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Economics / OECD GDP Forecasts 2018
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:43:12 PM »


Spirituality & Mysticism / Cain and Abel - Kim Jong Un
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:30:46 AM »
Quote Eddie:

I expect the South Koreans to take a pacifist approach here. I applaud their efforts to solve the problem, but they're kinda stuck between the empire, on which their booming economy depends, and NK, whose intentions are (or should be) fairly suspect. I doubt Kim Young Fatty's ideas of unification are much like what Moon thinks.

A man who would murder his own brother cannot be trusted with anything. While I heartily applaud and approve of any improvement in their relationship and ours, to trust this evil barbarian would be the height of folly and sheer idiocy.


   The Death of Abel

Gustave Doré (1832-83), artist

H. Pisan, engraver


Source: The Holy Bible

“And it came to pass . . . Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him” (Gensis 1:2)

“And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not.

Am I my brother's keeper? . . . (Genesis 4: 8,9)

Chief Diner brown noser and ass kisser of recognized geniuses GO just caught the latest from Stephen Hawking.
It's beyond my brain what he is talking about, but I'm posting it with the firm conviction that one of our Diner wizards can explain it and let us know where he has gone wrong with this, nonsense, and of course to brown nose him.


  Stephen Hawking says he knows what happened before the dawn of time

 It's the biggest question in the universe. What happened before the Big Bang? Now world-famous physicist Steven Hawking says he has an answer.

“The boundary condition of the universe ... is that it has no boundary,” Hawking tells the National Geographic’s Star Talk show this weekend.

In other words, there is no time before time began as time was always there.

It was just different.

He tells physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that amid the almost infinitely small quantum foam of the singularity before the Big Bang, time existed in a ‘bent’” state.

It was distorted along another dimension — always getting fractionally closer to, but never becoming, nothing.

So there never was a Big Bang that created something from nothing.

It’s just looks that way from our point of perspective.

“All the evidence seems to indicate, that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning, about 15 billion years ago,” Hawking says in one of his lectures.

“There must have been a beginning. Otherwise, the universe would be in a state of complete disorder by now, and everything would be at the same temperature. In an infinite and everlasting universe, every line of sight would end on the surface of a star. This would mean that the night sky would have been as bright as the surface of the Sun. The only way of avoiding this problem would be if, for some reason, the stars did not shine before a certain time.”

But things were different at the Big Bang.

“The density would have been infinite,” Hawking says.
“It would have been what is called, a singularity. At a singularity, all the laws of physics would have broken down. This means that the state of the universe, after the Big Bang, will not depend on anything that may have happened before, because the deterministic laws that govern the universe will break down in the Big Bang.”

This has long posed a serious problem for physics, he says.

“Since events before the Big Bang have no observational consequences, one may as well cut them out of the theory, and say that time began at the Big Bang. Events before the Big Bang, are simply not defined, because there’s no way one could measure what happened at them.”

But there are ways to figure out what came before, he says.

“Quantum theory introduces a new idea, that of imaginary time. Imaginary time may sound like science fiction, and it has been brought into Doctor Who. But nevertheless, it is a genuine scientific concept. One can picture it in the following way. One can think of ordinary, real, time as a horizontal line. On the left, one has the past, and on the right, the future. But there’s another kind of time in the vertical direction. This is called imaginary time, because it is not the kind of time we normally experience. But in a sense, it is just as real as what we call real time.”

This has enormous implications when it comes to the Big Bang.

“James Hartle of the University of California Santa Barbara, and I have proposed that space and imaginary time together, are indeed finite in extent, but without boundary. They would be like the surface of the Earth, but with two more dimensions. The surface of the Earth is finite in extent, but it doesn’t have any boundaries or edges. I have been around the world, and I didn’t fall off. “

There’s no raw physics that supports his idea. Yet.

But Hawking’s insight has proven right before.

What we do know is that when it comes to the Big Bang — and black holes — our understanding of physics breaks down.

The only certainty about the infinitesimally small quantum building blocks of our universe is that they are uncertain. Simply observing them can cause them to change. They can be in two places — or two states — at once.

They seem to be a physical embodiment of probability and potential: elements of reality that haven’t quite yet decided what they’re going to do.

While it dictates our lives, we still don’t know what time is. Or exactly where it comes from.

We know how it works. We know its effects.

It’s like gravity.

It doesn’t entirely seem to fit in the ‘big’ world of the physics we experience, nor the ‘weird’ world of the subatomic.

But, like the strange behavior of quantum physics, perhaps time has a lot more left to tell.

This story originally appeared in  :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study:                 :spacecraft:


I became a peak oiler reading this stuff 10 years ago much to the dismay of my bank account. :'(

Still am by the way, I was just to early as they all say. :laugh: ;D :exp-grin:

Whatever the case they now are talking about Cantrell running dry soon. Count me as a believer, but the oil market doesn't believe it, at least not right now.  :icon_scratch: :dontknow:

Many charts in this article for interested parties, will only post part of it, Sunday mornings make me want to shy away from this stuff for more artistic enjoyable type topics.


The situation in Mexico’s oil industry continues to rapidly disintegrate as falling oil production and rising costs resulted in an $18 billion fourth-quarter loss for the state-run oil company, PEMEX.  Part of the reason for the huge financial loss at PEMEX was the fall in the value of the Mexican Peso.  While PEMEX’s costs are in Pesos, it sells crude oil and purchases petroleum products in Dollars.  Because the Mexican Peso declined 8% versus the Dollar, it put a huge strain on the company’s year-end financials.

Regardless, Mexico’s oil production continues to fall due to the natural decline from resource depletion.  However, as Mexico’s oil production falls, its net oil exports have dropped significantly as well.  Thus, falling net oil imports translates to less revenue for PEMEX.  According to BP’s 2017 Statistical Review, Mexico’s net oil exports hit a low of 587,000 barrels per day (bd) in 2016, down from 1,867,000 bd in 2004:

While Mexico’s oil production declined from a peak in 2004, its domestic consumption has remained basically flat.  Which means, Mexico’s net oil exports have fallen by more than two-thirds in just 12 years.  Unfortunately, it looks like Mexico’s oil production will be down another 10% in 2017.

                                :icon_study: :Thinkingof_:

Geopolitics / Migrants Are Hot-Button Issue as Italians Prepare to Vote
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:03:41 AM »

Migrants Are Hot-Button Issue as Italians Prepare to Vote
Giovanni Legorano and Marcus Walker

Feb. 25, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

UMBERTIDE, Italy— Armando Paolucci, an itinerant butcher from this rugged town in central Italy, voted for left-wing parties all his life. Once, he even ran as a Communist candidate for the local council.

But on March 4, besides celebrating his 65th birthday, he will vote for the anti-immigration Lega (League) party in Italy’s national elections. The country’s center-left incumbents, he says, have lost touch with ordinary people and are devoting too many resources to support migrants.

“We who are from here are worth less to them than the new arrivals,” Mr. Paolucci said, standing beside his van where he sells porchetta roast pork at Umbertide’s weekly market.

Immigration has become a central battleground in Italy’s election, along with fear of crime, a battered economy, and disgust with political incumbents. Parties of the right are pledging to kick out hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants.

The governing center-left, which argues there are no simple solutions, is struggling to prevent an erosion of its vote—even in bastions such as Umbertide, a town once so solidly left-wing that local cynics called it “little Stalingrad.”

Italy is at the forefront of Europe’s migration crisis, now that the Balkans and other paths to Europe have become less passable for people from the poor and war-torn regions nearby. More than 750,000 migrants have reached Italy’s shores since 2011, most of them rescued from rickety boats while trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa.

A survey by research institute Demos & Pi in November found that 43% of Italians think immigrants represent a danger to public order and people’s safety, up from 33% in 2015. Italian authorities argue the angst is overblown: Crimes rates in Italy have dropped by 17% in the last two years, according to the Interior Ministry. But the fears are dominating the election.

Italy’s vote is the latest in a series of major European elections that have pitted nativist movements and other anti-establishment insurgents against governing centrists. The result, as in many other European countries, is likely to be a fragmentation of the political landscape, making stable governments hard to form. Left-of-center parties in particular are struggling to respond to a cocktail of economic and identity fears among working-class voters.

Opinion polls suggest the likeliest outcome is a hung parliament, with no party or alliance winning a majority. But outright victory for a right-of-center alliance is also possible. That alliance, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and including the Lega, has risen to 38% support in surveys, thanks partly to its tough line on immigration. The 5 Star Movement, an eclectic anti-incumbent group, has around 28% support in polls, while the ruling center-left Democratic Party trails with around 23%.

Some parties have dialed up their anti-immigrant rhetoric this month, after a far-right gunman shot and wounded six African migrants in a city in central Italy before giving the fascist salute.

Lega leader Matteo Salvini condemned the shooting by a former local candidate from his party, but suggested migration was the real problem. “Out-of-control immigration brings chaos, hatred, social disputes...drug dealing, rape, robberies and violence,” he said. Mr. Berlusconi said irregular migrants “represent a social bomb ready to explode.”

A few days after the Feb. 3 shooting, Mr. Salvini launched the Lega’s election campaign by visiting Umbertide, an industrial town of 17,000 people in the hilly Umbria region, where the construction of a large Islamic cultural center and mosque has sparked a fierce debate. Visiting the building site, Mr. Salvini promised to block its completion if his party wins power. He declared Islam “a law, not a religion” and “incompatible with our values, our rights and our freedom.”

"We are in a democracy so everybody can express his opinion, but I think some politicians have wrong ideas about Islam,” says Chafiq El Oqayly, head of Umbertide’s Islamic association.

Many locals worry the cultural center will attract Muslim migrants from all over central Italy. Anna Di Fiore, a 19-year-old graphic-design graduate from a local technical college, says she is uncomfortable with how it could change the town. Her parents always vote for the left, Ms. Di Fiore says, but Mr. Salvini’s visit persuaded her and her boyfriend to vote for Lega.

“We are for putting Italians first,” says Vittorio Galmacci, head of the Lega chapter in Umbertide. “Like the Catholic religion says, we should love our neighbor first, before those who are more distant.”

The town’s ruling Democratic Party, which sold the land to the local Islamic association, is striving to tamp down the controversy. Umbertide has had a Muslim minority for decades, including many North Africans who came to work at local factories and tobacco farms. “They came for jobs that Italians did not want to do,” said local Democratic leader Lucia Ranuncoli. The roughly 3,000 Muslims in the area have never posed a problem, she added. “The cultural center is being instrumentalized.”

The 5 Star Movement, which is increasingly turning against immigration too, says recently arrived migrants in Umbertide haven’t fit in. “Once, the Muslim community was completely integrated,” said local representative Michele Venti. “Now we know very little about them.”

The debate is dividing Umbertide, as it is Italy as a whole. “Feelings of hate, of turning away from other people, have been aroused, even in this small town,” Ms. Ranuncoli said. “It’s an election driven by emotions.” :icon_study:


You're not going to like this.

I've spent some time recently on a "new" bit of "fun" that a few of my various scanning tools have flagged as potentially nasty coming from various sites around the Internet, including some very well known sites.

There is an ugly little bit of game-playing going on and it doesn't appear to be one site or two either; it's spreading, and it's neither an accident nor is there any evidence that the sites in question have been hacked -- that is, this looks intentional on the part of the site owners.

What are they doing?  Hijacking your CPU during the time you're on their site to run hash calculations.

Guess what that's for?  Cryptocurrency mining -- and the site is keeping the results.

I assume that someone has come up with a "package" that these sites can put in their HTML that then grabs the appropriate resources and runs them, assuming it's not blocked.  All you see is a slowdown and more CPU consumption on your computer, but the mere act of visiting and viewing their content results in your computer being used to make them money.  While the actual amount of hashing one person with one computer visiting the site could do is extremely small for a site that generates a lot of views the potential financial reward to said site owner (which I assume they are splitting with the code developer in some fashion) could be quite material.

Isn't that special folks?  This almost wins over the scam I found on some fairly major sites last year that were attempting to load things on mobiles, targeting Android specifically, but only on if you visited from an Android handset.  I reported on that one at the time.

This sort of hijacking of resources should be treated as a felony violation of the law and it's very traceable since it's coming from "ad code" that a site owner has to insert intentionally into their site's HTML generation code, but you know damn well it won't be. :-\ :icon_study:

“What We Know As The United States Might Not Survive The Collapse”

Lynette Zang and Joseph Tainter discuss what a global economic collapse today would look like. (Spoiler alert: it’s not good)

Joseph Tainter interviewed by Lynette Zang of ITM Trading

    Dr. Joseph Tainter has a PHD from North Western University, Studied Anthropology at the University of CA, Berkeley, is currently a Professor in the Department of Environment and Society Studies at Utah State University and is the author of The collapse of Complex Societies.

    Books that were discussed by Dr. Tainter:

    The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)

    Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma

                                          <a href="" target="_blank" class="new_win"></a>

James Kunstler is always worth my time.

Interesting and worthwhile but not a GO Top Recommendation. Berman is knowledgeable for sure, but lacks a preciseness that I find desirable in a proclaimed Expert.  :icon_study:

Geopolitics / How Stockton, Calif. Has Resisted Political Polarization
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:53:32 AM »

How Stockton, Calif., has resisted political polarization
The Christian Science Monitor

October 17, 2017 Stockton, Calif. —When customers walk into Farmers Feed Co., Mike Fleming’s first priority is to make them feel at ease. He goes out of his way to befriend his clientele, “whether they spend a dollar or $300.” When he sees a customer struggling to speak English, he uses his bit of Spanish to communicate with them.

“When they see me – I’m a white guy – actually speaking Spanish, they see me kind of being vulnerable and putting myself out there for them,” says Mr. Fleming, whose family-owned pet and farm supply business has stood at 1302 East Miner Street near downtown Stockton since 1941. “It makes them feel more comfortable … and that’s what I like.”

It’s an approach to immigrant communities that popular narratives don’t often associate with Trump supporters – and Fleming did vote for the president last November.

But it is, Fleming says, pretty typical of Stockton.

A city whose historic ties to agriculture have helped it retain a streak of classic conservatism, Stockton’s population today is 70 percent people of color and 15 percent non-citizens. Immigrants both documented and undocumented work and live with conservative landowners, growers, and businessmen – and family values, hard work, and individual merit are principles that sit side-by-side with opportunity, tolerance, and equality. 

The result is that Stockton – and the San Joaquin Valley in general – provide a snapshot of an increasingly rare reality in 2017 America: what happens when people with a broad range of histories, ethnicities, and ideologies rely on one another within the same community. Immigrant advocates here are less inclined to alienate those on the opposite end of the political spectrum by shutting down Republican voices. Local conservatives also tend to be more open to immigration reforms that involve pathways to citizenship for undocumented workers. “We see all kinds of different people walk through here,” Fleming notes, referring to both his store and his city. “Once they come in, we've got to make them feel welcome.”


“In communities where a lot of undocumented immigrants live and work, people are more sympathetic to them,” notes Sarah Trumble, deputy director of social policy and politics at Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington. “The places most concerned about immigrants are places where [immigration] is not a part of their daily lives.”

Mayor Michael Tubbs sits at his office in City Hall on Sept. 28, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. Mr. Tubbs, the youngest mayor in Stockton's history, says he believes the diversity of thought and history among residents gives the city more room for compromise and less room for extremism. 'It's easy to say, "Get these people out, build the wall," when it's "these people," ' he says. 'When you put a live person in front of them, like their hairdresser or their kid's best friend, then it's different.'

Jessica Mendoza/The Christian Science Monitor


No room for an echo chamber

Few people wrestle with that dynamic more than Michael Tubbs, Stockton’s 27-year-old mayor. In many ways Mr. Tubbs embodies the wave of liberalism that has been sweeping across California for the past three decades: In November, he ran a grassroots campaign as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Anthony Silva, promising to promote diversity, reduce violence, and create more jobs. He won with 70 percent of the vote and became the city’s first black mayor and the youngest in its history.


Yet as a Stockton native – he was raised in South Stockton by a single mother – Tubbs is very aware of the complex racial and political dynamics at play in his city. “You could be in a meeting and you’d never know so-and-so was a big supporter of Bill O’Reilly, or so-and-so voted for Trump and gave a lot of money to his campaign,” he says. “Because we’re forced to come together, the conversations aren’t in an echo chamber.”

Given that reality, a city official who wants to get things done has little room to pander to one side or the other with extreme positions on polarizing issues like immigration, Tubbs says. For instance, while he and his city council passed a resolution in February affirming their support for the local immigrant community and the police department’s hands-off policy toward immigration enforcement, Tubbs says he keeps an open line of communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the region.

Just because he disagrees with a group or individual or what they represent, he says, “that’s not going to stop me from having a conversation if I need to have a conversation with you. I think this community gets that.”

José Rodriguez certainly does. As president and chief executive officer of El Concilio – a social services organization that caters to immigrant families across the Central Valley – he’s sensitive to the plight of undocumented workers. “But we have to be strategic about how and where we advocate for the community,” Mr. Rodriguez says. That could mean, for example, approaching sheriff’s departments and city leaders with a lighter touch than they might if they operated in a more liberal enclave. “We don’t necessarily go up there and ask them to take a public position supporting undocumented immigrants. That approach can be counterproductive,” he says. “We work individually … quietly.”

The same is true of Bruno Joseph Cerri, co-owner of Cerri Family Feed in South Stockton. A self-professed conservative, he values individual effort and is reluctant to suggest that undocumented workers should get a free pass into the country. But as a family man – not to mention the great-great-grandson of Italian immigrants – he empathizes with those who risk everything for a shot at a better life for their kids. “If I was in a pickle too, I would go out and pick tomatoes myself, if it means supporting my family,” he says. “I’d do whatever.”
'Us' instead of 'them'

This isn’t to say that Stockton is a political utopia where Republicans and Democrats live in harmony. In the past decade the city has dealt with bankruptcy, a spike in violent crime, and clashes between police and protesters – events charged with political, socioeconomic, and racial tension. But interviews with Stockton residents and community leaders do suggest that when people view one another as part of the same group – when they are able to empathize with one another because they live and work together – compromise and compassion are more likely to become viable options. “It’s easy to say, ‘Get these people out, build the wall,’ when it’s ‘these people,’ ” Tubbs says. “When you put a live person in front of them, like their hairdresser or their kid’s best friend, then it’s different.”

In a 2016 article, University of California, Berkeley, researchers john a. powell and Stephen Menendian use the term “othering” to describe the processes and conditions that deny certain groups full membership in society, and thus breed and bolster group-based inequality. Othering, they write, is at the heart of policies that marginalize some groups while advancing others – from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which outright banned Chinese workers from becoming citizens, to more insidious patterns of residential segregation that deny poor communities of color access to resources.

Forming personal relationships with people from other groups could help combat prejudice and racism and move hearts and minds toward empathy, Mr. Menendian says. But he’s skeptical that it’s enough to shake the structures of inequity that perpetuate negative attitudes in the first place.

"Institutional forces have a life of their own once put into motion,” Menendian says. “If you focus on institutional relationships” – like the connection between voting districts and political polarization, or between state budgets and prison construction – “you can do a better job of moving toward equality in the policy sphere.”

From where Tubbs is standing, however, that’s exactly what he and his team are trying to do. By forging ties with people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of beliefs and opinions, he is better able to govern a constituency that is as diverse in ideology as it is in ethnicity. He sees it as being a pragmatist rather than a purist.

“We’re not just making policy for people who are 3,000 miles away or 100 miles away,” Tubbs says. “We’re making policy for people we’re going to see at church tomorrow or that we’re going to see at dinner. And presidents come and go, but policy is what stays on the books.” :icon_study: :icon_study: :emthup: :emthup:

China’s Baidu plans to start production of self-driving bus next year

The internet giant is pushing ahead with its move into autonomous vehicles as it looks to reinvent itself as an artificial intelligence company



PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 4:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 4:07p

Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc plans to start production of self-driving buses by the middle of next year, as it pushes ahead with efforts to get ahead of the pack in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

The Nasdaq-listed company, which operates China’s largest online search business, said it has agreed with Chinese bus maker King Long United Automotive Industry Co to develop and manufacture China’s first fully autonomous bus model.

Initial production and trials are expected to start in July next year, Baidu said. It did not give any technical details of the bus or its seating capacity. It has previously vowed to release a driverless car by 2018, with mass production to begin by 2021.

Autonomous vehicles are a key part of Baidu’s future as it seeks to reshape itself as an artificial intelligence company after retreating from online-to-offline (O2O) businesses, where platforms and delivery networks are built to link consumers with brick-and-mortar merchants and service providers.

In September, Baidu released Apollo 1.5, the latest iteration of its Apollo open-source unmanned vehicle software, and announced a 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) fund to invest in more than 100 autonomous driving projects.

[Lu Qi (left), Baidu’s chief operating officer and head of its intelligent car business, and Xie Siyu, chairman of King Long, at the signing ceremony. Photo: Handout]

Lu Qi (left), Baidu’s chief operating officer and head of its intelligent car business, and Xie Siyu, chairman of King Long, at the signing ceremony. Photo: Handout

“Apollo will help drive China’s auto industry to grow by leaps and bounds,” said Lu Qi, Baidu’s chief operating officer and head of its intelligent car unit, at the signing ceremony with Kong Long.

The cooperation on self-driving buses will “tap huge commercial value while tackling the country’s long-standing congestion problem”, he said.

China’s Baidu revs up driverless car race with launch of US$1.5bn autonomous driving fund

Baidu has enlisted 70 global and Chinese companies as partners for the Apollo project, the latest including South Korea’s Hyundai Motor and autonomous driving start-ups Momenta and iDriver+ Technologies.

The autonomous bus will run on a short designated route, Baidu said. It did not give further details on potential buyers or where the trial operation would be.

Analysts at Chinese online brokerage Tiger Brokers said that while the project could help Baidu recoup its earlier spending in AI research, it is unlikely to drive up Baidu’s stock price in the short term.

“The market is waiting for Baidu to unveil its third-quarter results on Thursday next week. It will disclose more about the impact of its autonomous driving business then,” the analysts wrote in an email.

Baidu shares slid 0.9 per cent to US$270.32 as of Tuesday’s close, before inching up 0.1 per cent in after-market trading.


Education / Book Bargains - Harvard Classics
« on: October 14, 2017, 05:13:18 PM »
How I drool when I see the incredible bargains in classics these days.

What a Christmas gift for a smart kid in the family. Gorgeous sets like this all over e-bay and I assume Amazon.  I can't fucking stomach Bezos, so I do E-bay and have had no problems.


Set of 22 books. THE HARVARD CLASSICS DELUXE EDITION 1969-62nd Printing Hunter Green with Gilt Lettering. This entire set is in excellent condition. These show very little wear if any at all. They look absolutely great. Titles (authors) are as follows: 1. Bacon Milton Browne 2. Addison, Steele, Swift, Defoe, Johnson, and others 3. Franklin, Woolman, Penn 4. American Historical Documents 5. Bunyan, Izaak Walton 6. Collins to Fitzgerald 7. Marlowe, Shakespeare 8. Darwin Voyage of the Beagle 9. Thackeray, Newman, Ruskin, Huxley, Thoreau and Others 10. Edmund Burke 11. Aesop, Grimm, Andersen 12. Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius 13. Chaucer to Gray 14. Virgil 15. The Thousand and One Nights 16. Cervantes 17. Plutarch 18. Homer 19. Tennyson To Whitman 20. Dante 21. Famous Prefaces 22. Emerson These will be shipped in two boxes as these are quite heavy and I do not want these to be damaged during the shipping process. Shipping will be $20.00 for these items.

Coming from David Stockman usually a writer of financial matters makes this especially relative IMO.

Something really terrible is going on and it scares the hell out of me. "An Ill Wind that Bodes no Well"  :'( :-\

Flynn's Gone But They're Still Gunning For You, Donald

I say good riddance to Flynn because he was a shrill anti-Iranian warmonger. But let’s also not be fooled about what’s happened here.

The Flynn affair proves that the Deep State taps the phone calls of the President’s own closest advisors as a matter of course.

This is the real scandal as Trump himself has rightly asserted.

The very idea that the already announced top national security advisor to a President-elect should be subject to old-fashion “bugging,” albeit with modern day technology, overwhelmingly trumps the specious Logan Act charge at the center of the case.

Perhaps you recall the name Sally Yates. She was the former Obama holdover who was Trump’s acting Attorney General before he canned her for undermining his executive orders.

As one writer for LawNewz noted regarding Yates’ voyeuristic preoccupation with Flynn’s intercepted conversations, Nixon should be rolling in his grave with envy:

Now, information leaks that Sally Yates knew about surveillance being conducted against potential members of the Trump administration, and disclosed that information to others. Even Richard Nixon didn’t use the government agencies themselves to do his black bag surveillance operations. Sally Yates involvement with this surveillance on American political opponents, and possibly the leaking related thereto, smacks of a return to Hoover-style tactics. As writers at Bloomberg and The Week both noted, it wreaks of “police-state” style tactics. But knowing dear Sally as I do, it comes as no surprise.

Yes, Obama left Yates behind to continue the 2016 election by other means. And it’s working. The Donald is being rapidly emasculated by the powers that be in the Imperial City due to what can only be described as an audacious and self-evident attack on Trump’s Presidency by the Deep State.

Indeed, it seems that the layers of intrigue have gotten so deep and convoluted that the nominal leadership of the permanent  government machinery has lost track of who is spying on whom.

Thus, we have the following curious utterance by none other than the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes:

“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” he told The Washington Post. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”

Well, yes. That makes 324 million of us, Congressman.

But for crying out loud, surely the oh so self-important chairman of the House intelligence committee knows that everybody is bugged.

But when it reaches the point that the spy state is essentially using its unconstitutional tools to engage in what amounts to “opposition research” with the aim of election nullification, then the Imperial City has become a clear and present danger to American democracy and the liberties of the American people.

As Robert Barnes of LawNewz further explained, Sally Yates, former CIA director John Brennan and a large slice of the Never Trumper intelligence community were systematically engaged in “opposition research” during the campaign and the transition:

According to published reports, someone was eavesdropping, and recording, the conversations of Michael Flynn, while Sally Yates was at the Department of Justice. Sally Yates knew about this eavesdropping, listened in herself (Pellicano-style for those who remember the infamous LA cases), and reported what she heard to others. For Yates to have such access means she herself must have been involved in authorizing its disclosure to political appointees, since she herself is such a political appointee. What justification was there for an Obama appointee to be spying on the conversations of a future Trump appointee?

Consider this little tidbit in The Washington Post. The paper, which once broke Watergate, is now propagating the benefits of Watergate-style surveillance in ways that do make Watergate look like a third-rate effort.  (With the) FBI “routinely” monitoring conversations of Americans…… Yates listened to “the intercepted call,” even though Yates knew there was “little chance” of any credible case being made for prosecution under a law “that has never been used in a prosecution.”

And well it hasn’t been. After all, the Logan Act was signed by President John Adams in 1799 in order to punish one of Thomas Jefferson’s supporters for having peace discussions with the French government in Paris. That is, it amounted to pre-litigating the Presidential campaign of 1800 based on sheer political motivation.

According to the Washington Post itself, that is exactly what Yates and the Obama holdovers did day and night during the transition period:

Indeed, the paper details an apparent effort by Yates to misuse her office to launch a full-scale secret investigation of her political opponents, including “intercepting calls” of her political adversaries.

So all of the feigned outrage emanating from Democrats and the Washington establishment about Team Trump’s trafficking with the Russians is a cover story. Surely anyone even vaguely familiar with recent history would have known there was absolutely nothing illegal or even untoward about Flynn’s post-Christmas conversations with the Russian Ambassador.

Indeed, we recall from personal experience the thrilling moment on inauguration day in January 1981 when word came of the release of the American hostages in Tehran. Let me assure you, that did not happen by immaculate diplomatic conception — nor was it a parting gift to the Gipper by the outgoing Carter Administration.

To the contrary, it was the fruit of secret negotiations with the Iranian government during the transition by private American citizens. As the history books would have it because it’s true, the leader of that negotiation, in fact, was Ronald Reagan’s national security council director-designate, Dick Allen.

As the real Washington Post later reported, under the by-line of a real reporter, Bob Woodward:

Reagan campaign aides met in a Washington DC hotel in early October, 1980, with a self-described “Iranian exile” who offered, on behalf of the Iranian government, to release the hostages to Reagan, not Carter, in order to ensure Carter’s defeat in the November 4, 1980 election.

The American participants were Richard Allen, subsequently Reagan’s first national security adviser, Allen aide Laurence Silberman, and Robert McFarlane, another future national security adviser who in 1980 was on the staff of Senator John Tower (R-TX).

To this day I have not had occasion to visit my old friend Dick Allen in the U.S. penitentiary because he’s not there; the Logan Act was never invoked in what is surely the most blatant case ever of citizen diplomacy.

So let’s get to the heart of the matter and be done with it. The Obama White House conducted a sour grapes campaign to delegitimize the election beginning November 9th and it was led by then CIA Director John Brennan.

That treacherous assault on the core constitutional matter of the election process culminated in the ridiculous Russian meddling report of the Obama White House in December. The latter, of course, was issued by serial liar James Clapper, as national intelligence director, and the clueless Democrat lawyer and bag-man, Jeh Johnson, who had been appointed head of the Homeland Security Department.

Yet on the basis of  the report’s absolutely zero evidence and endless surmise, innuendo and “assessments”, the Obama White House imposed another round of its silly school-boy sanctions on a handful of Putin’s cronies.

Of course, Flynn should have been telling the Russian Ambassador that this nonsense would be soon reversed!

But here is the ultimate folly. The mainstream media talking heads are harrumphing loudly about the fact that the very day following Flynn’s call — Vladimir Putin announced that he would not retaliate against the new Obama sanctions as expected; and shortly thereafter, the Donald tweeted that Putin had shown admirable wisdom.

That’s right. Two reasonably adult statesman undertook what might be called the Christmas Truce of 2016. But like its namesake of 1914 on the bloody no man’s land of the western front, the War Party has determined that the truce-makers shall not survive.

The Donald has been warned.


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Diners, Came across this a while ago and wish to present it for your immediate attention. I am not equipped with knowledge to voice an opinion on it, but I do know the Weather station is another Big Pig enterprise. Comments from Diners on this matter most welcome. Hopefully we can keep politics out of it.  This gent sees big big trouble.  Regards, GO

                                   Geoengineering researcher Dane Wigington says the number one threat facing humanity is extreme weather modification to cool the planet.  It’s being done by geoengineering (commonly known as chemtrails) and it must be stopped now because it’s having the opposite effect.  Wigington says all climate engineering is really just “weather warfare” and explains, “How long can humans survive without habitat?  If we have an issue that is mathematically the greatest single assault launched by the human race against earth’s natural life support system, why wouldn’t we deal with that first and foremost above anything else?”

One scientific report shows that, at the current rate, life as we know it could end in 10 years. Dane contends, “That is not my data. That data is coming from the best and most recognized frontline arctic methane climate scientist.  Methane is the issue that is not being reported either.  That is the linchpin on our collective coffin if the atmosphere fills with enough methane.  I don’t want to downplay the damage done to the planet because we have cut down over half of Earth’s forests, we’ve poisoned the oceans, we’ve paved the planet and those are all significant sources of damage, but the single greatest assault on Earth’s natural systems at this time is climate engineering.  When we have that kind of engineering going on, it prevents the planet from responding to the damage done.”

Dane goes on to say, “The power structure knows this is going on, and they know they can’t hide it much longer. What’s their likely hole card that they will play when they know they can’t hide it any longer?  They’ll start World War III, and they are maneuvering for that right now.”

Dane also points out the phenomenon called “weather whiplash,” where it is hot one day and snowing the next, as it did recently in New York. Wigington says this is all being covered up to keep the public in the dark for as long as they can.  Wigington says, “We have the paid liars, and I wish I could use a more diplomatic term.  For example, The Weather Channel is owned by the corporate power structure. . . . We have the foxes running the hen house.  We have people at The Weather Channel trying to explain away the completely engineered weather as natural.  At this point, can we call them anything but paid liars?  With “weather whiplash,” people should understand that something is radically wrong in New York when more than a week ago, we went from record shattering high temperatures to snow in less than 24 hours. . . . This kind of “weather whiplash” can only be created by climate engineering.”

In closing, Wigington says, “We are facing converging cataclysms. When people focus on jobs, economy and retirement, how much will any of that matter if we have a planet that doesn’t support life?  If we lose our habitat and every breath we take is full of toxic heavy metal that is making us sicker and dumber by the day . . . . And my only goal is to bring this issue to light and to a halt.  We know we have major collusion between all the major powers in the world on this issue.  The single biggest leap we can take in the right direction is to expose and stop weather engineering which is weather warfare, and stop these programs in their tracks.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dane Wigington, Founder of

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Conspiracy / The Deep State Targets Trump - Patrick J. Buchanan
« on: February 17, 2017, 08:24:14 AM »

 The deep state targets Trump

Posted By Patrick J. Buchanan On 02/16/2017 @ 6:07 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.”

To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties.

Yet it was this regime, the deep state, that carried out what Eli Lake of Bloomberg calls “The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn.”

And what were Flynn’s offenses?

In December, when Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador. He apparently counseled the envoy not to overreact, saying a new team would be in place in a few weeks and would review U.S.-Russian relations.

“That’s neither illegal nor improper,” writes Lake.

Vladimir Putin swiftly declared that there would be no reciprocal expulsions and U.S. diplomats and their families would be welcome at the Kremlin’s Christmas and New Year’s parties.

Diplomatic crisis averted. “Great move … (by V. Putin),” tweeted Trump, “I always knew he was very smart.”

But apparently, this did not sit well with the deep state.

For when Vice President Pence told a TV show that Flynn told him that sanctions did not come up in conversation with the Russian ambassador, a transcript of Flynn’s call was produced from recordings by intelligence agencies, and its contents leaked to the Washington Post.

After seeing the transcript, the White House concluded that Flynn had misled Pence, mutual trust was gone, and Flynn must go.

Like a good soldier, Flynn took the bullet.

The real crime here, however, is not that the incoming national security adviser spoke with a Russian diplomat seeking guidance on the future president’s thinking. The real crime is the criminal conspiracy inside the deep state to transcribe the private conversation of a U.S. citizen and leak it to press collaborators to destroy a political career.

“This is what police states do,” writes Lake.

But the deep state is after larger game than Gen. Flynn. It is out to bring down President Trump and abort any move to effect the sort of rapprochement with Russia Ronald Reagan achieved. :-\

For the deep state is deeply committed to Cold War II.

Hence, suddenly, we read reports of a Russian spy ship off the Connecticut, Delaware and Virginia coasts, of Russian jets buzzing a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, and Russian violations of Reagan’s INF treaty outlawing intermediate-range missiles in Europe.

Purpose: Stampede the White House into abandoning any idea of a detente with Russia. And it appears to be working. At a White House briefing Tuesday, Sean Spicer said, “President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to … return Crimea.”

Is the White House serious?

Putin could no more survive returning Crimea to Ukraine than Bibi Netanyahu could survive giving East Jerusalem back to Jordan.

How does the deep state go about its work? We have seen a classic example with Flynn. The intelligence and investigative arms of the regime dig up dirt, and then move it to their Fourth Estate collaborators, who enjoy First Amendment immunity to get it out.

For violating their oaths and breaking the law, bureaucratic saboteurs are hailed as “whistleblowers” while the journalists who receive the fruits of their felonies put in for Pulitzers.

Now if Russians hacked into the DNC and John Podesta’s computer during the campaign, and, more seriously, if Trump aides colluded in any such scheme, it should be investigated.

But we should not stop there. Those in the FBI, Justice Department and intelligence agencies who were complicit in a conspiracy to leak the contents of Flynn’s private conversations in order to bring down the national security adviser should be exposed and prosecuted.

An independent counsel should be appointed by the attorney general and a grand jury impaneled to investigate what Trump himself rightly calls “criminal” misconduct in the security agencies.

As for interfering in elections, how clean are our hands?

Our own CIA has a storied history of interfering in elections. In the late ’40s, we shoveled cash into France and Italy after World War II to defeat the Communists who had been part of the wartime resistance to the Nazis and Fascists.

And we succeeded. But we continued these practices after the Cold War ended. In this century, our National Endowment for Democracy, which dates to the Reagan era, has backed “color revolutions” and “regime change” in nations across what Russia regards as her “near abroad.”

NED’s continued existence appears a contradiction of Trump’s inaugural declaration: “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone.”

The president and GOP should get out front here. Let Congress investigate Russia meddling in our election. And let a special prosecutor run down, root out, expose and indict those in the investigative and intel agencies who used their custody of America’s secrets, in collusion with press collaborators, to take down Trump appointees who are on their enemies lists.

Then put NED down.


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Cyber Security / The Attack of the Big G Spot! - Clif High
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:58:45 PM »
Getting more and more impressed with this gent. He seemed like a real space shot to me the first time I listened to him, but not anymore.

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