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Terror at Work: Terrorists Bombs, Western Military Coordinates Kill Russian Paramedic in Aleppo

As soon as the headlines broke of militants having shelled a mobile Russian hospital in Aleppo, killing a female paramedic and wounding two doctors, the smell of a deliberate provocation hung heavy in the air.

How did the terrorists know where a mobile hospital was? I dare say they wouldn't. They would have to be given the coordinates by we know whom: US, UK or French intelligence.

This action is similar to the deliberate bombing of Syrian troops in Deir ez-Zor: a war crime designed to stop the liberation of Aleppo, a huge step in defeating terrorism in Syria.

It comes immediately after a Russian/US agreement on withdrawing opposition forces from Aleppo. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the plan "aims at a full withdrawal of all gunmen from the eastern part of the city, which Russia has been seeking since long," the ministry said. Experts are also expected "to coordinate the routes and timeframe of the withdrawal of all militants. As soon as this happens, a ceasefire will be put in place to begin evacuating them," the ministry said.


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Behind the Headlines: Wars, Laws and Resistance: Just Another Week on the BBM

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Today on Behind the Headlines, we connect the dots behind the week's main stories. In the news lately: stunning developments in Syria and a roadblock in Iraq; the death of one of the twentieth centuries biggest personalities, Fidel Castro; the DAPL protests continue, with military vets arriving to protect the protectors; and of course, the ever-present Trump phenomenon.

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Modern Operation Mockingbird: "Everyone Who Disagrees with Me Is a Russian Propagandist"

SOTT.net recently had the honor of being smeared as a vehicle for Russian propaganda. The dubious, anonymous "PropOrNot" site listed us as one among 200 or so such websites - witting or unwitting dupes of the Kremlin's propagandists. Thankfully, we're in mostly good company. It's hard to know whether to take them seriously or not. The site gives the impression of perhaps being a too-clever hoax, which would be hilarious given that the Washington Post among others actually takes them seriously. I mean, come on, the first thing you see on their website is a fake interview, conducted by a comedian, with two actors pretending to be Russian propagandists!)

But leaving that aside, it's still rich. Pretty much every alternative news website you can think of is included on the list. PropOrNot's logic seems to run something like this:
  1. Western governments and media say A. (A is true.)
  2. Russian government and media says not-A. (Not-A is not true.)
  3. Alternative media also says not-A.
  4. Therefore, alternative media are either witting or unwitting peddlers of Russian lies.
First, this assumes that the western media and government are telling the truth. Second, it assumes that the Russian government always lies. So the alternative media is put in awkward and contrived position: anytime the Russian government tells the truth, and the alternative media makes the same claims, the latter can simply be written off as Russian propaganda. Which is total nonsense. The fact that the people behind PropOrNot, if they're sincere in their claims, think this is the case says a lot about what they think of their readers: they think they're idiots.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Weapons of mass instruction: The perils of education - Brainwashing, Indoctrination and Robot Factories

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Today on the Health and wellness show we will revisit the education system and the ongoing brainwashing, indoctrination and dumbing down of the youthful masses. Compulsory schooling is creating dependent children who grow up to be dependent adults, passive and timid in the face of new challenges, lacking critical thinking and basic life skills. From the looks of it compulsory education is doing more harm than good. What are the social and emotional implications of educating today's youth with useless and needless information while stifling creativity, natural curiosity and the true desire to seek meaningful knowledge? Is the growing ignorance of today's student an example of a failing education system as a whole, or is it a crowning achievement with a more sinister agenda?

Join us as we discuss a side of compulsory education that is seldom studied, researched or looked at with a critical eye. The brainwashing and indoctrination doesn't end once 12 years of mandated education is completed it continues into higher education and university as well.

Stay tuned, as always, for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be the bow-killing vet, Kristie Lindsay.

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Behind the Headlines: Fake News About Fake News: WaPo Blacklists SOTT.net as Kremlin Disinfo

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In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, "fake news" has been in the news. First it was Facebook being blamed for Trump's win because of the pro-Trump fake news floating around social media in the lead-up to the election.

Then, an obscure left-wing activist college professor hastily compiled a list of "fake news" sites and posted it on her social media. The list was picked up by such fake news sites as CNN, WaPo, Boston Globe, NY Magazine, USA Today, Business Insider, and more, with recommendations for serious readers to avoid such tainted goods.

Now, the Washington Post has cited an obscure list of "Russian propaganda" websites to justify its claim that a "Russian propaganda effort" helped spread fake news during the election. Included on the list? SOTT.net, among numerous other great alternative news websites.

Today on Behind the Headlines we share our thoughts on "fake news", who the real fakers are, and what we think about being labelled as Kremlin trolls or useful idiots.

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There's Fake News and then there's no News

CNN this week suddenly discovered that chemical weapons are being used in Aleppo. No, not the multiple attacks by militants against government-held areas of Aleppo which have affected dozens of civilians and killed two Syrian soldiers. The intrepid reporters at CNN uncovered a case of a boy aged around ten apparently suffering the effects of exposure to chemical weapons in East Aleppo. No solid evidence at this point in time has been produced showing Syrian armed forces being responsible, but CNN and its brethren in the corporate media won't let a pesky little thing such as evidence stand in the way of further demonization of Bashar Al-Assad and Russia in its relentless propaganda campaign in support of regime change in Syria.

The question begging to be asked is: 'where have you been CNN for the last few months while Syrian, Russian and Iranian media have been documenting cases of chemical weapons use by militants against government held areas of Aleppo?' RT News reporters, for example, have visited hospitals in West Aleppo several times to see first-hand civilians suffering the terrifying effects of chemical weapons.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that samples taken proved that chemical weapons have been used by militants in attacks on government-held areas of Aleppo.

So frustrated has Russia become with the intransigence of the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in not showing any enthusiasm for investigating Russia's findings, that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is willing to take the samples to the Hague for further analysis of Russia's findings. He said the analysis of samples leaves "no doubt" that toxic substances have been used by militants.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2016: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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October 2016: another '1-in-1,000-year flood event' hits the Carolinas
While all eyes last month were on the most extraordinary build-up to a US election, Earth Changes continued apace.

The curtain-raiser in October 2016 was Hurricane Matthew, which left a swathe of destruction across Colombia, the Caribbean and the US East Coast. The strongest North Atlantic storm in a decade, Matthew was also the strongest storm ever recorded so close to the equator, dumped so much water that it broke rainfall records wherever it went, and cost over $10 billion in damages. Haiti, where over 1,600 people were killed, bore the brunt of it.

Extreme weather is so 'normal' now that South Carolina last month recorded its seventh '1-in-1,000-year' flood event in just 6 years, beating rainfall records set in... September 2016. While much of the US saw record-breaking warm temperatures for October, copious amounts of snow across Russia meant that the northern hemisphere's snow cover extent by late October was second only to that recorded in 1976.

We also have a dozen mind-blowing meteor events in this month's video, a reflection of what we suspect is another end-of-year uptick in 'space visitors'. As we reported at the beginning of the year, fireballs have significantly increased over the last decade, and the skies become especially 'illuminated' during the latter half of each year.

These were 'the signs' in October 2016...


Comment: Update 23 November 2016 - It has come to our attention that the 'meteor over south Wales' @15:14 is being claimed as the creation of some liberal artist, which may or may not be the case.


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The Truth Perspective: Radical political correctness, liberal ideologies and the decline of modern civilization

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The loss by Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential elections, and the surprise win for Donald Trump, rather than exposing the Right's alleged underbelly of racism, bigotry, xenophobia and homophobia, has instead revealed something much more surprising, and potentially catastrophic for Western civilization as we know it: the cult of political correctness, obsession with identities, and a radical Left fringe that has ponerized inclusion and empathy to the point of authoritarianism. Whether it's on the domestic front of gender pronouns, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions, or on the foreign front of humanitarian intervention, human rights and the responsibility to protect, Western liberal values have lost all meaning.

On this edition of The Truth Perspective, we'll be discussing this trend, how it came about, and where it suggests we are headed.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Precious Snowflake Syndrome: Cry ins, safe spaces and microaggressions

America is being overrun by a bunch of crybabies whose whining has reached a fever pitch. With the recent presidential election it's as if a switch has been flicked which gives people carte blanche to emote all over everyone else and throw tantrums in public. The ability to maintain a stiff upper lip and deal with adversity is being eroded. Feelings, however misplaced, are all that count while facts and reality are given short shrift. What are the roots of this emotional hysteria? Why do grown-ups need to hold cry-ins in their safe spaces while being protected from microaggressions? What are the effects on the individual specifically and society in general when a culture of narcissism and the eschewing of reality is not only accepted, but promoted?

Join us on this episode of The Health and Wellness show for a lively discussion of this topic. Stay tuned, as always for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be euthanasia.

Related Links:
Where did generation snowflake come from? (video)
Maybe it's time to protest the protesters! (video)
Precious snowflakes: Grieving liberal students beg for exam cancellations in wake of Killary's loss
7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand
Professor explains the increase of 'precious snowflakes' - cites narcissism, over-nurturing
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Trump Probably Won The Popular Vote: Here's Why

The more I think about the US media's claim that Hillary won the popular vote, the more I think it's bogus, that the numbers were fudged. I mean, you have a male candidate who is lambasted primarily for being a sleaze, misogynist and all-round disreputable character for the entire campaign, and his opponent is a woman whose worst sin (as far as the media reported) was some missing emails, and yet - according to exit poll data - a majority of women still voted for him?

From that I don't conclude that the women vote numbers were fudged in favor of Trump (after all, if anyone was gonna rig this election, it was gonna be the Hillary camp, or the 'deep state' behind her) but that the Hispanic and African American votes were likely fudged against Trump.

It's been a recurring pattern in recent major elections and referenda. We've now had more or less 50-50 split votes in the Scottish independence referendum, the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election. How is it that in these major-issue-votes, a country is almost always divided down the middle? Is a large majority of the people never on the same page on any major issue? That 50-50 split is pretty useful for perpetuating the worn-out 'left-right' paradigm we've lived under for decades. When one party gets 51% in an election, it's always plausible to have the other party get elected 4 or 5 years later because the last election was 'so close'.

In this way, these bogus left/right parties can maintain control and pursue their identical policies forever. If an outsider President or PM were ever elected in a Western nation with, say, 80% of the vote and if he/she performed decently enough, it would be pretty hard to justify why, in an election 4 years later, his/her support had plummeted and he/she was kicked out.

That's why 'they' never want a truly populist and decent leader to get into power; with his or her 'left' or 'right' track record, they'd never be able to get him/her out, short of assassination. Russia is an interesting contemporary example of this, where Putin has been in power in some capacity for the last 16 years, and there's no sign of his popularity waning. And guess who really, really hates Putin and Russia...