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Coming neo-McCarthyist censorship? Clinton's rabid russophobia and the war on dissidents

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The intensity of anti-Russia rants by Hillary Clinton and her coterie of supporters is flying off the Richter scale. The information war waged by Washington has sought to harm Russia by isolating it, weakening its economy and destabilising its leadership.

The mudslinging rhetoric has become visceral and vicious, with disturbing undertones emerging. Frustrated by the inability to effectively counter Russian media outlets, the proliferation of alternative media voices and Moscow's continued path of independent policy, the accusations have taken on a neo-McCarthyist flavour, which leave a sense of foreboding about brewing censorship and sanction against the voices of reason (i.e. those who don't believe Vladimir Putin is the devil incarnate).

Washington spuriously tells us the Kremlin is engaging in a one-sided information war which is threatening the stability and security of Western states - more precisely, the countries of Europe. In reality, it is frustrated by a worthy adversary able to counter its gargantuan information war-machine. If Russia is able to undermine and debilitate the foundations of our democracies, as this fairy-tale says, is it time to clamp down on the army of Kremlin trolls and propagandists?

"The grand Godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President, Vladimir Putin," Clinton said at a recent election rally in Nevada. Fusing Putin to Donald Trump as a dastardly duo who threaten the free world, Clinton said Trump will abandon NATO allies, recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea and hand Eastern Europe to Russia to plunder at will.


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

The mystery surrounding the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed 19 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.


Police State Roundup: History and current events indicate the police are a danger to themselves and the public

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In a pathocracy, all leadership positions (not to mention directors of police units, and special services police personnel) must be filled by individuals with corresponding psychological deviations, which are inherited as a rule. However, such people constitute a very small percentage of the population and this makes them more valuable to the pathocrats. Their intellectual level or professional skills cannot be taken into account, since people representing superior abilities are even harder to find. - Andrew Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology
In a nutshell, that's the reason the police are incompetent and dangerous. What Lobaczewski argues here is that any position of power will ultimately be filled with someone with a personality disorder. The problem is that the number of people lacking a conscience are pretty slim, and the ones who are actually competent are even rarer, so you can't pick ones that are qualified to do the job correctly. This inevitably leaves you with a bunch of morons who have have killed off their conscience, never had one to begin with, or only apply it selectively. With that in mind, one can now understand why the police are behaving like a gang of criminals.

As an interesting aside, it's likely been this way all along. Police today are the offspring of slave hunters and union busters. When they became the norm in the early 20th century, their primary purpose was to maintain order in the streets, allowing commerce to continue unimpeded by any uppity protesters. Even before that, the first police departments were founded on the basis of hunting down escaped slaves and returning them to their owners.
The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. - Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D, A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing

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Behind the Headlines: Whose Side is Erdogan on? Understanding Geopolitics and Human Nature

Things seem to be heating up towards a final denouement in the phony 5 year-long Syrian "civil war". Turkey recently "invaded" Syria, officially to remove the scourge of Daesh from the Turkish border and, more specifically, to contain the Kurds and their aspirations for a "Kurdistan". The US is, again officially, ok with these moves by Turkey but, oddly, US troops, several hundred (or likely thousand) of them are 'embedded' with the Kurds and the "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Meanwhile, Russia has remained largely silent on these recent developments, and instead has been focusing on the "peace process".

What's really going on? Join us today and find out, as we reveal the rather prosaic (if at times disturbing) realpolitik behind the flowery narratives.

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Turkey intervenes in Syria with US support: The end for Kurdish autonomy or independence?

Fierce fighting broke out in Hasakah, in northeast Syria last week, pitting the Syrian government's National Defense Forces (NDF) against US-backed Kurdish YPG and Asayish security forces. Control of the city is divided between the Syrian government and the Kurds, and after a relatively peaceful relationship, the question has to be asked: what incited the clashes?

The Syrian army reported a ceasefire violation on 16 August of the YPG firing mortars at their positions. The Governor of Hasakah, Mohammad Za'al al-Ala, said that Kurdish forces blocked the Hasakah-Qamishli road last week and prevented the military, police and security forces from joining other forces. An apparent ceasefire agreement has been struck, although it reads more as a capitulation by the Syrian government and NDF forces. The YPG had earlier called for Syrian government forces to leave the city, which this agreement insists upon. The map below, showing the encirclement of loyalist/NDF forces suggests this may be a wise strategic withdrawal.
The ceasefire came into effect at 2pm on Tuesday, following Kurdish YPG efforts to capture the government-held areas of the city. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the YPG is now in control of nearly all of Hasakah.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Greatest Hits: Timely topics revisited

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On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we give updates on some of our favorite previously covered topics. Supplements are back in the news but not in a good way. The FDA is cracking down and guess who will benefit? The UK is experiencing a resurgence in diseases that were common in the Victorian age. Why? Does it have anything to do with diet? Speaking of diet, we revisited our old friend gluten (it can make you crazy, you know) and re-explored the wonders of the ketogenic diet in case you forgot. We rounded out the show with the virus psy-op of the year: Zika.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment on pet allergies.

Running Time: 01:25:56

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Behind the Headlines: Yemen resists, Turkey rebels, and the weather goes wild

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The Saudi war on Yemen has been raging for a year and half. But fierce resistance from the Houthis and increasing awareness of Saudi atrocities may hint toward the future course of the war. Recently the Houthis and Saleh have formed an alliance and plan to form a new government. Meanwhile, Americans say they are pulling out of the Saudi war effort, leaving the Saudis to bear the brunt of bad PR.

Turkey continues its eastern realignment, getting closer to Russia and Iran, with hints of a change of view toward Syria. Everyone is freaking out about Incirlik airbase's U.S. nukes, and Russia and Turkey are both hinting that the Russians may be permitted to use the airbase in their Syrian campaign.

Meanwhile, George Soros is drowning in hacked emails, and Louisiana is drowning in water as extreme weather events come fast and hard.

Join us Sunday as we take a look at these recent developments.

Running Time: 01:53:21

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The Health & Wellness Show: Pain, pain, go away

Overdoses from opioid abuse has hit an all-time high. In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose. Heroin use jumped 63% in an 11 year span. Prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet cause 17,000 deaths per year. Why are so many Americans turning to drugs and why are they in so much pain? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the hidden hands involved in the rise of drug use and abuse in the US and why pain management is such big business. We also spoke about chronic pain and it's causes, traditional and not-so traditional methods of treatment as well as drug-free alternatives.

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The boy in the ambulance: US State Dept-funded groups behind latest 'iconic image' designed to demonize Russia and encourage further bloodshed in Syria

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Things have not been going well for the US government's (and friends') 5-year-long attempt to use proxy terror forces to overthrow the Assad government. The first death-knell came last September when the Russian air force entered the fray to great effect (and applause from all sensible people). The shoot-down of the Russia bomber in November by some NATO fifth-columnist was the Empire's response to the Russian intervention and was designed to destroy Turkish-Russian relations, making Russia's air war against Washington's terrorists more difficult. But Erdogan and Co. were disinclined to 'take one for the team' in that way (especially since Turkey was never really allowed to be part of the team) and eventually conceded to Russian demands for a public apology over the shoot-down and restitution to the families.

Faced with such an insolent and uncooperative reality, the State Department pulled out what they thought was their trump card: an old-fashioned coup d'etat in Turkey in mid-July. But that back-fired in a spectacular way, and now looks set to achieve exactly the opposite of what the Empire wanted: hard-wired (or piped) ties between not just Russia and Turkey, but Iran and China too.

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Behind the Headlines: War on Syria ending? Erdogan-Putin peace deal

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Erdogan's recent meeting with Putin in St Petersburg means the US-led 5-year-long effort to oust President Assad in Syria is all but over. Western leaders will, however, be the last to realize this. This week on Behind the Headlines we're discussing the bloody siege of Aleppo, the last major Syrian city where Western-backed terrorists are holding out.

Elsewhere on the West-East battlefront this week, Kiev forces were prevented from committing terror attacks in Crimea, 11 coordinated bombings at tourist sites in Thailand left 4 dead and dozens injured, and US-UK efforts to 'stir the pot' in the South China Sea has cast a spotlight on the anti-drugs policies of new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte.

Extreme weather events this week saw yet another 'one-in-1,000-year flooding event', this time in Louisiana; a devastating flash-flood hitting Skopje, Macedonia; and a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours swamping parts of Mexico.

All this and more coming up later today on Behind the Headlines - from 12 noon US Eastern, 6pm Central European.

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