Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse


Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.


And I was right.


Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.


What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.


I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
FBI’S RUSSIA PROBE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ‘PIZZAGATE’ THREATS 
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at TownHall.com has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
 
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Breitbart.com Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.

COME BACK ROY COHN, ALL IS FORGIVEN


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 


It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
 
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.


Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.



UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.


* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 

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  1. I'm starting to think PizzaGate is it - the true cesspool, the bottom of the rabbit hole starting to resolve into clear view. Jewish blood libel by another name and going back to the ritual sacrifice religions of antiquity. I've been following it on /pol/ - pretty much the only place that gives it the air time it deserves - for months now. I've seen things I'm not going to unsee in this lifetime. I also think - expect, really - that this is ultimately going to tie into our good friends the ayylmaos, and that a significant fraction of them will turn out to have been demons by any other name. I think Trump has been working towards cleaning it up. One thing's for sure - he's either with us or with the terrorists.

    I too share your exhaustion. I feel like it's been a non-stop magical war that only intensified after the election and then again after the inauguration. I unironically played one of those ten hour air raid siren videos for a solid twenty minutes the other day, because, well, that's just how I felt. I hope we're heading into some kind of denouement. I don't know how many more ratchets of tension my sanity can take, but the impression I get on /pol/ is that we're ready to follow these fuckers into Hell if that's what it takes.

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    1. Pizzagate is the thing to bring it all down. Answer this for me. The MSM has demonized Alex Jones for the last 10 years saying he's not credible, why on earth would they think I'm going to believe him now? Are you kidding me... Why has there been such a concocted effort from both sides to keep this thing covered up?

      As for Trump helping, look up his relationship with Ray Cohn... Trumps ties with human traffickers is enormous. He's ties to the CIA lead me to believe Trump hasn't had his own thought for some while.

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    2. I have no faith in Trump to do anything about trafficking or anything about any of the real problems we're facing. If nothing else he simply doesn't have the political capital. But I don't think he has the interest either. The whole thing just depresses the hell out of me. But it was a lose-lose proposition all along anyway.

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    3. Carolyn - You don't become President without making a lot of deals. I think it's still too soon to say decisively which deals and with whom Trump has made.

      Chris - Trump has enormous political capital. It's just with armed gunmen, not the (((political establishment.))) I should know; I'm one of them.

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  2. I think that this is a time of great awakening and also of loss of innocence. The birth pangs of a new Renaissance or a new Dark Age... only time will tell.

    Pray the Pedo-Cabal loses this fight.

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    1. I'm leaning toward the Dark Age, truth be told. At least that's where the trendlines seem to be moving.

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  3. The Deep State, both political parties and the prestige media are delegitimizing themselves in real time right before our eyes.
    Theoretically I knew this could happen after this election, but to see it playing out is something else.
    A lot of discussion going around the fringes of the internet about the 4th Turning and similar cyclical repeats. We are entering a civilizational crisis, and I think anyone with a half a brain can see this.
    It is all moving along very quickly... too quickly. Many hidden players are scrambling for position and it's tough to see which way is up.
    A transcendental object at the end of time is pulling us towards it and we are all going along for the ride, like it or not.

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    1. We are most certainly headed for a civilizational crisis, there's no question about that. When it will arrive and how bad it will be become the pressing questions. I have a suspicion that some kind of Matrix-like technoprison system is the inevitable endgame for the string-pullers.

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    2. Oh, you'd be right about that Chris. A shiny technofascist 'utopia' is indeed the endgame.

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  4. Well, what do we expect when our entire cultural zeitgeist is exploded? Depression, anger, fear, all the rest. The problem is that this is entirely pre-meditated, you can just feel it. I did enjoy the Turkish Crime Family asking for only $150,000 - a sort of Dr. Evil moment when he asked for only a million for his latest extortion, not calculating the banker inflation extortion into his ask. Priceless.

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    1. It's a token amount. It's practically an insult because the objective in this operation is clearly the exercise of control. It's about humiliating one of the world's most powerful corporations, not profit.

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  5. Re: "Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore."
    There is no "up" in space...and no one can hear you scream ;-)
    Up is a planetary concept and what goes up must come down, as "they" say.
    I'm just glad that I live "Downunder"...or should that be "Upover"?-)
    But even Downunder doesn't look safe enough, it seems New Zealand is the place to be at the moment, if you have the money -
    "Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don't?"

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4190322/Tech-billionaires-building-boltholes-New-Zealand.html#ixzz4cQCHIgWo

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    1. Yep, we've talked about that phenomenon before. Not exactly a ringing vote of confidence in the system as currently configurated, is it?

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  6. Chris,

    Once again, we see the absence of the Vice-President in these affairs. When his name is mentioned, it is in a “Meanwhile, in some faraway place…” way, telling us in as brief a report as possible (no doubt to avoid association with the main dog-and-pony show) that he is in Europe, at NATO or addressing the EU, acting in a rational and statesmanlike way.

    How terribly well-scripted. When the pot finally starts to boil over, he’ll stride in as a savior, cool and calm, clean of scandal, the right captain to keep the ship from capsizing. And he’ll be eagerly welcomed by the hoi polloi, come what may, come what may.

    This is all so Roman, we should be wearing togas. Pence the tribune, touring the Imperial provinces, solving problems, until the day the Praetorians – hey, there you go! – acclaim him, and he crosses the Rubicon in glory and triumph.

    Hey, let’s play with names! Mike Pence. Pence. Penny. A Penny for the Guy? Guy Fawkes, would-be destroyer of Parliament and staunch religious conservative. Remember, remember, the 5th of November. OK, our election this past year was on the 8th, but the sentiment persists.

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    1. Yep, I called it out right after the election. Are we living in the last days of the American Republic? I can guarantee Trump won't be the guy who ushers it out. Trump can't even control his own party. Or, apparently, the White House. He certainly can't control the intelligence agencies. Pence seems to be a looming figure in this. He seems to keep himself well beyond the fray for the most part. But I can't help but wonder - again- if Trump's celebrity and faux-populism were simply means to an end for another agenda entirely. One that if it comes to pass the so-called Resistance will be absolutely pining for the good old Trump days.

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    2. Oh, you're totally right on that one. Whatever is ultimately planned will be a nightmare, made darkly hilarious by the hordes of people who will acclaim it with thunderous applause.

      Hmm. Technically, Julius Caesar didn't usher out the Roman Republic, either. His assassins were trying to save it, and in great irony hastened its demise. It was only after the quick and dirty war between the Triumvirate that Augustus took power, cemented with his status as adopted son of the deified Julius. We'll see some variant on this, I'm sure, for if there's one thing we can count on from the agents of Control it is that they will go with what worked before - especially since our gutted educational system ensures a very few will even know the history for comparison. Maybe someone should make a Roman-themed assassination game for Xbox, then they might recognize the zeitgeist (if only to dismiss it as being inferior to Call Of Duty).

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  7. Supposedly the Clintons/Democratic party welcome the idea of Pence as president, since they see him as "predictable" in his M.O. & thus easier to handle/defeat than Trump & his merry band of alt.right Sith lords. Pence is "Old Right" not alt.right after all (though I'm also convinced the whole alt.right thing is more intel agency games). Long story short, I believe Trump is being set up. Its not just the spy agencies he can't control, take a look at what's going on the MidEast. He may have the support of a lot of rank & file military personnel, but what about those at the top or in military intel or DIA? We're getting sucked deeper into the Syrian quagmire & Iraq just experienced mass civilian casualties as a result of a botched airstrike--how much resentment do you think exists there now against the US? Not to mention the fact that our military is basically planning to keep troops in Iraq & Afghanistan indefinetly, the latter being a new hotbed of ISIS activity. Then there's the expanded War On Terror campaign in Africa, more special forces being dispatched to several countries there for black ops, including restrictions being lifted on ops in Somalia. Lots of pieces are in play & I doubt Trump is responsible for moving any of them. We literally have more troops stationed in more countries than any empire in history. & lest we forget, how many of the children missing in the world are refugees from such places? I think it all connects back to the idea of sacrifice, as someone above mentioned. Something new is being brought into existence, that much is certain. So many can feel it, I even saw the other day on MSNBC, a panel discussion was mentioning how life in the US now feels like a dark dystopian graphic novel. I wonder if they read your blog?

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    1. Trump's giving the military & CIA carte blanche to extend special ops/wetwork missions needs to be seen in context though to fully understand what is going on. After the November election took place, then-President Obama signed a most curious & oft-overlooked executive order:

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-extends-global-reach-of-us-special-operations-death-squads/5559549

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      "Obama has approved a proposal to give JSOC independent authority to operate outside the regional commands, essentially as a globalized assassination force. JSOC units will bypass the regional commanders and report directly to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the Pentagon.

      According to the Washington Post, “The missions could occur well beyond the battlefields of places like Iraq, Syria and Libya, where Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has carried out clandestine operations in the past. When finalized, it will elevate JSOC from being a highly-valued strike tool used by regional military commands to leading a new multi-agency intelligence and action force.”

      The mandate of the new formation, to be called the “Counter-External Operations Task Force,” or Ex-Ops in Pentagon jargon, will embrace the entire planet. This means US military death squads could be sent to virtually any location, from European cities to South American jungles, including the United States itself."

      The agenda plays out regardless of who is in the White House...

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-slips-into-endless-war-cycle/5580525

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      "And so, to sum up: President Trump, in the space of two months, has proposed a budget that slashes funding for diplomacy, spends lavishly on military, has committed thousands of troops, conducted dozens of airstrikes, and cemented the U.S. commitment to the wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, he and his team have signaled to the Saudis that they fully share the Kingdom’s obsession with Iranian “expansion.”

      Just sayin'.

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    2. In other words, business as usual and then some. We could have elected the reincarnation of Cyrus the Great and the MIC and the IC would still ultimately get all their cookies. I don't know how Trump got this image of a reformer when it came to Empire but it most certainly doesn't jibe with his history or connections. Certainly not with the brass lurking in the corridors of 1600 either.

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  8. The first thing I realized when I started looking into magic was: Nobody knows what the hell is going on. And the reason I went deeper into magic was not so much to figure out what the hell is going on, because I could tell, that wasn't where one ends. I just wanted to be absolutely certain about this truth: that nobody really has a clue of what's really going on. It introduces some changes in your attitude towards life and survival.

    By now, I've gone far enough to prove to myself this point. And all I can tell to any fellow magicians out there: don't bother trying to figure out what's really going on, because things are just going to get murkier and murkier as time passes, at least for the next ten years. And the more you try to figure it out, the more mind-rape you are going to get, and the more risk that you'll be pulled into doing seriously dangerous things. Instead, accept your ignorance and act accordingly.

    Ah, and by the way, WWIII is coming.

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    1. I tend to think that whatever, or whoever created the universe and us would most likely be a wizard of sorts, hence a million miles ahead of us. Just 'be', I agree. There are a lot of forces at work.

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    2. I wish I could say with utter confidence that WW3 is not coming but it seems as if it cleaves to too many bullet points on too many to-do lists. I hope the apocalypse caravan gets headed off at the pass but I'm not holding my breath either. We can hope for the best but gird our loins for the very worst.

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  9. Thanks for posting, if only for the record, depressing indeed it is. The flurry of events surrounding pizzagate late in Friday's news cycle had me so out of sorts the rest of the evening that by 11 pm I found myself watching the local news here in DC, something never to be done anymore of course even in the best frame of mind. Ordinarily I would have switched off after the usual police-blotter opening, missing (at my peril) the multiple weather and sports updates interspersed as they always are by yet more gun violence stories.

    But for some reason I kept with this one. About the middle of the broadcast came a report on the reports of "DC's missing black teenage girls", a subject I had heard about however briefly through internet buzz a day or so prior. I watched. It was the longest segment of the program as well as the most thoroughly produced, with multiple studio settings and interviews and elaborate on-screen graphics presented.

    I cannot recall ever being so agitated -- physically and emotionally -- by what I observed coming across the television. The report was dismissive -- it wasn't 25 missing girls it was 22 (!) and they are missing at the same rate as last year so don't worry thank you very much -- and condescending, lecturing viewers on the necessity of separating "fake news" (that term again) from real. Not once did the report say police were asking for citizens' help nor did it offer any suggestion about how to address the problem, apart from, again, the need for proper analytical faculties to interpret reality. Needless to add, the inherent racial insensitivity of the report, especially in light of it being broadcast in what, at least until not long ago, was a majority black city was shocking. Meanwhile, along the ticker at the bottom of the screen was running the caption "Comet Pizza Gunman Pleads Guilty." That report came next and was predictable enough. Although no mention of fake news there, that meme having been linked and implanted during the preceding report. I think the show/program closed with something about how a veteran with no more limbs was a making a difference in someone's life or something such (maybe his pet's). At the conclusion of that segment all of the anchors around the desk looked earnestly at each other and at the camera and said what a hard but great story. No emotion was displayed after the missing girls segment.

    I'm finding myself reaching conclusions from all this that would make the most dug-in. bomb-sheltered Bircher piss his pants and cry for mommy. It's personal and familial to boot. We have we done? What have we aided and abetted? Moles, and more. We have been overrun. Any topic I research now streams invariably into this abyss. All roads lead to Rome, indeed! Can it be that the geo-political machinations of the last century -- the Hegelian dialectic of Russia and the US -- were nothing more than a four-dimensional ruse to wage full spectrum alternating soft/hard war on us and establish this evil? And now the cloak is being removed?

    I hope -- no I pray -- Clif High is right. His web-bot forecast analysis shows a hard disruption ahead, but one to be followed by the liberation of a new era. We must bring ourselves out of this.

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    1. I've heard Clif High's predictions. I don't know exactly where he's collating his data from and how exactly he's processing it but I would like to know a lot more about his prior track record.

      As to the rest of it I'll just reiterate that the Washington Post thought sex trafficking was a major problem in DC before the election but seems to have changed its position since. That's the political racket for you.

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  10. And lest we forget, the Epstein-Trump connection with prosecuting attorney being nominated for Labor Secretary...Something Alex Jones, in his saner days (haha, just kidding...he was never sane) would've characterized as being rewarded for letting Epstein off with merely a wrist slap...
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/22/trump-nominee-lax-deal-for-billionaire-pedo-jeffrey-epstein-was-a-good-thing.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-jeffrey-epstein-civil-case-witness-list-billionaire-paedophile-a7631891.html

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    1. I think what it shows is that he was a weak prosecutor who got beaten down by high-powered defense attorneys representing a client with major political juice. I don't think you can really make a rational case past that. Either way it doesn't speak to his fitness for a Cabinet post.

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  11. For those that need/want/could use an explanation of the confusing time we find ourselves in, none is doing better than Michael Hudson:
    http://michael-hudson.com/2017/03/wall-street-first/

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    1. Hudson is certainly right on one count: identity politics are antilabor politics.

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  12. I'll be surprised if the U.K. actually leaves the E.U. you know Chris, even though the majority voted out it's not finalised by any means. It would seem that most E.U. countries want to retain independence/sovereignty as well as unity which doesn't appear to be an option. Still I'm glad we got through the chaos and desclosure without civil war erupting and world war looks less imminent now which has got to be a good thing.
    Glad to see your still on the ball.

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    1. Well, Article 50 is in effect now so it looks more likely than not. The focus now is on Grexit. Again.

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    2. Europe - country or a continent? would appear to be the question, like you said yourself Chris nothing is as it appears and I think only time will tell. If the E.U. becomes a country I don't see how they can justify calling it the Europe, surely it would have to be something like Europa instead to avoid confusion.

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  13. Hi Chris,

    I agree this subject is definitely overwhelming to many of us, but thanks for taking the painful path through those straits of fear to help us sort it out. I flashed on a couple of things while reading.

    The first was from Star Trek's "The Empath" when you stated,"I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion."

    I remembered that Spock, realizing that the Vian's force field they were frozen in keeping them from helping McCoy was held together by negative emotions. Once he was able to stop all negative thoughts, he was able to step out.

    The second thing that I thought about after reading the entire post was in relation to this seemingly covert/overt war taking place around us. I remembered clearly a made for tv movie I saw as a kid called, "The Love War" starring Lloyd Bridges and Angie Dickenson. I found a pretty good analysis by John Kenneth Muir at his website 'John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV', here: http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/2009/01/cult-tv-movie-review-love-war-1970.html

    All in all, it reminded me that even in the darkest times there is still something maddeningly hopeful about humanity that I can't quite shake off. Maybe that is it in a nutshell.

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    1. Interesting citations there, Bill. Certainly something to consider. Cheers.

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  14. Myself, I've gone from not liking agreeing with Chris's posts, to realizing the thoughtfulness he puts into what are some potentially dangerous roads...I read 'cold harsh grey world' on a cold rainy day...Trump strikes me as a kind of P.T. Barnum sort, he's there to sell the escalation of technology, nothing more. And yeah, likely Pence will come riding in on a white horse, and make pretend that everything's going to be fine, while the usual circus of horrors continues. America feels burnt out, and just barely holding on. Will it collapse into a dark muck of genocidal impulses, or simply quietly fold in on itself? Aint never pretty when Empires fall.The only piece of advice I have, is that no matter how complex, no matter how convuluted the many threads are, humans are at the forefront, the witting or unwitting players in it, and that it's possible that there's a birthing process, and it will be painful. But, I don't know. The world seems to be turning to what I call 'the beige wave' A dulled and ugly designer world for the slaves to live in, and pretend everything is alright, hey chip me, so long as I have my credit card and lot's of money. Wish I could say it as poetically as Chris, or even weave a decent essay together...I suppose these are the most interesting times ever.

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  15. We all called this shit in various ways like back in 2010. And now it's somewhat disturbing to see it all play out almost to the letter. I'll tell you something, there are those who are desperately trying to cut off that WW3 caravan and uproot the groundwork for the Last Dark Age that the predator elites wish to invoke. Whether they're successful remains to be seen. It's not just good guys trying to oust the bad guys here. It's new bad guys replacing old bad guys, and good guys trying to counter while this brief window of opportunity remains open. People don't even realise the blood that's already been spilled. The good men and women within our armed forces and intelligence agencies, and elsewhere, who've paid the steepest price for trying to halt this slo-mo free fall into the Abyss. But we've bought ourselves a little more time at least. The Not-So-Quiet War rages on.

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