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Mon, 23 Oct 2017
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Wolf Spotting: Why Antifa Is a Problem

When Trump said there was violence on both sides in Charlottesville, jaws dropped. How could he? Let's look at the commonly acknowledged facts. On one side you had white supremacists, veritable fascists, and card-carrying members of the KKK. On the other you had anti-fascist counter-protesters who only want equality and compassion - a world without racism and oppression. One side is so obviously evil and degenerate, and the other is so obviously good and noble, that to equate the two sides must not only be morally wrong, but also a sign that Trump must secretly be a white supremacist. Unfortunately, pretty much every one of these "facts" is wrong, incomplete or misleading. And the collective blindness to that fact is seriously dangerous.
  • "Alt" fact #1: Not everyone protesting in Charlottesville was a white supremacist. It seems there were some fine people there. This goes both ways. I'm sure there were some fine people among the counter-protestors too.
  • "Alt" fact #2: As subsequent events at Berkeley have made clear, Antifa is more than just a group of well-meaning anti-fascist protesters. They are a radical group that endorses and commits violence against those they deem to be fascists. The MSM has finally noticed this (Nancy Pelosi too!).
  • "Alt" fact #3: Whether you think Trump is really racist or not, he was right to condemn violent extremists on both sides. Call me old-fashioned, but adopting the view that violence is justifiable only in self-defense is a good rule of thumb. But Antifa seems to have adopted the Bush doctrine on violence.
I watched a video of the protesters and counter-protesters in Boston a week or so ago. (I can't find the exact video this time around, but these two are worth watching.) The free-speech counter-protester made a comment about how Antifa protesters engaged in the same tactics as fascists. One of the Antifa people scoffed, laughed, and pointed out how the guy was making a "moral equivalency" between fascists and people fighting fascism and oppression. How could anyone reasonably do such a thing? Well, I doubt that person will read this article, but I'll try to explain why it's absolutely essential that we do exactly that.

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The Health & Wellness Show: The Brave New World of Electroceuticals and Medical Implants

© Image by Heather Callaghan
Pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are furiously researching bio-electronic medicine or tiny implantable devices that interact with the body's natural electrical signals. Led by GlaxoSmithKline and DARPA, researchers wish to move far beyond heart pacemakers and employ devices the size of a grain of rice to interface with the peripheral nervous system to treat a host of diseases including epilepsy, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and more without the side effects of drugs or the pain of surgery. Other researchers propose microchipping drugs to track compliance and give real time feedback on the inner workings of the body.

This cutting edge science sounds promising and could technically work in some cases but is it too good to be true? Medical research is riddled with false promises, dashed hopes and epic failures. Considering DARPA's creepy experiments and the fact that Big Pharma has the opposite of the Midas Touch, do we really want to go down this road and give big business the power to control our bodies from the inside?

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment at the end of the show where the topic will be the pros and cons of microchipping your pet.

Running Time: 01:21:28

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

Comment: On 31 August 1997, British Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed and their driver Henri Paul died as a result of injuries sustained in a horrific car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. But was this a tragic accident, or was it made to look like one?

Diana's death caused a profound and global outpouring of grief, with her funeral on 6 September 1997 watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people. More than just a celebrity figure, Diana was loved because she used her fame to draw attention to the victims of wars her patrician peers were (and are) instrumental in causing and perpetuating.

The following article by Joe Quinn, first published in 2013, reviews the case and the findings of a British documentary (Unlawful Killing) that was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and a couple of other film festivals, before being 'disappeared down the memory hole'.

The mystery surrounding the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed 16 years ago today was revived recently by the claims of a British SAS sniper whose testimony was part of the trial of another SAS soldier who was convicted of illegal weapons possession. The parents-in-law of the SAS sniper in question, known only as "Soldier N", claim that he boasted to his wife that the "SAS was behind Princess Diana's death".

Unsurprisingly, the media reaction to the story has been to dismiss it, citing, incorrectly, that the investigation into Diana and Dodi's deaths was conclusive, that it was an accident, and that there was "no evidence of conspiracy". In fact, this alleged "new evidence" has done little more than provide the media with an opportunity to, once again, ridicule any idea that there was anything strange about the events in Paris that night. It is also interesting to note that, in just a few weeks, a new film about Diana's life, entitled 'Diana', will be released.

The general consensus among the great British and world public seems to be that Diana and Dodi and their driver Henri Paul died as a result of a car crash caused by pursuing paparazzi. It's rather perplexing that this should be the case because the jury in the official 3-month-long inquiry into their deaths returned a verdict of "unlawful killing" and the paparazzi were exonerated. How does this happen? Well, how did it come to pass that 50% of American citizens believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks, despite the fact that no one, not one person, ever made such a statement publicly?

Answer: The mainstream media's real job is not to report the news but to 'catapult the propaganda' that the 'elite' hope will become the new 'reality' or historical record.


Confronting Your Liberal Beliefs is the Single Most Important Thing You Can Do at This Time

I'm not particularly old, but I'm old enough to remember the days when being a member of the political left meant standing against Bush and his Neocon/Neoliberal agenda, resisting the totalitarian Patriot Act, and not wanting to go to war with Iraq for oil on trumped up claims of WMDs and 'al-qaeda' in Iraq.

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Behind the Headlines: Afghanistan: Where Empires Go To Die

Four more years in Afghanistan. Maybe eight more? Or how about another sixteen? If the deep state has its way, it may never end, even if it ends up costing trillions. This last week, Trump caved to the war-mongers, against his better instincts, opting for more endless war. The Soviets at the very least were smart enough to leave in the 80s, but the Americans seem to enjoy losing bigly.

Meanwhile, the Russians are showing what a real military strategy looks like. The Syrian war is pretty much over. De-escalation zones are up and running. ISIS is on the run and its territory dwindling by the day. And the rebels have all joined together for one last hurrallahu akbar, finally effecting that "un-mingling" of moderates and terrorists. This is what happens when you have clearly defined goals, and an actual military strategy. Maybe America could learn a thing or two from the Russians.

Join us from 12-2pm EST (4-6pm UTC / 6-8pm CET) this Sunday 27 August 2017, as we discuss these stories and more on SOTT's Behind the Headlines.

Running Time: 01:34:19

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The Health & Wellness Show: Fungus Among Us

Fungi are one of the key elements of life on Earth while being one of the least understood, at least in terms of the sheer volume of varieties and how they interact with the rest of the systems on the planet. Of an estimated 15 million species on Earth, some 6 million of them may be fungi. We are now just starting to learn about fungal networks and mycelial 'internets,' and mycologists believe that this new understanding could be a key element in our journey to better health and a more sustainable world.

When it comes to the health benefits of fungi scientists discovered that mushrooms and mycelium are more closely related to animals than plants - we share a common, unique evolutionary history. Mycologists have been documenting the anticancer and neurogenic properties of fungi in addition to metabolites that have long been used in western medicine to fight infections. There are also bad fungi, mold and fungal outbreaks like candida can wreak havoc on the body. Join us as we discuss the fungus among us.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be yeast infections in dogs.

Running Time: 01:30:18

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Beyond Islamophobia: The Truth About Salafism and Jihadism

Many Americans don't talk about Islam for the fear of being labeled Islamophobic. When logical and factual discussions are avoided, only simplistic and extreme positions prevail. Thus there are people on the far right who totally fear Islam, and there are people on the left who can only repeat clichés such as, "Islam has nothing to do with terrorism." Here's a quick overview of Islam and the elements within Islam that give rise to extremism and terrorism.


LGBTQIAP+...Pedophilia? Top Dutch gay publication publishes pedophile 'coming out' interview

© Expreszo
Text in image reads: '"Mom, I have a big problem: I fall for young boys" Out of the closet as a pedophile'
Established in 1988, Expreszo is the only magazine for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth distributed in The Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking northern Belgian area, Flanders. This month, an article was published on their website that strongly suggested this LGBT organisation has come out in support of pedophilia.

On August 11th, Expreszo published an interview originally posted on the website pedofilie.nl in April 2016 ('Mom, I have a big problem: I fall for young boys'), in which a 23-year-old man, 'Cody', together with his parents, declared himself a pedophile.

Below the interview, an editorial comment reads: "With this story the author and Expreszo want to draw attention to the challenges young pedophiles face."

The man explains how difficult it was for him to keep this secret to himself and that it led to depression, until one day he told his mother, who then told his father. According to the interview, both parents accepted the situation, and trusted he would never sexually abuse children. The interviewer asks Cody whether he can explain his 'sexual orientation', to which he responded:
"I fall for women around my age as well as boys around the age of 8 to 12 years. Those two orientations are evenly distributed, say 50/50. My attraction to women is less compared to 100% heterosexuals. I notice this when I walk around in the city with my friends or my brother. They notice beautiful women quicker and more often than me. What they don't see, but I do, are beautiful boys. That I also fall for boys is something that I preferably did not want to have".
He then goes on to say that he had read a lot of 'coming out' stories by pedophiles on the Dutch website pedofilie.nl, which encouraged him to share his story there. After receiving "normal humane comments" to his post, he felt relieved, which then led him to tell his mother when the opportunity arose.

Comment: Interestingly, the video mentioned in the article was removed from YouTube shortly after this article was published. It has now been replaced with a short segment of the video (in Dutch and Russian only). A full transcript in English of the press conference presented in the short clip can be read here.

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Behind the Headlines: Charlottesville Mass Hysteria Bubble, Terror Strikes Barcelona

Over-dramatize much?
Who knew the US was full of neo-Nazis and fascists? Last weekend's mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia has people up in arms about the KKK, white supremacists and neo-Nazis, an apparently 'yuge' mass movement that has launched a full ground war to take over the US and install Trump as dictator.

In an effort to prevent this horrible scenario from happening, a counter-movement (hashtag: 'The Resistance') is actively removing potentially racist statues from every city and town across the land and has resolved to "destroy the Confederacy."

Confused? You should be, because it's a complete psy-op being conducted by the usual suspects, and starring a hystericized population as willing participants.

Meanwhile, a spate of terror attacks and maybe-terror-related murders hit Europe this week, including yet another mass hit-and-run, this time in Barcelona during peak tourist season.

Join us from 12-2pm EST (4-6pm UTC / 6-8pm CET) this Sunday 20 August 2017, as we go behind the week's sea of insane headlines in search of an island of sanity.

Running Time: 01:33:44

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Charlottesville: Don't Take the Bait

Over-dramatize much?
The 'white supremacy' march and car attack on antifa counterprotestors at Charlottesville last week has been presented by the mainstream media as clear evidence of the endemic racism in America, particularly among Conservatives and those who voted for or support Donald Trump. There's a serious problem of racism and discrimination in America today, against Blacks, Latinos, homosexuals and transgenders, or so we're told. Something has to be done, therefore, and everyone should get behind these 'minorities' and their fight for 'equal rights'.

In this hystericized atmosphere, supposed 'representatives' of just about every other minority you can think of have jumped on the victimhood bandwagon. If you're a member of a minority and feel that you're being discriminated against, then you're actively encouraged to get out and protest about it. If you're a member of a minority group and don't feel like you're being discriminated against, then you've probably internalized and accepted the discrimination, and need to wake up and start protesting.

What all of this reveals is not so much that discrimination is rife in the USA today, but that victim-hood promises all sorts of unearned privileges and even power, so you'd be a fool not to get some while the getting is good.