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Scrubbed Reports Uncover New Secrets Into The Prince Andrew-Jeffrey Epstein Relationship

Comment: The media sure dropped the Epstein pedo scandal fast once he died eh?

Thankfully, Whitney Webb at MintPress News is still uncovering what can be uncovered before they bleach the internet of all evidence...

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Ghislaine Maxwell • Prince Andrew • Jeffrey Epstein
While the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has largely faded from media coverage in the United States, it has continued to attract attention abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom in connection with Epstein's long-standing association with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and the Queen's son.

The Epstein-Prince Andrew relationship has long been a fascination of the U.K. press, with numerous articles dating back to the early 2000s detailing the most outrageous aspects of their relationship. Prior to that, Epstein had also garnered attention from U.K. newspapers regarding his association with Ghislaine Maxwell, whose reputation in the U.K. is rather notorious, as was that of her father, Robert Maxwell.

Yet, since Epstein's arrest in July, many of these older articles on Epstein and Maxwell, as well as those focusing on the Epstein-Prince Andrew relationship, have disappeared from the archives of several prominent U.K. media outlets that reported on these relationships years ago.

Several of these articles, though largely scrubbed from the internet, were recently obtained by MintPress and a review of their contents makes the likely motive behind their disappearance clear: several articles not only reference Epstein's connection to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence years before the first investigation into Epstein's exploitation of minors had even begun, but also reveal surprising aspects of Prince Andrew's involvement with Epstein that strongly suggest that the Prince partook in illicit sexual activities with minors to a much greater extent than has previously been reported.

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'Catalonia Separatists Bad, Hong Kong Pro-democracy Protesters Good' - Western Media Treating Orwell's 1984 as User Manual

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Protesters clash with Spanish policemen near El Prat airport in Barcelona on October 14, 2019 • Anti-government protesters at Sham Shui Po, in Hong Kong, October 6, 2019
When supporters of Catalan leaders jailed for organizing a democratic vote advance on Barcelona airport, media make a fuss over 'separatists' causing chaos. When the same tactic's used in Hong Kong, it's a 'pro-democracy' protest.

In George Orwell's 1984, The War Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Peace. Truth was Lies, Hate was Love. But author Lewis Carroll got there first.

In Through the Looking Glass, first published in 1871, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice, and in rather a scornful manner:
"When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice "whether you CAN make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
Humpty Dumpty has indeed been put back together again, in our newsrooms and in the mouths of our politicians. As so often happens, it finds its apogee in Syria.

Comment: They're into their third evening of mass protests in Barcelona, which show no signs of calming down:

The police are clearly under instructions to use maximum force:

Which is fuelling, no pun intended, a spiral of increasing violence:

Protests against the state have broken out across Spain, even in the capital Madrid:

This is the scene tonight in Girona, another city in the breakaway Catalonia region:


The Police State's Deadly Toll on America's Children

"Mommy, am I gonna die?" — 4-year-old Ava Ellis after being inadvertently shot in the leg by a police officer who was aiming for the girl's boxer-terrier dog, Patches

"'Am I going to get shot again.'" — 2-year-old survivor of a police shooting that left his three siblings, ages 1, 4 and 5, with a bullet in the brain, a fractured skull and gun wounds to the face
US Police State
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Children learn what they live.

As family counselor Dorothy Law Nolte wisely observed, "If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive."

And if children live with terror, trauma and violence — forced to watch helplessly as their loved ones are executed by police officers who shoot first and ask questions later — will they in turn learn to terrorize, traumatize and inflict violence on the world around them?

I'm not willing to risk it. Are you?

It's difficult enough raising a child in a world ravaged by war, disease, poverty and hate, but when you add the toxic stress of the police state into the mix, it becomes near impossible to protect children from the growing unease that some of the monsters of our age come dressed in government uniforms.

Case in point: in Hugo, Oklahoma, plain clothes police officers opened fire on a pickup truck parked in front of a food bank, heedless of the damage such a hail of bullets — 26 shots were fired — could have on those in the vicinity. Three of the four children inside the parked vehicle were shot: a 4-year-old girl was shot in the head and ended up with a bullet in the brain; a 5-year-old boy received a skull fracture; and a 1-year-old girl had deep cuts on her face from gunfire or shattered window glass. Only the 2-year-old was spared any physical harm, although the terror will likely linger for a long time. "They are terrified to go anywhere or hear anything," the family attorney said. "The two-year-old keeps asking about 'Am I going to get shot again.'"

The reason for the use of such excessive force?

Police were searching for a suspect in a weeks-old robbery of a pizza parlor that netted $400.


Russia's Balanced Diplomacy in Middle East on Rise as US War Policy Crashes

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© Reuters / Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 14, 2019
The timing is not merely coincidental. The shambolic policymaking of the Trump administration has thrown the Middle East into further chaos, while countries are increasingly viewing Russia as a source of stability.

The high respect afforded to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit this week to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates speaks of a new geopolitical reality in the region. Both countries are traditional US allies, but it is Russia that appears to be the one held in more regard.

Comment: Check out how the Emirates welcomed Putin today:

Russia's pragmatic policy of "talking with everyone" sees it maintaining good relations with a host of nations, notwithstanding that several of these nations are among themselves either estranged or implacable enemies. Putin is hosted by the Saudi and Emirati monarchs despite the fact that Moscow has a growing alliance with Iran - the perceived Shia nemesis of the Sunni potentates in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.


America is in a Permanent Coup

James Comey
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I've lived through a few coups. They're insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score.

The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who's got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who's writing tonight's newscast?

When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to seize Moscow, logistics ruled. Boris Yeltsin's crew drove to the Russian White House in ordinary cars, beating KGB coup plotters who were trying to reach the seat of Russian government in armored vehicles. A key moment came when one of Yeltsin's men, Alexander Rutskoi - who two years later would himself lead a coup against Yeltsin - prevailed upon a Major in a tank unit to defy KGB orders and turn on the "criminals."

We have long been spared this madness in America. Our head-counting ceremony was Election Day. We did it once every four years.

That's all over, in the Trump era.

Comment: Would it even be such a bad thing; Special Forces rappelling into Soros and Comey's windows? Maybe the 'third world' gets some things right? Maybe it's imperative to 'tyrannize' the ultra-liberal minority in order to protect the freedoms of the generally-conservative majority? Maybe that's what the West has to learn from everyone else in these times...

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The Swamp's Worst Foreign Policy Nightmare: Kurdish Militants Ally With Damascus

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the ground and speaking to Syrian Arab Army officers.
Last night, Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria issued a statement that an agreement has been reached with the government in Damascus allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to takeover key strategic positions along Syria's northern border with Turkey.

Not surprisingly, cheers can he heard from Damascus to Moscow, and Tehran, too, while leaving Washington's foreign policy blob visibly moaning in agony.

The reality of the situation is that Turkey sprung a trap set by Damascus and its allies. In doing so, Turkey helped to clean up what was previously a near impossible situation for Damascus.

Comment: Only briefly mentioned are the tireless efforts of Russia, both military and diplomatic, to bring about a just conclusion to the tragedy the West created in Syria. If the policy-wonks in the depths of The Swamp are having conniptions, it's clear that Commander-in-Chief Trump is not:

The Kurds make a deal with Damascus: Trump's checkmate in Syria

Alarm Clock

Yellow Peril, Sinophobia and Red Scare - USA is on a Dangerous Path

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Beijing's new Daxing International Airport
In the 1980s, American elites feared the rise of economic powerhouse Japan, but managed to contain its competitor because Japan was at root a vassal state occupied by the US military. However, China's rise today is a different story altogether. With 1.4 billion people, the largest economy in the world (by GDP at purchasing power parity - PPP), and an independent foreign policy, China's rise heralds the beginning of a multi-polar world.

The 'American Century' is over, but Americans cannot accept the fact that they - 5% of the world's population - cannot rule the other 95% forever. American entitlement and hubris are causing many to lash out and embark on a path that is perilous both to themselves and the world.

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MindMatters: Self-Help Without The Shallowness: The Hidden Depths of Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits

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It's the book you've heard about for years, but probably never read - especially if you have an aversion to shallow self-help books promising success, influence, power and money. But Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is no shallow self-help book. It's actually a book about virtue - the development of character, and the timeless principles governing true success in life for as long as there has been history.

Today on MindMatters we discuss some of the overall themes of the book, Covey's unique but universal worldview, and some of the great stories he shares to really make his points hit home.

Running Time: 01:20:33

Download: MP3 — 73.7 MB


Video Analysis of Last Month's Missile Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries: False-Flag?

Comment: The following analysis of the video and photographic evidence of missiles hitting the Saudi Aramco oil facilities last month points to the operation having been a false-flag attack carried out from the north/west, not a 'Yemeni' or 'Iranian' attack carried out from the south/east...

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1. ARAMCO Attack Video Analysis, based on footage aired on CBS' 60 MINUTES

The video shows the trajectories of two missiles. We isolated them here in SHOT1 and SHOT2:
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Comment: Considering the mysterious attacks on Saudi and Western oil tankers in May and June this year, and the geopolitical context in which the 'Western Order' is attempting to throttle Iran's economic development - and the threat it poses to the US petrodollar system - by isolating it on the world stage, it's clear that last month's attacks on Saudi oil facilities were the next 'progression' in upholding a united Western front against trading with Iran.

And now, today, missiles have been fired at an Iranian tanker in the Red Sea as it sails north near Jeddah, in what appears to be the next Saudi-Western effort to physically contain Iranian oil shipping within the Persian Gulf...

UPDATE 14 Oct 2019

The researchers at Wars Online have further suggested to us that the attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea on Saturday was carried out, or facilitated by, secret Israeli naval facilities in the Dahlak Archipelago, located off the coast of Eritrea in the Red Sea...

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Israel's second-largest base is on Eritrea's Dahlak Islands - Arab News, 2006

'Israel using Eritrean bases to spy on Iran' - Ynet, 2012

Bizarro Earth

It's Not All About The Bidens: Why Trump Has Ukraine on The Brain

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© Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, September 25, 2019.
The impeachment inquiry Democrats launched last month may ultimately hinge on a simple question: Did President Trump try to force a foreign power (or powers) to help him take down a political opponent, Joe Biden?

But the backdrop of their effort is far more complex and convoluted, connected not just to Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine and related evidence but the three-year war of attrition the Democrats have waged against the president. Their main instrument was the Trump-Russia collusion story that roiled the capital until Special Counsel Robert Mueller pronounced it unfounded. Now they have moved on to one or more "whistleblower" complaints from within the intelligence community.

Given all the focus on nefarious Russia, you could be forgiven for missing the fact that Ukraine was always at the center of the Trump-Russia affair.

Comment: It is very historically and symbolically fitting that Ukraine is the central subject matter in the undoing of the 'American empire'.

That US-fomented coup in Kiev in early 2014, followed by 'the gloves coming off' in Putin's Russia, has proven to be a decisive and - assuming things remain on their current track - fatal blow to the empire.

It's not just that US efforts to 'take Ukraine from Russia' failed due to imperial hubris and overreach; those efforts rebounded on the US and their allies in manifold ways.

The sheer madness displayed by Western elites over this issue also irrupted in the social sphere with the sudden 'push' for all manner of 'social engineering' in schools, the workplace, online... everywhere!

It was as if, having had their veneer of invincibility exposed by Putin, whose weapon was simply truth and objective-reality-on-the-ground, the 'reality-creators' responded by 'activating' all available 'subjectivity programs' (lies), resulting in a global tsunami of unmitigated bullshit.