written by pro-South historians. Yet even they did not conceal some immutable truths about the War of Northern Aggression-truths banished from Brooke Baldwin's network.

And from Fox News.
There, you must tolerate progressive Republicans, like John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist, warning about the dangers of identity politics in a majority-white country like the US. (Davidson should try out identity politics in a minority white country like my birthplace, South Africa, where the lives of white farmers are forfeit.) Another Federalist editor seen on Fox is Molly Hemingway. She has vaporized about the merits of "taking down Confederate statues." If memory serves, that was a position the oracular Chucky Krauthammer was willing to dignify.
Back to the white, marginalized gentleman, mocked on CNN.

In all, Lincoln's violent, unconstitutional revolution took the lives of 620,000 individuals, including 50,000 Southern civilians, white and black. It maimed thousands, and brought about "the near destruction of 40 percent of the nation's economy."

While "in the North a few unfortunate exceptions marred the general wartime boom," chronicled historian William Miller, "[t]he south as a whole was impoverished. At the end of the war, the boys in blue went home at government expense with about $235 apiece in their pockets." "[S]ome of Lee's soldiers had to ask for handouts on the road home, with nothing to exchange for bread save the unwelcome news of Appomattox."

Many years hence, Americans look upon the terrible forces unleashed by Lincoln as cathartic, glorious events. However, "The costs of an action cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to morality," noted Mises Institute scholar David Gordon, in Secession, State & Liberty.

At his most savage, General William Tecumseh Sherman waged "total war" on civilians and did not conceal his intent to so do. On commencing his march through Georgia, in September 1864, Sherman had vowed "to demonstrate the vulnerability of the South and make its inhabitants feel that war and individual ruin [were] synonymous terms." To follow was an admission (of sorts) to war crimes: "The amount of plundering, burning, and stealing done by our own army makes me ashamed of it."

"For Sherman's troops sacked and razed entire cities and communities":
"Sherman's troops exhumed graves to loot the corpses. Sherman's troops tore up little girls' dolls and nailed family pets to doors. Sherman's troops left countless civilians - including the slaves they were supposedly liberating - without food or shelter. Sherman ransomed civilians to armies in the area, threatening to execute them or burn their homes if they did not comply. Sherman had a few contemplative moments and was always careful to maintain plausible deniability, but he knew what was happening and let it happen."
Here's the brass tacks (via William Miller, Yankee sympathizer) about Lincoln's brutality and the extent to which the North upended life in the South:
"Confederate losses were overwhelmingly greater, representing a fifth of the productive part of the Confederacy's white male population. Thousands more died of exposure, epidemics, and sheer starvation after the war, while many survivors, aside from the sick and the maimed, bore the scars of wartime and most war malnutrition and exhaustion all the rest of their lives."
The South sustained direct damage as the war was fought, for the most, on its soil.

"Land, buildings, and equipment, especially of slaveless farmers ... lay in ruins. Factories ... were simply forsaken." "Poor white and planter were left little better than ex-slave. ... [A]n every-day sight [was] that of women and children, most of whom were formerly in good circumstances, begging for bread from door to door. In the destruction of southern life few suffered more than the ex-slaves." By estimations cited in Miller's A New History of the United States, "a third of the Negroes died" in their freemen, informal, "contraband camps," from "the elements, epidemics, and crime."
"The weakening of purpose, morale, and aspiration among the survivors was depressing enough to make many envy the dead," laments White, noting that "rebel losses in youth and talent were much greater than the devastating total of human losses itself."
"The men in blue," said one Southerner late in 1865, "destroyed everything which the most infernal Yankee ingenuity could devise means to destroy: hands, hearts, fire, gunpowder, and behind everything the spirit of hell, were the agencies which they used."

Still, despite having just fought a civil war, there was a greater feeling of fellowship among our countrymen then than there is today.

Struck by how achingly sad the South was, a northern observer, on a visit to New Orleans in 1873, cried out with great anguish: "These faces, these faces, one sees them everywhere; on the streets, at the theater, in the salon, in the cars; and pauses for a moment struck with the expression of entire despair."

Today's America lectures and hectors the world about invading Arab leaders for "killing their own people." What did the sixteenth American president do if not kill his own people?

Yes, "Emerson's 'best civilization' was about to be 'extended over the whole country' with a vengeance."

Of this, Adolf Hitler wholly approved.

CNN's Brooke Baldwin will be shocked-OMG! kind of shocked-to know that in his Mein Kampf, Hitler "expressed both his support for Lincoln's war and his unwavering opposition to the cause of states' rights and political decentralization." (

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Rocket

Soviet Union's top secret nuclear space missile was mistaken for a UFO

During the late 1960s, a top secret Soviet program to sneak nuclear weapons around U.S. early warning radars was mistaken for a rash of UFO sightings by Moscow's citizens. The weapon, known as FOBS, created a mysterious pattern in the night sky that many mistook for signs of alien visitation.

In the Spring of 1967, people living in the western Soviet Union noticed something odd in the sky at dusk: a mysterious crescent-shaped sliver of light, about the size of the moon from most directions but larger from others. The crescent appeared six times in 1967, always at the same time of day, before it finally disappeared.

According to veteran space expert James Oberg at Air & Space Magazine, the Soviet press speculated they were UFOs, and UFO enthusiast groups sprang up across the country to record the sightings.

Suddenly, after the sixth incident, Soviet press coverage of the incidents abruptly stopped. Someone in Moscow with top secret clearance realized that the crescents in the sky at sundown were actual evidence of a top secret weapons test, one that violate existing treaties on the deployment of nuclear weapons into space.

Colosseum

Long-lost Roman city of Neapolis discovered off Tunisia coast

© University of Sassari / AFP
Ruins of the ancient Roman settlement Neapolis have reportedly been discovered submerged off the coast of Tunisia, giving further credibility to historical accounts that it was wiped from the map by a massive tsunami.

The underwater city was found near Nabeul by archaeologists from the National Heritage Institute Tunisia and Italy's University of Sassari in an expedition that has taken seven years.

Researchers believe Neapolis, whose ruins also dot the landscape above ground in the north-eastern town of Nabeul, was hit by unstoppable waves in 365 AD, report AFP.

Images of the project show archaeologists diving below the waves off Africa to pinpoint traces of Roman roads and buildings.

Dig

'Little Pompeii': Abandoned ancient town in France a 'microcosm of the Roman Empire'

© Flore Giraud
Archaeologists in France are hailing the ruins of a neighborhood nicknamed 'Little Pompeii' as a fine example of Ancient Roman society, after it was left frozen in time when its inhabitants fled a massive fire.

In an interview with RT.com, archaeologist Benjamin Clement explained how his team has been working since April to conserve the historical site before building begins nearby on a housing complex.

Several Ancient Roman residences are located at the site in the city of Vienne, which sits along the banks of the Rhone river. So far the researchers have uncovered lavish mosaics constructed from marble sourced as far away as Turkey, Greece and Tunisia.

Rose

Diana's last days: Inside story of how Diana snuck away with Dodi Fayed on holiday days before fatal crash in Paris

© Backgrid
Diana, Princes of Wales and Dodi Fayed pictured in Sardinia, Italy.

A battered grey Volvo saloon slips unnoticed out of the gates of Kensington Palace.

Hidden behind coats on hangers covering the side windows, Diana Princess of Wales lies across the back seat, out of view from prying eyes. The plan has worked.

Photographers from the world's press camped outside the princess's home had been lured away from the Palace gates by two decoy cars that left moments earlier.

Once through the gates, Diana's trusted driver Colin Tebbutt swings the Volvo through a series of twisting roads to check they are not being ­followed.

Certain that no cameramen are on their tail, he heads over the River Thames.

Roses

'Golden ray of light landed on Princess Di's coffin', says former Sun Royal Correspondent who tells of sorrow at her funeral

© Rex Features
Diana's hearse at Buckingham Palace
At the end of the funeral a single golden beam came through and landed on Diana's coffin showing us that even in death she was still in the spotlight.

I was sitting two rows behind the Fayeds facing towards where the Royal Family, led by the Queen, would sit.

All around were the most famous of faces, but Diana, even in death, was a bigger star than the others put together.

Comment: Unlawful Killing - The Murder of Princess Diana and Why it Matters


Magnify

What sharp teeth they had! New study suggests ancient whales were ferocious predators

© AP Photo/ Brenda Rone/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A study by Australian paleontologists at Monash University and Museums Victoria reveals that archaic whales had sharp predator's teeth that resemble those of lions, discarding the hypothesis that ancient whales filter-fed.

"Contrary to what many people thought, it seems that whales never used their teeth as a sieve, and instead evolved their signature filter feeding strategy only later - maybe after their teeth had already been lost," the study's lead co-author Associate Professor Alistair Evans said.

Modern whales have comb-like plates in their mouths that can be used to filter plankton and small fish."Filter feeding is the defining trait of modern whales - there are few ways in which this unique strategy could have evolved from tooth-bearing, predatory ancestors, and our study firmly rules out one of them."

UFO 2

'Stones of the first encounter' thought to depict Mayan-ET contact

© Helium 24
With so many Mayan artifacts seemingly depicting what we today would describe as extraterrestrials or aliens, it gets harder to dismiss them as hoaxes or misinterpretations of Mayan drawings and carvings of conventional objects, animals or people. Get ready for more. Word is spreading about a discovery in March 2017 of jade stones carved with so many realistic engravings of what look like aliens and spaceships that they're being called "Stones of the First Encounter." Are they?

As with many of these discoveries, it's difficult to determine who found the stones first due to language differences and the involvement of parties with television shows or YouTube channels. According to alien-ufo-sightings.com, these jade (jada) stones were found by local residents in a forest cave between Puebla and Veracruz, Mexico, in March 2017. At some point, the stones were either given to or viewed by Javier Lopez Diaz of CincoRadio, who claimed on Twitter that some of the images showed "contact" with beings from other worlds.

That apparently got the attention of Jose Aguayo at JAC Detector, a YouTube channel described as "searchers of treasure." Aguayo says he led a team through the jungle where the stones were said to have been found and "by chance" came upon the cave. It was in this cave that they found small thin sheets of gold and broken stones with designs of what look like "a spaceship with a gray alien-like being with an oval object in his hand and a former head of pre-Hispanic culture who apparently has an ear of corn." It was this group that gave them the name "Stones of the First Encounter" or "Stories of the First Meeting."
© Helium 24
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