Saturday, 22 October 2016

US no longer a demoracy

Re: Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

Wikileaks, via Twitter

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Finance billionaire Hebert Sandler to Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta #PodestaEmails …

Yes, I read it and circulated it. This is precisely what Marion and I have believed for some time and what Peter Benart(sp) writes about regularly. It is horrible. Sent from my iPad On Aug 24, 2014, at 9:03 AM, "John Podesta" <<>> wrote: Did you read Antony Lerman's op-ed in NYT Sunday Review? Depressing, but insightful. On Aug 24, 2014 6:31 AM, "Sandler, Herbert" <<>> wrote: Consistent with Picketty Sent from my iPad Begin forwarded message: From: "Sandler, Jim" <<>> Date: August 24, 2014 at 5:43:34 AM EDT To: "Sandler, Herbert" <<>> Subject: Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy I guess it takes a study to point out the obvious. Sent from my iPad

Russia moving nuclear warheads - 10/21/2016

Russia Moves Nuclear Warheads Near Tatishchevo

Tatishchevo is in Saratov Oblast in central Russia

Warhead carriers reportedly moving NW from Saratov. Across the Volga to the southeast is Engles strategic bomber base. Moving to or from?

Russian man photographs convey of what he says were Russian war heads head to Tatishevo. Topol-m warheads maybe. Russia seems to be preparing in the event the US Coalition attacks Syria drawing Russia into direct confrontation. NATO seems to be playing chicken with Russia and Syria, trying to get them to shoot down a NATO war plane.


Farnaz Fassihi, Wall Street Journal October 21, 2016

The U.N.'s General Assembly met informally to discuss whether to take steps to override the Security Council on the Syrian conflict, as the council remains deadlocked over how to bring an end to the bombing of northern city of Aleppo

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to start an independent special inquiry into the situation in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, indicating that the blame for most of the civilian casualties lies with Syria and Russia.

A resolution aimed at reviewing alleged human rights violations in Aleppo was introduced by Britain and its Western and Arab allies. The document was approved Friday, with Russia and China voting against the draft.

The council has requested that the International Commission of Inquiry "conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo." It also urges the body to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the alleged abuses.

A resolution aimed at reviewing alleged human rights violations in Aleppo was introduced by Britain and its Western and Arab allies. The document was approved Friday, with Russia and China voting against the draft.....

Syriawarns it will ‘down Turkish planes next time,’ calls bombing of Kurds ‘flagrant aggression’

Damascus has reacted harshly to the bombing of Kurdish militias in northern Syria on Thursday morning by Turkey’s air force, vowing to intervene next time Ankara sends its planes over its border.

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet © Umit Bektas

In a statement, the Syrian Defense Ministry accused Turkey of“flagrant aggression, which targeted innocent citizens,” saying that it considers it “a dangerous development that could escalate the situation.”

Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available,” warned Damascus, whose planes, which have flown in concert with a Russian expeditionary force, have been avoiding direct confrontation with unauthorized NATO jets.

Turkish artillery guns have been firing at Kurdish militias, who are now fighting against Ankara-backed rebels over territory won back from Islamic State in northern Turkey on Wednesday. Turkey said that the airstrikes took out up to 200 Kurds, though the YPG, the Kurdish militia, initially put its losses at 15.

Syria called the victims “150 innocent civilians” and said that “these irresponsible acts will have dire consequences that will threaten the region's stability and security.”

The US, Turkey’s NATO ally, has meanwhile distanced itself from the airstrikes, with State Department spokesperson John Kirby tweeting on Thursday that “contrary to some reports, US was not involved in Turkey airstrikes last night.”

Kirby added that US “called on all parties on the ground to avoid uncoordinated movements,” adding that they “only benefit” Islamic State terrorists.

Turkish aerial incursions into Syria have grown more frequent, as fighting has intensified around Aleppo, with at least four factions vying to take control of northern Syria, all with their own agendas.

Turkish F4 Fighter Aircraft (Photo from

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, tensions have been on the rise between the two neighboring countries, with Ankara backing armed rebels opposing the legitimate Syrian government. On several occasions, shelling from heavy fighting spilled over the border and into Turkey, further inflaming the situation.

In June 2012, Syria downed a Turkish military jet on reconnaissance mission over Syrian territorial waters 1 kilometer from its coast. While Syria insisted that it was acting in defense of its borders, Ankara accused it of breaching international law. Turkey later confirmed that the jet did enter into Syrian airspace by mistake but claimed that it was shot down in international airspace after it had left Syrian territory.

In August, the Turkish army supported by Syrian rebels launched a ground intervention into Syrian territory, aiming to liberate the Kurdish border town of Jarablus from Islamic State, which had held the city since July 2013. Damascus condemned the incursion as a violation of its sovereignty, while the Kurds accused Turkey of unleashing a “war” on Kurdish militias who wanted to retake the town from terrorists.

Aleppo’s 'Humanitarian Pause': Militants Launch Mortar Attack on Civilians

The first day of the “humanitarian pause” in Syrian Aleppo did not lead to any desired results. Following the halt in the airstrikes, the terrorists in turn responded with mortar fire.

 The humanitarian corridors, which offered a route for civilians and militants with weapons to pass through, came under mortar attack. Due to that only about ten people were able to leave the city instead of planned 7,000 civilians. 

The “humanitarian pause” in attacks was introduced in Aleppo at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on Thursday to ensure the safe evacuation of unarmed militants and civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corлridors. 

Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Moscow had decided to extend the humanitarian pause in Aleppo for another 24 hours. 

RIA correspondent, Mikhail Alaeddin was present on the ground in Aleppo and witnessed the evacuation before the “humanitarian pause” was implemented. 

Successful preparation 

According to the correspondent, the Security Service, police and civil defense officers began to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” a few days before the scheduled time. 

The place from where the civilians and insurgents were supposed to leave had a festive atmosphere.There were fluttering national flags attached to the vehicles, policemen were smiling and a few hundred meters behind the cordoned area there were ordinary citizens gathered hoping to see how the evacuation proceeds. 

Near the corridor there were many buses with curtained windows and many ambulances. 

Alaeddin noted that the authorities hoped that the militants and citizens will come out earlier ahead of the scheduled time because the residents of Aleppo were sent daily messages on their mobile phones in order to inform them about the timing of the implementation of the “humanitarian pause.” 

“Militants! Amnesty is guaranteed to you. Enough of blood shed of your compatriots. Lay down your weapons, come out and you will save your life and the lives of others,” Alaeddin read the message which he received on his phone

“I think today will be the beginning of the end of the battle for Aleppo, I know that many people want to go out and militants want to give up. I feel we will have a good day,” officer of the Syrian Army, Iyad, told the correspondent in a comment. 

According to the correspondent the drive to the corridor was extremely difficult. However, in the district close to the designated corridor, the atmosphere was electrifying. 

There were farmers who had set up their stalls selling vegetables and fruits. A large number of cars were trying to squeeze through the people and sirens were blazing loudly. 

Mine attack out of nowhere 

The first hour passed without any events but then suddenly the mood began to visibly deteriorate. Mortar fire flew out of nowhere. People started moving under cover in order to avoid getting hit. 

Alaeddin describes hiding in the nearest shelter with an officer and within the next hour, six more mortar attacks occurred at different distances. 

“I take it back. I think no one is coming because the terrorists are ready to attack and no one will be allowed to come out,” Iyad exclaims from under cover.

According to the correspondent, the position of the militants from where they were attacking, was quite close to the evacuation corridor, only 200-300 meters way. 

The security officer decided to take the car and the ambulance to a safe distance. Using the loudspeakers, the military asked the citizens not to come any closer to the corлridors. 

The north is silent 

Alaeddin with his team and officers had to leave the district and head toward the north, to the Castello highway. There were a few humanitarian corridors over there as well which the team wanted to make sure were not under attack. 

As they left the city, the correspondent described seeing a lot of journalists, representatives of civil defense and police gathered together. 

Shortly afterwards, information was received suggesting that a group of militants has asked to be allowed to leave through the corridor in Castello, provided that no one would search them and they would be given several vehicles with first aid to care for their wounded. 

The police and the Syrian officers started fussing trying to reach an agreement. They gave their intermediary consent through a middle man and a group of doctors and civil defense made their way toward the defense route.

 The journalists upon hearing this arrangement prepared cameras and written material, ready to tell the whole world about extraction of the first group of militants. 

Half an hour later hope died once again and the group returned with nothing. The arrangement did not work out. 

Humanitarian pause ends with firing 

The situation in the Bustan al-Qasr district is constantly volatile. The militants opened mortar fire again as soon as the Sunni religious leaders asked civilians and militants to leave the territory of the radicals using a speaker. 

This time the mortar fire fell near the soldier’s shelter and one of the soldiers received shrapnel wounds. His comrades immediately rushed to help him and put him in an ambulance. 

Just a few minutes later, in short intervals, groups of two to three people started coming to the main checkpoints. According to the correspondent, the wounded militants belonged to Ahrar al-Sham radical group. 

Only about ten people showed up with the militants asking to be to send to Idlib. 

After helping the victims with the required medical treatment as per the agreement, the militants were provided with a minivan and given a safe passage to leave this side of Idlib to go to Aleppo. 

The correspondent explained that the militants were firing using small artillery and also from heavy machine guns. 

Alaeddin said that on the spot where just fifteen minutes ago there were journalists and ambulances now there was no one. Then, the military that was responsible for this stretch of the road was left behind together with the RIA correspondent and several of his Russian colleagues. Everyone else left. 

“So much for the ‘humanitarian pause’ and the terrorist’s response to it. Now I think no one will leave. It is time to go home and maybe tomorrow will be a different day,” Iyad told the RIA correspondent.

Arctic Sea Ice extent - 10/21/2016

Arctic Sea Ice Collapse 18—20 October: Annual Average Extent

21 October, 2016
2016 Arctic sea ice making a dramatic October plunge into record low territory for annual average extent:

in this season of seasons i see
collapse itself collapsing and the
future of future spinning like moths
in the lamp on a floor of dead moths

We are now officially lower than 2012, both for daily sea ice extent and annual average, and you can see the 2012 graph never goes as low as 2016 was for October 20th. The only remaining record low before Wednesday for Annual Average Extent was the May 2013 all time low of 9.916 million km² (set by the 365 days leading up to and including May 15th 2013), and now no single previous day has been lower. Plot shows annual average* extent, not daily extent.

Graph highlights a likely future of sustained lowest ever annual sea ice extent.

Eyeballing the graph, the blue dotted line and confidence interval suggest we'll be below 9.8 million km² by November—December, so dramatically lower than both 2012 in autumn and 2013 during spring. We've truly entered the dreaded uncharted waters, where — literally — anything can happen. Including annual and ever longer 
Blue Ocean events. We're into the great wide open.

To visually present the new all–time record low for annual extent, the above graph has been laterally expanded all the way back to January 1st. Then you can clearly see the May 15th previous record on the pink 2013 graph:

Annual Average Extent (AAE): From the last update at about 9.92 million km² on 17th October, we've lost about 11200 km² from the AAE in just 3 days, which was within the expected timespan of October 20—22.

In detail, daily extent went from 5,756,548 km² on 17th October to 6,153,229 km² on 20th October, compared to 7,043,581 and 7,363,764 the year before, giving a relative 
gain of 76,498 km². The average decline in AAE over these 3 days has been 3555 km²/day, which means we've been on average 1,298,000 km² lower than last year in daily extent.

The next 10,000 km² line is 9.9 and expected on 
October 23rd.

JAXA Annual Average Extent for 2015 as a whole was 4th lowest at 
10.11 million km², and since Mid–July we've been lowest ever at 9.91–9.98 million km². For the first time in 4 years we may end up lowest ever on December 31st.

We're now already into uncharted waters. Some very interesting times ahead, with the best chances yet for a
Blue Ocean event during the next ten months.

The next major milestone of the Arctic sea ice collapse is 9 million km² AAE, and expected in 
*) Don't get it? Just about once every month there is a new person actively voicing their concern that this is all wrong. I've totally messed up and I don't even know ice melts in summer and ocean freezes over in autumn and winter. I'm not a teacher, so I can only explain the concept of an annual average scientifically. I don't know what motivates the person in question to actually go and read the mathematical explanation. I usually don't know that person at all. I've been publishing annual average graphs since 2014, and I can assure you they are not wrong. Mostly, the monthly concerned person didn't get the 'annual average' part. Or they thought it wasn't essential to the understanding of the graph. It is.

PS: For the 
7–year outlook, have a look at this post.

Julian Assange is alive

WikiLeaks Tweets “Heavily Armed Police” Gathering Outside The Ecuadorian Embassy In London

21 October, 2016

It looks like they might be coming for Assange.

The entire political class in DC wants the man strung up and humiliated for all the serfs to see.

Click HERE for the article.

I am not sure when this was recorded. In any case no report of this event has appeared yet in media.

Apparently on Wednesday when threats were made against Wikileaks the Ecuadoran Embassy was invaded by police and it was people demonstrating outside who ensured this action did not succeed.

Julian ASSANGE speech at the Ecuadorian Embassy

Friday, 21 October 2016

Eva Bartlett interviewed on Syria

A Different Perspective on Syria w/ Eva Bartlett

Killary piucks up an endorsement

Hillary Clinton picks up huge endorsement from ISIS number two leader who calls Trump a “dog-faced scumbag”

Al-alwani threatened anyone who would vote for Donald Trump, calling them “infidels” and “goat f—-ers”.
20 October, 2016

The video has since been taken down by Youtube, but ISIS’s number two terrorist, Amadh Abu Makmud Al-alwani threw his hat into the US election cycle, by endorsing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

Al-alwani, put up the video this week following the second presidential debate. In the clip, the wanted terrorist pleaded with American Muslim voters to support Hillary Clinton…in what can only be described as the most twisted and bizarre presidential endorsement we have seen to date.

YouTube was quick to act and removed the video two hours after it was uploaded.
Al-alwani did not mince his words, threatening anyone who would vote for The Don, calling them “infidels” and “goat f—-ers”. And there is more…
Trump is a dog, he is the scum of the earth. He boasts that he will take our oil and join Russia, Syria and the Shia Iranians against us in our holy fight.”
This (dog-faced) scumbag must not reach Washington. Although it is a sin to put an inferior being such as a woman into a position of power, it is the true plan of Satan to divide the Muslims of America. It would be dirty and danis (filthy) to vote for Trump.”
All Muslims who will show support for the dog-faced Trump are guilty of masiya (mortal sin).”

Al-alwani’s endorsement of Hillary was not exactly filled with compliments, but the ISIS leader was able to recognize that Hillary is aligned with ISIS, and for that reason HRC gets Al-alwani’s endorsement. World News Daily reports further…
He [Al-alwani] also claimed that even if Hillary was a woman and a two face devil”, had thecharm of a pig” and was treacherous as the snake”that the Democratic presidential hopeful was at least in league with the “allied countries of the Islamic state” such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Al-alwani also warned all Muslims not to take his warnings lightly and that supporters of Trump would be severely punished on earth and in Jannah (afterlife).
Amadh Abu Makmud Al-alwani has risen as a prominent ISIS leader figure since coalition forces carried out a precision strike” last August, successfully targeting Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, number two of the terrorist organization at the time.