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Behind the Headlines: Spain Split in Catalonia Referendum Aftermath, JFK File Release Flops

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution. Russia may be a vastly different place today, but there's no shortage of chaos in the world. The aftermath of the Catalan Independence Referendum is still reverberating. After Catalonian leaders refused to nullify the region's vote, Madrid took the nuclear option and activated Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, dissolving the Catalonian parliament and assuming direct control in a move of questionable legality. For their part, Catalan leaders declared independence, calling for peaceful resistance to Madrid's attempts to deny the region's independence.

Over in the U.S., it has been 25 years since the U.S. government promised to release all their relevant JFK assassination files. The deadline came, and went. Trump could have simply allowed for what was promised; instead, he caved in to CIA and FBI pressure to delay the release for "national security reasons". While some documents were released, thousands were withheld pending redactions. Whether existing redactions in the publicly available files will ever be removed or previously withheld documents will ever see the light of day is up in the air. In six months, Trump has the power to delay them again, and so on, ad infinitum. The question is: what value are the documents, anyway?

For these topics and more, tune in to Behind the Headlines at 6-8pm CET (4-6pm UTC / 12-2pm EST), only on the SOTT Radio Network.

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Sex, Scholars and the Syphilitic Superpower

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A civilization where women and children are sexually commoditized is one in terminal decline. The next enduring superpower will be one that had successfully shielded its women and children from the ongoing epidemic of mass-mediated sexualisation. Any futurist worth his salt will vouch for this axiom, as well as note the inverse correlation between the enfeeblement of the current superpower and the procession of phallic chevrons that accompany its military compulsions abroad.

But the faculty of reason - and of cause and effect - is inevitably lost on a society where adjunct professors may resort to prostitution in order to make ends meet. And believe it or not, this is exactly what is happening in the United States.

Professorial Prostitutes

According to a Sept 28 report in The Guardian, a quarter of part-time college academics or "adjuncts" in the United States are subsisting on public welfare programs such as Medicaid, food banks and charities while they live off the streets, in shacks or in their cars. "Adjuncting" is the result of runaway capitalism that has benefited a privileged 1% at the expense of an overworked and underpaid rabble. It is a convenient way of providing substandard teaching for higher fees and revenue at US universities and colleges.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Flu Season: Don't believe the hype

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It's flu season folks, and the yearly hype and scare-mongering are upon us. How such a relatively benign and short-lived cluster of symptoms that nearly everyone on Earth experiences from time to time can generate such maniacal focus boggles the mind. It seems that every year there are warnings that this flu season will be the worst and we must prepare for a possible pandemic. The CDC's guesstimated statistic that 36 thousand people a year die from the flu is trotted out with almost clock-like regularity and quoted by esteemed health 'experts' nationwide in order to pressure people into obtaining their flu shot.

On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we'll examine the flu, flu propaganda, flu shots, flu prevention, flu treatment and all other things flu-y. Join us!

And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be upper respiratory infections in cats.

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Men Who Hate Women: The Franklin Scandal and the Truth About Our Leaders


Comment: We published this article 6 years ago, but it still as relevant as ever. Sexual assault is back in the news courtesy of Harvey Weinstein. But the even bigger sickness is pedophilia - not only in Hollywood but also politics. And today, George H. W. Bush was accused of sexual assault. What we didn't point out in the article below is that Bush was directly implicated in the Franklin pedophile scandal and named as one of the perpetrators. Bryant doesn't name him in the book, instead referring to him as an extremely high-level politician, or words to that effect. But with a little research you can discover that the victim was referring to Bush.


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Män som hatar kvinnor - 'Men Who Hate Women'. That's the original Swedish title of Stieg Larsson's runaway best-seller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Those who have read the novel or seen the Swedish film adaptation know that it's the perfect description. Larsson weaves a story of rape, sadism, spousal abuse, human trafficking, white-collar crime, and political corruption around the iconic characters of Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Yeah, it may just be a novel, but after the research I've been doing lately, I'm convinced that there's more to the Larsson's subject matter than just a page-turning good read. As the character 'V' put it in V for Vendetta, "Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up." That's the truth, and if I've learned anything in recent years, it's that truth is stranger than fiction, and even more disturbing.

While I'm a fan of Larsson's work, and fiction in general, there's something to be said about true accounts. They have a way of 'seating' in the mind, making what was at first only 'interesting' and perhaps 'entertaining' fiction become real: solid, vital, life-altering. Fiction gives us the truth, but at a distance. It's up to the reader to divine the real-life applications and implications. But when they become clear, it can be a profound and painful experience. It's all too easy to take the easy way out when that experience is just too painful, with the potential of shattering too many deeply held illusions about the way reality really works. "It's just a story, after all." Those six curiosity-killing words are enough to prevent a person from doing the research to see that there may be more to a story than just the product of a good imagination. There may be a disturbing underbelly to the surface events of everyday life. In my case, that's where real-life investigative reporter Nick Bryant's 2009 book The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal comes into the story. It's the book that made a lot of things hit home for me, and it was absolutely devastating.

Bryant is a professional journalist, having published articles in many 'mainstream' newspapers and journals. But after deciding to research the infamous 'Franklin scandal' of the late '80s and early '90s, no mainstream editor would take his story. It was just too hard to believe. For those readers unfamiliar with the scandal, you can watch a never-aired documentary produced by UK-based Yorkshire Television titled Conspiracy of Silence. The documentary was commissioned by Discovery Channel, who pulled out at the last minute. Luckily, someone with access to a rough cut of the piece leaked it and Bryant has made it freely available on his website, here. The Franklin Scandal not only confirms what the Yorkshire team presented, but adds reams of new details and documents demonstrating a level of criminality, corruption, perversion of justice, and sadism that is simply mind-blowing.

Comment: For more information on these cases, check out the following:

Blackwater (Iraq):
'Lawsuit now accuses Xe (a.k.a. Blackwater) contractors of murder, kidnapping'

Casa Pia (Portugal):
'Portuguese court finds 6 guilty of child abuse'
'Six men jailed for Portugal child sex abuse'
'Child sex rocks Portugal'
'Portugal in paedophile 'hell''

Caso Spiniak (Chile):
'Lingering Sex Scandal in Chile Still Roils and Divides the Political Heirs of Pinochet'

Dutroux Affair (Belgium):
'Belgian X Dossiers of the Dutroux Affair'

DynCorp (Bosnia):
Kathryn Bolkovac (with Cari Lynn), The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman's Fight For Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
'DynCorp Disgrace'
'DynCorp sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated'
'Sex Scandal Still Haunts DynCorp'

Franklin Scandal:
Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal (TrineDay, 2009)

Jersey Island Case:
'Jersey Abuse Case Exposes Vast Conspiracy' (includes many links to mainstream sources on the case, as well as information on the Islington (London), Sea Cadets, Franklin, Presidio (California), and Finders cases)

Operation Ore (UK):
'Are Pedophiles Running Blair's War Machine?'

South-East Asia:
'Diplomat Pedophilia is Widespread'


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Las Vegas Terror Attack: Clear Evidence of Multiple Shooters at Multiple Hotels

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People flee from the sound of gunfire on a walkway over the Las Vegas Strip on October 1st 2017, as active shooters target multiple resorts up to 2km north of the Mandalay Bay
Three weeks on and there's still no proper account of what happened on the Las Vegas Strip on the night of October 1st 2017. The official investigation and mainstream media coverage has focused on the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival venue, apparently conducted exclusively by 64-year-old gambler Stephen Paddock from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino resort, providing the public with a nonsensical timeline and a highly suspicious explanation of events as detailed by Joe Quinn in this article.

Since then, survivors from among the 22,000 people in attendance at the venue, along with other guests, residents and employees present on the Strip that night, have begun speaking out about what they saw and heard and to say their statements diverge from the official narrative would be a massive understatement.

Comparing police reports on published audio recordings of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) scanner with videos taken by multiple eyewitnesses, along with eyewitness statements made to the media on the night, and in published testimonies they have been making since then, a picture emerges of terror and chaos deliberately spread over a much larger area than just the venue, a picture that casts further doubt on the official story of a lone gunman.

Comment: See also:

Serious Problems With Official Las Vegas Massacre Narrative

The Las Vegas Massacre and Occam's Razor


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Serious Problems With Official Las Vegas Massacre Narrative

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On Monday October 9th, Las Vegas Police revised the date on which they believe Stephen Paddock checked in to the Mandalay Bay - saying it was likely Sept. 25th, and not the 28th as previously thought. Nicole Rapp, whose mother was trampled during the massacre, spoke to the Associated Press on Tuesday 10th saying: "It's very confusing to me that they are just discovering this a week later. How did we not know this before? It's traumatic for the victims and their families not to be sure of what happened".

Contrary to repeated claims by government that questioning the official narrative of mass casualty incidents "hurts the families of the victims", it is implausible half stories pandered as truth that really hurt the victims. The real truth - a narrative that makes sense and maps to reality - on the other hand, is the one thing that can bring lasting peace to victims of such attacks.

The apparent cluelessness of the police and FBI about when Paddock checked in to the hotel room is just one of many far more serious problems with the entire narrative of what happened on the night of October 1st in Las Vegas. Furthermore, all of these problems are easily discernible by anyone with a functioning BS meter. The following describes the most clear-cut examples.

Comment: See also:

Las Vegas Terror Attack: Clear Evidence of Multiple Shooters at Multiple Hotels

The Las Vegas Massacre and Occam's Razor


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Progressive liberal values: Tony Podesta's creepy taste in art, the creepy people he hangs out with, and Pizzagate

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The Podesta brothers - John and Tony - are creepy.

Most recently, John was the Clinton campaign's chairman, but he has worked with Bill and Obama too. Tony is considered one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists. (For more on their political background, see Abby Martin's recent Empire Files on teleSUR.)

Not knowing much about them - aside from the fact that Podesta is interested in UFOs - the first ping on my radar was the "spirit cooking" revelation from the leaked Podesta emails.The relevant email suggests that not only are Tony and John close enough to Crowleyite "magickian" and "artist" Marina Abramovic to be on a first-name basis with her, but also that they are familiar enough with her "spirit cooking" to know what that involves and presumably be fine with attending a session. The casual tone sounds as if the planned "dinner" was probably not their first. (See: Sickos: Wikileaks reveals Podesta bros participate in disturbing, occult-themed "spirit cooking" involving copious bodily fluids?)

Since the release of Podesta's emails, users on sites like 4chan, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube, among other blogs and forums, have been uncovering a ton of strange connections, creepy implications, and perhaps outlandish speculations about the brothers and their circle of friends. For example, see this compilation of info by "ausbitbank" on steemit. There's a ton of other stuff out there, so knock yourself out searching and combing through it all. There's a ton of speculations and unsourced assertions on the topic, but there are also some genuinely creepy people and connections involved. Here I'll present just the facts. Let's start with Tony.

On July 16, 2015, Politico published a photo essay "inside Hillary's campaign headquarters" that featured an image of John's office. On the wall is a painting, on loan from his brother Tony, that features a suited man lying on a table, with two men standing over him. The visual suggestion - given the plates and cutlery held by the two - are that they are preparing to eat him.

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Behind the Headlines: Russiagate Unravels, Syria Stabilizes, Spain Almost Splits

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Biểu tình ủng hộ độc lập tại Barcelona
Several major world events developed this week. While Putin and Xi both gave speeches outlining their takes on the present - and visions for a better future - fracture points in the rest of the world creaked and groaned. Protests continue in Spain as the government made moves to dissolve the Catalan parliament and hold its separatist leaders accountable. Kurdistan's own failed independence referendum was similarly squashed - the Iraqis took back Kirkuk almost without a shot fired, apparently with help from Iran. The Americans claim victory over ISIS in Raqqa while the Russians and Syria continue to clear the Deir Ezzor region of its jihadist occupiers. Israel continues to support Al-Qaeda in Syria - as if anyone could expect anything different from the world's worst terrorist regime.

Meanwhile the Russiagate non-scandal continues to unravel in the States, with increasingly hysterical stories quickly debunked, and no evidence presented for any of the major claims. Except when it comes to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The Hill exposed the Democrats' own Russiagate this week. Already, more evidence of their "collusion with Russia" has been presented than for the entire last year's worth of anti-Trump innuendo. This comes on the heels of major Democrat fundraiser and Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein being exposed as a serial sex abuser, the fallout of which has seen dozens of celebrities come forward with their own accounts of abuse in the industry.

Join us live from 6-8pm CET (4-6pm UTC / 12-2pm EST) on the SOTT Radio Network for a SOTT news round-up you won't hear anywhere else.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Somatic Therapy: Interview With James and Linnéa Lovinsky

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Today on the Health and Wellness Show, we interview Doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Linnéa Snyder (L.Ac. MSTCM) and James Lovinsky (L.Ac. MSTCM).

Linnéa currently practices in the state of Rhode Island. She was first drawn to acupuncture after receiving it as a teenager and noticing its widespread effects. Most notably, she loves the way it balances one's nervous-system and can clear emotional build-up without the necessity of attaching or sharing about the feelings or pain. Linnéa is interested in women's health, psycho-emotional disorders and stress induced illnesses. James came upon acupuncture during a very stressful period in his life. After trying several modalities to treat his own stress-induced health concerns, he settled on acupuncture. Upon changing his career and beginning acupuncture school he realized that Chinese medicine offered many treatments that could give patients an alternative to drugs and surgery. James is interested in pain management, digestive disorders and psycho-emotional health.

Linnéa and James met on their first day of acupuncture school. Both received their training in Boston at the New England School of Acupuncture and in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to acupuncture, their training includes herbal medicine, nutrition, and treatment modalities like cupping, moxabustion and massage. Recently they learned the M-Test somatic response technique developed by Dr. Yoshito Mukaino, MD.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about acupuncture, Chinese medicine and somatic therapy.

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Behind the Headlines: Las Vegas Massacre: What Really Happened - Trump and Iran, What's his Problem?

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This week on Behind the Headlines, we'll be taking another look at the Las Vegas Massacre on October 1st and analyzing the latest statements made by the Las Vega Police Department and the FBI about what really happened that night. Anyone with a few neurons still firing correctly and who has been watching the events unfold will already know that the official story is laughably inconsistent and unbelievable. Within the last few days, the authorities have changed their narrative a third time while the alleged 'hero' of the day- security guard Jesus Campos - has 'disappeared' with both him and his family allegedly under a 'gag order'.

As always, using common sense and critical thinking, while steering clear of the more outlandish and improbable claims, we'll do our best to paint as close a picture as possible of what really happened that night.

We'll also be taking a look at recent development in the Trump administration, in particular the increasing bellicosity aimed at Iran.

Join us from 12-1.30pm EST (6-7.30pm CET) for what will, as always, prove to be an enlightening discussion.

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