Wednesday, August 31, 2016

U.S. 'Concerned' Over Advanced Air Defense Battery In Iran, DHS To Take Charge Of Elections? Soros Plans For Federally Controlled Police



US 'concerned' over advanced air defense battery at Iran nuke site



The US State Department has expressed concern at recent reports that Iran has deployed an advanced air defense system to guard a secretive nuclear site.

On Sunday, Iranian state television claimed Tehran had stationed a recently delivered a Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, suspected to have housed nuclear arms development work.


State Department spokesman John Kirby told a press briefing Monday that the US was unhappy with the sale of the S-300 system as well as its placement at Fordo.
“We’ve seen the reports of this deployment. Obviously, that’s of concern to us because we have long objected to the sale of Iran – of these kinds of capabilities,” Kirby said.


"We’ve seen the reports of this deployment. Obviously, that’s of concern to us because we have long objected to the sale of Iran – of these kinds of capabilities,” Kirby said.
The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles. The first shipment arrived in Iran in April.
Kirby said the US would be in contact with allies regarding the deployment of the battery.
“As we get more information, obviously, we’re going to stay in close consultation with partners going forward,"

Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.













The Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security is contemplating a special declaration that will allow it to control America’s elections, according to a new report.

The federal agency would declare the election a “critical infrastructure” in such a case, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday, noting the move would give DHS “the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid.”
The news comes just two days after the FBI revealed foreign hackers broke into state election systems in Illinois and Arizona.

According to the Examiner, those attacks increase the likelihood of DHS making the special declaration in time for the upcoming election.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” he said at media conference in August hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
DHS currently has a security role in 16 facets of critical infrastructure. Other sectors may reveal what DHS and Johnson would have planned for election oversight.








A leaked document from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations exposes the billionaire’s level of involvement in attempting to build what his organization describes as a “national movement” to reform local police forces across the U.S. The reform largely consists of federal guidelines for local police forces.

The document identifies an opportunity in the police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, and Baltimore. It relates that the U.S. contingent of Open Society held a planning meeting titled, “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”


The extensive memo further documents that Soros-financed groups and personalities influenced President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which last May released a final report consisting of 60 recommendations providing guidance to localities on how to modify policing practices.
The information was contained in a 59-page report on an Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs board meeting in New York from May 7-9 of last year.
The document states that the Foundations’ U.S. Programs (USP) was seeking to use “this moment” – meaning the so-called crisis in policing following high profile shootings and charges of racism – to “create a national movement” for police reform.








With hundreds of millions of dollars poured into presidential and congressional elections in the United States it can be difficult, even for mega donors like George Soros, to truly understand how much influence is being "bought."  That's why Soros is pursuing a new strategy to dump millions into the campaigns of local district attorneys, a position which "exercises the greatest discretion and power in the system."  So far, Soros has funneled $3 million into seven local DA races over the past year but his support is "expected to intensify in the next few years, thanks to longer-term planning and candidate recruitment."  In general, Soros looks to fund progressive DAs running on platforms to "reduce racial disparity in sentencing" and support prison "diversion programs" for drug offenders instead of trials that could result in jail time.  As Politico points out:


Soros has spent on district attorney campaigns in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas through a network of state-level super PACs and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each named a variation on “Safety and Justice.” (Soros has also funded a federal super PAC with the same name.) Each organization received most of its money directly from Soros, according to public state and federal financial records, though some groups also got donations from nonprofits like the Civic Participation Action Fund, which gave to the Safety and Justice group in Illinois.

Soros’ spending started on these races about a year ago, when he put over $1 million into “Safety and Justice” groups that helped elect two new district attorneys in Louisiana and Mississippi and reelect a third — Hinds County, Miss., DA Robert Shuler Smith — who has since been charged by the Mississippi attorney general with improperly providing information to defendants.

After the Louisiana and Mississippi races, Soros next piled money into two of the biggest jurisdictions in the country: Houston’s Harris County (his lone losing effort so far) and Chicago’s Cook County, where he funded one of several groups that helped Kim Foxx defeat incumbent state’s attorney Anita Alvarez in a high-profile primary campaign dominated by the 13-month delay between the police shooting of Laquan McDonald and the indictment of the police officer involved.

In late spring, $107,000 from a Soros-funded New Mexico super PAC helped Raul Torrez win his Democratic district attorney primary by a 2-to-1 margin in Albuquerque’s Bernalillo County. Torrez’s Republican opponent dropped out of the general election soon after, citing the potentially exorbitant cost of opposing the Soros-backed candidate in the general election.

But, for those of you worried that Soros isn't doing enough to "reshape the American justice system" please know that the plan is to "invest" far more in these races going forward.  In fact, as Politico points out, the only hold back so far has been a lack of good puppetscandidates. 

While Soros has spent heavily in 2015 and 2016, a broader national push into local prosecutor campaigns is expected to intensify in the next few years, thanks to longer-term planning and candidate recruitment. A Safety and Justice group has already organized in Ohio, according to campaign finance filings there. But it has not yet disclosed raising or spending any money.

“There’s been a realization that there’s not very much we can do this year, when you’re coming up to an election,” said Steele. “You have to have the right candidates. That’s a big piece of the puzzle and why I’m part of this conversation. ... A lot of the conversations I’m having are about 2017 and 2018, about looking forward to next year in Virginia and other places.”

That means more local candidates should prepare for the shock of one of the biggest donors in American politics flooding their neighborhoods with ads.



















Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Two Large Earthquakes At Katia Volcano - Potential 'Major Awakening'



Is A Large Volcano About To Erupt And Trigger A Global Unwinding?

[Just something to keep an eye on]




“Katla”, a likely unheard of volcano for most of you, just showed signs of a potential major awakening at the southern tip of Iceland.

Why is this relevant? Because if this VEI-6 volcano should blow its top, there may be major ramifications for Europe and perhaps the rest of us.
Could this become a ‘black swan’ event that tips over the house of cards?
Here’s what I mean:

When I read the news report this morning of two unusually large earthquakes at the Katla volcano, I recalled a time several years ago when I had been following (and writing about) the hazard, shortly after the major eruption of its neighbor volcano, “Eyjafjallajokull” which shut down much of Europe’s airspace for a week back in 2010. Katla is potentially much bigger…


Katla is a large volcano in southern Iceland. Twenty eruptions have been documented between the years 930 and 1918 at intervals of 13–95 years. It is certainly time for its next cataclysm. It has not erupted violently for 98 years, and in addition, it has never before erupted during ‘modern times’ when its effects may be so disrupting.


To put in perspective the size of the potential eruption, a VEI-6 (volcano eruptive index) and its magma chamber is capable of releasing up to 100 Billion cubic meters of ejecta. Famous VEI-6 volcanoes include Krakatoa (Indonesia) and Mount Pinatubo (Philippines).
A significant danger from volcanoes is the volcanic ash. When ejected high into the atmosphere it has the potential to cause severe damage, and even world wide long term disruption.

Why is volcanic ash so dangerous? Volcanic Ash is made of tiny jagged hard particles and pieces of volcanic glass, rock, and minerals, and is very abrasive and corrosive. Volcanic ash will destroy jet engines. It will clog and grind up combustion engines. It can also destroy your lungs…
Volcanic ash may cause the following:
Volcanic ash will sandblast the pilot’s window, fuselage, and clog sensors within seconds.
Volcanic ash will melt onto the turbines and parts of the combustion chamber of a jet engine causing stall or complete failure.
Regional airline hub closures if ash is identifiable as dense enough to present a threat to air travel safety.
Lengthy airport closures affect regional and global economy.
Volcanic ash and Fluorine poisoning can lead to livestock death from eating grasses that are coated with fluorine.
Complete crop failure likely in nearby zones that cover with ash.
Partial crop failure in regions, depending on severity of ash cover or quantity of ash entering into the stratosphere which could reduce temperatures world wide for a period of months or even years depending on severity of a major eruption.
Human respiratory problems upon inhaling abrasive ash particles below 10 microns, which is the smallest size that the nose and upper respiratory system can filter out before entering deep into the lungs.
Volcanic ash mixed with moisture in the lungs will turn to liquid cement, and if bad enough, will suffocate.
Inhalation of free silica could potentially lead to Silicosis— a fibrous (scarring) reaction of the lungs.
Eye damage if wearing contact lenses from ash abrasion on the surface of the eye if within ash zone (wear glasses instead!).
Water supply pollution and crop damage from acid rain (rain washes out the acid from the volcanic ash particles in the atmosphere).
The local economy would likely be devastated.
The regional economy will be negatively affected quickly, if ash plume impacts the area.
The global economy will be negatively affected if the regional impact is located within a strategic zone, example being the global impact from a major volcano (Katla) affecting European geographies.
The global economy may also be adversely affected if volcanic ash is exploded up high enough into the stratosphere to cause world wide impact.
Okay, back to the title, “Is A Large Volcano About To Erupt And Trigger A Global Unwinding?”. It would seem to me that a major event such as this could be a trigger event that begins toppling the dominoes. There would be immediate negative stock market reactions – given the potential impact and results of a major Katla / European eruption. Many of us know how intertwined everything is, and the systemic risks that go along with it… Could something like this topple the ‘house of cards’? I say, maybe…we shall see…



Analyst Warns Of 'September Event', Financial Collapse Coming, Soros Document Calls For Regulating Internet, Why Is The U.S. Poking Syria And Russia?




Analyst Warns Of Major September Event: “There’s A Lot Of Chatter Regarding A Market Crash”




Gregory Mannarino of TradersChoice.net has previously warned that when the global debt bubble bursts it could lead to the deaths of millions upon millions of people on a worldwide scale. By all accounts, we are witnessing an unprecedented economic and financial situation across the globe.
As Mannarino notes in his latest video report, multi-trillion dollar monetary injections into stock markets have given the majority of people the perception of a healthy economy. Yet, central banks find themselves in a predicament for which there is no easy way out. And right now, the Federal Reserve is teetering on “a knife’s edge.”
With the end game for the Fed rapidly approaching, we could soon see a massive market correction that will leave most people bewildered by its ferocity:

There’s a lot of chatter everywhere regarding some type of market crash or major event occurring next month.
There are so many metrics that can prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that not only are we not recovering… we are in terminal decline and it’s accelerating.

The Federal Reserve… if they do not act next month and simply leave things as they are… and that is simply “emergency monetary policy will be maintained”… that might shake up the markets… If the Federal Reserve says they have to save whatever credibility they have left and try to nudge the short end of the yield curve by raising interest rates by a quarter of a percent… that also is going to rattle markets.

We’ve never been here before. This is uncharted territory on a scale that is hard to imagine.
These distortions are so dramatic everywhere in this market and there’s no price discovery mechanism… there’s going to be a moment when all this is going to correct to fair value… it’s going to feel like the mother of all collapses… It will eclipse every single market crash we’ve ever seen… It will eclipse by orders of magnitude when this gets rolling.
We are teetering on that knife’s edge right now.




Central banks are expecting an economic catastrophe to strike the world this winter, and will try to blame Brexit for their wrongdoings which triggered the crisis.

Investors are dumping stocks in major European banks in particular, with the Royal Bank of Scotland losing 30% of its market value since June.
The banks are “preparing for an economic nuclear winter situation,” an insider told CNBC. “This could mean triggering Article 50, referendum in other European nations leading to a break-up of the euro or sterling hitting below $1.20 or lower.” 
“The banks are ready for anything now.”
The public is losing faith in the banks; demand for personal safes is exploding as people refuse to deposit cash in bank accounts out of fear of “negative interest rates.”
“Savers now face the prospect of being charged fees on their deposits,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Some companies and large private depositors already incur charges.”

Central bankers and the technocratic elite are blaming Brexit for the current economic downfall, but as Infowars documented for years, the global economy has been disintegrating long before British voters decided to leave the EU.
In January, five months before the Brexit vote, a top banker and Davos insider admitted that a global economic collapse is imminent because the central banks have lost control and are completely out of ideas.

Around the same time, the Royal Bank of Scotland warned its clients to “sell everything” and exit the stock market as soon as possible, a warning which indicates the global economy is heading towards a 1929-style Great Depression.
“Sell everything except high-quality bonds,” warned Andrew Roberts, the bank’s research chief for European economics and rates. “We think investors should be afraid.”
And at the beginning of the year, the S&P’s 500 had its worst five-day start on record since 1929 and the Dow Jones industrial average had its worst start since 1897.

The global economy is so dependent on China in particular that if the country were to completely implode, a world-wide recession would likely result – and right now China’s trajectory resembles the one that led to the Great Depression, with ever-expanding credit lines combined with widespread delusion that asset prices will never fall.




Very soon, on October 1, 2016, much of the internet's governance will shift from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) authority to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known by its acronym ICANN. As The Gatestone Institute's Judith Bergmann explains,
Until now, NTIA has been responsible for key internet domain name functions, such as the coordination of the DNS (Domain Name System) root, IP addresses, and other internet protocol resources. But in March 2014, the U.S. announced its plan to let its contract with ICANN to operate key domain name functions expire in September 2015, passing the oversight of the agency to a global governance model. The expiration was subsequently delayed until October 1, 2016.

According to the NTIA's press release at the time, "NTIA's responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and has a Cooperative Agreement with Verisign under which it performs related root zone management functions. Transitioning NTIA out of its role marks the final phase of the privatization of the DNS as outlined by the U.S. Government in 1997".


The Obama Administration says that the transition will have no practical effects on the internet's functioning or its users, and even considers the move necessary in order to maintain international support for the internet and to prevent a fracturing of its governance.
Oh really?
Civil society groups and activists are calling on Congress to sue the Obama Administration -- perhaps at least to postpone the date until more Americans are aware of the plan.
However, never one to miss an opportunity, The Daily Caller's Peter Hasson reports that:

An internal proposed strategy from George Soros' Open Society Justice Initiative calls for international regulation of private actors’ decisions on “what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain.”

Those regulations, the document notes, should favor “those most supportive of open society.”


The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) is part of the Open Society Foundations, Soros’s secretive network of political organizations. According to the organization’s website, “The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world, supporting the values and work of the Open Society Foundations.”


The call for international control of the internet is part of a 34-page document titled “2014 Proposed strategy” that lays out OSJI’s goals for between 2014 and 2017.

The leaked document was one of 2,500 documents released by “hacktivist” group DCLeaks. As reported by The Daily Caller, the section of DCLeaks’ website dealing with Soros has since gone offline for unknown reasons. TheDC saved a version of the 2014 strategy before the site went offline.

In the document, OSJI argues that international regulation of the Internet is needed to protect freedom of expression.

Our freedom of expression work furthers the free exchange of information and ideas via the media and internet, and proposes to begin to address the free expression and association rights of NGOs.The internet has been a key tool for promoting freedom of expression and open societies — as in the Arab Spring — and is a potential safeguard against monopoly control of information in such places as China and Central Asia,” page 19 of the document notes.

But it is also presenting underaddressed challenges, including lack of regulation of private operators that are able to decide, without due process procedures, what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain. A ‘race to the bottom’ results from the agendas of undemocratic governments that seek to impose their hostility to free speech on the general online environment. We seek to ensure that, from among the norms emerging in different parts of the world, those most supportive of open society gain sway.”






Usually, when one nation declares war on another there’s some kind of announcement. Constitutionally speaking, there are some rules to follow. But maybe there are some exceptions that I didn’t hear about in high school civics class, because even if he hasn’t made such an outright declaration, President Obama sure is doing some uncomfortably war-like things to Syria and Russia.

For more than two years, Obama stated publicly that there would be no U.S boots on the ground in Syria. Here are 16 different times he said that.
We all know how that went. You can read more about it here and here. After the boots were there, decidedly on the ground, the administration denied he ever said he wouldn’t be sending troops to Syria.

Now, whether we like it or not, the Syrian government is internationally recognized. An internationally recognized government in an internationally recognized country. You don’t have to like the al-Assad regime, but its existence is legitimate.

It can be assumed that the U.S boots that are on the ground in Syria were not formally invited to be there…so was this a ‘soft’ invasion?

Add to this the fact that Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis claimed that US jets attempted to intercept Syrian planes to protect the American advisers operating illegally with Kurdish forces in Syria after Syrian government jets bombed areas of Hasakah when Kurdish police began an aggression against the National Defense Force. (source)
Almasdar News stated that the United States will take down any Syrian or Russian fighter jets that fly over U.S troops and advisors in Syria. They back up the claim with direct quotes from Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook.

Right.
You CANNOT just show up in another country and start calling the shots because you don’t like the way they do things.
I have questions.
Is this just sabre-rattling or does Obama really think he has the right to invade a foreign country, shoot down the aircraft of that country, and also shoot down the aircraft of an invited guest in that country?
Does he really think he would get away with it?
Is he deliberately trying to provoke other world leaders?
Does Obama actually want a war? Because this is how you get a war.
Is he totally insane?
Does he really think Vladimir Putin will sit back and say okay, fair enough, Barack, no biggie?
And getting into a p*ssing contest with Russia? What is he thinking?
Provoking Putin takes things to a whole new level. It puts millions more lives at risk, because what is currently a civil war could easily escalate into an international conflict with two superpowers on different sides.
If you add to this the fact that Germany is urging people to prepare and talking about reinstating the draft, while other countries around the world all seem to be gearing up for something disturbing, I think we can all agree that this development is worrying in the extreme.

Is this situation likely to escalate further? Is this a deliberate attempt to call on Vladimir Putin? Why on earth would President Obama behave so recklessly? What is it that we’re not being told?