Daily Notes 08.29.18

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/ed-jewitt-conservatives-hunted-and-killed-using-nsa-social-media-software-with-full-complicity-of-googlegestapo-facebook-google-meetup-twitter-youtube-all-harmonized-by-the-anti-defamation-le/

Ed Jewett: Conservatives Hunted and Killed Using NSA Social Media Software with Full Complicity of #GoogleGestapo (Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, YouTube, All Harmonized by the Anti-Defamation League)

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A mix of old and new revelations.  New on top.

“… A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trumpby working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate “right wing propaganda and fake news” was presented in January 2017  by Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with about 100 donors, the Washington Free Beacon reported at the timeOn Monday, the Gateway Pundit blog noted the memo’s relationship with recent moves by Silicon Valley tech giants to “shadow ban” conservative political candidates and pundits and remove content.

The Free Beacon obtained a copy of the memo, “Democracy Matters: Strategic Plan for Action,” by attending the retreat…..

Download the report here: https://www.scribd.com/document/337535680/Full-David-Brock-Confidential-Memo-On-Fighting-Trump#from_embed

http://12160.info/forum/topics/memo-reveals-soros-funded-social-media-censorship-plan-plotted

Source: Memo reveals Soros-funded social-media censorship plan Plotted with Google, Facebook to eliminate ‘right wing propaganda’

Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! https://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz5Oqw4uaGs

From Contributing Editor Rebecca Campbell:

Complete intercept of private chat among Soros-funded left-leaning social media terrorists, high points: they knew the polls were false; they were using NSA social media analysis software to identify and then digitally assassinate conservative and populist thought leaders.

This raw intel exchange posted on very heavily censored JimStoneFreelance.com today, August 21, 2018, could prove almost as revelatory as the Wikileaked Podesta emails! — REC
An intercepted transcript from Correct the Record reveals a LOT I originally had this posted over a year ago, after that World Net Daily report this is well worth a re-visit.

Phi Beta Iota: Whether NSA-unique software was used or not, there was clearly a conspiracy to pick out conservative groups and thought leaders and then block them (“digital assassination”).Actual assassination as with Seth Rich is clearly discussed at  the very end.  The IRS under Barack Obama did similar studies against conservative groups seeking 501c3 status.

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kevincollier/tech-companies-are-gathering-for-a-secret-meeting-to

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Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy

Reps from up to a dozen of the US’s biggest tech companies plan to meet in San Francisco to discuss efforts to counter manipulation of their platforms.

Posted on August 23, 2018, at 10:35 p.m. ET

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Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.

Last week, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, invited employees from a dozen companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Snapchat, to gather at Twitter’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“As I’ve mentioned to several of you over the last few weeks, we have been looking to schedule a follow-on discussion to our industry conversation about information operations, election protection, and the work we are all doing to tackle these challenges,” Gleicher wrote.

The meeting, the Facebook official wrote, will have a three-part agenda: each company will present the work they’ve been doing to counter information operations; there will be a discussion period for problems each company faces; and a talk about whether such a meeting should become a regular occurrence.

In May, nine of those companies met at Facebook to discuss similar problems, alongside two US government representatives, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chris Krebs and Mike Burham from the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, created in November. Attendees left the meeting discouraged that they received little information from the government.

Tech companies, Facebook and Twitter in particular, have faced intense scrutiny for how slowly they initially reacted to reports that foreign intelligence and affiliated operations used their platforms to manipulate users ahead of the 2016 election, leading to drops in user confidence and a threat of regulation from lawmakers.

Jon Nazca / Reuters

In February, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office charged 13 people affiliated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency — a “troll factory” where employees created personas across multiple platforms — with breaking laws in order to influence American voters. Since then, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and YouTube have each had at least one public purge of accounts believed to be foreign influence operations.

The meeting highlights tech companies’ recent efforts to be more proactive with governments’ use of their sites to achieve political goals. Several companies have announced operations this week where they partnered with other organizations to address such problems.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had, for the 12th time since 2016, legally acquired control of a handful of web domains registered by Russian military intelligencefor phishing operations, then shut them down. The next day, after receiving a tip from the threat intelligence company FireEye, Facebook and Twitter announced they had taken down a network of fake news sites and spoofed users meant to create sympathy for the Iranian government’s worldview. Google made a similar announcement about YouTube on Thursday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6083181/Facebook-rating-trustworthiness-user-bid-bad-actors.html

Facebook is rating the ‘trustworthiness’ of every user

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of every user to crack down on ‘bad actors’ (but it won’t tell you how you score)

  • Facebook will soon rank users based on their ‘trustworthiness’ to stop fake news
  • The system will score users from zero to one and use other behavioral metrics
  • It’s unclear who will get a score or what other metrics will be factored into scores
  • Some have criticized the move as being similar to China’s social credit system
  • Earlier this year, Facebook asked users to rank news sites based on credibility

Facebook is secretly rating users based on their ‘trustworthiness’ to try and cut down on fake news on its platform.

The social media giant plans to assign users a reputation score that ranks them on a scale of from zero to one, according to the Washington Post.

It marks Facebook’s latest effort to stave off fake news, bot accounts and other misleading content on its site.

But the idea of a reputation score has already generated skepticism about how Facebook’s system will work, as well as criticism that it resembles China’s social credit rating system.

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A Facebook exec called the meeting and described that it would be broken into three parts. Each company will present the work they're doing to prevent misinformation campaigns, then they'll discuss problems they're facing, as well as whether to hold similar meetings regularly

Facebook plans to assign users a reputation score that ranks them on a scale of from zero to one. It marks Facebook’s latest effort to stave off fake news on its platform

Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons told the Post that the firm has been developing the system for the past year and that it’s directly targeted toward stopping fake news.

The firm partly relies on users to flag content they believe to be fake, but this has led some to make false claims against news outlets, often due to differences in opinion or a grudge against a particular publisher.

Users’ ‘trustworthiness’ score will take into account how often they flag content as being false, Lyons said.

As part of the system, Facebook will also factor in thousands of other metrics, or ‘behavioral cues.’

It’s unclear what those other metrics will be, who will get a score and what Facebook will use that data for.

It also remains unclear whether the score will be solely applied to reports on news stories, or if it will factor in other information as well.

The idea of a reputation score has already generated skepticism about how Facebook's system will work, as well as criticism that it resembles China's social credit rating system

The idea of a reputation score has already generated skepticism about how Facebook’s system will work, as well as criticism that it resembles China’s social credit rating system

Lyons declined to elaborate on the intricacies of the system, saying it could tip off ‘bad actors’ who use the knowledge to manipulate their score.

However, this has done little to quiet users’ concerns about whether or not they will be assigned a score and what contributes to it.

‘Not knowing how [Facebook is] judging us is what makes us uncomfortable,’ Claire Wardle, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s First Draft, told the Post.

‘But the irony is that they can’t tell us how they are judging us – because if they do, the algorithms that they built will be gamed.’

Several Twitter users pointed out that the proposed trustworthiness score reminded them of the popular series Black Mirror, which chronicles the dystopian downsides of technology in the future, as well as China’s social credit system.

The controversial scoring system rates assigns citizens a score that can move up or down based on certain behaviors. It can be negatively impacted if you don’t pay bills, fail to care for elders or if you’re lazy and spend to much time playing video games.

Others questioned Facebook’s ability to assign users a trustworthiness score, citing the firm’s recent user privacy scandal and murky success with removing fake news from its platform.

Earlier this year, Facebook began using a system that ranks news organizations based on their trustworthiness, relying on data from users who indicated whether they were familiar with certain sites, as well as whether or not they trusted them.

It then ranks stories on a user’s News Feed based on that credibility score.

WHAT HAS FACEBOOK DONE TO TACKLE FAKE NEWS?

In 2016, following the shock November 2016 US election results, Mark Zuckerberg claimed: ‘Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 per cent of what people see is authentic’.

He also cautioned that the company should not rush into fact-checking.

But Zuckerberg soon came under fire after it emerged fake news had helped sway the election results.

In response, the company rolled out a ‘Disputed’ flagging system that it announced in a December 2016 post.

The system meant users were responsible for flagging items that they believed were fake, rather than the company.

In April 2017, Facebook suggested the system had been a success.

It said that ‘overall false news has decreased on Facebook’ – but did not provide any proof.

‘It’s hard for us to measure because we can’t read everything that gets posted’, it said.

But it soon emerged that Facebook was not providing the full story.

In July 2017, Oxford researchers found that ‘computational propaganda is one of the most powerful tools against democracy,’ and Facebook was playing a major role in spreading fake news.

In response, Facebook said it would ban pages that post hoax stories from being allowed to advertise in August 2017.

In September, Facebook finally admitted during congressional questioning that a Russian propaganda mill had placed adverts on Facebook to sway voters around the 2016 campaign.

In December 2017, Facebook admitted that its flagging system for fake news was a failure.

Since then, it has used third-party fact-checkers to identify hoaxes, and then given such stories less prominence in the Facebook News Feed when people share links to them.

In January, Zuckerberg said Facebook would prioritise ‘trustworthy’ news by using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets.

Facebook has now quietly begun ‘fact-checking’ photos and videos to reduce fake news stories. However, the details of how it is doing this remain unclear.

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/ed-jewitt-on-the-nature-of-life-in-these-disunited-states/

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/tony-mead-in-solidarity-with-alex-jones-sandy-hook-becomes-a-litmus-test-pitting-freedom-of-speech-against-internet-censorship/

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/steven-aftergood-existing-secret-space-forces-are-unconstitutional/

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/alternative/2018/3633227.html

SR-91 Aurora aircraft

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/global-unrest/2018/2507542.html

Allowing for natural growth in population the White Race should now number 2.5 billion or 33% of the world’s people. Instead, the ethnic-European race stands at just 1 billion or 8 per cent of the world population.

Russia alone recovers from the Bolshevik holocaust. But, spurned, betrayed and threatened by the receding White world, the Russian Federation has no choice but to seek survival in forming partnerships with the non-White world.

So, where did 1,000,000,000 Europeans disappear too; why were 500,000,000 ethnic-Europeans denied life? Why in 2018 is the White Race on the endangered list just 100 years after it placed the Crown of European Civilisation on the world globe?

We do know that the blood of 164 million ethnic-Europeans was spilled by the malevolent Capitalist Communist Alliance 1900 – 1991. The toll of human sacrifice to godless Bolshevism was a blood-letting unequalled in human history; but ethnic Europeans were the victims, the martyrs. The perpetrators were much fewer in number but like cancerous cells were far better organised and focused on race annihilation.

https://www.defenceaviation.com/2007/06/sr-91-aurora-aircraft.html

Check out the “secret” Lockheed Martain Skunkworks spyplane that’s rumored to have antigravity, can go over mach 5, may have cloaking/invisibility.  May have lasers, and/or a lightning gun that can start fires, and make it look like natural lightning.

See below for a recent video of incredibly “odd” lightning and what may possibly be these SR-91 Aurora aircraft causing the events.

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/alternative/2018/3633227.html

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF10950.pdf

Creation of a U.S. “Space Force”
Background
For over two decades, the U.S. Government Accountability
Office (GAO) and others have found that fragmentation and
overlap in national security space acquisition management
and oversight have contributed to program delays and
cancellations, cost increases, and inefficient operations.
Congress has attempted numerous organizational and
acquisition reforms to address these problems. In the view
of many observers, these efforts have generally been
unsuccessful.
In addition to these perceived managerial deficits, Congress
has more recently expressed concern over the slow pace
with which the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Air
Force have addressed the growing threat to U.S. national
security in space from adversaries, particularly Russia and
China, and to a lesser extent North Korea and Iran. Some in
the military and elsewhere now increasingly refer to space
as a “warfighting domain”; once seen as peaceful and
uncontested, space is now viewed as crowded and
adversarial.
Generally, House Members have led the effort to remove
institutional barriers to space acquisition reform by
advocating for the creation of a new entity for national
security space. Until recently, the Senate largely favored
efforts to reform existing organizations rather than
authorize new ones. However, as part of the FY2019
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) deliberations,
both chambers passed (and the President signed) legislation
that authorized the creation of a subordinate unified
command known as the U.S. Space Command (under the
U.S. Strategic Command). The reorganization was intended
to address long-standing concerns related to space
acquisition management and sharpen DOD’s strategic focus
on space.
DOD recently developed a series of additional proposals
that would authorize the creation of an 11th unified
combatant command responsible for space. Separately, the
Trump Administration called for Congress to establish by
2020 a new military service branch—Space Force—with
the goal of asserting “American dominance in space.” The
new service branch would be the first since the creation of
the U.S. Air Force (previously part of the Army) in 1947.
Inconsistencies between these various executive branch
proposals have puzzled some observers and Congress could
play a major role in adjudicating among them.
Given the long-standing nature of the debate over how
space assets should be managed, some observers view
recent proposals as initial positions in a longer-term
negotiation among the part of major stake holders during
next year’s NDAA and beyond.
Organizational Structure of the Military
The U.S. military is composed of three military
departments—the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air
Force—and four armed forces (the Department of the Navy
is responsible for both the Navy and the Marine Corps).
The Secretaries of the military departments are responsible
for organizing, training, and equipping their respective
forces.
Unified Combatant Commands (COCOMS) are
organizationally responsible for employing these forces
during military operations. There are currently 10 Unified
COCOMs, including 6 that are geographically defined (e.g.,
U.S. Central Command) and 4 that are functionally oriented
(e.g., U.S. Strategic Command.) Unified COCOMs are led
by a single commander and composed of a mix of
servicemen and women from the military departments.
Currently, the Air Force provides space mission capabilities
for DOD, primarily through the Air Force Space Command,
which has its headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in
Colorado, but has additional installations around the world.
Section 1601 of the FY2018 NDAA (P.L. 115-91)
authorized the establishment of a Space Corps within the
Air Force, and designated the commander of Air Force
Space Command as the “sole authority with respect to …
[o]rganizing, training, and equipping personnel and
operations of the space forces of the Air Force.”
Options for Space Reorganization
Specific organizational options that the President or
Congress could implement to conduct national security
space operations include the following:
Reorganization within the military services. The
President could direct the service secretaries to develop new
units or restructure existing units to provide greater
capability and capacity to conduct space operations. Such
changes might involve procuring new equipment, revising
training strategies, and modifying organizational structures
and relationships. Congress could also mandate such
changes by statute, or influence executive branch action
based on its oversight and appropriations powers.
Establish a new COCOM. Using the authority of 10
U.S.C. 161, the President could direct the establishment of
a space-oriented COCOM, or a subordinate unified
combatant command under an existing COCOM (similar to
the subordination of U.S. Forces Korea to U.S. Indo-Pacific
Command). Alternatively, Congress could require the
establishment of a space-oriented COCOM in law, perhaps
with special authorities, as it did with the establishment of
Special Operations Command and Cyber Command (10
USC 167 and 167b). The FY2019 NDAA provided for the
establishment of a subordinate unified command, to be
Toward the Creation of a U.S. “Space Force”
http://www.crs.gov | 7-5700
known as U.S. Space Command, under U.S. Strategic
Command.
New military service. Congress could establish a separate
military service focused on space operations within one of
the existing military departments, in a manner similar to the
way the Marine Corps exists within the Department of the
Navy. The statutory authorities required to establish such a
new service would likely resemble those used for the
Marine Corps (various sections of Title 10, Subtitle C,
including Chapter 506).
New military department. Congress could choose to
establish a new military department with a new military
service focused on space operations. The most recent
establishment of a military department occurred in 1947,
when Congress established the Department of the Air Force
via the National Security Act of 1947. This act also
transferred equipment, personnel, and installations from the
Army Air Corps to the newly created Air Force. The
statutory authorities required to establish a new department
would likely be similar to those used for the Army (Subtitle
B of Title 10), Navy (Subtitle C of Title 10), and Air Force
(Subtitle D of Title 10).
Constitutional Authority to Establish a
“Space Force”
Under the Constitution, authority over the Armed Forces is
divided between the President and Congress. Under Article
I, section 8, Congress has the power “To lay and collect
Taxes … to … pay the Debts and provide for the common
Defence,” “To raise and support Armies,” “To provide and
maintain a Navy,” “To make rules for the Government and
Regulation of the land and naval Forces,” and “To provide
for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for
governing such Part of them as may be employed in the
Service of the United States.” Further, Congress is
empowered “To make all Laws which shall be necessary
and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing
Powers …” as well as “all other Powers vested by this
Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in
any Department or Officer thereof.”
Congress also has virtually plenary constitutional power
over appropriations, one that is not qualified with reference
to its powers in Section 8. Article I, Section 9, provides that
“No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in
Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” It is well
established, as a consequence of these provisions, that “no
money can be paid out of the Treasury unless it has been
appropriated by an act of Congress” and that Congress can
specify the terms and conditions under which an
appropriation may be used, so long as the restrictions do not
impair power inherent solely in other branches or otherwise
run afoul of constitutional restrictions on congressional
prerogatives.
Article II of the Constitution vests the President with the
“executive Power,” and appoints him “Commander in Chief
of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the
Militia of the several States, when called into the actual
Service of the United States.”
Accordingly, the constitutional framework appears to
contemplate that the role of establishing, organizing,
regulating, and providing resources for the Armed Forces
belongs to Congress, while the President is in charge of
commanding the forces Congress has established using the
funds Congress has provided.
It may conceivably be argued that congressional authority is
limited to “land and naval forces,” including “Armies” and
“the Navy” as well as the “Militia” (i.e., the reserve
components), and thus would not extend to a new armed
force operating primarily in the realm of space. The
President’s commander-in-chief authority is similarly
limited to the Army and Navy and activated reserve
components. However, it is unclear whether a new Space
Force would actually carry out functions in space or that its
functions would be any different from those related to space
operations already carried out by the various services.
Given this uncertainty, it is possible that a Space Force
would already constitute a land and naval force under the
Constitution. Finally, it is of note that respective
congressional and presidential authorities over the Air
Force—which is not specifically mentioned in the
Constitution—have not been historically called into
question.
Additional Considerations
Given myriad challenges to creating some new structure
around which to organize national security in space, some
in Congress are looking at previous major legislative
reforms. Many are focused on how best to address the
challenges of solving the problems that exist today.
Previous major legislative initiatives include the creation of
the Air Force itself, the creation of U.S. Special Operations
Command, Cyber Command, or even Transportation
Command. Other significant landmark bills include the
Goldwater Nichols Act, the Patriot Act, and creation of the
Department of Homeland Security. Each of these took
varying amounts of time and hearings to establish (e.g.,
creation of the Air Force took three years of hearings), and
most provide varying degrees of lessons learned, both good
and bad. Congress may focus on previous major legislation
to determine how best and how quickly to proceed toward
reorganizing DOD and its future in space.
Budgetary costs and personnel disruptions and
opportunities are also likely to play in important ways that
could take time to fully understand. Congress has a unique
opportunity to shape the direction of U.S. national security
space at this moment in time.
Steven A. Hildreth, Coordinator, shildreth@crs.loc.gov,
7-7635
Jennifer K. Elsea, jelsea@crs.loc.gov, 7-5466
Lawrence Kapp, lkapp@crs.loc.gov, 7-7609
Kathleen J. McInnis, kmcinnis@crs.loc.gov, 7-1416
IF10950

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/carl-herman-in-solidarity-with-alex-jones-sandy-hook-mothers-average-age-giving-birth-36-years-old/

Carl Herman: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Sandy Hook ‘mothers’ average age giving birth = 36 years old

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Carl Herman: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Sandy Hook ‘mothers’ average age giving birth = 36 years old

Mr. President,

Among the oddities of the Sandy Hook shooting is that the average age of the 20 mothers who claim to have lost children is 36, which is ten years older than average. The odds of 20 such elderly mothers = 109,418,989,131,512,370,000-to-1 (109 quintillion, 418 quadrillion, 989 trillion, 131 billion, 512 million, 370 thousand to one): this appears to be statistically overwhelming evidence the official story is a fraud. That this should occur by chance lies beyond any rational expectation.

Another professional with academic and professional expertise with statistical analysis concluded the odds of 20 such elderly mothers is 62, 482, 742, 574, 637, 216, 553 to one (that’s 62 quintillion to one), and it is 812 million times more likely that the alleged victims were born in 1996 rather than 2006 as we’re told in the “official” story. With numbers larger than what we work with and can accurately imagine, analogies are helpful.

On its face, it is statistically impossible for the Sandy Hook story to be true given just this one data point. This is more than enough to rationally challenge the accuracy of what we’re told about Sandy Hook. For comparisons:

  • The odds of a person being left-handed is 15% (~1/6 to 1/7). It’s more probable for a random group of 20 people to all be left-handed than for a random group of 1st grade students’ moms to be age 42.
  • The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot is ~175,000,000 to 1. The odds of winning two consecutive Powerball jackpots is 30,625,000,000,000,000 to 1 (175 million times itself). It’s more likely that you would win two straight Powerball jackpots than the Sandy Hook moms’ ages being true.
  • The number of days since the claimed life of Jesus is ~730,000 (2,000 times 365). If Jesus were alive for 33 years, that’s 12,045 days. This means Jesus was alive 1.6% of the days passed since his birth (about 1/60). If you had a time machine to pick a random day to visit in those 730,000 days, it’s as likely you’d have 12 consecutive days in Jesus’ lifetime than it’s likely the Sandy Hook mothers’ ages is true.
  • The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, which is 1.64 trillion days. If we had a computer randomly select one of those days, the odds of you picking that same day is 1.64 trillion to 1. You are more likely to accomplish this miracle than it’s probable the Sandy Hook moms’ ages are accurate.
  • In fact, the number of seconds Earth has existed is 141.7 quadrillion. You’re more likely to correctly predict which random second of Earth’s existence a computer selects than the Sandy Hook moms’ ages not being a lie. And to be most accurate, you’re personally more likely to select a random 1/700th of a second from all Earth’s existence over 4.5 billion years than the Sandy Hook “mom” birth age of 36 not being a hoax.

With our 109 quintillion to one odds, our Sandy Hook mothers cannot have a birth age average of 36. But it makes sense if the kids were fictions made up out of photographs of older children when they were younger. As a conjecture, we can infer that, with high probability, the photos that were used to represent the kids who died at Sandy Hook were about 10 years out-of-date, which explains why we have 20 Sandy Hook mothers who, were the story true, average an improbable 36 years age at birth.

Very Respectfully,
Carl Herman

Reference:

Carl Herman, “Another Angle on the Sandy Hook Shooting Hoax”, The Millennium Report, 4 August 2017.

Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History (also credentialed in Mathematics). He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits for heads of state with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

DOC (2 Pages):  Herman Sandy Hook Very Old Moms

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

See Also:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/sterling-harwood-in-solidarity-with-alex-jones-snopes-com-fails-to-check-the-facts-about-sandy-hook-or-it-is-complicit/

Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Snopes.com fails to check the facts about Sandy Hook or it is complicit

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Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Snopes.com fails to check the facts about Sandy Hook or it is complicit

Mr. President,

Snopes.com is the #1 place many turn when hearing about a conspiracy theory, such as that the Sandy Hook shooting was faked, for the very first time. Snopes.com has done its best to debunk every Sandy Hook conspiracy theory of which it has become aware.  Since the evidence the shooting at Sandy Hook was contrived—it was a two-day FEMA drill presented as a LIVE event—Snopes.com must have its facts wrong [or be a Deep State front explicitly designed to undermine “truthers.” My aim in this memorandum is to debunk Snopes.com own debunking.

Unidentified Men Acting Oddly at the Scene

Consider the case of what Snopes.com admits was an unidentified man seen with a gun in the woods near the school on the day of the massacre, as reported in The Newtown BeeSnopes.com reassures us that a reliable local law enforcement source says that the armed man at or near the scene of the crime was only an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town. But this so-called (implicitly anyway) innocent explanation raises about 100 more questions than it answers. What was his name?  Why can’t we know his name? Why was he armed? Why was he armed when he was off-duty?

Why did he decide to spend his off-duty hours prowling the woods where a massacre was to occur or had just occurred? What did he see, if anything, from the vantage point of the woods or wherever else he traveled in the area that day? To whom did he report, if anyone? With what weapon or weapons was he armed?  Did those weapons match those of the accused killer by any chance? Did the man fire his gun? If he fired his gun, did he hit his intended target? What was his rank? What was his level of training? What was the name of the other town he was from? Was he called in from out of town by any law enforcement officials in Newtown? And of course we could go on.

This so-called innocent explanation of an armed tactical squad officer from out of town just happening to be there strikes me more than a bit as being as alarming an explanation as the following hypothetical one: Oh, don’t worry about that armed, unidentified man we saw in the woods behind the massacre; he was just a highly trained off-duty CIA sniper who was just visiting from Hong Kong. What?! If he were from the CIA, we would know why his name was hidden; but tactical squad officers are not undercover officers, so there’s no reason to hide his name. You can listen to a police scanner and go to wherever the SWAT team is called and take photographs with a telephoto lens of all the tactical squad officers.

Now consider the case of another unidentified man.  This time the man was detained, handcuffed, and pinned to the ground.  He may have been armed but Snopes.com evidently thinks that is so unimportant it fails to say one way or the other. But don’t worry, Snopes.com reassures us that police determined he was just an innocent passerby. Snopes.com gives no citation to any source it has for that reassurance. Snopes.com fails even to rely on the prestigious Newtown Beehere, as it relied on before in trying to reassure us about the mysterious, armed tactical-squad officer.

Snopes.com fails to identify which police officer or officers made that determination that the handcuffed man was just an innocent passerby. Snopes.com also fails to give the handcuffed man’s name or physical description at all. If the guy is so innocent, then why refuse to release his name so the free press of this mighty country can double-check to see if the police might have made a mistake in making their determination of his alleged innocence. Police do make mistakes, you know.

The Los Angeles Times (14 December 2012) reported the man’s name as Chris Manfredonia. The story is that police released him because he said he was a parent who had come to the school that day to help his 6-year-old daughter make gingerbread houses. There are, however, two more suspicious facts: first, Manfredonia was wearing camouflaged clothes when spotted in the woods behind the school; second, Manfredonia’s home address is “directly behind” the other murder scene, the home of Adam Lanza.

Logical Puzzles Unaddressed by Snopes.com

There are other puzzling issues that the 15-page entry on Snopes.com for Sandy Hook fails to answer. A second liquid missing from the scene, besides the tears of any parent, is blood. (See, for example, Sofia Smallstorm, “Unravelling Sandy Hook,” and Peter Klein, “What Really Happened at Sandy Hook?”) Snopes.com has no answer for the absence of any photographs or video of blood from the murder scene or from any of the scenes where others victims were, officially, at least, non-fatally injured, which is highly unusual.

There was plenty of blood from, for example, the Manson murders, the OJ murders, Columbine and other murder scenes that came out but none at all from Sandy Hook. In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, one color photograph of a fireman holding a bloody, mortally wounded child won some prestigious awards for photojournalism, and it is a haunting photograph indeed with deep symbolism on several levels. We even have photos of, for example, the dead face of Marilyn Monroe, the dead face of Elvis Presley, and the dead face of John Lennon leak out, yet we see no leaked scenes of blood or dead faces from the more elaborate Sandy Hook massacre.

In fact, we don’t see blood on any non-fatally wounded people, though there were some, according to the official story at least.  We see no blood on any emergency medical technician, law enforcement officials or health care personnel. And there were no bodies or blood on the triage tarps. And this is in the age of cell phone photography, video-cameras, and helicopters with cameras that can zoom in for close-ups. Isn’t the lack of blood implausible, especially given how many people were filmed milling around the parking lot of the school soon after the massacre?

Snopes.com also has no answer for the fact that there are gaps in the Internet and email usage at the school that suggest the school was not in use regularly but was used only for a drill. Speaking of Internet usage, another implausible fact, if the Sandy Hook massacre is totally un-staged rather than any sort of psychological operation or drill, isn’t it implausible for there to have been Internet donation pages set up for some of the victims so soon after the murders of the particular victims were confirmed? As Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015) documents, some donation sites were launched before the massacre. How is that possible, had this not been a staged event? 

Snopes.com also has no answer yet for a young boy interviewed by Dr. Oz on the Dr. Oz show (see the fascinating YouTube.com clip from Dr. Oz’s show) who says that the Sandy Hook emergency was only a drill. Dr. Oz changes the subject immediately instead of asking the boy why he thought it was only a drill or who told him it was only a drill. I find Dr. Oz’s changing the subject so fast suspicious. Perhaps Dr. Oz lacks an enquiring mind or was just obeying a producer’s shout into his earpiece to switch to another subject. Perhaps his producer shouted into Dr. Oz’s earpiece, “Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain or to the Sandy Hook victim who said it was a drill. Nothing to see here. Move along!”

Very respectfully,
Sterling Harwood, J.D., Ph.D.

References:

Sandy Hook Mass Shooting: The Camouflage Pants Man

Peter Klein, “What Really Happened at Sandy Hook?

Richard Serrano et al., “Gunman kills 20 kids, 6 adults at Connecticut elementary school

Sofia Smallstorm, “Unravelling Sandy Hook in 2, 3, 4 and 5 Dimensions“,

Sterling Harwood, “Every Grain of Sandy Hook: Snopes.com and Plausible Deniability”, in Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek, eds., Nobody Died at Sandy Hook(2015).

“We were having a drill”: Sandy Hook 3rd Grader Spills the Beans

Sterling Harwood earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University. Since 1998, he has practiced law in San Jose, California, from which he has now retired. He earned tenure as an Adjunct Philosopher at Evergreen Valley College after teaching at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Lincoln Law School, San Jose State University and Illinois State University. His books include Crime and Punishment (with Michael J. Gorr, 2000), Business as Ethical and Business as Usual (1996), Judicial Activism (1996), and Controversies in Criminal Law (with Michael J. Gorr, 1992).

DOC (4 Pages):  Harwood Sandy Hook Snopes.com Fraud

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

See Also:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/opinion-conservative/2018/3397445.html

Cyber Warfare Targets (Midterm Elections) Are Us, Not Russia…Secret Meeting Exposed

Bertrand Daily Report The War For Our Mind & Soul Continues
By Capt. Dave Bertrand, Ret.

“Tech Companies gathering at a SECRET MEETING to Prepare a 2018 Election Strategy?” Just the term “SECRET MEETING” is all I need in-order to put-on my ‘Conspiracy Hat” to read between the lines of what the top Social Media giants intend to do to our elections in November.

One major hint…..the plan to further censor Conservative content is underway now, but what we can expect…..is a full blown cyber war against the Trump Administration by using all of us as the pawns for censorship under the guise of foreign (Russian) bots and trolls.

By letting the world know now…..the plan by the Tech Giants to combat foreign influence is setting the stage for absolute “Deep State” corruption at the most highest levels planned. Panic by the Dems and “Deep State” supporters and operatives are maneuvering any and all talking points, opinions, and postings under a false flag status in-order for THEM to influence all content to help the Dems win back Congress in November.

Conservatives and Trump supporters are NOT buying this bullshit by Social Media controllers in that….”THEY want a fair election,” therefore, their [so-called] monitors of foreign influence want to protect us?? We know for a fact, and we see it everyday…the Tech Giants want to shut us down any way they can.

“In February, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office charged 13 people affiliated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency — a “troll factory” where employees created personas across multiple platforms — with breaking laws in order to influence American voters. Since then, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and YouTube have each had at least one public purge of accounts believed to be foreign influence operations.” (Note: Obviously we all know how this turned-out for Mueller’s Witch Hunt…..the “Troll Factory” is now in Obama’s OFA office)

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Therefore, by suggesting that Russia might influence the midterms and how they will stop it…is nothing but a ruse.

Cyber Security is everyone’s concern and millions have opted for Virtual Private Network (VPN) protection whereas…..anyone using VPN can cause….let’s say, YouTube or Facebook to see your (IP) originating out of a host of countries that can be selected.

Many activists in America use different screen names on different sites, which the SECRET MEETING will involve further creation of algorithms to spot “suspicious activity” from the same (IP).

My personal experience by using Virtual Shield and changing my (IP) origin from one city to the next and overseas, allows me to have faster speeds, depending upon what time it is in Europe or Australia during peak times in the U.S.

Google has lately caught-on as to how I use a VPN and recently began sending me “Suspicious Alerts” showing “another device has logged into your G-Mail account.” Often enough, Google (then) requires me to obtain a security code via text.

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Obviously, Google is testing the waters for what is coming….and how they will censor anyone they wish.

The “Deep State” cannot lose the midterm elections and will do everything they can to influence the election process themselves, and each and everyone of us (Trump Supporters) are their targets….NOT RUSSIA.

—Dave Bertrand

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/search/?q=Capt+Dave+Bertrand&sa=


Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy

Reps from up to a dozen of the US’s biggest tech companies plan to meet in San Francisco to discuss efforts to counter manipulation of their platforms.

Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.

Last week, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, invited employees from a dozen companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Snapchat, to gather at Twitter’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“As I’ve mentioned to several of you over the last few weeks, we have been looking to schedule a follow-on discussion to our industry conversation about information operations, election protection, and the work we are all doing to tackle these challenges,” Gleicher wrote.

The meeting, the Facebook official wrote, will have a three-part agenda: each company will present the work they’ve been doing to counter information operations; there will be a discussion period for problems each company faces; and a talk about whether such a meeting should become a regular occurrence.

In May, nine of those companies met at Facebook to discuss similar problems, alongside two US government representatives, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chris Krebs and Mike Burham from the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, created in November. Attendees left the meeting discouraged that they received little information from the government.

Tech companies, Facebook and Twitter in particular, have faced intense scrutiny for how slowly they initially reacted to reports that foreign intelligence and affiliated operations used their platforms to manipulate users ahead of the 2016 election, leading to drops in user confidence and a threat of regulation from lawmakers.

In February, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office charged 13 people affiliated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency — a “troll factory” where employees created personas across multiple platforms — with breaking laws in order to influence American voters. Since then, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and YouTube have each had at least one public purge of accounts believed to be foreign influence operations

The meeting highlights tech companies’ recent efforts to be more proactive with governments’ use of their sites to achieve political goals. Several companies have announced operations this week where they partnered with other organizations to address such problems.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had, for the 12th time since 2016, legally acquired control of a handful of web domainsregistered by Russian military intelligence for phishing operations, then shut them down. The next day, after receiving a tip from the threat intelligence company FireEye, Facebook and Twitter announced they had taken down a network of fake news sites and spoofed users meant to create sympathy for the Iranian government’s worldview. Google made a similar announcement about YouTube on Thursday.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kevincollier/tech-companies-are-gathering-for-a-secret-meeting-to

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From The Desk of Capt. Dave Bertrand (Ret.) Int’l Airline Freight Captain on the DC-8 stretch jet / B-727 series 200 jet & First Officer DC-6 prop & DC-10 wide-body jet), 72′ to 76′ U.S. Army Veteran (Military Police) ‘Comms Sergeant’ (Korea), Law Enforcement (State), DHS Trained Counter-Terrorism Instructor for HWW, Border Security Specialist, Political Analyst and Activist to help “Make America Great Again” while exposing the “Deep State” shadow government enemy.

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‘We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind’s Safe Zone’: New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not Dire Enough

In the new report—titled What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk (pdf)—authors David Splatt and Ian Dunlop, researchers with the National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough), an independent think tank based in Australia, argue that the existential threats posed by the climate crisis have still not penetrated the collective psyche of humanity and that world leaders, even those demanding aggressive action, have not shown the kind of urgency or imagination that the scale of the pending catastrophe presents.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT  STEELE: There are two kinds of intellectual corruption — the report is referring to the first kind, where known cataclysmic outcomes are ahead of us, but generally everyone including most governments is avoiding the hard decisions needed to stabilize the Earth and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The second kind of intellectual corruption is to be found among all those scientists, politicians, and corporate leaders who know the true cost of the evils they are doing but go along with a system that seeks to deny the true cost economics of every malpractice at root — at the source. It is one thing to say the sky is going to fall in a quarter  century; it is quite another to say that what you are doing right now, in  this  specific manner, is the root cause of the future calamity.

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Sadly all eight of our core forms of orgnaization, the eight “tribes” of information, have been corrupted to the bone and what passes for a college education these days in generally a shadow of what liberal arts and scientific studies once were. We need a new approach to education that is holistic, inclusive, uncensored, and above all committed to understanding both the true costs of the failed Western model of development encumbered by crooked lawyers and bankers, and the opportunities inherent in a post-Western approach rooted in Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), which costs 10% to 20% the total cost of its Western proprietary counterpart, and has no waste.

See Especially:

Steele, Robert. “Healing the Self & Healing the World: The Open Source Way,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 2 September 2017.

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https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/rebecca-campbell-danielle-ryan-at-rt-googlegestapo-internet-censorship-of-left-and-right/

Rebecca Campbell: Danielle Ryan at RT: #GoogleGestapo Internet Censorship of Left and Right

Cultural Intelligence

This Week Showed Internet Censorship Is As Much A Threat To The Left As The Right

Click above to read expansion of each listed cause of concern

1. Facebook censorship of Venezuelan news
2. Facebook complying with Israeli deletion orders
3. Google and Facebook censorship of left/socialist websites
4. Legitimate left-wing protests targeted?
5. Twitter suspending and banning anti-war activists

Phi Beta Iota: There are three kinds of censorship active in the USA today

– Traditional corporate and government lying about basic facts from the true cost economics of Monsanto to the unemployment rate

– Government-sponsored false flag events justifying a police state and an anti-gun agenda — the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is being lied to by FEMA officials managing CAPSTONE exercises as blatant propaganda

– Corporate and Zionist control of the Internet with capricious and illegal censoring, manipulation, and digital assassination with impunity, all the while allowing blatant defamation of targets approved by the Deep State

See Especially:

#GoogleGestapo The Article

#GoogleGestapo The References

See Also:

#GoogleGestapo @ Phi Beta Iota

Censorship @ Phi Beta Iota

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https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/sterling-harwood-in-solidarity-with-alex-jones-the-final-report-on-sandy-hook-a-complete-and-total-forensic-failure/

Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – The Final Report on Sandy Hook: A Complete and Total Forensic Failure

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Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – The Final Report on Sandy Hook: A Complete and Total Forensic Failure

Mr. President,

Page 1 of the ‘Report of the State’s Attorney for the District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 26 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012” (linked below) includes a disclaimer that it lacks the intent to convey all the facts. But does the Report connect the dots between shooter and shots sufficiently to show – beyond a reasonable doubt – that Adam Lanza was the shooter and the only shooter? The short answer is emphatically, ‘No.’ it establishes neither means nor motive nor opportunity and thereby amounts to a complete and total forensic failure. Here are some of the reasons why.

Page 5 says Adam used a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle to do all of the shooting, except for shooting himself to death with a Glock 20, 10mm handgun. Page 5 says Adam’s shooting killed 20 children and six adults and non-fatally wounded two adults. So, there ought to be plenty of evidence linking the shooter to the shots, including witness statements from the two surviving adults. But the Report fails to refer to any witness identifying Adam as the shooter and even fails to have a section in the Table of Contents with the word “witness” in it.

Page 2 says the Bushmaster rifle was found in the same room as Adam’s corpse and that all of the 5.56 mm shell casings from the school that were tested were from that rifle. But that claim is contradicted by a crucial footnote on page 37, which states that “No positive identification could be made to any of the bullet evidence submissions noted . . . in 5.56 caliber. The physical condition of the bullet jacket surfaces were severely damaged and corroded. They all lacked individual striated marks of sufficient agreement for identification purposes”:

Pages 2 and 36 admit that all the relevant firearms were legally purchased by Lanza’s mother, Nancy, rather than by Adam. Pages 2 and 36 make no claim about who purchased the ammunition but say the mother had purchased the same type of ammunition in the past. Pages 2 and 36 admit that there is no evidence that Adam purchased any ammunition.

Page 2 claims that Adam used a .22 Caliber Savage Mark II rifle to shoot and kill his mother in her bed at the home where they resided at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown. But no substantiation is provided to support that conclusion and a photograph that we have of the Nancy Lanza bedroom (which appears as Exhibit 17 of Ch. 7, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015) contradicts that claim.

While there is some red stuff on the bed, it does not appear to be blood but might be raspberry jam, as Jim Fetzer has suggested. The quantity appears to be insufficient for multiple shots to the head. And, Kelley Watt, who has her own home and commercial cleaning service, noticed that they had left behind a blue moving pad beneath the leg of the bed in their apparent haste to furnish an empty home to serve as the Lanza residence, as Ch. 7 documents with 50 photographs.

Regarding Adam’s motive, which page 3 calls the “obvious question,” page 3 admits “there is no clear indication why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School.” It even claims that the question of why Adam murdered 20 children and six adults (as well as his mother) “may never be answered conclusively, despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources.”

Page 3 maintains that “The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions …”, but it fails to specify that evidence.  Instead, the Report continues by highlighting Adam’s severe mental illness, which surely seems to be a major obstacle to planning a complex series of crimes against a protected target, such as a school with locked doors, fire alarms, phones, security cameras posted in plain sight, and such.

Page 2 admits no evidence suggests anyone helped Adam plan or commit the attack. Page 3 even calls Adam’s attack a “rampage”, but isn’t “a clearly planned rampage” an oxymoron? Page 2 admits that the only firearm allegedly found on his person was not even fired. How does a readily available firearm go unfired during an almost 11-minute rampage?

While the crucial footnote on page 37 says that the Bushmaster “cannot be eliminated” from having fired these rounds, the inability to identify any of the bullets as having been fired from the Bushmaster means that they failed to connect the weapon alleged to have been used with the shooter alleged to have used it to any of the victims or the crime scene itself. As a consequence, this report may qualify as perhaps the most obvious and blatant forensic failure in the annals of criminal investigations.

Very respectfully,
Sterling Harwood, J.D., Ph.D.

Reference:

Stephen Sedensky III, Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 (25 November 2013).

Sterling Harwood earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University. Since 1998, he has practiced law in San Jose, California, from which he has now retired. He earned tenure as an Adjunct Philosopher at Evergreen Valley College after teaching at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Lincoln Law School, San Jose State University and Illinois State University. His books include Crime and Punishment (with Michael J. Gorr, 2000), Business as Ethical and Business as Usual (1996), Judicial Activism (1996), and Controversies in Criminal Law (with Michael J. Gorr, 1992).

DOC (2 Pages): Harwood Sandy Hook Forensic Failure

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

See Also:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

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Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

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This is where we will keep track of the second false flag series of memoranda for the president specifically and the public generally.

Memorable Short URL:  http://tinyurl.com/SH-POTUS

We sense a growing movement that will call on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order forbidding all false flag operations by US government elements at taxpayer expense, while demanding that the FBI honestly investigate all false flag operations by private military contractors and agents of a foreign power, Zionist Israel being the primary actor.

We also expect, eventually, legislation that explicitly makes lying to the court or the public a high crime and misdemeanor (treason) — this deceit was legalized by the Obama Administration — it is now LEGAL to lie to the US public and to the Court, a good reason for firing every Member of Congress that voted for the legalization of that unconstitutional behavior. What this means in the Alex Jones case is that the local, state, and federal officials can all be ordered to lie to the Court including the jury about Sandy Hook — while Jones will  still win this case if his lawyers are not being blackmailed or bribed to throw the case, this is a new kind of threat to the average citizen seeking to live by the truth.

Presidential Memoranda In order of appearance (most recent first):

20180830 Mona Alexis Pressley: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook had 2 Principals, 2 Schools Buildings but 0 CAPT for 2009 — Scheduled

20180829 Mona Alexis Pressley: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Dead Sandy Hook Principal interviewed by The Newtown Bee

20180828 James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook Impostors seek Social Media Giants Protection for their Criminal Acts

20180827 Dr. Eowyn: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Wolfgang Halbig has stunning evidence Sandy Hook was moving to Chalk Hill months before ‘massacre’

20180826 Wolfgang Halbig: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — CT State Police gave False Affidavits about Entering Sandy Hook Elementary School

20180825 Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Snopes.com fails to check the facts about Sandy Hook or it is complicit

20180824 Sterling Harwood: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – The Final Report on Sandy Hook: A Complete and Total Forensic Failure

20180823  Michael Thomas: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Alex Jones’ Internet Crime was Telling The Truth about Sandy Hook

20180822  Tony Mead: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook becomes a Litmus Test pitting Freedom of Speech against Internet Censorship

20180821 Carl Herman: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Sandy Hook ‘mothers’ average age giving birth = 36 years old

20180820 Carl Herman: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – “Chemtrails” covered Sandy Hook preventing satellite photos on 14 December 2012

20180819 James Tracy: In Solidarity with Alex Jones: US News Media Targeted Professor for Questioning Sandy Hook While Failing To Do Theirs – Fake News Indeed

20180818 James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control – “Everyone Must Check In”

20180817 Mona Alexis Pressley: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Charlottesville Crisis Actor made her Debut in Sandy Hook

20180816 James Tracy: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook Mother feted by Obama was Personal Assistant to Democratic Fund Raiser Maureen White

20180815 Vivian Lee: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Top Ten Reasons Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax

20180814 James Fetzer: Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (Free Online PDF)

20180813 Cromer & Pressley: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Shannon Hick’s Sandy Hook Fake (Staged) Photos

20180812 Pressley & Cromer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Sandy Hook father, “Lenny Pozner”, and son, “Noah Pozner”, are Both Fake

20180811 Kelly Watt: In Solidarity with Alex Jones–Nobody Knows Who Cleaned Up the Blood at Sandy Hook–Could It Be There Was No Blood to Clean Up?

20180810 Allen William Powell: In Solidarity with Alex Jones—Connecticut State Police Behind the Scenes at Sandy Hook

20180809 Nicholas Kollerstrom: In Solidarity with Alex Jones — Sandy Hook a transitional occurrence in state-sponsored terror — nobody died in an exercise with crisis actors

20180808 John Remington Graham: In Solidarity with Alex Jones—Litigation Against Alex Jones on Sandy Hook is Abuse of Process

20180807 Brian Wright: In Solidarity with Alex Jones—Review of an Important Book that was Abruptly Banned by Amazon

20180806 Robert Steele: YouTube, Facebook, Apple & Vimeo Digitally Assassinate Alex Jones and InfoWars — Attorney General Needs to Act or Resign

20180805 James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – How We Know Sandy Hook Was A FEMA Drill, Nobody Died, Obama Officials Confirmed It Was an Anti-Gun Propaganda Exercise

Core Reference (Multiple Authors)

James Fetzer: Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (Free Online PDF)

Past Posts as References

Yoda: Sandy Hook False Flag Continues to Unravel – 2013 Classic Video Plus Index of All Prior Sandy Hook Posts

Robert Steele: GOP RNC Commit Suicide, Disavow Bill Fawell for Telling the Truth About 9/11 and Sandy Hook

Robert Steele: Megan Garber of Atlantic — Deep State Shill Attacks Alex Jones on Sandy Hook False Flag Operation

Review: Nobody Died at Sandy Hook

Jon Rappoport: TV Mind-Control — the Flicker Effect from Sandy Hook to Orland, How False Flags Are “Sold”

Mongoose: Sandy Hook False Flag Summary from National School Safety Expert Wolfgang Halbig

Mini-Me: Sandy Hook a Complete DHS Fake? Substantial Compilation of Actors, Drills, No Real Blood, Database Conflicts, Etcetera….1.1

Mini-Me: Israeli Death Squads Behind Sandy Hook, Aurora Mass Murders? Michael Harris, former Republican candidate for governor of Arizona and GOP campaign finance chairman, thinks so….

John Maguire: An Evolving Systems Analysis of Sandy Hook

Berto Jongman: Alex Jones on Censorship of Sandy Hook Truth Documentary Posted to YouTube

Berto Jongman: Sandy Hook Confirmed as Exercise — No One Died — A Total Media False Flag with Paid Actors

Jim Fetzer: More Proof Sandy Hook Staged Event with Actors — Complex Details with Documentary and Photographic Evidence of a Mass Deception

Mike Adams: Banned Sandy Hook False Flag Video Now Available

#GoogleGestapo: YouTube Censors New Sandy Hook False Flag Video, Twitch TV Rescues Film, Key Documents & Points Rescued by Fellowship of the Minds

RELATED:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

Sheila Casey: Photographic Essay on False Flag Theater — Boston bombing involves clearly staged carnage + Boston False Flag Meta-RECAP

Robert Steele: The Orlando Mass Casualty Event A False Flag Drama, Atrocity, or Hybrid?

Robert Steele: CIA & The Deep State – Mike Pompeo is Totally Wrong – and Politico Totally Worthless (Trump Revolution 31)

Robert Steele: YouTube, Facebook, Apple Digitally Assassinate Alex Jones and InfoWars — Attorney General Needs to Act or Resign

Sander Hicks: First Amendment Under Attack: What You Need to Know about Big Tech’s Assault on Alex Jones

Mongoose: WordPress.com Joins #GoogleGestapo, Censoring Sandy Hook False Flag Material

How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics

See Also:

Deep State @ Phi Beta Iota

Fake News @ Phi Beta Iota

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

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Robert Steele: YouTube, Facebook, Apple & Vimeo Digitally Assassinate Alex Jones and InfoWars — Attorney General Needs to Act or Resign

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Robert David STEELE Vivas

YouTube, Apple and Facebook remove content from InfoWars and Alex Jones

False flag operations are real.  I ran one for the CIA. Obama functionaries admitted to colleagues that Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill with an anti-gun agenda. The digital assassination of Alex Jones is partly motivated by the stark fear of the Zionists in being found out for 9/11. We are now full on into a war for the soul of America. 9/11 Truth is the starting point for winning that war; I pray that President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association step up to the plate and hit a home run. YouTube, Apple, and Facebook (all of whom use the Anti-Defamation League — the Zionist secret police — as their “trusted flagger”) are on the wrong side of the law (Title 7, Common Carrier) and the wrong side of God. I give praise to God for these corrupt controlled elements of the Deep State and its Zionist underbelly giving the President a chance to shut all three companies down by any means necessary.  This also gives added force to my call for a truth channel — a Trump Truth Channel — that cannot be shut down because as God is my witness, #GoogleGestapo is already shadow banning the President and the day is coming when they will do to the President what they just did to Alex Jones.  This cannot stand!

Alex Jones flees to Vimeo, is immediately banned there as well

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – How We Know Sandy Hook Was A FEMA Drill, Nobody Died, Obama Officials Confirmed It Was an Anti-Gun Propaganda Exercise

How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics

See Also:

#GoogleGestapo: Censorship & Surveillance (Including Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia) – UPDATE 6

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/robert-steele-good-news-dreamhost-stands-by-first-amendment-bad-news-googlegestapo-is-getting-away-with-massive-censorship-of-both-conservative-and-progressive-voices-the-answer-a-trump-truth-c/

ROBERT STEELE: Good News: DreamHost Stands By First Amendment Bad News: #GoogleGestapo Massive Censorship. The Answer: A Trump Truth Channel. Includes Ron Paul Conference & False Flag Truths

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Robert David STEELE Vivas

I was so concerned by WordPress.com losing its mind (as well as its ethics) that I checked in with DreamHost, my preferred pathway to the Internet. I am pleased to report that I have been assured in the strongest possible terms that DreamHostabides by the 1st Amendment — it will take a court order to impact on content as offered by Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog. We will continue to offer the new presidential memorandum series on Sandy Hook in solidarity with Alex Jones and we are delighted by both the domestic and the international interest in our 9/11 Truth presidential memoranda series as delivered to the White House on 8 August 2018 (and to the RNC and NRA).

This does not mean that we are unaffected. #GoogleGestapo is continuing to censor both conservative and progressive voices, and to manipulate access paths, search results, polls, trends, and more. In combination, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, and YouTube are OUT OF CONTROL and in gross violation of  Title 7 as well as all other applicable laws and regulations pertaining to due process, civil rights, and whatnot.

The new tech political crisis: censorship

I have figured this out. There are two censorship “tracks” being pursued by the Deep State and its Zionist underbelly: track one relates to war in the Middle East and the truth about 9/11 and the domestic false flag attacks that are used to justify seven trillion dollars wasted in the Middle East only for the benefit of the Zionists, and hundreds of billions on creating a mass surveillance police state in the USA; track two relates to pedophilia and murderous pedophilia including Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and murder. As Chief Counsel of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse chartered by the International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ) this is something I am working on every day. HUNDREDS of witnesses are emerging, not only against the Catholic Church but against the Mormon Church as well as the Christian Zionists.

Today I spent the day at the Ron Paul Institute Conference on Media and War, listening to, among others, Lawrence Wilkerson, John W. Whitehead, Caitlin Johnstone, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Douglas Macgregor, Gerald Celente, and Ron Paul himself.  I have never, in 40 years of conference-going, seen a better one day agenda.

The two insights that kept coming back to me speaker after speaker, and so ably summarized by Ron Paul himself, are these:

a. The Conservatives and Progressives are BOTH anti-war.  At the grass roots level, there is no disagreement on the need for a foreign policy of peace, commerce, and friendship, leaving NATO, closing all our bases overseas, and ending the covert regime change, drone assassination, and rendition/torture operations (as well as mass surveillance) of the secret intelligence community.

b. The media works for the Deep State. Their job is to promote war, to promote the myths of terrorists (as amply demonstrated by others, modern terrorism is a creation of the Zionists and the CIA and selected regimes including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan). It is not possible for any citizen to derive a truthful sense of the world from the New York Crimes, Crap News Network, or Faux News as I call them. Let me stress the failure of Faux News. They stink.

This is a two-part problem.  The Mainstream Media (MSM) consisting of both newspapers and broadcast stations is half the problem — #GoogleGestapo is the other half.

There is a need for a Trump Truth Channel that fully integrates text messages, emails, posts, shared files, and videos, that can be provided free to all 200 million eligible voters, with just one guarantee: no censorship, no manipulation, no digital assassination such a #GoogleGestapo has been and will continue to practice. Such a channel would leverage true mature experts such as I identified in 2007 at a cost of $30K for this particular set of Experts. Centers, Books, and it would offer the public mature holistic commentary, instead of the children (or older village idiots) reading from prompters that are offered today.

There are some clever work-arounds being discussed, including a deal with NBC, a much much larger and more professional network than either CNN or Faux. There is a lot of money that can be brought to bear on this problem now that the Deep State and its Zionist underbelly have overplayed their hand. A Trump Studio able to offer a one hour tour of the horizon on a daily basis, along with hundreds of seven minute videos on every aspect of our lives as affected by government, would “upwise”  the entire country within months.

I predict that the blatant censorship we have seeing is going to favor the President and those whose campaigns are clearly supportive of the President’s fight against the Deep State. All CIA Directors ganging up on the President are in fact subjects of the Deep State — CIA was created by Wall Street to be its secret foundation for a Shadow Government, and the President is absolutely right in his belief that the secret intelligence community is a major part of the problem. They need to be put down, starting with the  termination of security clearances for all past retired CIA chiefs.

There are five major things the President could do to triumph in this moment toward November 2018:

01 Throw the press out of the White House. Stop wasting precious real estate. Make the divorce official.

02 Create the Trump Truth Channel with the Trump Studio as shown above, and get serious about providing the US voter with Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) about all threats, all policies, all costs.

03 Tell the truth about 9/11 on 11 September 2018, while mandating the acceptance of the call for a criminal grand jury (Southern District of New York) and the passage of the Bobby Macllvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act, and placing the Zionists — not the Saudis — on notice.

04 Introduce the #UNRIG Election Reform Act, perhaps in partnership with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and demand its passage by 1 October, in time to at least implement one of the twelve provisions: paper ballots counted publicly on site.  The other eleven provisions can be implemented for 2020.

05 Make a major speech to the public on pedophilia, something that educates the public as I tried to do in my Chief Counsel Summary Statement — toward eight million children a year worldwide — 800,000 a year in the USA alone — with a life expectancy of two years once ingested into the largely Satanic but also terribly pedestrian network of pedocriminals that is active in every single county across the USA and around the world. Include a commitment to Truth & Reconciliation, to include a presidential pardon for every Governor, Mayor, Member of Congress, judge, prosecutor, and police chief that submits to a secret presidential task force debriefing on the who, how, what and why of bribery and blackmail involving pedophilia. Together with 9/11 Truth, this will bury both the Zionists and the secret intelligence rogue elements using Continuity of Government (COG) to manage the Shadow Government.

SIDE NOTE: I believe Oliver North continues to be obedient to Dick Cheney, and was put forward as President of the NRA explicitly to keep NRA on the sidelines.  As I clearly stated in my Forest Gump moment at Rolling Thunder, speaking to thousands in front of the Lincoln Memorial — and repeated in my Letter of Transmittal to the President, we cannot defend the 2nd Amendment without attacking the reality of domestic false flag operations. There  is no middle ground. If the NRA does not come out strong on the FACT of domestic false flags, we will know that Oliver North is still a servant of the Deep State, and in no way at all serious about putting down the anti-gun agenda. He is in all probability a Trojan Horse against the NRA and the 2nd Amendment.

See Especially:

UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

AS DELIVERED: Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth! UPDATE Adds NRA & RNC Letters

See Also:

Robert Steele with SGT Report: The Common Enemy of Russia & the U.S. is the Deep State Shadow Government CENSORED by Anti-Defamation League Saved at BitChute

Robert Steele: How the Deep State controls social media and digitally assassinates critics – #GoogleGestapo – Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy (Trump Revolution 17)

Cynthia McKinney: Washington DC Occupied by Zionists

Matt Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well

Jon Rappoport: The War to Destroy Alex Jones (3 Parts) + Comment (Hate Speech is Anything I Don’t Agree With…)

Mike Adams: #GoogleGestapo Techno Tyranny UNLEASHED — Where Is Our President When We Need Him? UPDATE: President Speaks

Sander Hicks: First Amendment Under Attack: What You Need to Know about Big Tech’s Assault on Alex Jones

Mongoose: WordPress.com Joins #GoogleGestapo, Censoring Sandy Hook False Flag Material

Robert Steele: Something Wicked This Way Comes — Pedophilia Fake News False Flag Deep State Death Rattle

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Investigative Journalism Manuals

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Looking for tips, tools, and tutorials? The below guides focus on investigative journalism and provide case studies and examples from around the world. Most are available for free, unless indicated otherwise.

You can also find our guide to the guides in Chinese and Spanish. Have an addition that you’d like to share? Send us an email and let us know.


Investigative Journalism

kas-guideInvestigative Journalism Manual: This useful guide began as a handbook for African journalists, with case studies and exercises, published by the German foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The latest edition is global and is designed for reporters facing as repressive media laws, lack of transparency, and limited resources. Also available in Bahasaand Mongolian, and as an interactive website.

Digging Deeper: A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the BalkansThis guide published by BIRN and available for purchase, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, focuses on how to dig up records and data in the region.  Author Sheila Coronel, director of Columbia University’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, also offers tips and techniques on investigative reporting. LanguagesEnglishMacedonian.

Follow Money EnglishFollow the Money: A Digital Guide to Tracking CorruptionThis free handbook is published by the International Center for Journalists. LanguagesEnglishRussianGeorgian

Global Investigative Journalism CasebookThis casebook accompanies Story-Based Inquiry (see below). Investigative articles with background on how the reporters researched and wrote the story. Languages: English

Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support:  A survey and discussion of the global spread of investigative journalism by GIJN’s David E. Kaplan, with tips on structure of investigative nonprofits and funding sources, plus a guide to groups worldwide. Published by the Center for International Media Assistance. Languages: English

Guide to Investigative JournalismThis simple 2007 series by the Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S. takes the reporter through how to identify a story, conduct an investigative interview, locate and obtain documents, package your story and get it out to the public. Languages: English

Hidden Scenario, by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter [Available for purchase from the Centre for Investigative Journalism]. Shows how story-telling techniques can give structure and focus to investigative journalism. Languages: English.

Introduction to Investigative Reporting, by Brant Houston (Poynter News University). This self-directed online course costs US$29.95.

religionInvestigating Religion: An Investigative Reporter’s Guideby Debra L. Mason and Amy B. White [available for purchase from IRE]Languages: English

Investigative Journalism ManualPublished by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this comprehensive guide offers a wealth of tips, with special sections on health and ethics, and case studies from across Africa. LanguagesEnglishFrenchPortuguese

Investigative Journalist’s Guide to Company Accounts by Raj Bairolya. Published by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and available for purchase, the guide is for investigative journalists who need to make sense of a set of company accounts (mostly trading companies) or to obtain an overview of a business in order to ask “on-the-money” questions.

Investigative Online SearchThis guide, published by the UK-based Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2011, discusses how to find information online and verify its veracity. Languages: English

photographyInvestigative Photography: Supporting a Story with Pictures, by CJ Clarke, Damien Spleeters, and Juliet Ferguson [available for purchase from the Centre for Investigative Journalism]Languages: English

Investigative Reporter’s Handbook, 5th Edition, by Brant Houston and Investigative Reporters and Editors. The classic guide to muckraking is available for purchase from IRELanguages: English

Investigative Reporting: A Toolkit for Reporters: A 107-page guide published in 2009 by the US Center for International Private Enterprise and funded by USAID and the Al-Masry Al-Youm for Journalism and Publication. Languages: English

Investigative Reporting in Emerging Democracies: Models, Challenges, and Lessons Learned: A report by Drew Sullivan of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, with tips on designing programs, upholding standards, the need for editors, safety, and more. Published by the Center for International Media Assistance. Languages: English

Manual for Arab Journalists on Freedom of Information and Investigative Reporting: A free, downloadable, 21-page handbook by Article 19, funded by the United Nations Development Programme. Languages: EnglishArabic

Raising Hell: A Citizen’s Guide to the Fine Art of Investigation (PDF): The Center for Investigative Reporting, the world’s first nonprofit investigative reporting center, offers this guide to train the general public on how to “investigate, uncover corruption and expose the weak spots of power.” Languages: English

unescoRecherche in der Praxis: Informanten zum Reden bringen, Fakten hart machen, Missstände aufdecken (Research in Practice: Get Informants to Talk, Get Hard Facts, and Uncover Abuses by Catherine Boss and Dominique Strebel [available for purchase]. Languages: German

Story-Based Inquiry: A comprehensive guide to investigative reporting, co-authored by Mark Hunter, Drew Sullivan, Pia Thosden, Rana Sabbagh and Luuk Sengers. This UNESCO-funded manual uses case studies to illustrate methods and skills, including research, writing, quality control, and dissemination. LanguagesEnglish (PDF); Arabic | العربية (PDF); Chinese  | 中文 (PDF); French | Français (PDF); Russian | русский (PDF); Portuguese | Português (PDF); Spanish | Español (PDF).

The Story Tells the Facts, by Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, [available for purchase from the Centre for Investigative Journalism]. Demonstrates narrative techniques, including how to compose a story that hits hard and fast, and builds to a powerful end. Languages: English.

Undercover Reporting is not a manual but an online database and resource center, which grew out of research for the book Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception The site includes scores of examples going back more than 100 years.

A Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting: Emphasizes reporting in Africa. This 2005 English-language Manual “provides examples of good practice and looks at the challenges of this discipline for those curious about pursuing investigative assignments.” Languages: English

Exposing the Truth: A Guide to Investigative Reporting in AlbaniaThis 73-page manual uses cases studies and proven tips and techniques. Published by OSCE and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. Languages: AlbanianEnglish.

Drehbuch der Recherche (Script for Investigations). By Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, published in German by Netzwerk Recherche. Language: German


Data Journalism

CARComputer-Assisted Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer: By Fred Vallance-Jones and David McKie [available for purchase]. Languages: English

Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide: the 4th edition by Brant Houston [available for purchase]. Languages: English

Computer-Assisted Research: Information Strategies and Tools for Journalists: By Nora Paul and Kathleen A. Hansen [available for purchase from IRE]. Languages: English

Data Journalism is a handbook for journalists who want to master the art of interrogating and questioning numbers competently. Authors Elena Egawhary and Cynthia O’Murchu guide users through the basics to be able to find and use numbers in stories. Published by the Centre for Investigative ReportingLanguages: English

Data Journalism Handbook is an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism experts. Includes definitions, case studies, and tips on how to get, use, and analyze data. An initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Languages: Available for download in ArabicEnglishFrenchRussian, and Spanish. The handbook is also being translated into several other languages, including Georgian.

handbookFlowing Data is run by statistician Nathan Yau, author of Data Points: Visualization that Means Something and Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. The Learning to Data section has links to tutorials, books, and guides related to working with data.

Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide, By Jennifer LaFleur and Andy Lehren [available for purchase from IRE]. Languages: English

NodeXL for Network Analysis is a primer on using Excel’s free, open-source template program for exploring network graphs, NodeXL. It was put together by Peter Aldhous, a science journalist.

Precision Journalism: a Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods, by Philip Meyer [available for purchase]. Languages: English

For more information on general data journalism resources, see our Data Journalism Resource Page.


Teaching and Training

educationDig Deep & Aim HighThe International Center for Journalists published a guide on how to teach investigative techniques. Languages: English

Model Curricula for Journalism EducationA guide targeted at journalism faculty in developing countries and emerging democracies. Developed by UNESCO, the manual offers syllabi for 17 courses – including investigative reporting – that can be tailored to the needs of each country. Languages: English (PDF); French | Français (PDF); Spanish | Español (PDF); Russian | Pусский (PDF); Arabic | العربية (PDF); Chinese | 中文 (PDF); Nepali (PDF); Portuguese | Português (PDF); Farsi | فارسی (PDF).

Better News A website with many resources run by the American Press Institute.

AEJMC Task Force for Bridges to the Professions 2017 Report A 2017 report on cooperation between academia and journalists from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).


Other Useful Guides

empoweringEmpowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World: A comprehensive look at media development, useful for media nonprofits and NGOs in developing and transitioning countries. Covers seven core areas of media development: funding, digital media, sustainability, media law, safety, education, and monitoring and evaluation. Languages: EnglishSpanishFrench.

Google Search Tips for Journalists: This short, handy guide gives valuable tips for more effective research using Google’s search engine. Compiled by Expertisefinder.com.

Journalist Survival Guide: Produced by the Beirut-based Samir Kassir Foundation, this animated guide is designed to primarily aid journalists and activists working in war zones and conflict areas, but also includes tips on digital security and covering your tracks. Languages: EnglishArabic

Legal Leaks Toolkit: A Guide for Journalists on How To Access Government Information: A useful 75-page booklet covers basics for journalists going through formal channels to obtain official documents. Prepared by Access Info Europe and the Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe n-ost. Available in EnglishItalian, and eight Eastern European languages.

ReportingAtrocitiesToolkitReporting Atrocities: A Toolbox for Journalists Covering Violent Conflict and Atrocities: This detailed, 61-page guide looks at the nature of conflict, how to cover it, and the role of the journalist in such situations. Written by South African journalist Peter du Toit and published by Internews. Languages: English

Reporting on Corruption: A Resource Tool for
Governments and JournalistsThis 117-page guidebook by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime gets mired in bureaucratic discussion and UN-speak, but there are useful case studies and resources. Includes protection of sources, right to information, and self-regulatory measures.

SEEMO Safety Net Manual: Guidelines for Journalists in Extraordinary or Emergency Situations: This safety manual–published by the South East Europe Media Organization–is part of a wider initiative to protect media workers in the region. Languages: English and, upon request, in Serbian, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Croatian, and Slovenian.

Tragedies & JournalistsA 40-page guide with practical tips to help journalists, photojournalists and editors report on violence while protecting both victims and themselves. Published by the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and written by Joe Hight and Frank Smyth. Languages: EnglishSpanish中文 (Chinese).

Verification Handbook is a resource for journalists and aid providers from the European Journalism Centre. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. LanguagesEnglishPortuguês العربية , Español.

Who’s Running the Company: A Guide to Reporting on Corporate Governance: An introduction to reporting on corporate governance, with sections on boards of directors, financial reports, and tracking company performance. Produced by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation with the International Center for Journalists. Languages: English (PDF); French | Français (PDF); Spanish | Español (PDF); Bahasa Indonesia (PDF); Mongolian | МОНГОЛ ХЭЛ (PDF); Arabic | العربية (PDF); Russian | Pусский (PDF); and Portuguese | Português (PDF).

Security and Covering Conflict: IJNet has compiled a list of guides to journalist security and covering conflict from various organizations. Some are available in multiple languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: What IS The Empire’s Strategy? Hint: None at All. Remarks as Delivered to the Ron Paul Institute Conference on Media & War, 18 April 2018 Washington, D.C.

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Remarks by Lawrence Wilkerson
Ron Paul Institute Conference
18 August 2018

As Prepared For Delivery

What Is the Empire’s Strategy?

OPENING PLEASANTRIES

I ASKED DANIEL TO LIST MY TITLE AS “WHAT IS THE EMPIRE’S  STRATEGY?”

I DON’T MEAN, HOW DO WE GET THROUGH THE WEEK, OR MONTH OR YEAR, OR EVEN THE NEXT DECADE—OR, AS IS BEING INCREASINGLY ASKED THESE DAYS, THROUGH THE PRESENT PRESIDENCY.

THESE ARE NOT UNIMPORTANT MATTERS BUT WITHOUT SOME SORT OF STRATEGIC UMBRELLA UNDER WHICH TO OPERATE, EVEN GOOD ANSWERS TO THESE SHORT-TERM ISSUES MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST ANSWERS FOR THE LONG-TERM.

FOR EXAMPLE, DRILLING FOR OIL OR MINING FOR COPPER IN PRISTINE ALASKAN ENVIRONMENTS MIGHT SEEM A POSITIVE, PROFITABLE ACTIVITY FOR THE SHORT-TERM—WHETHER IT’S IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OR IT’S PEBBLE MINE IN BRISTOL BAY, FEATURING ONE OF THE LARGEST COLLECTIONS OF SALMON LEFT ON EARTH.

I’VE FISHED FOR SOME OF THOSE SALMON AND I KNOW PERSONALLY HOW MAGNIFICENT THOSE RIVERS ARE.

I FEAR THAT IN THE LONG-TERM, SUCH EXPLOITATION WILL LIKELY PROVE HIGHLY NEGATIVE FOR A MAJOR ECO-SYSTEM AS WELL AS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON IT.

MOREOVER, IT MIGHT WELL PROVE EXTREMELY NEGATIVE WITH REGARD TO THE PLANET’S CAPACITY TO CONTINUE TO ABSORB HUMANITY’S ASSAULT UPON IT WITHOUT SOME MAJOR REPERCUSSIONS.

FOR INSTANCE, I BELONG TO A GROUP CALLED THE CLIMATE AND SECURITY WORKING GROUP HERE IN WASHINGTON.  WE ARE COMPOSED OF ACTIVE-DUTY AND RETIRED DOD PERSONNEL, SAME FOR HOMELAND SECURITY PERSONNEL, AND OTHER CONCERNED CITIZENS.

WE ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED WITH SEA RISE.  WHERE THE COMPUTER MODELS HAVE BEEN WRONG, THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG IN OUR DISFAVOR.  THAT IS, THE SEAS ARE RISING FASTER THAN THE MODELS PREDICTED—IN SOME CRITICAL CASES, MUCH FASTER.

THIS MEANS MASSIVE COSTS OVER THE NEXT TWO TO THREE DECADES FOR THE MILITARY TO PROTECT COASTAL INSTALLATIONS OR TO RELOCATE THEM ALTOGETHER.  WE’RE TALKING TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

NORFOLK, CHARLESTON, MAYPORT, MIAMI, PASCAGOULA, NEW ORLEANS, HOUSTON AND ESLEWHERE ALL HOST THREATENED FACILITIES.

THIS MIGHT SEEM A LONG-TERM CHALLENGE—AND IT IS—BUT IT IS SWIFTLY BECOMING AN ‘IN YOUR FACE’ CHALLENGE AS WELL, PARTICULARLY FOR THE MILITARY.

SO, WHAT AMERICA IS STILL WITHOUT ALMOST THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE COLD WAR’S END IS A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE, OR AT LEAST AS MUCH OF THAT FUTURE AS WE CAN SEE AND INTERPET SUFFICIENTLY TO PLAN FOR.

A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE LONG-TERM, WHETHER IN WAR OR PEACE, IS TRUE STRATEGY, OR WHAT SOME HAVE CALLED GRAND STRATEGY.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE WWII GRAND STRATEGY OF BEING THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY AND USING OUR UNPRECEDENTED AND PENT-UP INDUSTRIAL CAPACITY TO OUTFIT NOT ONLY OUR OWN ARMIES BUT THOSE OF BRITAIN, FREE FRANCE, FREE POLAND, THE SOVIET UNION, AND OTHERS, SUCCEEDED IN WINNING A TWO-OCEAN WAR AGAINST THE POWERFUL EMPIRES OF GERMANY AND JAPAN.

AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD, A GRAND STRATEGY OF CONTAINMENT, ATTACHED ADROITLY TO OUR ECONOMIC POWER AND EXECUTED FAIRLY WELL OVER ABOUT A HALF CENTURY, ENDED THE COLD WAR ON TERMS FAVORABLE TO US.

BUT SINCE THAT WAR’S END—AND PARTICULARLY SINCE THE MAJORLY DESTABILIZING ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001—THE US HAS POSSESSED NO GRAND STRATEGY.  ZERO.  ZILCH.  NADA.  NOTHING.

AND AS KING LEAR SAID TO HIS DAUGHTER CORNELIA, “NOTHING WILL COME OF NOTHING.”

WHAT DID COME WAS A REPUDIATION OF GEORGE H. W. BUSH’S NASCENT EUROPEAN STRATEGY OF WELCOMING A REFORMED RUSSIA INTO NATO AND ITS REPLACEMENT BY A RAPACIOUS AND OLIGARCHY-BASED STRATEGY, LED BY GOLDMAN SACHS’ BOB RUBIN AND LARRY SUMMERS, TO EXPAND NATO DIRECTLY INTO MOSCOW’S SPACE AND THUS PROVOKE THE REACTIONS WE HAVE WITNESSED SINCE THE PUSHBACK BY RUSSIA IN GEORGIA AND THE TAKEOVER OF CRIMEA.

THEN CAME GEORGE W. BUSH WHO SAID HE WANTED TO ESTABLISH IN THE WORLD A BALANCE OF POWER THAT FAVORED FREEDOM BUT FORGOT TO CONSIDER HIS MACHIAVELLIAN VICE PRESIDENT, DICK CHENEY.

ALONG CAME THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF 2001 AND CHENEY TOOK OVER.    HIS STRATEGY—I AM LOATH TO CALL IT “STRATEGY”—WAS NOT ONLY FOOLHARDY BUT POTENTLY DESTRUCTIVE OF WHAT REMAINED OF AMERICAN CREDIBILITY.

IN THE FIRST PLACE, TO MAKE WAR ON A METHODOLOGICAL PHENOMENON—TERROR—IS ABOUT AS STUPID AS MAKING WAR ON A HUMAN ADDICTION SUCH AS DRUGS OR A HUMAN CONDITION SUCH AS POVERTY, UNLESS OF COURSE YOU WANT THE WAR TO LAST FOREVER AND COST ZILLIONS, BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER WIN.

I RECALL MY FIRST REAL DEBATE WITH COLIN POWELL, AT THE TIME A NEW FOUR-STAR GENERAL AND COMMANDER OF THE ARMY’S FORCES COMMAND IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.

HE’D JUST LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE HE HAD BEEN PREISDENT REAGAN’S SIXTH AND FINAL NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR.

I WAS A FRESH-CAUGHT LIEUTENTANT COLONEL HIRED TO BE HIS SPEECHWRITER, SO I DARED NOT TAKE TOO MUCH LICENSE WITH HIM THIS EARLY-ON.

BUT HE WAS IN HIS NEW, VERY SPACIOUS OFFICE WAXING ELOQUENT ABOUT HOW THE MILITARY WAS NOW GOING TO FULFILL REAGAN’S—AND THEN H.W. BUSH’S—DESIRE TO HELP WITH THE DRUG WAR.

I LOOKED AT HIM AND ASKED: “WHY WOULD THE ARMED FORCES WANT TO JOIN IN A WAR THEY CANNOT WIN?”

INCREDULITY SPREAD ACROSS HIS FACE AND HE RESPONDED: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?”

WELL, I KNEW DISCRETION AT THAT POINT WAS WARRANTED, SO I JUST REPEATED SOFTLY WHAT I’D SAID, SIMPLY “WE CAN’T WIN THAT WAR.”

“I DISAGREE,” HE EXCLAIMED, AND THAT WAS THAT.  BUT I HAD MADE MY POINT, HOWEVER WEAKLY.  “WARS” ON HUMAN ADDICTIONS OR HUMAN CONDITIONS ARE FUNDAMENTALLY SENSELESS BECAUSE THEY CAN NEVER BE WON.

NOW TODAY, I WON’T PRETEND THAT IN MY ALOTTED TWENTY MINUTES I CAN DELINEATE A GRAND STRATEGY FOR YOU.

AND LEST I SEEM TOO PRAISEWORTHY OF OUR PAST, LET ME OFFER A CAVEAT FOR THE PAST HALF-CENTURY AS WELL, A PERIOD THAT DONALD TRUMP SEEMS TO YEARN FOR.

HERE I’M QUOTING FROM A CATO INSTITUTE PIECE OF JUNE 5 OF THIS YEAR, IN WHICH PATRICK PORTER WRITES:

“WHILE LIBERALISM AND LIBERAL PROJECTS EXISTED, SUCH ‘ORDER’ AS EXISTED RESTED ON THE IMPERIAL PREROGATIVES OF A SUPERPOWER THAT ATTEMPTED TO IMPOSE ORDER BY STEPPING OUTSIDE RULES AND ACCOMMODATING ILLIBERAL FORCES…[AND] SOME OF THE MOST DOCTRINAIRE LIBERAL PROJECTS PRODUCED ILLIBERAL RESULTS.”

SUCH AS INTERVENTIONS IN AFRICA, SE ASIA—MY WAR, IN VIETNAM—CENTRAL AMERICA, IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SYRIA, AND I COULD OF COURSE CONTINUE.

PORTER GOES ON TO CONCLUDE THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS
“TO APPRAISE ITS GRAND STRATEGY IN ORDER TO BRING ITS POWER AND COMMITENTS INTO BALANCE.”

MY DIFFERENCE WITH PORTER, AS YOU MIGHT HAVE GLEANED, IS SIMPLY TO ASK: SINC E 1993, WHAT GRAND STRATEGY, PRAY TELL?

LET ME START WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF SUCH A STRATEGY AND BRIEFLY MAKE SOME KEY POINTS:  WAYS, MEANS, AND ENDS.

THE WAYS ARE THE METHODS TO BE USED TO EXECUTE THE STRATEGY; THE MEANS ARE THE RESOURCES WE POSSESS TO BE APPLIED TO THAT EXECUTION; AND THE ENDS ARE OF COURSE WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE.

WAYS ARE THINGS SUCH AS DIPLOMA CY, FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS, ECONOMIC POLICIES, CULTURAL INFLUENCES, TECHNOLOGIES, AND MILITARY POWER.   NOTE WHERE I PLACED MILITARY POWER—AT THE VERY END, THE LAST “WAY” TO BE CONSIDERED, NOT THE FIRST.

MEANS ARE MONEY AND PEOPLE, BASICALLY.

ENDS ARE: WHAT THE DEVIL DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE WORLD AND AT HOME—AND INCREASINGLY YOU CANNOT DECOUPLE THE TWO ENVIRONMENTS.  THE IDEA, E.G., THAT DEBATES OVER FOREIGN POLICY STOP AT THE WATER’S EDGE IS UTTER NONSENSE, AS RECENT LETTERS FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO FOREIGN LEADERS CLEARLY INDICATE.

AND SUCH AFFAIRS DID NOT START WITH TOM COTTON AND HIS GANG OF MORONS. THEY ARE AS OLD AS OUR REPUBLIC—INDEED, AS OLD AS ATHENS IN 400BC.

MOST OF MY OVER 500 STUDENTS ON TWO CAMPUSES OVER THE PAST 13 YEARS, HAVING STUDIED EVERY POST-WWII PRESIDENT FROM TRUMAN TO TRUMP, WILL TELL YOU THAT DOMESTIC POLITICS INFLUENCE NATIONAL SECURITY DECISION-MAKING ALMOST AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER ASPECT OF THAT DECISION-MAKING—AND IN SOME SPECIFIC CASES LIKE PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND HIS 1965 DECISION TO UP THE ANTE IN VIETNAM, INFLUENCE IT OVERWHELMINGLY.

AND ALL ONE NEED LOOK TO FOR AWESOME PROOF OF THAT TODAY IS OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS “STRATEGY”.

AS GERMANY’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAID, RATHER LACONICALLY, WHEN TRUMP VIOLATED THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION—THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN—HE DID IT BASED ON DOMESTIC POLITICS.  ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN KNOWS HE DID.

BUT BACK TO OUR GRAND STRATEGY…

ONE OF THE MOST VITAL ASPECTS OF A GOOD GRAND STRATEGY FOR THE U.S. IS HOOKING UP THE ECONOMY—ONE OF OUR STRONGEST FEATURES—TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF OUR ENDS, AS WE DID SO BRILLIANTLY IN WWII AND SOMEWHAT BRILLIANTLY IN THE COLD WAR.

I SAY ‘SOMEWHAT BRILLIANTLY’ BECAUSE I AM READING AT PRESENT WILLIAM TAUBMAN’S NEW BOOK, GORBACHEV.   WHEN ONE BEGINS TO COMPREHEND THE PROBLEMS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1980S ONE CAN ONLY LAMENT HOW LITTLE WE REALLY UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THE KREMLIN AND ABOUT THAT COUNTRY AND, AS A RESULT, HOW AWKWARD AND STUMBLING WE WERE IN HELPING BRING AN END TO THAT COLD WAR CONFLICT.

AND HERE A SIDE NOTE: AS THE SOVIETS DISCOVERED, USING THE VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE MILITARY INSTRUMENT DRAINS THE ECONOMY AND MUST BE AVOIDED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.  EVEN GIVING THAT MILITARY UNQUESTIONED AND SELDOM WELL-OVERSEEN FUNDING AND SUPPORT SHORT OF WAR IS DEBILITATING AND TO BE DONE ONLY IN EXTREMIS AND CERTAINLY NOT AS A CONSTANT PART OF A SANE AND SOBER GRAND STRATEGY.

KEEPING ONE’S POWDER DRY—OR AS WASHINGTON SAID, BEING PREPARED FOR WAR—DOES NOT MEAN BREAKING THE BANK TO FUND THE MILITARY INSTRUMENT.

BUT LET’S FOCUS FOR A MOMENT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT INITIAL PART OF ANY GRAND STRATEGY: THE ENDS.

STATED SIMPLY, WHAT IS IT THAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE AT HOME AND IN THE WORLD OVER, SAY, THE NEXT HALF CENTURY?

AND NO PABLUM HERE, LIKE THE ANONDYNE STATEMENTS THAT COME OUT IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY EACH YEAR.  THINGS LIKE WHERE THIS YEAR’S STRATEGY DECLARES THAT “NO EXTERNAL THREAT CAN BE ALLOWED TO SHAKE OUR SHARED COMMITMENT TO OUR VALUES, UNDERMINE OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, OR DIVIDE OUR NATION.”

WELL, WE MIGHT WELL CONCLUDE SCRATCHING OUR COLLECTIVE HEADS, WE ARE DOING THAT BEST OURSELVES; NO NEED FOR AN EXTERNAL THREAT.

BUT LOOK AT THAT STATEMENT FROM A GENERAL PERSPECTIVE OF HELPFULNESS IN DELINEATING A GRAND STRATEGY.  IT’S USELESS.

IT’S LIKE LOOKING AT A BEAUTIFUL TROUT STREAM WITH A THREE THOUSAND-DOLLAR HANDMADE CANE FLY-ROD IN YOUR HAND AND SAYING YOUR OBJECTIVE IS TO CATCH FISH.

WELL, OF COURSE THAT’S PART OF IT.  BUT IT’S FAR AND AWAY NOT ALL OF IT.

I WANT TO CATCH 19-INCH, WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT AND I WANT TO CATCH THEM ON DRY FLIES DURING A MAGNIFICENT HATCH OF CADDIS AND BLUE-WING OLIVES.  AND I WANT TO CATCH THEM ON A TUMBLING, ICILY-COLD, CRYSTAL-CLEAR STREAM, HIGH IN THE BITTER ROOT MOUNTAINS, WITH ONLY THE SILENT SOUND OF MY SUPERBLY-BALANCED CANE-ROD-DELIVERED FLY GENTLY TOUCHING THE WATER AND NO OTHER HUMANS AROUND TO DISTURB THAT IDYL.  AND PERHAPS WITH AN ELK STANDING DOWNSTREAM, STARING AT ME WARILY.

IN SHORT, A GRAND STRATEGY NEEDS SPECIFICTY, GRANULAR DETAILS.

FDR HIRED THE “DOLLAR MEN”—SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST BRILLIANT INDUSTRIALISTS—TO PUT TOGETHER THE LINKAGE BETWEEN AMERICA’S AWESOME BUT THEN-LATENT PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY AND THE URGENT NEEDS OF A GLOBAL WAR.   THESE MEN DID THE DETAILS.  AND I WANT TO TELL YOU THEY DID.

AIN’T NOBODY, MAN OR WOMAN, DOING THE DETAILS FOR ANYTHING TODAY—EXCEPT ON A SELECT BASIS, FOR EXTREMELY NARROW INTERESTS, WITH LITTLE NATIONAL PAYBACK, AND LOTS OF NATIONAL DEBT, HARM, AND INJURY .

AS AN EXAMPLE, LET’S TAKE THE MIDDLE EAST FOR A MOMENT—AND I’M TAKING THAT REGION BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY TIMES TRUMP, BOLTON, OR MATTIS SAYS INDO-PAC IS THE NEW U.S. STRATEGIC EMPHASIS, WE CANNOT ESCAPE THE FACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME, EFFORT, AND MILITARY MIGHT IS IN THAT REGION AT THE MOMENT.

WHAT SHOULD A PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION DECLARE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS OUR STRATEGIC END FOR THAT REGION?

HERE’S WHAT I SUGGEST: THAT THE OIL FROM ITS PRODUCING COUNTRIES FLOWS CONSTANTLY, AND AT A CONSISTENT AND AFFORDABLE PRICE, TO OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AND, IF NECESSARY, TO OURSELVES.  ALL THIS, AS WE READY OURSELVES FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT ANY OIL WHATSOEVER.  AND THAT LAST IS KEY FOR IT IS THE LARGEST CHALLENGE WE AND THE WORLD CONFRONT.

OH YES, AS SHIPS WITH SAILS DID NOT IN THE PAST DISAPPEAR FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH, SO OIL MIGHT LINGER IN ESOTERIC PLACES.  BUT IT WILL NOT BE THE VERY ESSENCE OF ECONOMIC MIGHT; NOT EVEN CLOSE.

NOTE THAT THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS EXPRESSION OF “ENDS” ABOUT STATE-BUILDING OF JEFFERSONIAN DEMOCRACIES, NOTHING ABOUT BRINGING FREEDOM TO THE HUDDLED MASSES, AND NOTHING ABOUT SIDLING UP TO DICTATORS AND THEIR GANGS IN ORDER TO ENSURE ACCESS TO THEIR OIL—AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT BUILDING U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES ALL ACROSS THE REGION.

THERE IS, ON THE OTHER HAND, A RECOGNITION THAT OIL IS FUNGIBLE, THAT IT MUST BE SOLD, THAT HOARDING IT FOR LONG, ANYWAY, IS NOT A TENDENCY OF PETROLEUM-PRODUCING STATES, AND THAT IF THEY ARE CONVINCED YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT IF THEY DO SOMEHOW PROHIBIT YOUR ACCESS TO IT, THEY WILL IN FACT AGREE TO SELL IT TO THE WORLD AT A REASONABLE PRICE.  AND THEY WILL SCRAMBLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOU AS OIL DISAPPEARS FROM USE.  TAKE A LOOK AT SAUDI ARABIA’S NEW PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND THEN TELL ME THAT EVEN THOSE DEMENTED LEADERS DON’T REALIZE THIS REALITY.

WE COULD DO THE SAME SORT OF REASONABLE DELINEATION OF ENDS FOR EUROPE, THE WHOLE OF SOUTHWEST ASIA—INCLUDING AFGHANISTAN BUT WAIT A MOMENT THERE—NORTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, AND MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE WORLD.

I BELIEVE THAT IF WE DID THIS SORT OF REALISTIC FORMULATION OF STRATEGIC ENDS, WE COULD MOVE ON TO AN EQUALLY REASONABLE LOOK AT THE WAYS AND MEANS WE HAVE AT HAND TO ACHIEVE THEM.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE MIDDLE EAST IT WOULD DEFINITELY NOT FEATURE THE LARGEST U.S. AIR FORCE BASE ON EARTH IN QATAR, A COUNTRY NOW AT ALMOST WAR-PROVOKING ODDS WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND ITS FRIENDS LIKE THE UAE; NOR A HUGE AIR FORCE BASE IN SAUDI ARABIA ITSELF; NOR THE LARGEST US FLEET HEADQUARTERS IN BAHRAIN; NOR HUGE LOGISTIC FACILITIES IN KUWAIT; NOR A USAF BASE IN ISRAEL; AND CERTAINLY NOT A US WAR EFFORT IN SYRIA NOR A RESIDUAL US MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ.   NEITHER WOULD IT INCLUDE A COMPLETELY ANTAGONISTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TRUE POWER IN THE REGION, IRAN.

NOW, AS I INTIMATED, AFGHANISTAN IS AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT MATTER.   THAT COUNTRY DEMONSTRATES THE DANGER OF HAVING A PRESIDENT WHO IS ONLY INTERESTED IN DOMESTIC POLITICS.

INTO THE VOID CREATED BY THAT OVERRIDING PRESIDENTIAL FOCUS COMES THE MOST POWERFUL AND MOST STRATEGICALLY-ORIENTED BUREAUCRACY IN OUR GOVERNMENT, THE MILITARY.

HERE IS WHAT IT HAS DECIDED FOR AFGHANISTAN.

THERE ARE THREE STRATEGIC REASONS WE WILL BE IN AFGHANISTAN, AS WE HAVE BEEN IN GERMANY SINCE WWII, FOR A VERY LONG TIME—WELL BEYOND THE ALMOST TWENTY YEARS WE HAVE BEEN THERE TO DATE.

THESE REASONS HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH STATE-BUILDING, WITH THE TALIBAN, OR WITH ANY TERRORIST GROUP THAT MIGHT BE PRESENT.  THESE THINGS ARE ANCILLARY TO OUR REAL OBJECTIVES.

THE FIRST REAL OBJECTIVE IS TO HAVE HARD POWER DIRECTLY NEAR THE CHINESE BASE ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) IN CENTRAL  ASIA.

ASK DONALD RUMSFELD HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO GET MAJOR MILITARY FORCES INTO THIS EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT LAND-LOCKED TERRAIN IN THE FALL OF 2001.  FOR THAT REASON, WE ARE NOT ABOUT TO DEPART.

SECOND, IN AFGHANISTAN WE ARE RIGHT NEXT TO THE POTENTIALLY MOST UNSTABLE NUCLEAR STOCKPILE ON EARTH, PAKISTAN’S.  WE ARE NOT ABOUT TO LEAVE THAT EITHER.  WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO POUNCE ON THAT STOCKPILE VERY SWIFTLY SHOULD IT BECOME A THREAT.

THIRD, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MOUNT AND COVER WITH HARDPOWER CIA OPERATIONS IN XINJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA’S WESTERNMOST SECTION.  THESE WOULD BE OPERATIONS AIMED AT USING THE SOME 20 MILLION UIGHURS IN THAT PROVINCE TO DESTABLIZE THE GOVERNMENT IN BEIJING SHOULD WE SUDDENLY FIND OURSELVES AT WAR WITH THAT COUNTRY.

I WILL WAGER THERE ARE NOT A HANDFUL OF OUR CITIZENS WHO REALIZE THAT WE—OUR MILITARY, THAT IS—PLAN TO BE IN AFGHANISTAN FOR THE ENTIRE TIME WE ARE CONSIDERING FOR OUR GRAND STRATEGY—AND PERHAPS BEYOND.

xxxx

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,  IT IS ALMOST TRITE TO DECLARE OUR NATION AT A CROSSROADS.  NEVERTHELESS, WE ARE.  ONE THAT REMINDS ME EERILY OF THE PLACE WE CAME TO IN 1866.

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ RON CHERNOW’S RECENT BOOK, GRANT, YOU SHOULD.  IT’S ALMOST A THOUSAND PAGES BUT WELL-WORTH THE READ, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT GETS TO THE PERIOD IMMEDIATELY AFTER  APPOMATTOX AND LINCOLN’S ASSASSINATION.

AS PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON APPROACHES IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS IN THE CONGRESS, GENERAL GRANT ACTS OUTSIDE THE CONSTITUTION AND OUTSIDE THE STANDARD INTERPRETATION OF CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS.

BRIEFLY, JOHNSON INCREASINGLY WANTS TO REVERSE THE OUTCOME OF THE CIVIL WAR.  HE WANTS TO GIVE BACK TO THE SOUTH MUCH OF WHAT IT LOST IN THAT WAR—TO INCLUDE POSSIBLY FREED SLAVES.

GRANT IS TORN AND CONFLICTED OVER WHAT TO DO BUT HE IS NOT ABOUT TO LET A MILLION DEAD AND UNTOLD OTHER CASUALTIES BE NEGATED BY A WILLFUL CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

GRANT IS AT THE TIME PERHAPS THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FIGURE ON EARTH AND HIS MILLION-STRONG, BATTLE-TESTED MILITARY PERHAPS THE BEST AND MOST POWERFUL MILITARY AS WELL.

WITH LITTLE HESITATION, GRANT ORDERS HIS COMMANDERS, SUCH AS SHERIDAN AND SHERMAN, TO REVERSE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SOUTH WHERE BLACKS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED WHEN THEY TRY TO ORGANIZE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR NEWLY-ACQUIRED FREEDOM AND POLITICAL POWER.

IN NEW ORLEANS, IN CHARLESTON, AND ELSEWHERE MANY BLACKS ARE DYING OR BEING WOUNDED IN WHAT ARE BASICALLY ONE-WAY FIGHTS, WITH FORMER CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS FORMING MANY OF THE KILLING GROUPS.

GENERAL GRANT, ACTING OUTSIDE THE CONSTITUTION, DIRECTS HIS MASSIVE ARMY TO STOP THE KILLINGS AND PROTECT THE NEW BLACK CITIZENS OF AMERICA.

IT’S TOUCH AND GO FOR THOSE CITIZENS AS THEY FIND THEMSELVES CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, AS THE PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED—AND MISSES BEING REMOVED FROM OFFICE BY A WHISKER—AND THE NATION IS CONVULSED AS FORMAL RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS, BACKED SOLIDLY BY FEDERAL TROOPS.

TO MY MIND, THE POLITICAL SIMILARITIES WITH TODAY ARE POSITIVELY BIZARRE.  THEY AFFORD CREDIBILITY TO KARL MARX’S DECLARATION THAT HISTORY DOES IN FACT REPEAT ITSELF, FIRST AS TRAGEDY AND THEN AS FARCE.

PRESENTLY, WE ARE LIVING THE FARCE.

DOC (15 Pages): Wilkerson for Paul on Strategy 18 August 2018

ROBERT STEELE: It was my privilege to be present and to hear this in person. Col Wilkerson is the epitome of intelligence with integrity, and unlike most, he actually understands the difference between grand strategy and other stovepipe strategies, as well as the difference (and the limitations) of ends, ways, and means. It is my hope that the President will consider him for the role of National Strategy Advisor, replacing — as I have suggested, the National Security Advisor whose position should be abolished along with the National Security Council, which is how the Deep State and Shadow Government subvert the President every single day.

See Especially:

Lawrence Wilkerson: Neo-Con / Zionist Lies Led to Iraq War, Now Leading to Iran War — Have We Learned Nothing?

Ben Norton @ Salon: Col Lawrence Wilkerson, USA (Ret) Condemns US Military-Industrial Complex

Robert Steele: Throw Press Out of White House — Create the Presidential Grand Strategy, Public Communications, & Open Source Intelligence Center (Trump Channel) UPDATE 2: New Graphic

ROBERT STEELE: Good News: DreamHost Stands By First Amendment Bad News: #GoogleGestapo Massive Censorship. The Answer: A Trump Truth Channel. Includes Ron Paul Conference & False Flag Truths

See Also:

Del Spurlock: Call to Arms — The People’s Army

Robert Steele: Reflections on The People’s Army, The Constitution, & Grand Strategy

Robert Steele: Grand Strategy, Global Reality, & Re-Inventing US National Security Centered on Re-Inventing the US Army

Robert Steele: Grand Strategy & Global Reality: Saving Donald Trump from the Deep State — From Las Vegas to Iran, Zionists Appear to Rule the USA – Can We Purge Them?

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On 23 May 2018 Politico featured a story, “Pompeo: No ‘deep state’ at State or CIA,”[1] in which the Secretary of State, a few months ago and ever so briefly the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), is quoted as being dismissive of the term “deep state,” and its applicability to the CIA or the Department of State. The author of the article, Louis Nelson, says this, not as a quote from Pompeo:

While there have been instances of career employees and officials caught at odds with the administration, there has been no proof of a systematic conspiracy to undermine the president.

I am reminded of the epic falsehood (richly deserving of a federal lawsuit) by The Daily Beast, which stated, in media hit piece against my colleague David Seaman of Pizzagate fame,

On March 25, a group of protesters will gather at Lafayette Square in front of the White House and demand an investigation into a nonexistent global satanic child-sex-trafficking operation.[2]

In as much as I am not only a former spy, but also a Commissioner and Chief Counselor for the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, and easily able to testify, with many witnesses and documentation, that the global satanic child sex trafficking (and torture and murder and body parts and blood harvesting) operation is very real, I find Mike Pompeo’s statement as insanely wrong as that of The Daily Beast.

Is the Deep State also non-existent? Politico, barely one step up the ladder of evolution from The Daily Beast, would have us think so.

Mike Pompeo and Louis Nelson are both wrong.[3] Below I will document various ways in which the CIA specifically is a creature of the Deep State; I will leave it to others to address the rest of the US Government but the evidence is compelling about the degree to which secret agencies, Cabinet departments, and the White House, are all being subverted by the “Deep State”[4] and its Zionist sub-strata.[5]

Before I begin, two side notes:

First, I communicated via email with the one senior Politicocorrespondent I know to discuss a follow-on correction to the record and learned that I was not considered a reliable source on this topic; that apart from dismissing my CIA experience and Amazon reading, my being so blatantly pro-Trump made me unmarketable as a source to Politico’s management, and finally, a confession: the correspondent self-identified as a Zionist.

Second, I took a look at Politico’s past reporting and immediately found Michael Crowley’s “The Deep State is Real,”[6] and other published items. There are two take-aways: first, Politico does not do holistic analytics – every article is a tiny straw disconnected from everything else; and second, even when Politico acknowledges the existence of the Deep State, it gets it wrong – the coverage is superficial, contemporary, and generally worthless.

Let me begin where Pompeo and Politico should have begun: with history and the emergence of the term, with the early observation that modern interpretations of history are often themselves wrong. Too many believe that Deep State and Shadow government are synonymous.[7] They are not. Below – with a respectful nod to Peter Dale Scott in the endnote, is my definitive appreciation of the two as first published in the American Herald Tribune on 4 February 2018,[8] after a year of videos introducing the term to the pro-Trump Alt-Right movement.

The Deep State – also known as the Illuminati or Cabalist Satanists – is led by a tiny handful of individuals including the two ostensibly Catholic popes, the Rothschild pater familias, and the Rebbe of the Jewish supremacist cult, the Chabad. They use the upper ranks of the Freemasons and the Knights of Malta and a few other secret societies as their “fixers,” and the banks – Central Banks, Wall Street, and the City of London, as their “managers.”

The Shadow Government – in my direct experience – consists of politicians and their staffs (a high percentage of them gay and many also into pedophilia) who generally maintain a two-party system that disenfranchises seventy percent of the public[9] — and selected public officials at all levels (not just federal but state and local as well) inclusive particularly of judges, who are the enablers of Deep State control and Deep State theft from the public treasury. At the political level, bribery and blackmail, not ideology, rule – “pay to play” and pedophilia as both an initiation rite and form of leverage shut out any possibility for evidence-based governance in the public interest at all levels (federal, state, local).[10]

Within the Shadow Government, the Fixers are the Freemasons and the Knights of Malta, and also dual citizens (e.g. Israeli-US) and other select groups (e.g. the Christian Zionists and Pentecostalists aligned with Israel[11], the Neo-Conservatives aligned with Israel[12]), who in the aggregate manage alternative hierarchies of command and control that enable them to leverage the full capabilities of the state for illegal purposes – the smuggling of drugs, guns, gold, cash, and small children being of paramount importance[13]. The secret intelligence agencies, at one time used by the Deep State to leverage the assets of government – especially military bases and transports – [appear to] have evolved to spy on and blackmail senior individuals directly, often in partnership with the Mossad (e.g. the Jeffrey Epstein pedophilia island and no-name hotels that entrap individuals having sex [with] and harming small children).[14]

The Great Depression[15] and most wars[16] are examples of epic events in human history that are “decided” by the Deep State and then manufactured, with the complicity of Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers. They are by definition acts of man, not God, and they are by definition based on many lies[17] that are embraced by academics, celebrities, corporate leaders, journalists, and religious leaders among others – one could add to the above two definitions a third, let’s call them Fellow Travelers in the communist tradition – these are moral and intellectual sluts who go along with what they know to be lies, for personal advancement. They influence – keep quiet – the larger population that has been dumbed down and drugged up since at least the 1920’s.

Before I itemize the “seven sins”[18] of the CIA in its relations with the Deep State, I wish to emphasize that I continue to believe in the essentiality of “central intelligence;” that I consider 90% of the people at CIA to be good people trapped in a bad system; and that I regard counter-intelligence in the USA to be a theatrical fraud – the Deep State has ensured that the Shadow Government and the 10% who are traitors, criminals, and pedophile pedopredators can continue to operate with impunity. This may change, but right now it includes way too many people in the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Supreme Court[19] as well as lesser courts who serve a Satanic master outside the rule of law, not the public within the rule of law. Neither CIA nor the FBI appear to have the integrity to clean house, but I wish to be clear: the Shadow Government consists of both individuals violating their oaths of office, and institutions as a whole, particularly in the secret intelligence world.[20] Mike Pompeo appears to be an example of an unwitting servant of the Deep State, too ready to believe lies and not sharp enough to protect the President from the traitors within his own Department and his former fiefdom, the CIA.

As a general statement, I consider 10% of the CIA’s leadership to be completely corrupt and absolutely in the service of the Deep State, and the other 90% to be well-intentioned but so loosely-educated and morally adrift as to be de facto (not de jure) traitors to the Republic.
At root, in my opinion, CIA’s Deep State service is one largely enabled by corrupt individuals including Freemasons, members of the Knights of Malta and Opus Dei, and dual citizen Zionists, most often acting outside the rule of law and without the direct approval of the now generally clueless Director of CIA. The same is true of State, Defense, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which is the new “home base” for Zionist malfeasance across America, deepening Zionist penetrations of all federal, state, and local communications and computing systems.[21]

It is totally plausible that Mike Pompeo – the top graduate in his class at West Point and therefore clearly a very intelligent and earnest individual – is simply naïve. It is very likely that Pompeo does not appreciate the degree to which he was routinely lied while serving as D/CIA. He is being lied to today by the elements of the Deep State – leavened with Zionists – who control the Department of State. The FBI is useless to him as a counterintelligence service, because the Zionists are bribing and blackmailing so many Members of Congress that Zionist traitors are “off limits” to the FBI as legitimate targets even when they so obviously engaged people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Awan brothers (Pakistani “patsies”) to compromise Congressional computers – one is reminded of the CIA’s similar misbehavior under John Brennan.

CIA as a Creature of the Deep State – Seven Specifics

1. CIA was created by the Deep State.

David Talbot, in The Devil’s Chessboard – Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government[22], does what has been alluded to but never so ably documented among the three hundred other books on secret intelligence that I have reviewed[23]: he conclusively documents the reality that the CIA was in fact the brainchild of Wall Street and designed by Wall Street from its inception to be the tool of the financial mandarins for the complete subversion of the Constitution and the USG, and the destabilization and looting of the rest of the world.

Roger Stone is correct when he suggests that John Brennan should simply chew cyanide now.[24] I believe that a proper investigation will determine that Brennan is not only is absolute and utter violation of his varied oaths of office, but that he is also an undisclosed agent of at least one foreign power if not two or more.

The core lesson for our legitimately-elected President from this book (The Devil’s Chessboard) is that John F. Kennedy (JFK) did not purge deeply enough (in the secret world) or broadly enough (he left the bankers alone). For Donald Trump to survive he must BOTH take down the Federal Reserve and Wall Street AND cut the secret world by two thirds while freeing all Members of Congress from being blackmailed. All evidence suggests that he has done the first but is not yet properly briefed toward the second and third.[25]

2. CIA has been pursuing “mind control” on behalf of the Deep State since the 1950’s.

CIA bought into the Nazi experiments in mind control, and funded Yale University and others to pursue all manner of approaches, initially with hypnosis and drugs, and over time with more esoteric methods including remote electromagnetic targeting that could impact in very specific portions of the brain and very specific organs and bodily functions.[26] Most of the experiments and most of the applications are domestic in nature, far outside CIA’s charter under President Harry Truman’s original intention.[27]

CIA is not alone in the mind-control arena. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which took as many Nazis in as did CIA (both in direct disobedience of President Harry Truman), and the US Department of Defense, have spent billions on both individual mind-control and mass mind-control, to the point now that entire books and websites suggest that individuals can be assassinated individually, and groups can be immobilized, using a mix of directed electromagnetic pulse weapons, cellular towers, and precision satellite targeting.[28]

I believe that mind-control technology is now in the hands of Private Military Contractors (PMC) and migrating toward use of the new 5G networks, including in-home electronics such as Alexa, to surveil (Alexa is now broadcasting private conversations)[29] and if necessary confirm target presence for eradication or neutralization.

There is no possible justification for a mind-control agenda within the elected, appointed, and commissioned US Government – along with geoengineering and other crimes against humanity, this is a Deep State program through and through.

3. CIA elements were central to the assassination of JFK.

Allen Dulles, after being fired as Director of Central Intelligence, indisputably organized the assassination of JFK.[30] Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (himself a pedophile), New York money, Texas energy, and the Zionists were all co-conspirators. Each party, with the possible exception of the Zionists, had its own shooter at the event as no one trusted the others to get it right. The perpetrators appear to have carried US Secret Service credentials probably created by co-conspirators in the CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS) which creates extremely good false documentation along with disguises, concealment devices, clandestine communications equipment, and the occasional trained animal.[31]

4. CIA has been the critical enabler of elective banker’s wars (most not approved by Congress), regime change operations (acts of war also not approved by Congress), and outright assassinations.

No one has done a better job on this point than William Blum in Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.[32] The archtype condemnation of CIA by one of its own is provided by John Stockwell’s In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story.[33]

Sixty countries suffering major interventions since WWII, none of them approved by Congress in proper Constitutional terms. Over forty major regime change operations and assassinations.

Special mention must be made of the Gold War against Russia managed by Buzzy Krongard at the direction of Dick Cheney from 1998 to 2001 – 9/11 was used in part to launder the $240 billion in offshore gold accounts and illicit proceeds from the economic war against Russia.[34]

I am personally offended by CIA’s creation of black prison sites where torture was routine, and it’s engagement in the assassination of thousands using armed drones, with a documented collateral damage (death of innocents) ratio of 98% — 98 innocents killed for every 2 notionally valid targets killed.[35]

5. CIA appears to have special relations with Zionists, the Vatican, and Saudi Arabia, with specific individuals within CIA dealing outside the chain of command and outside the rule of law.

James Angleton, CIA’s counterintelligence chief and the person who most controlled all CIA interactions with the Mossad and the Zionists behind the Mossad, was, as one of his best biographers has stated, “an avatar of the Deep State.”[36] Subsequently relations between the CIA and the Zionists have always been “special,” co-equal to relations with the United Kingdom and closely followed by relations with Saudi Arabia.

CIA’s ties with the Vatican are rooted in the experience of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Vatican’s role in skillfully playing both sides, assisting the Nazis and the Allies at the same time on any given day, with special prominence in the Italian arena. Catholics very quickly came to equal in numbers the original White Angle Saxon Protestants (WASP) from the Ivy League that were the preferred early operators chosen to create the OSS and then the CIA for Wall Street. The Vatican’s fierce anti-communism (which is say, the obverse of its pro-fascism) made it a most welcome ally in the post-war period when anti-communism was the primary meme driving the national security state and US foreign policy inevitably shaped for the profit of the banks.[37]

The Freemasons and the Knights of Malta are formidable global organizations fully able to get officers of the CIA and the KGB to collaborate to achieve ends of the Vatican against the best interests of their own agencies and own countries.[38]

6. CIA – along with the FBI and NSA and Mossad – appears to be spying on and blackmailing US politicians.

If US politicians elected by the public – never mind that only 30% of the eligible voters in the USA have ballot access and any semblance of a vote that might count – can be bribed and blackmailed by secret intelligence agencies – then one can posit that the secret intelligence agencies, by virtue of the fact that they are suborning elected officials, do in fact represent a shadow government outside the rule of law, a shadow government serving a deep state above the government and outside the rule of law.

The original blackmailer was J. Edgar Hoover, the pedophile founder of the FBI.[39] The CIA was the next – along with the Mossad – and in recent years NSA has become the more pervasive and prominent element of the secret intelligence community to spy on and then blackmail US politicians, judges, and others.[40]

7. CIA appears to be smuggling gold, guns, drugs, cash, and small children on a global scale, completely outside the rule of law, with financial benefits for the Deep State.

CIA started its gold-dealing and smuggling of gold when Ed Lansdale was able to obtain a map of buried Japanese treasure across the Philippines, and enough treasure was unearthed to create the Black Lily covert operations fund, completely off the books and managed by the Secretary of the Treasury. This fund was used to restore fascist leaders in Italy, Germany, and Japan, and to fund dictators world-wide who would support the anti-communist crusade with hypocritical oblivion to the fact that the communists were supporting wars of national liberation by the 99% while the CIA was funding dictators and the 1%.[41]

CIA learned to smuggle drugs and launder money in Viet-Nam[42], and later refined its sophisticated smuggling of guns and drugs and the related laundering of money in Central America, particularly Nicaragua.[43] Afghanistan was a replay – zero opium when the Americans arrived, a bumper crop every year while they have been there.

CIA’s engagement in smuggling children is wrapped up in the smuggling of children from war zones, an activity that appears to fully integrate both professional military personnel and private military contractors.[44]

A major factor in CIA’s ability to smuggle anything with impunity is its ability to conscript US military bases, aircraft, and other assets to do whatever it wants under the guise of national security.[45]

My personal estimate is that two thirds of CIA’s illegal operations are institutionally mandated (but not necessarily approved by Congress or the White House and often based on very flawed information), while one third are carried out by CIA individuals responding to orders from Wall Street, the Vatican, the Zionists, or other external parties.[46]

Conclusion

The White House and Congress have over time condoned crimes against humanity including elective wars, rendition and torture, drone assassination, regime change operations, and the smuggling of guns, gold, drugs, cash, and small children.[47]

The question Mike Pompeo needs to ask and answer is this: is the US Government, when it does these things, acting on behalf of We the People and in the best interests of the Republic, or are these activities direct evidence of the existence of a Deep State and a Shadow Government that have together hijacked our government, our military, and our police?

https://ahtribune.com/us/maga/2286-cia-deep-state-pompeo-politico.html

https://phibetaiota.net/2018/08/eleutheria-browdergate-deepens-on-interpol-most-wanted-list-free-book-deep-covert-gold-war-doo-doo-against-russia/

Eleutheria: BrowderGate Deepens — on INTERPOL Most Wanted List, Free Book, Deep Covert Gold War Doo Doo Against Russia

03 Economy06 Russia07 Other Atrocities10 Transnational CrimeCommerceCorruptionGovernmentPeace Intelligence

Russia put William Browder on INTERPOL’s Most Wanted List in 2014

The book about Browder, like the book about Sandy Hook, was BANNED by Amazon, here is the free download.

There is a useful thread at NeonRevolt.com, here are high points:

01 Browder evidently laundered $400 thousand in ill-gotten gains from Russia via the Clinton Foundation. [Originally reported as $400 million, since corrected by Putin himself.]

02 Putin’s translator did not do justice to Putin’s actual words — tougher words — when speaking to Trump about Browder. Best available tape in English is here.

03 Putin is all for reciprocity is going after wrongdoers, identified Hermitage Capital and William Browder as the two criminal entities of highest concern to the government of Russia.

04 Browder is referred to as a “super agent of the Deep State,” this tracks with earlier references to Browder as a bag man for the covert economic Gold War against Russia managed by Buzzy Krongard and John Brennan for the Bush Family and Czar Dick Cheney.

See Especially:

Martin Armstrong & Robert Steele: The Real Story on Bill Browder, Gold War Against Russia, CIA Asset John McCain’s Magnitsky Act

Fred Burks: Memorandum for the President: Evidence 9/11 Used to Launder $240 Billion in Covert Securities in a Covert Economic War (Gold War) Against Russia

See Also:

Betty Boop: WIlliam Browder Gold War Criminal On Video – The Real Magnitzky Story As Known To The Trump Family

Joe Olson: Yaacov Apelbaum on The Mechanics of Democratic Deception — an OSINT Case Study of the Christopher Steele Dossier Against Donald Trump — Includes Browder Gold War Magnitsky McCain Connections

https://www.dana.org/uploadedFiles/Pdfs/Successful_Aging_Booklet_2017.pdf   37

https://brainmaster.com/software/pubs/brain/Rewire%20Your%20Brain.pdf   256

https://www.iahe.com/docs/articles/it—s-all-in-your-gut-tic-article.pdf    5

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Books by all others as reviewed by Robert David STEELE Vivas (with some Guest reviews so marked):

To see recent reviews in reverse chronological order, click on Reviews (Books & DVD).  Clicking on 6 Star Special or any of the other Star categories produces a similar result (most recent reviews in reverse chronological order) for that category only.  NEW are the Remixed Book Lists (72) created in association with the new book INTELLIGENCE for EARTH.

Amazon Lists (75 Topics)

Those interested in a single document with links that can be easily shared 37-page Annotated Bibliography covering 19 topics from Anti-Americanism to War & Waste.  For the more comprehensive view, use the two lists of lists above, in the context of reading INTELLIGENCE for EARTH, which is both sold in hard-copy at Amazon and free online (with active links within). All of Robert’s books less the Manifesto are free online here: Books w/Steele.

Books by Rating

6 Star (top ten percent across 2000+ books)
5 Star (totally satisfactory recommended without reservation)
4 Star (important contribution with some flaws)
3 Star (fragmentary contributions in a poor contextual work)
2 Star (a fractional contribution in annoyingly flawed context)
1 Star (toxic ignorance)

Below is the actual organization of Robert Steele’s library (since donated to George Mason University, three specialty librarians were required to evaluate the breadth of the collection), but in the digital organization, we categorized books across multiple categories rather than just the “one place” in the hardcopy library.  See Search Tips at end of list.

  1. 9-11 Truth Books & DVDs
  2. America (Anti-America)
  3. America (Founders, Current Situation)
  4. Association Management & Foundations
  5. Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War
  6. Atlases & State of the World
  7. Atrocities & Genocide
  8. Banking & Federal Reserve
  9. Best Practices in Management
  10. Budget Process & Politics
  11. Capitalism (Good & Bad)
  12. Censorship & Denial of Access
  13. Change & Innovation
  14. Civil Affairs
  15. Civil Society
  16. Communications
  17. Complexity & Catastrophe
  18. Complexity & Resilience
  19. Congress (Failure, Reform)
  20. Consciousness & Social IQ
  21. Corruption
  22. Cosmos & Destiny
  23. Country/Regional
  24. Crime (Corporate)
  25. Crime (Government)
  26. Crime (Organized, Transnational)
  27. Culture, DVD, Light
  28. Culture (Including Family, Society)
  29. Decision-Making & Decision-Support
  30. Democracy
  31. Diplomacy
  32. Disaster Relief
  33. Disease & Health
  34. DVDs (both Non-Fiction & Entertainment)
  35. Economics
  36. Education (General)
  37. Education (Universities)
  38. Electoral Reform
  39. Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback
  40. Environment (Problems)
  41. Environment (Solutions)
  42. Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform)
  43. Force Structure (Military)
  44. Foreign Language Books
  45. Foreign Language Text Books
  46. Future
  47. Games, Models, & Simulations
  48. Geography & Mapping
  49. History
  50. Humanitarian Assistance
  51. Impeachment & Treason
  52. Information Operations
  53. Information Society
  54. Information Technology
  55. Insurgency & Revolution
  56. Intelligence (Collective & Quantum)
  57. Intelligence (Commercial)
  58. Intelligence (Extra-Terrestrial)
  59. Intelligence (Government/Secret)
  60. Intelligence (Public)
  61. Intelligence (Reform Studies)
  62. Intelligence (Wealth of Networks)
  63. Iraq
  64. Justice (Failure, Reform)
  65. Leadership
  66. Media
  67. Military & Pentagon Power
  68. Misinformation & Propaganda
  69. Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design
  70. Naval War College Binders
  71. NDU (Publications)
  72. NDU (Reserve Course Blue Books)
  73. Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class
  74. Philosophy
  75. Photography Books (Countries)
  76. Politics
  77. Power (Pathologies & Utilization)
  78. Priorities
  79. Privacy
  80. Public Administration
  81. Religion & Politics of Religion
  82. Sailing (Offshore)
  83. Science & Politics of Science
  84. Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy
  85. Security (Including Immigration)
  86. Stabilization & Reconstruction
  87. Strategy
  88. Survival & Sustainment
  89. Technology (Bio-Mimicry, Clean)
  90. Terrorism (less Jihad)
  91. Threats (Emerging & Perennial)
  92. True Cost & Toxicity
  93. Truth & Reconciliation
  94. United Nations & NGOs
  95. Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
  96. Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
  97. War & Face of Battle
  98. Water, Energy, Oil, Scarcity

Te one other reviewer at Amazon that I pay attention to:
Herbert Calhoun: Top Non-Fiction Reviewer

SEARCH TIPS:

Don’t search for <cliff notes for ….>.  Search instead for the title of the book, as much of it as possible, and ideally also including the author’s last name.  Use Amazon for the full title and grab the last name only of the author (that’s the part that gets into the tag cloud).

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People

Part of the “delay” in getting to this (it came up about 20th when searching only for <unconquerable world>) is that once a book as priceless as this has been read, it is then listed as additional recommended reading for a whole lot of other books read afterwards.

You also get books read prior to “the” book that are recommended in that review. So all told, for the really great books that are central to the intellectual architecture we have been creating for 20 years, expect to see 20-40 listings, all helpful to building a broader picture for you around “the” book’s core theme.

What this means is that searching for any given title ALSO brings up all the other books that have been deliberately related to the first book–a form of citation analysis exclusively focused on our concern with creating a prosperous world at peace.  The point: be patient, and think about all the books you find on the way to “the” book.

Use the menu under Reviews to browse.  The 98 categories were devised in 2005 when we took the entire library and re-sorted it in logical units.  This is a library built for an iconoclastic strategist and decision-support professional.  Use it!

NOTE:  When Robert Steele joined the United Nations (UN), the entire library was donated to George Mason University (GMU), and their Gift section continues to receive all of the new books read and reviewed by Robert in the aftermath of that donation.  They prefer books that have not been marked up, for those of you who might be inclined to retire your libraries to a new home at some point.

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Sander Hicks: First Amendment Under Attack: What You Need to Know about Big Tech’s Assault on Alex Jones

Cultural Intelligence

First Amendment Under Attack:
What You Need to Know about Big Tech’s Assault on Alex Jones

Around August 6, 2018 independent journalist Alex Jones was kicked off Facebook, YouTube, Google, Spotify and Apple, in a coordinated, late-night purge, due to Jones’ criticisms and “threats” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Jones has also taken unpopular, iconclastic positions on Jeffrey Epstein, 9/11, Sandy Hook, and President Trump, so mainstream public opinion was swift to condemn him. Even the ACLU has been silent on this case, refusing to consider a defense of the First Amendment. No one seems willing to consider the controversial content of Jones’ complaint against Mueller.

It’s true that Jones is beyond politically incorrect. This article is not a defense of his anti-Muslim, anti-gay, or anti-transgender statements. Those things should be roundly condemned. And CNN’s Olivery Darcy hands in a pretty good summary of those here.

The problem however, is that Jones sometimes gets things right. These things are never acknowledged by the CNN reporters, or the decision-makers who pulled the plug on him. Alex Jones has a valid claim: that Special Counsel Mueller is a do-nothing who is criminally negligent. Jones’ accusations deserve First Amendment protection, because while they may be unpopular now, they could lead to an indictment someday against Mueller. This whole situation shows clear media bias in favor of the powerful, against outsiders who know too much and speak facts too loud.

Robert Mueller is a textbook example of a “Deep State” operative, with a track record of multiple cover-ups. And even if you hate Alex Jones’ politics, they need to be separated from this question: how can we save our country, when we silence and censor a maverick journalist who points out the hypocrisy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Robert Mueller presided as head of FBI for 12 years, where he stoically observed the carnage of 9/11 and the Anthrax attacks, neither of which Mueller managed to explain, or seriously investigate. In fact, he helped to cover up these two great crimes, and helped turn them into a justification for the Iraq War.

Time Magazine Person of the Year, the FBI’s own Coleen Rowley, named Mueller as an agent of the 9/11 “cover-up.” On May 21, 2002 she said that Mueller “and others at the highest levels of FBI management” were guilty of a “delicate and subtle shading/skewing of the facts” when it came to 9/11. When Senator Bob Graham wanted to subpoena the FBI about why an FBI informant lived in San Diego with two of the key 9/11 hijackers, the FBI agent fled the Senate office, rather than accept the subpoena. 9/11 widow and key member of the “Jersey Girls” Kristen Breitweiser said, “Mueller and other FBI officials had purposely tried to keep any incriminating information specifically surrounding the Saudis out of the Inquiry’s investigative hands.”

Speaking of the Saudis, earlier in his career, Mueller hid the crimes of their Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). He stymied the US Senate investigation into this criminal, sleazy, narcotics and prostitution bank. Both Senator John Kerry and NY Attorney General Robert Morgenthau had their investigations into BCCI blocked, by Mueller, when he was head of the Criminal Division of the US DOJ. Morgenthau told the Wall Street Journal, regarding Mueller, “documents were withheld, and attempts were made to block other federal agencies from cooperating.” BCCI was controlled by the richest Saudis, and CIA/Deep State operatives, and operated to benefit Bush and Bin Laden Families, Wall Street Democrats, and the Iran/Contra cabal. Mueller helped protect them, while over 16 independent investigators and journalists were murdered.

This same Mueller is called a “demon” by Alex Jones. Perhaps the term “demon” sounds too Biblical for a cynical New York attitude. But this reporter recalls what attorney Bill Veale once said, in court, as he sued Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for 9/11. “Evil exists. And it’s attracted to power.”

According to recently released FBI documents, available online, Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein benefited greatly from Mueller’s FBI. Epstein ran a “sex slave island” on his own land in the Caribbean, and flew powerful celebrities and Democrats there on a private plane dubbed the “Lolita Express.” Just like BCCI, Epstein’s operation involved the rich and powerful, it included Bill Clinton, and numerous under-age girls for sale. Could it get any worse? Sure it can. This FBI document seems to indicate that Epstein was also some kind of FBI informant. Mueller’s FBI only gave him a slap on the wrist. And Epstein’s immunity from prosecution is what enraged Alex Jones.

A moral response would be to investigate Jones’ claims, not kill the messenger. Jones can seem histrionic at times, yes, but his sense of mission inflames him. Alex Jones, discussing Epstein, child-sex, and Mueller, called Mueller a “a demon I will take down, or I’ll die trying…we’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon….” Jones said this as he mimed a gunfight with a pistol in his hand. Sure, the cowboy routine is a bit much, but remember, Jones did qualify the shoot-out vision as something that he was imagining could happen “politically.”

BIG MEDIA MYTH:

Censorship is Necessary because There Is No Alternative.

For a look at the kind of censorship that Jones got in response, take a look at this article by

VOX’s Zack Beauchamp. It’s over the top. When Twitter was the only major online platform not to censor Alex Jones, Beauchamp attacked Twitter. His approach is similar to CNN’s Oliver Darcy who reports that he persistently pestered Twitter and showed them reasons to remove Alex Jones. Twitter declined to do so.

Beauchamp doesn’t even think to look at the content of Jones’ claims, about Epstein or Mueller. His arch tone is arrogant, nasty, biased, and smug. And he gets his facts wrong, to boot.

“Conspiracy theories, once they spread, create hermetically sealed communities that are impervious to correction,” he claims. It’s a false claim, and it’s not a justification for censorship. When you take on something as enormous as BCCI, or the 9/11 cover-up, you kind of have to be humble, and be open to correction. It takes years to get a sense of the big picture. Even the brash Alex Jones has amended his earlier claims about Sandy Hook.

Beauchamp is wrong, because even though some truthers are a passionate lot, the ones in it for the long haul do change. Look at how alternative historians of the 9/11 event have evolved. Using collaborative tools like conferences, internet and social media, the 9/11 truth movement has developed, and improved over 17 years. It has grown from marginal conspiracy theorists, into a serious intellectual force with organized opposition. Over 3,000 licensed architects and engineers reject the theory that two planes could have brought down three steel skyscrapers. And in 2018, the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry filed a petition for a Special Grand Jury, regarding the buildings’ collapses. The movement effectively helped to create the term “Deep State” which is now used in mainstream media to describe a level of federal government corruption which is alarming, almost beyond reform, and out of control. A recent ABC poll showed that half of the USA believes there is a “Deep State” and of that half, 58% call it a “serious problem.”

The same Senator Bob Graham who attempted to subpoena Mueller’s FBI was on 60 Minutes a couple years ago, advocating for the release of the 28 Pages (documents Bush censored from Congress’s 9/11 report). Once these were released by Congress, the world changed. Despite Obama’s veto, Congress passed legislation that acted on what we all saw in the 28 Pages (those of us who read them, despite Big Media falsely claiming there was nothing there.) The 28 Pages make it plain: the US Deep State, Prince Bandar, and Saudis clearly were backing the key 9/11 hijackers. This is the story of the century. The Zack Beauchamps of the world don’t dare to comment. They avert their eyes. But Alex Jones has done 17 years of investigating, interviews, and commentary. His work has millions of followers. Our “free” society is grossly guilty of hypocrisy and censorship. We can’t even find a way to talk to each other. Censorship only makes everyone angrier.

Zack Beauchamp wants Alex Jones’ media platforms to be strangled and asphyxiated: “Jones was spreading dangerous lies, and….journalists simply couldn’t debunk them. The only way to stop these ideas was to deprive them of oxygen, to prevent people from being exposed to them in the first place.”

No, Zack. The media should not get to decide what people can “be exposed to.” The spirit of First Amendment says that they should be allowed to a diversity of information, and that the powers that be should not restrain freedom of the press. And no, don’t tell me that Facebook is not subject to the First Amendment. Recent case law says that even privately owned corporations can create spaces that can be termed a “public forum” that are thus subject to First Amendment protection.

At the end of the day,,Authoritarian denunciations from government or media beg the question: What are you afraid of? Why can’t these topics be discussed? And who are you working for?

Beauchamp in his Vox article often quotes Harvard professors Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, regarding their article about the 9/11 truth movement. But a deeper look at that article shows that there’s a sinister violation of Constitutional Rights there. Those authors urge that, “government operatives, whether anonymous or otherwise, should infiltrate and disrupt” the 9/11 truth movement. They wrote, “Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”

As author Kevin Ryan wrote on his blog, “In retrospect, it is comforting to know that so much effort at disruption was needed to prevent 9/11 questions from taking over the national discussion. It means that many people were informed to some degree and that citizen groups working for the truth were seen as a threat to a corrupt system.”

IN SUM

The election of President Trump showed a desperate decision to break with status quo corruption and career politicians like Hillary Clinton. The people just don’t trust the system. With the murder of Seth Rich, the uninvestigated pedophilic crimes exposed by the DNC emails, the major revelations about the 9/11 cover-up going unprosecuted, it’s no surprise the that corporate media has such low approval ratings in public opinion polls.

But the bottom line is that, with Alex Jones, cooler heads will prevail. The truth about Epstein and 9/11 will eventually win out. That’s what the soul of the First Amendment says. If you allow for a diversity of opinion, eventually the truth will prevail.

A group of over 70 attorneys has taken action recently, based on the 17 years of independent research into 9/11. The Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry in April filed a petition for a Special Grand Jury into the collapse of the World Trade Towers, in US Federal Court. Of course, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman ignored the petition, and ignored his legal duty to convene a Grand Jury, despite the 57 categories of evidence. So, on the 10th of September this year, the Lawyers will escalate and file a Mandamus suit.

Alex Jones’ work on 9/11 Truth, is probably the most important of all his work on controversial topics. In some ways, the national 9/11 Truth movement has received a great gift here. Nothing unites a movement like the feeling of being attacked, especially on the verge of the 17th Anniversary of 9/11, in an eventful year for work against the Deep State. The censorship of Alex Jones shows that our work is relevant, and that the struggle is escalating. We have hard facts. If they can’t debate us, they will try to silence us. It won’t work. The First Amendment is on our side.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sander Hicks is an independent progressive candidate for US Congress, in NYC’s 12th Congressional District. He has been a guest on Alex Jones’ show, and has debated CNN’s Oliver Darcy on the Comedy Central video podcast. He is author of two books about the War on Terror. Please learn more about his campaign, and consider a donation, at www.hicksforcongress.com

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Ancient Aliens S13E12 They Came from the Sky (2018) Documentary.Series

http://www.crystalinks.com/blackstoneofmecca.html

Ancient cultures from around the world believed that meteorites were not merely rocks that fell from the sky, but sacred stones imbued with the power of the Gods. Ancient Astronaut theorists ask: Could these space rocks be pieces of extraterrestrial technology?

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/niac_2016_phasei_dunn_projectrama_tagged.pdf        82

Nasa RAMA project  – Reconstitutign Asteroids into Mechanical Automata

Launching a WALL-E robot onto a meteorite, to havest the minerals, and self replicate to build a new rocket, or modules for humans to arrive later

https://www.space.com/33079-turning-asteroids-into-spaceships-made-in-space.html

A few decades from now, asteroids may be flying themselves to mining outposts in space, nobly sacrificing their abundant resources to help open the final frontier to humanity.

That’s the vision of California-based company Made In Space, which was recently awarded NASA funding to investigate how to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft.

The project, known as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), is part of Made In Space’s long-term plan to enable space colonization by helping make off-Earth manufacturing efficient and economically viable.

Plan to Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships Could Spur Off-Earth Mining

Plan to Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships Could Spur Off-Earth Mining

Artist’s illustration of an asteroid that has been turned into a giant mechanical spacecraft, which could fly itself to a mining outpost.

Credit: Made In Space

A few decades from now, asteroids may be flying themselves to mining outposts in space, nobly sacrificing their abundant resources to help open the final frontier to humanity.

That’s the vision of California-based company Made In Space, which was recently awarded NASA funding to investigate how to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft.

The project, known as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), is part of Made In Space’s long-term plan to enable space colonization by helping make off-Earth manufacturing efficient and economically viable. [How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)]

“Today, we have the ability to bring resources from Earth,” Made In Space co-founder and chief technology officer Jason Dunn told Space.com. “But when we get to a tipping point where we need the resources in space, then the question becomes, ‘Where do they come from and how do we get them, and how do we deliver them to the location that we need?’ This is a way to do it.”

Diagram of an asteroid that has been converted into a mechanical spacecraft by a robotic "Seed Craft."
Diagram of an asteroid that has been converted into a mechanical spacecraft by a robotic “Seed Craft.”

Credit: Zoe Brinkley

 

Made In Space’s idea involves sending an advanced, robotic “Seed Craft” out to rendezvous with a succession of near-Earth asteroids in space.

The Seed Craft would harvest material from the space rocks, then use this feedstock to construct propulsion, navigation, energy-storage and other key systems onsite with the aid of 3D printing and other technologies. (Made In Space has considerable 3D-printing expertise; the company built the two 3D printers that were installed aboard the International Space Station in the past year and a half.)

Thus transformed into autonomous spacecraft, the asteroids could be programmed to fly to a mining station in Earth-moon space, or anywhere else they were needed. This approach would be much more efficient than launching a new capture probe (or probes) to every single space rock targeted for resource exploitation, Made In Space representatives said.

The converted asteroids wouldn’t resemble the traditional idea of spacecraft, with rocket engines and complex electronic circuitry. Rather, everything would be mechanical and relatively primitive.

For example, the computer would be analog, akin, perhaps, to the Antikythera mechanism invented by the ancient Greeks to chart the motion of heavenly bodies, Dunn said. And the propulsion system might be some sort of catapult that launches boulders or other material off the asteroid in a controlled way, thereby pushing the space rock in the opposite direction (as described by Newton’s Third Law of Motion), he added.

“At the end of the day, the thing that we want the asteroid to be is technology that has existed for a long time. The question is, ‘Can we convert an asteroid into that technology at some point in the future?'” Dunn said. “We think the answer is yes.”

Project RAMA is not starting from scratch. Autonomous 3D printers that use mechanically driven systems already exist, Dunn noted, as do mechanical computers made of 3D-printed parts.

Still, making it happen will require significant advances in a number of areas, including in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) — the art of living off the land. Made In Space is counting on NASA to push ISRU technology forward, Dunn said. (Advanced ISRU tech will be vital for supporting astronauts on Mars and other off-Earth outposts, NASA officials have said.) [What Technology Will Humans Need to Explore Mars? (Video)]

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Made In Space’s larger vision won’t be realized for a while, because RAMA is still in the very early stages.

In April, the project received a Phase 1 grant from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which aims to encourage the development of potentially revolutionary space-exploration technologies.

Phase 1 NIAC awardees get $100,000 for nine months’ worth of initial feasibility studies. (Recipients can then apply for a Phase 2 NIAC award, which is worth about $500,000 and funds two years of further concept development.)

Any discussion of Project RAMA timelines is therefore incredibly speculative, Dunn stressed. Still, he estimated that the effort might require 20 years or so of technology development and other work. If that’s the case, the first Seed Craft may get off the ground in the late 2030s — perhaps just as asteroid-mining and off-Earth manufacturing are coming into their own.

“The anticipation is that the RAMA architecture is a long time line, and when it becomes capable is about the same time that people really need the resources,” Dunn said.

Project RAMA could also have applications here on Earth, he added, saying that machines similar to Seed Craft could do a variety of jobs around the planet.

“You could build infrastructure in remote locations somewhat autonomously, and convert resources into useful devices and mechanical machines,” Dunn said. “This actually could solve some pretty big problems on Earth, from housing to construction of things that make people’s lives better.”

You can read more about Project RAMA at Made In Space’s NIAC page and in a piece that Dunn wrote for Medium.com.

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https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/nasa-spacecraft-approaches-asteroid-bennu-snaps-first-pic/article24784236.ece

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid Bennu, snaps first pic

This image taken from NASA on August 24, 2018, the asteroid Bennu is seen from an image obtained from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraftThis image taken from NASA on August 24, 2018, the asteroid Bennu is seen from an image obtained from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft   | Photo Credit: AFP

OSIRIS-REx is designed to reach out with a robotic arm to “high-five” the surface of the asteroid and return the sample to Earth in 2023

Two years after launching from Florida, a NASA spacecraft is closing in on an ancient asteroid, Bennu, for a sample of space dust that could reveal clues to the start of life in the solar system.

The spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx — Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer — has even snapped its first, blurry picture of the cosmic body, which is about the size of a small mountain, about 500 meters in diameter. The spacecraft is designed to circle Bennu, and reach out with a robotic arm to “high-five” its surface, then return the sample it collects to Earth in 2023.

The first images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 2.3 million kilometers from the $800 million spacecraft. “This is the closest we have even been to Bennu,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson. “This is significant in that we are now in the vicinity of the asteroid, closer than we have ever been even during the close approaches of the asteroid to the Earth.”

Carbon-rich asteroid

Bennu was chosen from the some 500,000 asteroids in the solar system because it orbits close to Earth’s path around the sun, it is the right size for scientific study, and is one of the oldest asteroids known to NASA. Astronomers say it poses a slight risk — a one in 2,700 chance — of colliding with Earth in 2135.

It is also a carbon-rich asteroid, the kind of cosmic body that may have delivered life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago. The OSIRIS-REx mission is not the first to ever visit an asteroid and attempt a sample return — Japan has done it before and Europe has managed to land on a comet. But it is the first asteroid-sample-return mission for NASA, and it aims to bring back the biggest sample ever, on the order of 60 grams.

In December, the spacecraft will begin a detailed survey of asteroid’s surface, which NASA has defined as “arrival” at the asteroid. Orbital insertion is expected on December 31. The sample, however, will not be taken until July 2020.

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/worlds-first-mission-to-touch-the-sun-lifts-off-nasa/article24670158.ece

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/man-mission-to-space-to-have-3-crew-members-will-be-in-space-for-5-7-days-isro-chief/1295493/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316547389_Autonomous_precision_landing_of_space_rockets

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316547389_Autonomous_precision_landing_of_space_rockets

Autonomous precision landing of space rockets

https://techport.nasa.gov/view/93919

Project Introduction

The objective of this study is for Made In Space (MIS) to establish the concept feasibility of using the age-old technique of analog computers and mechanisms to convert entire asteroids into enormous autonomous mechanical spacecraft. Project RAMA, Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata, has been designed to leverage the advancing trends of additive manufacturing (AM) and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) to enable asteroid rendezvous missions in which a set of technically simple robotic processes convert asteroid elements into very basic versions of spacecraft subsystems (GNC, Propulsion, Avionics). Upon completion, the asteroid will be a programmed mechanical automata carrying out a given mission objective; such as relocation to an Earth-Moon libration point for human rendezvous. This technique will create an affordable and scalable way for NASA to achieve future roadmap items for both the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) such as Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), New Frontiers Comet Surface Sample Return, and other Near Earth Object (NEO) applications. It is estimated that an order of magnitude increase in NEO targets can be explored for the same mission cost with the RAMA approach compared to the SOA Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) architecture by removing the need to launch all spacecraft subsystems and instead converting the asteroid into them in-situ. Assuming the development trends continue for industry based AM methods as well as NASA and industry investments in ISRU capabilities, Project RAMA will create a space mission architecture capable of achieving the aforementioned NASA goals within a 20-30 year time frame. Furthermore, as described in the proposal, the identified study path will provide insight into near term Mission ‘Pull’ technologies worth investment in order to create the development roadmap for the proposed ‘Push’ technologies for achieving NASA’s long term strategic goals.« Less

Anticipated Benefits

Project Closeout – Executive Summary

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/niac_2016_phasei_dunn_projectrama_tagged.pdf

https://design-milk.com/worlds-first-analog-3d-printer-daniel-de-bruin/

World’s First Analog 3D Printer by Daniel de Bruin

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:101105

The Turbo Entabulator – a 3D-printable, fully mechanical computer

by chris Jun 9, 2013

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2041993/this-3d-printed-mechanical-computer-puts-both-old-and-new-tech-to-good-use.html

A mechanical computer may not seem all that practical in today’s electronics-driven world. That didn’t stop Chris Fenton from building one for himself.

Chris, an electrical engineer by trade, made the Turbo Entabulator out of his love of computers—new and old—and an interest in how they work. Chris wanted to see how basic of a computer you could make while still being able to call it a computer.

The Entabulator runs the classic Fibonacci series, punching out the mathematical sequence on cards. Most importantly, though, the computer is purely mechanical—you won’t find any electronic components. As a result, the Turbo Entabulator requires some manual labor—you have to turn a crank for it to run. Chris produced almost all the parts with his MakerBot 3D printer, the only electronic know-how needed.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/This-Is-a-3D-Printed-Mechanical-Computer-Uses-no-Electronics-Video-460194.shtml

This Is a 3D Printed Mechanical Computer, Uses no Electronics – Video

Called the Entabulator, it can read punch cards

Sep 27, 2014 09:26 GMT  ·  By Sebastian Pop   ·

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Have you ever heard of a completely mechanical computer? If you haven’t, you might want to know that they existed and sold prior to the 1990s, especially in the sixties and seventies. For example, one that sold in 1960 could calculate square roots.

Mechanical computers are made from levers, gears and various other physical components. Adding machines and mechanical counters are the most common types.

Now, though, an electrical engineer from New York City, Chris Fenton by name, has created one that can read punch cards.

Don’t let his profession fool you. He really did make a fully mechanical computer, one that uses no electricity. Admittedly, he did try with electricity first, making the 3D-printed FIBIAC.

The Turbo Entabulator

The new machine doesn’t use electricity at all but can still perform around one micro operation per second. He calls the new machine the Turbo Entabulator. It employs spring-loaded pins and punch-cards to read an instruction stream rather than an infrared card-reader.

Sure, he went through 20 prototypes, but he managed it in the end. The contraption has three single-digit base-ten registers and a ten-hook Jacquard-style punch card reader. Two hooks assigned to each counter add or subtract from the register (don’t select both, because the machine will jam and snap), while a reading of “zero” will cause spring-loaded lever attached to each counter to raise.

Also, when a zero-detect lever gets read, a shaft that runs the length of the machine lifts a “catch” mechanism to rotate the “cylinder” of the punch card reader advancing to the next instruction.

A pretty complicated project, all told, but that was the whole point, to test the limits of his inventiveness. A MakerBot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer was used to produce all the parts (except some nuts and bolts, springs, rubber bands, and tiny bearings).

The design

As you can see in the attached photo, and the video embedded below, the Entabulator isn’t all that large, taking up the same space as a food tray at most. Granted, it isn’t all that fast either, but there was never any chance of the thing doing anything even close to a real computer.

Chris Fenton must have had a lot of patience. He also must possess a high degree of selflessness, or a really good sense of humor, because he has uploaded the plans for the contraption on Thingiverse. Go ahead and check them out if you want to build something similar. Might make for a good science project.

https://www.sumitomodrive.com/uploads/product/files/file-2645.pdf      industrial gear box technology

https://www.geartechnology.com/issues/0110x/biggears.pdf

https://www.geartechnology.com/articles/0615/The_Basics_of_Gear_Theory/

For soft cutting, “threaded” hobs (Fig. 8, right) are mostly used. The discrete cutting blades are grouped along a helix on the surface of a cylinder.

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Figure 8 Manufacturing of involute tooth forms.
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Hobs are swiveled to an angular position in order to compensate for the helix lead angle. During the continuous hob rotation, a feed motion moves the hob along the face width of the work gear (“E” in Fig. 8). In case of a single start hob, the work gear will rotate one tooth (one pitch) during one hob rotation. A number of other methods for the manufacture of involute gears are also derived from the generating principle with a trapezoidal rack.

The so called profile cutting or grinding methods are based on cutting or grinding tools whose tooth forming profile sections represent a negative “involute.” Profile tools are more difficult to manufacture than generating tools, and are more sensitive to positioning errors and process related kinematic, i.e. — dynamic influences.

The Conclusion from the Cylindrical Gear to the Bevel Gear

It is possible to apply the conclusions of the preceding sections in a similar form also to three-dimensional gearing applications. If motion and force should be transmitted between two non-parallel axes, the solution beyond to worm gear drives and crossed helical gear drives is the most remarkable case in gearing — bevel gears. These are angular transmissions with conical gears that have straight or curved teeth in direction of the face width. Depending on the axes orientation, bevel gears are divided in straight or spiral bevel gears with intersecting axes, and hypoid gears with crossing axes which are separated by an offset. The different bevel gear types are explained in Chapter 3 in detail with their properties and applications.

The conclusion from “N to N + 1” from the cylindrical gear to the bevel gear can be created intuitively if the generating rack (Fig. 8) is placed on a flat surface and then bent around a vertical axis (Fig. 9). If the rack is imagined to consist of thin, elastic material, then only the cylindrical section through the middle of the face width of the toothed ring (Fig. 9) shows the original trapezoidal rack profile (Fig. 8), i.e. — rolled on the surface of said cylinder.

The trapezoidal profile reduces in size proportionally towards the center and enlarges proportionally towards the outside. If this proportional profile distortion does not only apply in circumferential direction but also in vertical direction, then the optimal generating gear for straight bevel gears has been created. This leads to a simple explanation of the generating principle in Figure 9. If a disk from modeling clay is pressed from the top into the profile of the generating gear and a slip free rotation between disk and generating gear occurs, then teeth with nearly involute profiles are formed. The profiles formed in this experiment are spherical involutes, or octoids of the first kind. If the same experiment is repeated with a disk from modeling clay from the lower side of the generating gear, then a second bevel gear with an octoid profile is created. Remarkably enough, in the conducted brain experiment the most elementary case of the kinematic coupling requirements between two gears has been realized. If it is possible for the upper bevel gear to engage in a perfect meshing condition with the generating gear — and if the lower bevel gear can engage in a perfect meshing condition with the mirror-imaged bottom side of the generating gear — then the generating gear (which has only a virtual character) can be removed and the two bevel gears will mesh perfectly with each other as well. This leads to the formal definition of the kinematic coupling requirements.

Kinematic Coupling Requirements

Figure 9

Figure 9 Generating principle of straight bevel gears.
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  1. The flank surfaces of the generating gears of the two mating bevel gears are congruent (same shape but mirror images (Fig. 9))
  2. The generating gears of the two mating bevel gears require identical axes of rotation (top/bottom sides of generating gear in Figure 9 form the same generating gear which rotates in both cases around the same axis and therefore satisfies condition 2)
  3. The surface of engagement of pinion and ring gear must be identical to the surface of engagement between pinion and generating gear, and also to the one between ring gear and generating gear (without detailed knowledge of the surfaces of engagement, the global condition in Figure 9 seems to satisfy this requirement)

With all coupling requirements satisfied, the ring gear flanks are conjugate to the pinion flanks. (The term conjugate is used in mathematics for two or more surfaces which contact each other along a line. Since the 1980s the term conjugate is also employed in the gear technology literature to define the “exact” gear pair which presents a triple plurality of line contact between two gear flanks during the meshing process (Ref. 4). This book will apply this application of the term conjugate according to the following definition, since it is commonly used today.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/

Over 2,000 years old.

Holding it in your hands, you could track the paths of the Sun, Moon and planets with impressive accuracy. One investigator dubbed it “an ancient Greek computer.” But the X-ray images were difficult to interpret, so mainstream historians ignored the artifact even as it was championed by fringe writers such as Erich von Däniken, who claimed it came from an alien spaceship. It wasn’t until 2006 that the Antikythera mechanism captured broader attention. That year, Mike Edmunds of Cardiff University in Wales and his team published CT scans of the fragments, revealing more details of the inner workings, as well as hidden inscriptions—and triggering a burst of scholarly research.

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http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/     official research project

Publications

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project (AMRP) publishes results on a stable basis, as data is processed and results are analyzed.

The first article was published in “Nature” in 2006:
Decoding the ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera Mechanism
Subsequently, a second article was published in “Nature” in 2008, whit authors being members of the research project and scientific collaborators from the field of history of astronomy:
Calendars with Olympiad display and eclipse prediction on the Antikythera Mechanism

Before the creation of the AMRP, two members had already published scholarly articles on the Mechanism. The first was Mike Edmunds, in 2000:
The Antikythera Mechanism: still a mystery of Greek Astronomy.
Tony Freeth published two articles in 2002:
The Antikythera Mechanism: 1. Challenging the classic research
The Antikythera Mechanism: 2. Is it Posidonius’ orrery?

In 2009, Tony Freeth has also published this article in Scientific American, fifty years after Derek Price’s initial article in the same journal.

In 2012, Tony Freeth and Alexander Jones published “The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism”, an article about planetary mechanisms.

In 2016, the members of the research project published the volume “The Inscriptions of the Antikythera Mechanism”, a collaborative work edited by Mike Edmunds for the journal Almagest, in a special issue supported by Hublot.

In addition to these, the AMRP published three booklets with the cooperation of other institutions:
A catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, in July 2008:
The Antikythera Mechanism: Decoding an Ancient Greek Mystery by Tony Freeth
An abstract booklet for the Athens Conference in 2006, published with the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece:
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism: Science and Technology in Ancient Greece.
A catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, in December 2010.

Members of the AMRP collaborated to the “Antikythera Wreck” exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum:
Catalogue of the exhibition: The Shipwreck of Antikythera: The Ship, The Treasure, The Mechanism.
Accompanying booklet about the technology shown at the exhibition:
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism: Science and Technology in Ancient Greece.

We are expecting more publications in the near future, both from the AMRP and from scientific collaborators of the Research Project. This page will be regularly updated [last update: June 2016]. You should also check the bibliography for an extensive list of publications on the Antikythera Mechanism and on the context of Ancient Astronomy, Science and Technology.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/05/17/antikythera-mechanism-discovered-115-years-ago/

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/17/15646450/antikythera-mechanism-greek-computer-astronomy-google-doodle

NASA RAMA Project

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/reconstituting-asteroids-into-mechanical-automata

http://www.crystalinks.com/blackstoneofmecca.html

The Black Stone of Mecca





The Black Stone of Mecca, or Kaaba Stone, is a Muslim relic, which according to Islamic tradition dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. It is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient sacred stone building towards which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Stone is a dark rock, polished smooth by the hands of millions of pilgrims, that has been broken into a number of fragments cemented into a silver frame in the side of the Kaaba. Although it has often been described as a meteorite, this hypothesis is still under consideration.It is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient sacred stone building towards which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Stone is roughly 30 cm (12 in.) in diameter, and 1.5 meters (5 ft.) above the ground. When pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj, many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that it received from the Islamic prophet Muhammad. If they cannot reach it, they are to point to it on each of their seven circuits around the Kaaba. The Stone is broken into a number of pieces from damage which was inflicted during the Middle Ages. The pieces are held together by a silver frame, which is fastened by silver nails to the Stone.

There are various opinions as to what the Black Stone actually is. Muslims say that the Stone was found by Abraham (Ibrahim) and his son Ishmael (Ismail) when they were searching for stones with which to build the Kaaba. They recognized its worth and made it one of the building’s cornerstones.

Secular historians point to the history of stone worship, and especially meteorite worship, in pre-Islamic Arabia, and say that it is likely that the Stone is a meteorite. There is no way to test this hypothesis without removing and examining the Stone, which would not be permitted by its guardians.

There is no indication as to where this stone originated, but since it pre-dates the revelation of the Holy Qur’an and Muhammad’s prophethood, and even kissed, it must stem from the time of Abraham since the Hajj traditions are traceable to the patriarch of monotheism.

The Ka’bah at Mecca describes the shape of the black stone structure on a marble base which stands in the centre court of the Great Mosque, Masjidul Haram, at the centre of Mecca. It stands about 50 feet high by about 35 feet wide. Set into the eastern corner is the sacred stone. This Ka’ba is a cubed shaped temple rebuilt by Abraham and his son Ishmael. Reverently draped in black cloth throughout the year, it beckons to every Muslim of the world to come to its sacred ground.

The Ka’ba – Kaaba – is the canonical center of the Islamic world and every pious act, particularly prayer, is directed toward it. Once a year it plays host to the greatest convention of religious believers and stands ready to sanctify the Umrah traveler through the balance of the year.

The official starting point of the walk around the Kaaba, that forms the core of the holy pilgrimage, is called the hajj. During the Tawaf pilgrims kiss or touch the black stone as they circumambulate the Ka’ba.

Maqam Ibrahim or place where Abraham stood

It is opposite the Multazam the only door of the Ka’bah.Invocation of the pilgrims on the hill of As-Safa,

Point of departure for the procession.

Pilgrims touching one of the walls of the Ka’bah.

Some Muslims are more willing to believe that the Stone itself has some supernatural powers. They believe that this stone fell from the sky during the time of Adam and Eve, and that it has the power to cleanse worshippers of their sins by absorbing them into itself. They say that the Black Stone was once a pure and dazzling white and it has turned black because of the sins it has absorbed over the years.

It is remarkable, however, that even though the temple contained 360 idols worshipped before Muhammad’s Prophethood, the black stone was never kissed or made an idol of worship. In fact, the Ka’ba was never worshipped by the idolaters prior to Muhammad’s Prophethood. The building contained idols of worship but the building itself was never an object of worship.

The fact that the Ka’ba was rebuilt by Abraham is a historical fact. Since the stone has been there ever since, it stands to reason that Abraham placed the stone in the Ka’ba. The Black Stone is in fact the cornerstone of the Ka’ba and is there as an emblem of the progeny of Abraham which was rejected by the Israelites and became the corner stone of the Kingdom of God.

The Psalms contains a clear reference to it:

    The stone which the builders refused is become the head-stone of the corner. Ishmael was looked on as being rejected by God, or so the Israelites believed. Yet it was a progeny of Ishmael that the Last Prophet, the ‘head-stone of the corner’ was to arise.

While David referred to it as the stone which the builders refused, Jesus spoke of it more plainly in the parable of the husbandman, telling the Israelites that the vineyard, which in the parable stands for the Kingdom of God, would be taken away from them and given to other husbandmen.

That by the rejected stone in the prophecy (21:42) was meant a rejected nation (21:43) is made clear by Jesus Christ. That this rejected nation was none other than the Ishmaelites has been borne out by history.

The Black Stone, therefore, passes for the mithaq, the primordial covenant between the Creator and His created. And in the whole world there is only this unhewn stone, the stone, Cut out of the mountains without hands (Daniel 2:45), and that is the corner-stone of a building, which in point of importance, stands unique in the world.

Touching or kissing the stone has a profound impact on the faithful as it is suppose to count in their favor on judgment day.

The great Muslim traveler from Valencia, Ibn Jubayr (1145-1217) describes the emotion he felt on touching the stone, The stone, when one kisses it, has a softness and freshness which delights the mouth; so much so that he who places his lips upon it wishes never to remove them. It suffices, moreover, that the Prophet said that it is the Right Hand of God on Earth.

The single most important reason for kissing the stone is that Prophet Muhammad did so. No devotional significance whatsoever is attached to the stone. Kissing or touching the Black Stone is a reverential act of acknowledgment that God’s hand directed its placement and construction. That Abraham and Muhammad, God’s blessing upon them, had touched and kissed the stone and an acknowledgment that God had entrusted the ‘corner stone’ of His religious central focus for man upon that hollowed and sacred place.

Researchers have noted that the Ka’bah is accurately aligned on two heavenly phenomena – the cycles of the moon and the rising of Canopus, the brightest star after Sirius.

There are various other opinions as to what the Black Stone actually symbolizes. Many Muslims regard the Stone as ‘just a stone’. When Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Caliph, came to kiss the stone, he said, in front of all assembled: “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither harm anyone nor benefit anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Messenger kissing you, I would not have kissed you.” They pay their respects to the Black Stone in a spirit of trust in Muhammad, not with any belief in the Black Stone itself.


Other Cultures and Dieties

The earliest reference we have to a goddess worshipped as a cube-shaped stone is from neolithic Anatolia. Alternatively, ‘Kubaba’ may mean a hollow vessel or cave – which would still be a supreme image of the goddess. The ideograms for Kubaba in the Hittite alphabet are a lozenge or cube, a double-headed axe, a dove, a vase and a door or gate – all images of the goddess in neolithic Europe.

Deities of other cultures known to have been associated with black stones include Aphrodite at Paphos, Cybele at Pessinus and later Rome, Astarte at Byblos and the famous Artemis/Diana of Ephesus. The latter’s most ancient sculpture was, it is said, carved from a black meteorite.

The earliest form of Cybele’s name may have been Kubaba or Kumbaba which suggests Humbaba, who was the guardian of the forest in the Epic of Gilgamesh – the world’s oldest recorded myth from Assyria of circa 2,500 BCE and, as scholars reveal more of the text as the source of most of the major mythological themes of later civilizations.

The origin of Kubaba may have been kube or kuba meaning ‘cube’.

The stone associated with Cybele’s worship was, originally, probably at Pessinus but perhaps at Pergamum or on Mount Ida. What is certain is that in 204 BCE it was taken to Rome, where Cybele became ‘Mother’ to the Romans. The ecstatic rites of her worship were alien to the Roman temperament, but nevertheless animated the streets of their city during the annual procession of the goddess’s statue. Alongside Isis, Cybele retained prominence in the heart of the Empire until the fifth century BCE – when the stone was then lost. Her cult prospered throughout the Empire and it is said that every town or village remained true to the worship of Cybele.

The home of Aphrodite was at Paphos on Cyprus. Various Classical writers describe the rituals which went on her in her honor – in which a tapering black stone, the object of verneration at her temple, was used.


Holiday of Hajj


Pseudoscience

If you believe in the ancient astronaut theory of creation, you have to wonder
if the Black Stone is an alien artifact or at the very least came from space. .
The word Kaaba – Ka’ba means Cube


Metatron’s Cube

Sacred Geometry Creation

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http://prohibition.themobmuseum.org/the-history/prohibition-potpourri/nascar-and-prohibition/

NASCAR Rooted in Prohibition Bootlegging

From North Carolina to Spokane, Washington, bootleggers during Prohibition used “souped up” automobiles to stay to ahead of federal agents and local police while transporting illegal whiskey on back roads in the dark of night.

The idea was fairly simple – take a car that looked ordinary on the outside, modify the engine for greater speed, remove the floor boards, passenger and back seats to store as many cases of liquor as possible, install extra suspension springs to handle the weight, a dirt-protecting plate in front of the radiator and run the prohibited booze to customers by outsmarting or outrunning the authorities.

To elude federal Prohibition agents, sheriffs and cops on the road, these daring “runners” needed sharp driving skills to speed and maneuver along dirt, gravel, single-lane, and occasionally, paved roads after dark and at times with their headlights turned off.

Even before Prohibition came to an end in 1933, racing these high-performance cars became a popular pastime among the “runners” in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and elsewhere in the South. They raced each other’s cars, many of them Ford models, on weekend afternoons out in the country on makeshift dirt tracks. Such were the bootlegger roots of the stock car, and what would evolve into the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR, in 1947.

Booze runners looked for good mechanics who knew how to make their engines run faster and handle better than police vehicles. This became even more important in 1932, when Ford introduced its flathead V-8, with eight cylinders, a powerful car that runners started using as did police departments to keep pace.         

By the nature of their illegal liquor business, veering fast along curvy, mountainous roads, runners taught themselves to be the best stock car drivers of the era and beyond. Although national Prohibition ended in 1933, production of illegal whiskey continued for years afterward to avoid taxes and regulations. Many future NASCAR drivers cut their teeth bootlegging illegal moonshine in the 1940s, such as NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, who won his learner’s permit by running corn mash hooch before his NASCAR debut in 1955.

Edmund Fahey of Spokane, Washington, who smuggled cases of Scotch whiskey from Canada inside his modified Buick across the border in the early ’20s, wrote in his 1972 autobiography that runners had to guard against getting flats in the era’s flimsy tubed tires and be good roadside mechanics, almost like a race car driver and crew in one.     

“The rum smuggler put his cars through mechanical tests as tough as those devised by test drivers,” he wrote. “Tires were put to the severest possible tests. Heavy loads, hauled over the toughest of roads often at reckless speeds, kept the rubber on your car always under the utmost strain. Therefore, the rum smuggler at all times used the best tires that could be bought. In fact, several companies developed tires especially for the rum-running trade. Many a runner served time in jail simply because his rubber failed him at some critical moment.”

Fahey dropped out of the runner’s racket after an arrest and six-month jail sentence in the mid-’20s and did not end up as a racer.

The legacy of the Prohibition runner went beyond casual backwoods racing in 1936, when the city of Daytona, Florida, held the first organized stock car race as a promotion. It lost money, but a Prohibition-era mechanic named Bill France, who placed fifth in the race, was determined to find a way to organize stock car racing. It took him more than a decade, but NASCAR’s organization set a single set of rules for racetracks and formalized the sport. The first NASCAR race was held in Daytona on February 15, 1948. The winner, in a modified Ford, was Red Byron, a former moonshine runner.

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Things are looking up. You managed to extract 100 gallons (378.54 liters) of hooch from your illegal backwoods still, pour the 150-proof white lightning into jars and load them into the trunk of your car — all without being discovered by the law. Your illicit stash is tucked under blankets, just for good measure, and covered with an assortment of old coats. Now all you have to do is deliver it.

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There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a very few of them. And possibly only one profession is phonier.
Advertising design, in persuading people to buy things they don’t need, with money they don’t have, in order to impress others who don’t care,
is probably the phoniest field in existence today. Industrial design, by concocting the tawdry idiocies hawked by advertisers, comes a close
second. Never before in history have grown men sat down and seriously designed electric hairbrushes, rhinestone-covered file boxes, and
mink carpeting for bathrooms, and then drawn up elaborate plans to make and sell these gadgets to millions of people. Before (in the ‘good
old days’), if a person liked killing people, he had to become a general, purchase a coal-mine, or else study nuclear physics. Today, industrial
design has put murder on a mass-production basis. By designing criminally unsafe automobiles that kill or maim nearly one million people
around the world each year, by creating whole new species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape, and by choosing materials and
processes that pollute the air we breathe, designers have become a dangerous breed. And the skills needed in these activities are taught
carefully to young people.
In an age of mass production when everything must be planned and designed, design has become the most powerful tool with which man
shapes his tools and environments (and, by extension, society and himself). This demands high social and moral responsibility from the
designer. It also demands greater understanding of the people by those who practise design and more insight into the design process by the
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XB-70 Valkyrie
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NASA XB-70 Ship One in 1968
Role Strategic bomber
Supersonic research aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer North American Aviation
First flight 21 September 1964
Retired 4 February 1969
Status Retired
Primary users United States Air Force
NASA
Number built 2
Program cost US$1.5 billion[1]
Unit cost
US$750 million (average cost)

The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the planned B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. Designed in the late 1950s by North American Aviation, the six-engined Valkyrie was capable of cruising for thousands of miles at Mach 3+ while flying at 70,000 feet (21,000 m).

At these speeds, it was expected that the B-70 would be almost immune to interceptor aircraft, the only effective weapon against bomber aircraft at the time. The bomber would spend only a few minutes over a particular radar station, flying out of its range before the controllers could position their fighters in a suitable location for an interception. High speed also made the aircraft difficult to see on radar displays and its high-altitude flight could not be matched by any contemporary Soviet fighter.

The introduction of the first Soviet surface-to-air missiles in the late 1950s put the near-invulnerability of the B-70 in doubt. In response, the United States Air Force (USAF) began flying its missions at low level, where the missile radar’s line of sight was limited by local terrain. In this low-level penetration role, the B-70 offered little additional performance over the B-52 it was meant to replace, while being far more expensive with shorter range. Other alternate missions were proposed, but these were of limited scope. With the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) during the late 1950s, manned bombers were increasingly seen as obsolete.

The USAF eventually gave up fighting for its production and the B-70 program was canceled in 1961. Development was then turned over to a research program to study the effects of long-duration high-speed flight. As such, two prototype aircraft, designated XB-70A, were built; these aircraft were used for supersonic test-flights during 1964–69. In 1966, one prototype crashed after colliding with a smaller aircraft while flying in close formation; the remaining Valkyrie bomber is in the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.

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James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control – “Everyone Must Check In”

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James Fetzer: In Solidarity with Alex Jones – Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control – “Everyone Must Check In”

Mr. President,

During hearings on the failure of Connecticut to comply with Wolfgang’s FOIA requests, his attorney, Kay Wilson, asked First Selectman E. Patricia Llordra of Newtown, under oath, who she thought put up the flashing “Everyone Must Check in” sign at that location. The Selectman, whose position is equivalent to Mayor, responded: “I believe Homland Security put it there”. But of course, DHS wasn’t even supposed to be there. Some would call this, “Game! Set! Match!”

Anyone who doubts that crisis actors were used at Sandy Hook cannot be familiar with the B-grade performances of bona fide actors such as Francine Wheeler, David Wheeler, and Gene Rosen, whose performance should qualify him for “Worst Crisis Actor of 2012” Award. Gene claimed to have found several children (the number varies from 4 to 6 on various recounting) on his lawn, brought them into his home by the Firehouse and gave them milk and cookies.

All the feigned emotion he evokes cannot compensate for the absurdity of the story: Not only was there no evacuation of children from the school (which was why Shannon Hicks’ had to stage her photos) but, had there been, no bus driver would have dropped children off at the residence of someone who was not their parent or guardian. Rosen had no idea who they were and his story was absurd from the beginning. It’s frankly bewildering that anyone has bought it.

Among the many recordings of Gene Rosen’s testimony are those that show a portable sign in the background, “Everyone must check in”, which has raised questions about exactly what was going on. Some have insisted that the sign was there on the 14th (the day of the alleged event) because the crowds were enormous and had to be managed. But when I consulted experts in law enforcement whether they had heard of such a thing at a crime scene, they simply laughed.

The sign was placed there on the 13th because this was a two-day FEMA exercise, for which we even have the manual, included as Appendix A to Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015). The drill began at 8 AM/ET on 12/13/12 and end at 11:59 PM to be evaluated on 12/14/12 as “a real-time event”.  As the manual itself explains, “Everyone must sign in with the controller upon arrival”, which explains the sign, one among many ways we know this was a FEMA exercise:

  • When Wolfgang sought to find out who had delivered the Port-a-Potties, he was denied that information, because it would have shown they were delivered on the 13th rather than the 14th, which led to his pursuit of legal action for failure to respond to his FOIA;
  • Not only the placement of the sign but the pizza and bottled water at the Firehouse were part of the exercise, where FEMA drills provide refreshments and restrooms;
  • Many there were wearing name tags on lanyards, which is also standard for FEMA exercises, where the participants are identified by color-coded nametags on lanyards;
  • Parents were bringing children on location; but no parent would have brought a child to the scene of a child-shooting massacre. Because it was the rehearsal, they were treating it as a festive occasion, which is completely inexplicable had this not been a FEMA drill.

The failure to follow standard emergency procedures on the 14th was another glaring tell: no EMTs were allowed to enter the building; no string of ambulances was brought in to rush their little bodies off to hospitals where doctors could pronounce them dead or alive; no med-evac choppers were called, where, as Wolfgang, a nationally recognized school safety expert has observed, they even that routinely for drills. No bodies were ever laid out on the emergency triage tarps. And the only evidence of any evacuations are the staged photos by Shannon Hicks.

References:

Ken Adachi, “Bombshell at FOIA Hearing: Newtown Official Says “Homeland Security” Put Up Flashing “Everyone Must Check In” Sign at Sandy Hook,” EducateYourself.org, 3 June 2015.

Jim Fetzer, “Sandy Hook Update: Tracy loses, Wolfgang wins. The Deep State Strikes Back!,” The Brian Ruhe Show,” (BitChute, 1:36:42), 14 January 2018

Jim Fetzer

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota. He co-founded moonrockbooks.com with Mike Palecek, when they discovered amazon.com was banning their books. He has published widely on conspiracies, including “False Flags on Five Fronts: Sandy Hook, Boston, Charlottesville, Las Vegas and JFK”, “How to Spot a ‘False Flag’: A Sampler of Representative Events”, and “The Parkland Puzzle: How the Pieces fit Together”, at 153news.net, BitChute, real.video and other secure sites.

DOC (3 Pages):  Fetzer Sandy Hook FEMA Drill Everyone Must Check In

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on Sandy Hook: Is FEMA A False Flag Fake News Terrorist Node? Should #GoogleGestapo Be Closed Down?

See Also:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth!

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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/28/will-big-brands-disrupt-higher-education/

Will big brands disrupt higher education?

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In the years to come, who will hospitality hiring managers trust to credential students: Cornell University or the Four Seasons? Will it be Google or Penn State that sets the standards that determine who qualifies as a good computer programmer? Could GE define competency in aeronautic engineering rather than Vaughn College? Should employers place more value in a fashion credential backed by the editors of Vogue or the Pratt Institute?

Institutions of higher education are, of course, not unfamiliar with branding. The brands of top-tier institutions shape not just consumer sentiment, but the market and regulatory landscapes that have governed their existence for decades. The single greatest determinant of U.S. News & World Report rankings is reliance on “reputation.” Eight of the top 20 U.S. News universities are Ivy League schools which are, on average, more than 250 years old.

Brands evolve slowly in any industry. Just ask Arizona State University’s Michael Crow or other leaders of a cadre of innovative colleges and universities that tout dramatic accomplishments, but fail to crack the spaces dominated for centuries by big brands like Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

But the role of brands in higher education may be changing. Mega brands from outside education are beginning to transform the way students and employers think about learning.

Owners of global consumer brands sense two broad shifts in higher education that make it ripe for “brand extensions.” First, traditional education is under assault. Employers are increasingly skeptical of the correlation between a college performance and workplace outcomes. Depending on how you count, coding schools may be graduating as many computer scientists as traditional universities.

Peter Thiel offers $100,000 to brilliant minds willing to drop out of college. Major companies like Google and IBM are looking beyond the degree to find employees with the skills and competencies they demand — regardless of whether they went to college. The New York Times partnered with Cambridge Information Group, which operates Sotheby’s Master’s degree-granting Institute of Art, on art business, contemporary art and fine and decorative arts and design. And startup MasterClass has made a splash by teaming up with celebrities like Wolfgang Puck, Serena Williams and Malcolm Gladwell to teach classes in their respective fields.

Will it be Google or Penn State that sets the standards that determine who qualifies as a good computer programmer?

The definition of education credential, too, is changing. As the shelf life of skills shrinks, the degree is fast losing relevance as the primary unit of measurement for post-secondary education. Our nation’s colleges and universities are, increasingly, using digital credentials to help their graduates show-what-they-know and enable employers to make sense of skills or accomplishments. Even the U.S. Department of Education is supporting “experimental sites” that decouple financial aid from the credit hour in favor of a focus on the underlying competencies that employers value most.

The economics of higher education also makes sense to big brands. Consider the potential for old-line media companies faced with falling revenues as digital distribution models take market share and compete for advertising dollars. Media brands desperately seeking product extensions understand that education is a big market, with over $500 billion of higher education spend in the U.S. alone. No-name private colleges charge $50,000 in tuition and fees. Name-brand colleges create massive profits, and emerging brands like General Assembly command premium fees to train students for the hybrid jobs of the future. Contrast the lifetime value of credential seekers with average revenues per customer selling ads and magazine subscriptions.

But the opportunity for brands is not just economic. Media companies bring other assets to the table, including more curated, and often times high-quality, content than virtually any university. Imagine working with Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of The World Is Flat, to create a course on the Middle East — or a product manager of Samsung on mobile computing.

This is not an either-or for universities. Parsons partnered with Teen Vogue Magazine to launch Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials. Bellevue University teamed up with Chipotle to build a restaurant-oriented business degree program that maps to the Chipotle career path. And Queen Latifah — perhaps one of the best lessons in branding — is building with Strayer University an online course for aspiring entrepreneurs covering confidence and perseverance. Smart global brands and universities with stellar reputations will partner with each other to build up their respective competencies. Great universities will bring tradition and academic excellence — while the global brand has connections to employers and incredible content.

The formula is simple: Well-structured, branded programs will be superior to an unbranded degree. They will give elite institutions a run for their money. It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. News & World Report rankings are riddled with global brands.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/29/googles-wear-os-is-getting-a-new-look/

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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/29/facebook-watch-is-launching-worldwide/

Facebook Watch is launching worldwide

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Facebook  Watch, the social network’s home to original video content and answer to YouTube, is now becoming available worldwide. The Watch tab had first launched last August, only in the U.S., and now touts over 50 million monthly viewers who watch at least a minute of video within Watch. Since the beginning of the year, total time spent viewing videos in Watch is up by 14x, says Facebook.

The company has continued to add more social features to Watch over the past year, including participatory viewing experiences like Watch Parties, Premiers, and those with audience involvement, like an HQ Trivia competitor, Confetti, built on the new gameshow platform.

Watch also offers basic tools for discovery, saving videos for later viewing, and lets users customize a feed of videos from Facebook Pages they follow.

Along with international availability, Facebook is introducing “Ad Breaks” to more publishers. These can be either mid-roll or pre-roll ads, or images below the video. Publishers can either insert the ads themselves or use Facebook’s automated ad insertion features. Facebook says 70+ percent of mid-roll ads are viewed to completion.

Ad Breaks are now offered to creators who publish 3-minute videos that generate over 30,000 1-minute views in total over the past 2 months; who have 10,000 Facebook followers or more; who are in a supported country; and who meet other eligibility criteria.

Supported countries today include the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Next month, that list will expand to include Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand, supporting English content and other local languages. More countries and languages will then follow.

Also new today is the global launch of Creator Studio, where Pages can manage their entire content library and business. This includes the ability to search across their library to view post-level details and insights, as well as manage interactions across Pages, Facebook Messages, comments, and Instagram. Other tools here focus on using Ad Breaks, viewing monetization and payments, and publishing the videos.

The Creator Studio is also seeing the addition of a new metric on audience retention added now, allowing publishers to better program their content.

YouTube, too, also this year launched an updated version of its Creator Studio, now called YouTube Studio, offering similar analytics for its own network.

Facebook isn’t the only one making a play for YouTube’s creators – Amazon’s Twitch has been offering deals to woo creators to its game-streaming site, a recent report claimed.

“Our goal is to provide publishers and creators with the tools they need to build a business on Facebook,” the company said in an announcement. “Facebook’s Fostering an active, engaged community and sharing longer content that viewers seek out and regularly come back to are key to finding success,” it noted.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/28/bernie-sanders-problem-with-amazon/

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking additional information about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses in advance of legislation he’s preparing to introduce on September 5.

Income inequality was, after all, the centerpiece of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. It was a populist message that resonated strongly with voters, giving the dark horse candidate a boost among concerned progressives and independents during a tooth and nail primary battle.

But while the message, perhaps, wasn’t enough to put him over the top, it’s a mission that’s remained central to Sanders’ work on Capitol Hill, finding him taking aim at some of the world’s largest corporations. In recent months, Amazon has been in the senator’s sights.

Earlier today, Sanders tweeted out a link asking employees of the online retail giant to share their experiences working for the company. The form allows current and former Amazon employees to share their stories either on the record or anonymously. It asks whether workers “struggle[d] with the demanding working conditions,” and whether they required public assistance.

In a phone call today, Sanders told TechCrunch that his office already knows enough about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses, but is seeking additional information as it prepares to introduce legislation on September 5.

“We know that the median salary for Amazon employees is about $28,000,” the Senator told TechCrunch. “And about half the workers who work for Amazon make less than $28,000 a year.”

It’s easy to see why the company has become a prime target for Sanders. A recent SEC filing put the median salary at $28,446 — less than owner Jeff Bezos makes every 10 seconds.

“We have every reason to believe that many, many thousands of Amazon workers in their warehouses throughout the country are earning very low wages,” Sanders explained. “It’s hard to get this information. Amazon has not been very forthcoming. From what information we’ve gathered, one out of three Amazon workers in Arizona, as we understand it, are on public assistance. They are receiving either Medicaid, food stamps or public housing.”

The Senator acknowledges that nothing about what Amazon is doing, on the face of it, is breaking any laws. But the discrepancy between its highest and lowest wage earners is enough for him to call into question why government subsidies are required to buoy those on the bottom rung. This is precisely what the proposed legislation aims to address.

Put simply, Sanders says we have every reason to believe that the richest man in the world can afford to pay employees more.

“The taxpayers in this country should not be subsidizing a guy who’s worth $150 billion, whose wealth is increasing by $260 million every single day,” said Sanders. “That is insane. He has enough money to pay his workers a living wage. He does not need corporate welfare. And our goal is to see that Bezos pays his workers a living wage.”

While Amazon is notoriously tight-lipped about matters these matters, the company has been on the defensive since the senator made it a kind of pet project. Amazon won’t comment directly on the forthcoming legislation until it’s made official, but the company did provide TechCrunch with comment regarding the blowback.

“We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers,” an Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Amazon is proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs last year alone. These are good jobs with highly competitive pay and full benefits. In the U.S., the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour before overtime. That’s in addition to our full benefits package that includes health, vision and dental insurance, retirement, generous parental leave, and skills training for in-demand jobs through our Career Choice program, which has over 16,000 participants.”

Amazon further suggests that those interested in learning more about warehouse conditions book a tour of one of its fulfillment centers to “see for themselves.” 

A representative from Sanders’ office tells TechCrunch that Amazon invited the senator on a tour of a fulfillment center, and he plans to take the company up on the offer.

Of course, the concerns over Amazon’s treatment of workers aren’t new. Mother Jones ran an exposé of what it was like working as an Amazon warehouse slave in 2012. In 2013, Gawker published a series of emails from employees discussing life in fulfillment centers citing things like “unrealistic goals,” “very short breaks” and “below zero temps” in warehouses. A protestor cited by The Guardian in 2014 said it was better to be homeless than work for the retailer. And, most recently, Business Insider documented the “horror stories” faced by the Amazon warehouse workers, including nonstop surveillance and so little ability to take breaks, they couldn’t even use the facilities, when needed.  

Amazon has since been on something of a charm offensive in response to those PR headaches.

Last week, there was the odd phenomenon of an army of Twitter accounts claiming to be warehouse workers who were serving up similar talking points.

“Hello!” one wrote, cheerfully. “I work in an Amazon FC in WA and our wages and benefits are very good. Amazon pays FC employess [sic] ~30% more than traditional retail stores and offers full medical benefits from day 1. Working conditions are very good- clean/well lit- Safety is a top priority at my facility!”

That Amazon positions its own offerings as “highly competitive” can, perhaps, be seen as something of an indictment of larger issues with warehouse fulfillment. While the company is an easy target, it’s certainly not alone. And Sanders notes that his office is casting the net wider than just Amazon. Disney and Walmart have also been targeted by the senator.

In June, Sanders told a crowd at an Anaheim church, “I want to hear the moral defense of a company that makes $9 billion in profits, $400 million for their CEOs and have a 30-year worker going hungry. Tell me how that is right.” 

A month later, he took to Twitter to call out CEO Bob Iger directly, writing, “Does Disney CEO Bob Iger have a good explanation for why he is being compensated more than $400 million while workers at Disneyland are homeless and relying on food stamps to feed their families?”

Earlier this week, however, Disney reached an agreement with the Walt Disney World union to pay workers a $15 minimum wage.

“We’ve seen real progress at the Disney corporation,” Sanders told TechCrunch, “and I believe that Jeff Bezos can play a profound role in American society today if he were to say, ‘yes, I’m the richest guy in the world. I will pay my workers a living wage at least $15 and make sure all of my workers have the security and dignity they need. I will improve conditions.’”

Amazon and Walmart, meanwhile, remain the two key targets for the impending legislation. With Democrats in the minority in the U.S. Senate, it seems unlikely that a hearing will be called where Bezos would be asked to testify à la Mark Zuckerberg, but the senator plans to go ahead with the legislation next week, regardless.  

“That legislation is pretty simple,” explained Sanders. “It says: if you are a large company of 500 or more employees and you’re paying your workers wages that are so low that they have to go on food stamps, Medicaid, public housing, etc., then you have to pay taxes commensurate to how much the government is now spending for that assistance. It’s going to be the employer – the Jeff Bezos, the Walton family – who will pick up the tab for these public assistance programs, rather than the middle class of the country.”

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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/16/new-wordpress-policy-allows-it-to-shut-down-blogs-of-sandy-hook-deniers/

The company told The NYT that language was a part of a predefined statement it used, and was sorry that it did so in this particular situation.

However, it also admitted that the posts in question weren’t in violation of any current WordPress.com user guidelines or copyright law.

We understand the company has since phoned Mr. Pozner to apologize directly. It then created a new policy to address the problem.

Its new policy reads:

The policy affects blogs hosted on WordPress.com, not self-hosted blogs using WordPress software.

Combined, WordPress powers 31.6 percent of websites on the web, and has 60% of the CMS market, so this change has a sizable impact on the web as a whole.

The company declined to comment on the new policy.

If the booted bloggers now move to their own self-hosted sites, the responsibility of shutting them down will fall on the web hosting companies. Of course, don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

Some of the affected bloggers will probably claim their rights to free speech are being violated. They’re wrong. The First Amendment protects people in the U.S. from the government censoring or punishing you for what you say. It doesn’t protect your Twitter account, Facebook profile, or now, your WordPress.com blog.

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