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Skripal Lie Redux: Two More People "Poisoned" Near Porton Down

Just as the World Cup had forced the British media to grudgingly acknowledge the obvious truth that Russia is an extremely interesting country inhabited, like everywhere else, by mostly pleasant and attractive people, we have a screaming reprise of the "Salisbury incident" dominating the British media. Two people have been taken ill in Amesbury from an unknown substance, which might yet be a contaminated recreational drug, but could conceivably be from contact with the substance allegedly used on the Skripals, presumably some of which was somewhere indoors all this time as we were told it could be washed away and neutralised by water.

Amesbury is not Salisbury - it is 10 miles away. Interestingly enough Porton Down is between Amesbury and Salisbury. Just three miles away from Muggleton Road, Amesbury. The news reports are not mentioning that much.
Amesbury poisoning porton down

Comment: What was earlier today an "unknown substance" is now, officially, novichok, "the same nerve agent that contaminated Yulia and Sergey Skripal", in the words of Head of Counter Terrorism Neil Basu, who "received test results from Porton Down" this evening. The couple were allegedly found on Saturday, unconscious at a property on Muggleton Road, but there were no media reports or statements until today, four days later. Just as with the Skripals, the couple - Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess - was initially thought to have been having a bad drug reaction:
The substance was initially believed to be heroin or crack cocaine from a contaminated batch of drugs, but police say they "are keeping an open mind" on what led to the incident. Further testing and an investigation are ongoing.

Police cordoned off and increased their presence in the areas in and around Amesbury and Salisbury, and the places the two frequently visited before they fell ill, as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) said that a "significant health risk" to the wider public is not likely. There is also no further information on any potential dangers at this point.
Not likely. How would they know?

The incident happened 12km from Salisbury, but a similar distance from Porton Down. Counter-terrorism police were brought in to assist, though just this morning UK police said they weren't sure if a crime had been committed:
On Saturday, June 30, Paramedics were called to an address in Muggleton Road, Amesbury in the morning after a woman collapsed at the property. They returned to the same location in the evening receiving reports that a man was unwell.
Rowley was reportedly a registered heroin addict.

It will be interesting to see how the Brits spin this. Will they really risk worldwide ridicule by trying to blame Russia? But if they don't, how will they explain that they very same substance, which according to them only could have been used by Russia, wasn't used by them in this "attack"?
Police have yet to determine if there is any connection between the March poisoning and the incident in Amesbury, Basu said, noting that "the possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us."

It is not known if the substance that the British pair was exposed to "was from the same batch" that the Skripals were allegedly poisoned with, Basu stressed.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced he will preside over a meeting of the government's emergency committee on Thursday. He praised the "tireless professionalism" of Salisbury Hospital staff and said the new incident "follows the reckless and barbaric attack which took place in Salisbury." Javid asked that the police be "given space"to establish the circumstances of the new incident.
For what appears to be the only eyewitness account so far, see the statements of Sam Hobson, a "friend of the couple", included in Moon of Alabama's latest piece:
He described how on Saturday morning Sturgess fell ill and was taken to hospital and how later that morning Rowley also became sick. He said both were in hospital in isolation and he was receiving regular calls from the authorities to check he was well. "They thought it was drugs at first. They now think it's a nerve agent," he claimed.
Hobson visited Rowley's home in Muggleston Road on Saturday morning. Sturgess, who lives in Salisbury, had spent the night there. "I saw lots of ambulances there and [Sturgess] got taken out on a stretcher. She needed to be helped with her breathing," Hobson said. Rowley came out in tears. "They said she needed to have a brain scan."

After she was taken to hospital Hobson and Rowley went to Boots in Amesbury. Later they went to a hog roast at the local baptist church.
Hobson said: "We went back to his place after the hog roast. We were going up to the hospital. Then he started sweating. His T-shirt was soaking wet. He got up and started rocking against the wall. His eyes were wide open and red, his pupils were like pinpricks. He began garbling incoherently and I could tell he was hallucinating. He was making weird noises and acting like a zombie. I phoned an ambulance. At first they thought it was drugs but ... they know now it isn't drugs."
Witnesses say that people in protective suits were seen on Saturday evening: ...

Some more details that might be of interest:
It has emerged Ms Sturgess lives in a homeless shelter close to the Zizzi's restaurant in Salisbury where Russian spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia were targeted four months ago.
Sam Hobson, 29, said: 'Charlie was dribbling and was rocking backwards and forwards. He was in another world, he was hallucinating.

'He wasn't high or anything. He was stone cold sober. It was like nothing I'd ever seen. I called the ambulance and they took him away.'
The police early on lied to the people living near the place where the incidents happened. It first pretended the issue was a gas leak. Two days ago it still told local media that this was a case of contaminated drugs. But its actions showed that something else was going on.


Salisbury Conspiracy of Silence Continues

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast" - Alice in Wonderland.
skripals house
© Hannah Mckay / Reuters
The problem for the British narrative in the Skripal case is that one would have to believe way more than six things.

Let me start with the latest: the taxpayer-funded purchase for more than one million pounds of the homes in Salisbury of the British spy Sergei Skripal and the police officer Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. This purchase is explained as necessary on security grounds and - some suspect - may be followed by the destruction of both houses and all the evidence therein.

This is difficult to explain in the absence of a state purchase of the Zizi's Pizza Restaurant where Skripal and his daughter Yulia ate what could have very well ended up being their last meal, and where they spent at least as much time as DS Bailey could have been in touch with the pair. Ditto the pub the Skripals visited before repairing for lunch. And anywhere else they went after leaving their door handle on which was smeared in gel form the strangely innocuous Novichok(ish) which killed none of the people who ingested it.

Comment: Nah. Why would the Tories crack down on criminal enterprises in London? London (and the Tories!) would be out of business!

More likely is that the 'Secret Team' was behind this (see Litvinenko and Berezovsky for past form) - which of course doesn't preclude using Mafia to help with the dirty work.

Hersh, of course, could have been implying 'Russian Mafia' in quotes, i.e. Israeli Mossad, but if he was suggesting gangsters and not deep state actors, then he's blowing smoke.

Whoever did this had major behind-the-scenes reach.

Salisbury isn't just any old place: it's like the Mecca, Jerusalem and Constantinople of chemical weapons all rolled into one. Chemical warfare was founded there during WW1; all of the UK's major chemical warfare companies are based there; CS gas - today used by every government on Earth for 'non-lethal' population control - was invented there; all British military forces conduct war drills there; and the UK's specialist chemical weapons division was conducting a drill there at the very time this incident happened.

That's not something a couple of dual-identity schlemiels from Moscow (even billionaire ones) can pull off. That's pinnacle-of-power stuff...

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The Scourge of Modern 'Liberalism' in France

In these depressing times marked by lies, fear and nihilism, I would like to brighten your mood by sharing a heart-warming story; a real life event that is better than a fairy-tale and should restore your faith in humanity and our burgeoning postmodern society.

A Modern Fairy Tale

What happened? In a nutshell, a heroic individual saved a 4-year-old boy from a deadly fall.
Gassama climbing up to save the boy

Gassama climbing up to save the boy
On Saturday, May 26th 2018, at 8:00 p.m. in Paris' 18th district, the boy was left alone by his white French father who was busy playing 'Pokemon Go'. The boy went to the balcony and fell from the 6th floor over the handrail.

During the fall, the vigorous young boy managed somehow to grab the 4th floor handrail as he hurtled toward the ground. Hanging there precariously, death seemed just a few moments away.

Fortunately, Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali, was in the right place at the right time. He saw the distressed boy and swiftly climbed 4 floors of the building exterior, pulled the boy up over the handrail and safely dropped him onto the balcony while a crowd below cheered and clapped.

Here is the video, made by an eyewitness:

Less than 24 hours after the heroic rescue, French President Macron received Gassama at the presidential palace. The latter was immediately given French citizenship and a job in a firefighter's squad.

Macron receiving Gassama at the presidential palace

Macron receiving Gassama at the presidential palace
Then Gassama was received at Paris town hall and given its highest distinction: the vermeil medal of Paris. Gassama's triumph went international, and a few days later the hero received a BET award in Los Angeles.

So, there you have it, all the ingredients of a good tale: Gassama, the hero from an oppressed minority, the powerless innocent victim, the dramatic tension, a literal cliffhanger, and the happy ending. Frankly, it was as good as a scene directly extracted from a Spiderman movie.

But like in every fairy tale or superhero movie, there's always a villain. In this case, the villain appeared four days after the heroic rescue, and goes by the name of André Bercoff.


NATO is a completely useless organization

migrant boat

The direct result of NATO's destruction of Libya.
A NATO summit approaches that brings Donald Trump to Europe and then on to these shores, and brings the usual clamour for more of the taxpayers' money to be given to arms manufacturers.

Yet NATO is a demonstrably useless institution. Its largest ever active military deployment, for 12 years in Afghanistan, resulted in military defeat throughout 80% of the country, the installation of a pocket regime whose scrip does not run further than you can throw the scrip, and a vast outflow of heroin to finance the criminal underworld throughout NATO countries.
afghanistan opium chart
Look at this chart closely, and marvel at the fact that the NATO occupation began in early 2002.

In invading Afghanistan and boosting the heroin warlords, NATO countries destabilised themselves.


Russian TV report: Propaganda matrix obliterated as foreign visitors discover real Russia

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Israeli and Iranian fans hang out together on Red Square during the 2018 Football World Cup
The World Cup continues, there are still two more weeks to go until the final match. However, the championship has already improved Russia's global image. It's so impossible to deny the obvious, even BBC showed positive reports from Nikolskaya St. The Swedish officials who mentioned boycotting the World Cup now plan to come to support their team. Even the US President, whose State Department has urged not to visit Russia for safety purposes, speaks extremely well of the World Cup.

Comment: THIS is why they tried to take the tournament off Russia. This is why they tried to get it cancelled, moved, whatever. This is why they conducted black ops like the Skripal Affair and non-stop fake news about how god-awful Russia and Russians are.

They dreaded what would happen when 2 million foreigners actually visited the place - including around 80,000 Americans - and had a grand old time.

And now Fake News has come crashing head-long into Reality.

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Behind the Headlines: 2018, The Year The Left Became Completely Unhinged

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Democrat politicians calling for their enraged supporters to assault anyone suspected of supporting 'Team Trump', media personalities calling for the president's assassination, mutilated dead animals being left on government employees' doorsteps... is the US on the brink of civil war?

We may not be there yet, but 2018 is playing out as the year 'the left' (in the US anyway) became completely unhinged. Join Joe and Niall tomorrow Sunday 1st July for a run-down of This Week in Crazy...

Show starts: 18:00 Central European / 12:00 US Eastern

Running Time: 01:26:29

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Dollar Gold

Where Will Trump's Trade War Lead?

Peter Navarro - Trump's rabid anti-China trade adviser - is now a staunch proponent of protectionism and tariffs. However, in his 1984 book, he warned that ,"as history has painfully taught, once protectionist wars begin, the likely result is a deadly and well-nigh unstoppable downward spiral by the entire world economy." He went on to say that, "consumers will pay tens of billions of dollars more in higher prices for a much more limited selection of goods." Thus we see that economic theories are very political and fungible. Ignoring such hypocrisies, the fact is that tariffs are neither good nor bad by themselves, and the optimal solution will be based on the specifics of a particular situation.

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The Truth Perspective: Postmodern Trump Derangement Syndrome and Skin in the Game

Activists from the Border Network for Human Rights protest US immigration policies in El Paso
© Mike Blake / Reuters
Activists from the Border Network for Human Rights protest US immigration policies in El Paso, Texas, June 19, 2018
The latest scandal to hit the Trump White House is the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, a practice with an unfortunately long history. But the Trump Derangement Syndrome has latched onto the practice as the final proof that Trump is Hitler. But why is it, exactly, that Trump's critics are taking this as proof that Trump is the most evil person on the planet? Today on the Truth Perspective, we take a look at the motivations behind the tendency to see the worst in President Trump, and the philosophy that seems to underlie it.

Next, we ask why conservative thinkers can be so right about certain things, and so wrong about others, followed by a brief look at Nassim Nicholas Taleb's latest book, Skin in the Game. What is true courage? Why are Trump and Putin so popular? Are religions actually rational? What makes the figure of Jesus Christ such an effective symbol? Tune in today at 12 pm EDT to find out!

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Antifa: Growth of an American Insurgency

While Trump hoped the release of the long-awaited Inspector General report on June 14th would exonerate him and lead to real investigations into real criminals, it instead revealed a tepidness that led some commentators to the conclusion that the Inspector General is 'not merely afraid' of the FBI, but that he 'isn't sure that Trump is going to win the war' political insiders are waging against him.

The latest family separation crisis along the border is part and parcel of that war. It was no doubt timed to steal headlines from the release of the IG report. Since its release the media, Democrats and Progressive groups have dominated those headlines and taken the war against the Trump Administration to an entirely new level.

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The Resounding Success of the World Cup is a Great Victory for Football but an Epic Fail for Russophobes

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© Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters
Mexico fan kisses a toy trophy, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2018
The 2018 World Cup is shaping up to be the best ever. It's a far cry from the negative media coverage that surrounded the Mundial before it began, which sought to de-legitimize Russia's hosting of the event and put fans off going.

Has there ever been a World Cup that has left so many people with egg on their faces.

We were told by indignant neo-cons and virtue-signaling Western 'liberals' that it was a disgrace that Russia, a country of which they did not approve, was being allowed to host the tournament. It would be like the 1936 Nazi Olympics, MPs and media pundits assured us. 'Putin's World Cup' would be the worst World Cup ever.

Fans who went would be in fear of their lives as three out of every four Russians was a racist, homophobic football hooligan and the fourth was like Frankenstein's Monster. England's players could be drugged in their hotel to "slow them down."

In fact, the World Cup has turned out to be absolutely brilliant.