Syria and Russia Halt Aleppo Bombing for 2 Weeks: John Kerry Doesn’t Notice
As 127 people in West Aleppo are killed this week from indiscriminate Al-Nusra led shelling, and accusations are made of opposition groups using chlorine gas, John Kerry doesn’t notice Russia and Syria stopped bombing East Aleppo 2 weeks ago.
The period from mid to late October must be hibernation time for US Secretary of State John Kerry. How else are we to explain comments he made on Monday which clearly show he’s ignorant of well-publicised events unfolding on the Aleppo battlefield?
Speaking at Chatham House in London on Monday, Kerry said:
If Russia were to test the stated willingness of Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia and the United states to try to separate Nusra from the opposition, and if they would test it by standing back and not bombing for a period of time, and give the legitimate opposition the opportunity to adhere to the ceasefire, but separate from the true terrorists, then we could begin to get some perhaps cooperative breathing space where we might have an opportunity to be able to really put in place a ceasefire.
In the salubrious surrounds of Chatham House we can be sure US idolaters did not dare raise a point of protest or dissent. « I say, can I correct you there, old chap, » is hardly likely to have been uttered as the participants, grateful to hear Kerry’s honied words, treated themselves to a hearty helping of tea and scones.
Pushing Hillary off the ice? FBI Sends Rich Message to Clintons
« …it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. »
So wrote FBI Director James Comey last week in what must be the most explosive lawyer-speak ever penned. He’s being attacked for ‘political interference’ in the election, accused of ‘siding with Putin’, and has a Wall Street Journal op-ed calling for him to ‘resign’ because – I kid you not – »Mr. Comey has lent credence to Donald Trump’s toxic accusation that the system is rigged. »
I wish to supplement my own writing here by stating that a coup of sorts does appear to be underway in Washington, albeit a very subtle and carefully orchestrated one, the explicit details of which will play out behind closed doors. The FBI no doubt has every bit of dirt on everyone in Washington, but because most everyone is implicated in everyone else’s crimes, it must be very cautious about what it chooses to target the Clintons with.
That is apparently why the FBI chose as its next weapon against the Clinton campaign the release of 129 pages of documents relating to former President Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich in 2001. The barely plausible reason it gave for doing so was that it was merely completing a FOIA request, one that just happened to add another nail in the Clinton campaign’s coffin.
This latest anti-Clinton data dump by the Feds, with its implied besmirching of the probity of the Clintons, will likely make the average undecided voter in the USA think twice about voting for Hillary, even if they don’t really know who Marc Rich is. But for those with the time and inclination to probe deeper, the Marc Rich case is actually very instructive in that it goes to the heart of the Clintons’ power and the recurring role of the man currently threatening that power.
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Priest who performs exorcisms reports demand is at an all time high
The Indy Channel
A Brownsburg priest says the number of people requesting exorcisms is at an all-time high.
Father Vincent Lampert is an exorcist priest based out of St. Malachy Parish. He was appointed to his role by bishops of the Catholic church. « I don’t have any special powers or ability from a faith perspective. The power resides with the person of Christ, » said Father Lampert.
The priest says more people are asking for help and he attributes that to the growing number of people turning away from the faith.
« Faith in God will lead us in one direction and lack of faith will lead us in another, so there does seem to be a correlation with people who believe they are experiencing evil in their life at the same time where faith in God is less relevant, » said Lampert.
The Syrian Army’s « Election Campaign » – to take Al Bab Or East-Aleppo?
Moon of Alabama
The Russian president Putin declared another unilateral ceasefire in east-Aleppo for Friday:
« A decision was made to introduce a ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo on November 4 from 9:00 am (0600 GMT) to 19:00, » the chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said in a statement on Wednesday.
Gerasimov said the decision was approved by Syrian authorities and was meant to « prevent senseless casualties » by allowing civilians and armed combatants to quit rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
Defence ministry Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that Russia had ceased air strikes on eastern Aleppo for 16 days, following criticism over a Russian-backed Syrian government assault that has killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed infrastructure, including hospitals.
This is probably the last ceasefire on offer before al-Qaeda and CIA proxy forces in east-Aleppo are attacked in full force.
These head-chopping « rebels » rejected the Russian offer:
Rebel groups in Aleppo dismissed Russia’s latest offer, with one of the groups describing it as a media stunt for « public consumption. »
Yasser al-Youssef, a spokesman for the Nour el-Din el-Zinki rebel group, said Russia « is not serious » and its latest initiatives « don’t concern us. » He added that the Russian leader’s comments do not reflect the reality on the ground.
The great « rebel » attack from Idleb in the west on Aleppo to open a corridor to the government besieged « rebel » area in east-Aleppo has failed. Local fighting is still ongoing but the main attack has stopped. Most of the major hardware of the attacking « rebels », tanks and multiple rocket launchers on trucks, have been destroyed by the Syrian and Russian artillery and air forces.
Comment: Depend on it, Russia will be advising the SAA as to strategy, and will be also communicating to Turkey precisely what will and will not be acceptable moves. As seen on the map, taking Al Bab would strike deep into ISIS/Daesh territory with the many tactical tactical advantages mentioned.
Russian military technology: More bang for the buck
F. William Engdahl
New Eastern Outlook
More bang for the buck is the most apt description when we compare spending of the United States Government with that of the Government of the Russian Federation on its defense sector and military technology development. A closer look at the two budgets reveals the huge fault line that cuts across the entire US economy today. It also mirrors the true collapse of the American hegemon as a world power. It need not have been.
In the official Fiscal Year 2017 the US Department of Defense officially requested $523.9 billion in what they call « discretionary funding, » as in, « we use it as we please, no independent audit allowed. » Another $58.8 billion was requested for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations, typical Pentagon-speak for wars everywhere from Afghanistan to Syria to military operations around the South China sea. That made an official total of $583 billion requested and granted by a docile Congress.
On October 13, the Russian wire-service Tass.ru reported that the Russian government is set to spend 948.59 billion rubles on national defense in 2017, according to the draft federal budget posted. It sounds like a lot, almost one trillion rubles. If we convert at the current dollar exchange rate, this translates into a mere $15 billion. Of that 793.79 billion rubles or $12.7 billion is planned to be spent on the Russian Armed Forces. In 2015 the Russian Federation spent $26 billion on the state military-industrial complex development program will reach 1.67 trillion rubles.
Vietnam redux: US war in Afghanistan slips silently into the abyss
New Eastern Outlook
Despite the United States being engaged in what it calls « reconstruction » in Afghanistan, quarterly reports on their progress doing so reveals expanding violence and deepening poverty.
Washington Times, in an article titled, « Afghanistan failures rising, progress eroding 15 years after U.S. intervention, » reports that:
Opium production is up 43 percent in Afghanistan, the economy is struggling and the government has lost ground to insurgents over the last year, according to an inspector general’s report released Sunday that shows ongoing failures overshadowing the few signs of hope.
Indeed, every quarter, the « Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, » or SIGAR, submits a report to the US Congress regarding US activities in Afghanistan regarding « reconstruction. »
In reality, it is not only an audit that provides insight into America’s ongoing, now 15 year long military occupation of Afghanistan, but reveals the very nature of this so-called « reconstruction » process. It is one that ensures inevitably whatever regime sits in Kabul remains entirely dependent on the United States, on immense funding from abroad and amid a conflict that seems only to expand as US troops « drawdown. » It also depicts an immensely ineffective « reconstruction » process, riddled with corruption and unsustainable programs that is creating a nation according to US interests, with institutions built by and for America’s own endgame, not that of the Afghan population’s future.
It also reveals the role of organizations like USAID, depicted as rendering aid to foreign nations, while in reality overseeing an empire of corrupt contractors pursuing ineffective programs amid an unraveling nation.
From Afghanistan to Syria, from mujahedeen to ISIS: A short history of US-led warfare
The big lie that helped justify America’s war in Afghanistan
Tribal militia tortured alleged Daesh jihadists during Mosul offensive
Tribal militia members, taking part in the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Daesh jihadist group, have tortured alleged Daesh fighters in revenge for the group’s atrocities, an influential human rights group’s official said Wednesday.
« There is strong evidence that Sab’awi tribal militia members have committed crimes under international law by torturing and otherwise ill-treating residents in Qati’ al Sab’awiin in revenge for crimes committed by Daesh, » Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office Lynn Maalouf said, as quoted on the Amnesty International’s website.
According to the human rights watchdog, all eyewitnesses interviewed described a troubling scene in which several men and boys, aged between 16 and 25, were placed in large poultry cages in the middle of a public roundabout. Some of the men were beaten by militia with cables.
GCHQ recruiting elite cyber force, no experience necessary
Britain’s electronic spy agency GCHQ is advertising 50 vacancies for its new elite cyber force, but recruiters don’t seem to mind if applicants lack experience. The scheme was announced on Tuesday as part of the new £1.9 billion (US$2.3 billion) National Cyber Security Programme. It will take the form of a free London course which aims to deliver the next generation of cyber spies. If successful the pioneering recruitment scheme will be expanded on a nationwide basis.
The private firm running the course is called the SANS Institute. It claims to pack two years’ worth of training into a 10-week technological boot camp. The course is aimed at what it terms as « high-aptitude people » like soldiers, doctors and nurses who are looking to find a new career.
« This new academy will give students the skills the nation needs to fight cyber attacks and help us achieve our ambition of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online, » Matt Hancock, the minister for digital and culture, told the Times on Tuesday. UK spy agencies are pushing hard to recruit among groups that fall outside the traditional sources of manpower.
A study released in May claimed Britain’s security apparatus would be vastly improved if recruiters were to target « high emotional intelligence, rather than focusing on standard qualifications. » Agencies are now keen to show life as a spy is compatible with raising a family.
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Comment: Join the Elite Force! Make the UK a safer place to live! In just 10 short weeks you can be security-certified…with time off to go home and make lunch for the kids. No worries.
Killary’s constant Putin-blaming, an absurd American national catastrophe
Did you think that the American election campaign had already reached the bottom? Nope! There are chances that more surprises lie ahead of us, but some instances that took place over the past few days will go down in history no matter what.
It’s not every day that senators blame the director of the FBI for working for Putin, right? After FBI Director James Comey informed Congress that the FBI had resumed its investigation concerning Hillary Clinton’s storage of secret documents on a private server, he was immediately blamed for being a « Russian agent. » This is an unprecedented charge, but that’s not all.
Hillary Clinton called on the FBI director to immediately make publicly available the FBI’s evidence of ties between Russia and Donald Trump. By saying so, she meant that the FBI leadership has this evidence, but doesn’t want to present it to the American electorate.
Comment: One of those suggestive ploys to lead folks to faulty conclusions without any facts. There are none.
For a moment, let’s believe Hillary Clinton and the Democratic senators who are hinting that Putin has a whole network of agents in the American business community and security agencies. Look what a lovely agent Russian intelligence has won over in the FBI director!
James Comey is a Republican, the former deputy attorney general of the United States, and the vice president of Lockheed Martin, a corporation that deals in developing top-secret weapons for the Pentagon. Comey is also a member of the board of directors of NSBC Bank and the director of the FBI personally appointed by Barack Obama. If Russian intelligence really managed to recruit such an American official, then the US has much more serious problems than interference in election campaigns.
Comment: Attention! Curtain call for all Americans: You can be ‘an extra’ in the unending and stomach-turning saga: « The Empire Strikes Out » Coming November 8th to a polling place near you. All felons, convicts, dead people, and deplorables welcome.
Alleged US airstrikes to support ground op in Afghanistan kill scores of Kunduz villagers (GRAPHIC)
Scores of civilians, including children, have reportedly been killed in US airstrikes supporting a ground operation in Kunduz, Afghanistan, officials and media report. NATO forces in Afghanistan said the airstrikes were « to defend friendly forces under fire. »
Earlier on Thursday, United States Forces Afghanistan released a statement, saying that two US servicemen had died « as a result of wounds sustained during operations » in Kunduz.
« The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district, » the statement said.
Resolute Support, a NATO-led training mission in Afghanistan, tweeted that the airstrikes in Kunduz had been carried out to defend « friendly forces under fire. »
Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for the United States military in Afghanistan, said that he couldn’t say whether the civilian deaths near Kunduz and the attack on US soldiers were related, but noted that the deceased American servicemen had been as advisers to an Afghan military operation.
« We have no evidence at this point of any civilian casualties, but we take all allegations very seriously, » he said, as cited by the New York Times. « Although this was an Afghan operation advised by US forces, US aircraft were used to defend all of the friendly forces. »
Comment: Regarding the two US soldiers:
Two US soldiers have been killed and two were wounded in action during a raid on Taliban positions in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the commander of the American task force in Afghanistan said in a statement.
The US troops came under fire while conducting a joint operation with Afghan forces to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in the Kunduz district, General John W. Nicholson, commander of US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A), said on Thursday.
No other details regarding the operation were immediately available. The Pentagon has withheld the names of the soldiers due to « pending next-of-kin notification, » but said additional information would be released later.
The fall of Kunduz in 2015 has been one of the most serious defeats to the Western-backed Kabul government since the withdrawal of most NATO troops in 2014.
In August, Stratfor, a US-based private intelligence agency, said in a report that Taliban fighters are now operating in more Afghan territories than prior to the 2001 US invasion. They have made those territorial gains despite the efforts of the Western-trained Afghan army and US troops to push forward in other provinces.
Saudi ambassador on Yemen cluster bomb question: ‘It’s like asking, »Will you stop beating your wife? »‘
The Saudi ambassador to the US has dodged a journalist’s question on the use of cluster bombs in Yemen, saying it’s like asking, « Will you stop beating your wife? » He also said the Saudi-led coalition will continue bombing Yemen, « no matter what. » Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, was confronted by a reporter from the Intercept, the publication said on Tuesday.
« Will you continue to use cluster weapons in Yemen? » the reporter asked the diplomat. Al-Saud laughed before answering: « This is like the question, ‘Will you stop beating your wife?' » After the reporter repeated the question, the ambassador again dismissed it, saying « You are political operators. I’m not a politician. »
Speaking at the Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference last week, al-Saud insisted that the Saudi-led coalition will continue its bombing campaign in Yemen, the Intercept reported. « If anyone attacks human lives and disturbs the border, in whatever region, we’re going to continue hitting them, no matter what, » said al-Saud.
Comment: The perfect solution. By this standard, are they going to bomb themselves as well?
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In defiance of international law: Saudi warplanes use cluster bombs in airstrikes on Yemen
Human rights NGO: International community must condemn Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen
Credible evidence that Saudi’s are using U.S. made cluster munitions in Yemen
United States draws criticism for sale of 1300 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia
King of Paranoia: Netanyahu claims a US-led conspiracy to boot him from office
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly told a reporter via phone on the day of parliamentary elections that there was a US-led conspiracy to remove him from power by means of « super-software » to locate voters, Haaretz reported. According to the paper, Netanyahu spoke with « a senior Israeli journalist » on Election Day, March 17, 2015.
« I want to tell you that what’s happening today is election stealing, » the PM reportedly told the journalist on the phone. « Nothing like this has ever happened in any democracy anywhere. Because you’re in the press, you didn’t report on this scandal here. I’m about to lose the election, » he added.
The reporter allegedly tried to assure Netanyahu that he was going to remain prime minister after the election, but Netanyahu replied: « I’m not. The V15 movement [opposition group], backed by the American administration, brought software programs here… You know what I’m talking about. I don’t want to elaborate over the phone, OK? Super-software that locates voters, » he said, according to Haaretz. « I want you to know that this is what happened, » the PM added.
Before hanging up, Netanyahu blasted the journalist and the whole Israeli media for turning its back on him. « You won’t touch it. You aren’t handling [the story.] That’s why I’m going to lose the election, » the PM reportedly claimed. Haaretz noted that the reporter sensed « paranoia » in the Israeli leader’s words about a Washington-led conspiracy against him.
Comment: He’s a dangerous and vindictive spoiled brat.
RT news crew under fire as Aleppo militants launch new assault
RT’s Murad Gazdiev and his crew came under fire in Aleppo as militant groups holding the eastern part of the city launched a new assault on government-held western areas, trying to break the blockade, after rejecting an offer to leave the city with their arms. The neighborhood « has been relatively quiet for the past two days and we wanted to see what was happening there, » RT’s Gazdiev reported from Aleppo. « There are still dozens of civilians there, not everyone managed to leave. »
The rebels apparently launched a major new offensive against the government-held part of the city, radio communications intercepted by the Syrian military indicate.
« There were apparently two or three suicide car bombs blown up very close to us. We hid. We saw many shells landing meters away from us, » Gazdiev said. The Syrian Army helped the RT crew along with civilians being evacuated from the area.
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Comment: See also:
In past month militant groups have lost 300 fighters in clashes at Aleppo City
Feeling the heat: Saudi al-Nusra commander begs terrorists to fight in Aleppo, fears Syrian Army offensive
Russian MoD: Experts collecting evidence at site of anti-gov Aleppo chemical attack
Guantanamo Bay study reveals US’ gross miscarriages of justice to warrant detentions
A study by Afghan-based research group came to troubling conclusions regarding the US government’s handling of Guantanamo Bay, finding it used bad intelligence and rigged its own legal system to justify detentions, thus prolonging the Afghan war.
The author of the study by the Afghan Analysts Network says systemic ignorance of reality by both intelligence and military, as well as attempts to justify the War on Terror by any means necessary, have created a mechanism that only prolonged the conflict – America’s longest in history – and strengthened the Taliban insurgency.
Author Kate Clark delves deep into the case of eight remaining Afghans at Guantanamo. Their varying stories are used as case studies for how badly things can go wrong if bad intelligence is being upheld by a rigged justice system. The eight are the longest-serving inmates, all of whom are either still at Guantanamo, or have been transferred to UAE facilities. Of the eight, six were captured in the early days of groundless arbitrary detentions. The report, based on a wealth of documents and testimony, found that the « in none of the eight cases » has the US military « been able to substantiate its accusations. » Moreover, the special boards set up to ensure only enemy combatants were detained, failed in the basic task of clearing out « obvious, multiple mistakes » from detainee files – something that all but ensured wrongful detention.
And finally, it was found that the faltering justice mechanism was unwilling to stand up to the executive: « they have failed to question what the government has asserted or protect individuals from the arbitrary power of the state, » Clark writes. « Reading through the United States military and court documents outlining the allegations and evidence against these eight men, one enters a Kafkaesque world of strange, vague accusations, rife with hearsay, secret evidence, bad translations, gross errors of fact and testimony obtained under duress and torture, » she recounts.
Comment: Independent validation of the Guantanamo Bay travesty, the frightening state of US illegal power to ignore, abuse and fabricate its justifications, has managed to continue without proper examination, rectification or prosecution for those who should be held responsible. Shame on the US and shame on its justice system. The ends do not justify the means.
Squeeze play: US aircraft to block ISIL militants’ escape from Mosul
The U.S.-led coalition has developed plans to target Islamic State militants from the air if they attempt to escape the Iraqi city of Mosul and head west toward Syria, as Iraqi ground forces close in on the city from several sides, a top U.S. general said Monday. « This is all about getting after (the Islamic State) and setting up an opportunity where, should they try to escape, we have a built-in mechanism to kill them as they are departing, » said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of U.S. air forces in the Middle East.
Blocking militants from escaping has been a key challenge as U.S.-backed Iraqi and Syrian ground forces have retaken towns and cities from the Islamic State. Hundreds of militants have managed to slip away.
The Pentagon has acknowledged there is no simple solution to prevent militants from grabbing civilian hostages or simply escaping in small numbers. But the coalition is beefing up surveillance, and Iraq’s government is encouraging civilians to stay put and avoid trying to flee, lessening the likelihood they will be grabbed as human shields.
Islamic State fighters have typically attempted to inflict heavy casualties on Iraqi and Syrian opposition forces before abandoning their positions and escaping.
In the Mosul campaign, Harrigian said military planners are focused on the western approaches of the city, which are not as well defended as the other sides. He spoke to USA TODAY in a telephone interview from his headquarters in Qatar. « We’re very much focused there, » Harrigian said of the western routes. « Should they come out that direction, we’re prepared to get after them. »
The western approaches are not completely open. Shiite militias are moving into positions there and have said they will drive the Islamic State from Tal Afar, a town west of Mosul on the road to Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital for the militant group. The militias could act as a screening force to capture the Islamic State fighters if they attempt to head toward Raqqa.
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Russian MoD: Russia, US defense officials discuss flight safety measures in Syria
US and Russian defense officials have discussed additional flight safety measures in Syria during a video conference, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service told Russian media.
A video conference between top US and Russian defense officials was held at « the US’s initiative » and was focused on the « implementation of the October 2015 … flight safety memorandum, » a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service says, as cited by TASS.
Israeli bill proposes stripping EU diplomats of immunity for helping Palestinians build homes in West Bank
European Union diplomats should be stripped of immunity for supporting the construction of houses for Palestinians in the disputed West Bank, according to new legislation proposed by a member of the Israeli Parliament.
The bill was presented on Wednesday by Oded Forer, a member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) for Yisrael Beiteinu, a right-wing nationalist party.
The proposed legislation says EU diplomats should be stripped of immunity if they help Palestinians build homes illegally in Area C of the West Bank. It is not yet clear what the measure would actually mean for EU diplomats, however.
Area C is an administrative division in the West Bank that comprises about 60 percent of its territory. According to information from the Israeli media, it was home to some 150,000-300,000 Palestinians and 380,000 Israelis in 2015. It is this area where the Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law, are located.
The European Union doesn’t recognize the legality of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and helps build shelters for Palestinians there. Such houses are easily recognized, as they are all labeled with the EU flag.
Russia just received the tools to neutralize NATO reconnaissance planes in Syria
Last week, NATO announced that it had begun tracking the movement of Russian military aircraft operating in Syria using AWACS reconnaissance planes operating from Turkish bases. But as luck would have it, Russia has just received all the tools it needs to neutralize the alliance’s snooping.
In late September, NATO announced that a fleet of 16 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft would be sent to Turkey, ostensibly to help the alliance’s ongoing efforts against the Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. A month later, the alliance confirmed that the aircraft had been deployed, and that they started their surveillance of Syrian airspace beginning October 20.
3yo brings father’s loaded semi-automatic pistol to school in Washington, DC
A 3-year-old boy took a loaded semi-automatic pistol to his elementary school in Washington, DC, where it was fortunately found by a security guard. It later appeared the gun belonged to the boy’s father, who had no license.
The father, 31-year-old Anthony Earl Chiles, was arrested Tuesday after bringing his son to Moten Elementary School on Morris Road SE in Southeast DC.
Despite the arrest, this story is still surrounded by mystery.
Chiles was bringing his 3-year-old son to school at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when they were stopped by a security guard. WTTG has cited a charging document, which said that surveillance cameras recorded Chiles and his son.
Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school
Tham Khai Meng
Businesses urgently need innovative people, so we must dispel the myth that creativity is something mysterious that cannot be encouraged
Whenever I hear the phrase « creative industries » I’m always surprised. I ask myself, are there any uncreative industries? If so, how do they survive? Why aren’t they in a museum, next to the dodo? The world is changing at such a blistering pace that businesses without creativity at their core are doomed.
Innovate or die is not just a slogan, it’s a vital truth. Creativity is the most powerful competitive advantage a business can have. Companies need to fizz with new ideas and fresh thinking. But there’s a problem – there just aren’t enough fizzy people around.
The Untold History of Modern U.S. Education
American Education: Brainwashing children and suffocating freedom
One more reason higher (and all) public education is in trouble
American Education’s Failure: The Cause and Cure
Palestinians outraged as Israel knocked down eight graves in Jerusalem
The destruction at a 1,400 year old cemetary in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, reportedly to clear space for a national park, sparked condemnation among Palestinians.
Comment: See also:Israelis desecrate Muslim gravestones in E. Jerusalem, Palestinians blame Israeli authority
Scotland Yard: Sex crimes involving date apps Tinder, Grindr climb in record year offences
The Met issued the figure as it warned the 2016 total is likely to top 100 — up from 74 last year. In all, 187 London crimes were linked to the dating apps in the first half of the year. That means the total number of offences this year looks set to top 350, close to the 2015 total of 317. They included almost 100 incidents of violence, plus robberies and thefts.
Tinder launched in 2012 — three years after gay version Grindr. The Met saw just 18 crimes linked to the apps that year, four of them sex offences.
By 2015, however, this has rocketed to 317 offences, with 180 allegations of violence, 74 sex attacks, 26 thefts, seven robberies, seven allegations of criminal damage, six burglaries and 17 ‘other offences’.
The total number of crimes this year represents a 2,000 per cent rise since 2012.
Comment: Another report, combining statistics from England and Wales, states crimes connected to the two apps ballooned sevenfold from 55 in 2013 to 412 in 2015, obtained under Freedom of Information Act. These allegations of violence included grooming, rape, sexual exploitation of children and sextortion. Tinder alone is advertised as responsible for ten billion connections and climbing.
Globalized corporate mainstream news and media is failing
I begin this piece with three quotes from my work-in-progress, The Underground:
« There is a media metaphysics. Its basic principle states that nothing exists until it becomes information. Now we have a new twist: information only becomes real when it reaches a mind already attuned to it. In other words, the tree falling in the forest makes a sound only if a user/consumer who wants a tree to fall receives video and audio of the event… »
« Information can be dressed up a thousand different ways. But it tends to have an ‘elastic’ quality. By that I mean you eventually get to see the person who dressed it up. That’s a problem for chronic liars who inhabit the press. They expose themselves, even though they don’t want to. It takes a surprisingly small push to expose the whole operation. This is happening now, right in front of our eyes. »
« The basis of big media is theater. News is theater. Its directors and producers think they’re doing a first-rate job. But they’re sadly mistaken. Gaps and obfuscations are growing larger. The outright non-sequiturs and gibberish are becoming more apparent. The audience is wising up to the farce. Who are these fools who direct the news? They’re simply people who want to sell their souls and have found an elite buyer. But that transaction doesn’t contain any guarantees about shelf life. Mainstream news is decaying, and the expiration date is approaching. Like civilizations, the petty princes of information rise and fall… »
Comment: The sooner people realize that they are being inundated, overwhelmed and bombarded by « news » instead of objective information, the better the chances are that humanity will wake up from its subjugation to wholesale deceit, slavery and, ultimately, mass murder.
Spanish parents go on strike to boycott ‘detrimental’ weekend homework
There’s nothing new about pupils complaining about their homework, but in Spain they’ve now been joined by parents who are ready to go on strike for their kids to be left alone on weekends.
The Spanish Confederation of Associations of Mothers and Fathers of Students (CEAPA) has called on parents whose children attend state schools to boycott weekend homework for the whole month of November.
There’s « absolute certainty that homework is detrimental » to children as it hampers their extra-curricular development, Jose Luis Pazos, CEAPA president, told AFP.
« We’ve lost a bit of common sense in this country when it comes to talking about education and we’ve got a system in which boys’ and girls’ free time has disappeared, » he said.
Spanish 15-year-olds have 6.5 hours of homework a week, a 2012 report by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said, putting the country in fifth place after Russia, Italy, Ireland and Poland.
Comment: See also: Parents are pushing back against school stressors: More recess, less homework, reduced testing
Multiple NY police departments under investigation for « breeding » parties with underage boys
The Free Thought Project
A police officer’s suspension over an investigation into writing fraudulent checks has prompted a multi-agency investigation into alleged gay sex parties for police officers. While sex parties alone are not criminal, a source close to the investigation said the parties were attended by young boys who were not of legal age to drink or consent to having sex with adults.
Sgt. Jonathan E. Moore, 35, of the Schenectady police department, has been suspended after he and his boyfriend, Anthony Aubin, 27, were caught at trying to use a fraudulent check to purchase a $92,000 Jaguar. Aubin was arrested on felony charges for attempting to use the check.
However, according to a report in the Times Union, the arrest of Aubin, who has a lengthy criminal record and was recently on parole, has triggered a much broader, multi-agency police investigation into allegations that gay officers may have hosted or taken part in sex parties — called « breeding parties » — that allegedly were attended by teenagers who were not of legal age to drink alcohol or consent to having sex with adults.
Aside from the Schenectady police department investigation, the probe has spread to the Albany police department as well. As the Times reports, other departments may also become involved in the broader investigation, according to a person briefed on the matter but not authorized to comment publicly.
Florida cop arrested for raping little boys at home for abused children
The Free Thought Project
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Agent Charles Calvin McMullen was arrested this week after two 8-year-old boys came forward with allegations that the cop repeatedly sodomized and sexually abused them.
According to police, the boys disclosed their information separately and did not know the other was coming forward.
#BREAKING: #FDLE agent, Charles C. McMullen arrested, charged with sexual assault/battery on a victim younger than 12 y/o. #C3N #NWFL
— WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) November 2, 2016
McMullen, who has been with the FDLE for five years, worked on cases with the Gulf Coast Kids House and the Santa Rosa Kids House, centers that advocate for abused children.
McMullen’s position in law enforcement allowed him easy and trusted access to the children and he was able to repeatedly rape the young boys from the time they were only 7-years-old.
The first boy came forward on October 28 to deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRCSO). After the 8-year-old reported McMullen had been touching him « downstairs on his private part » on a frequent basis, an investigation was launched which led to the other boy coming forward.
Man charged with sexually abusing 12 girls in his home allegedly groomed and brainwashed them to believe he was cult-like figure
While Lee Kaplan lived with 12 girls in his Pennsylvania home, authorities say, he allegedly brainwashed them to believe he was a prophet of God — grooming several of them for sex and calling six of them his « wives. »
Prosecutors this week revealed these and other harrowing details of the girls’ years of alleged mental and sexual abuse, as the investigation of Kaplan continues and he faces multiplying charges.
« This guy set up a virtual feeding ground of victims, » Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub tells People. « He preyed upon one by one. »
Kaplan, who was charged with sex crimes after police rescued the girls from his home in June, is now accused of not only fathering two children with the eldest of the girls but also sexually abusing five of her younger sisters, Weintraub announced on Monday.
That same day Kaplan pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen new charges, including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault, Weintraub says.
« He took these children into his home not too far from where we stand here today, » Weintraub alleged at a news conference. « Over time he played on their trust and affection for him. He groomed them to believed that he was a religious, cult-like figure for whom they should submit their will. »
Comment: See also: Twelve girls found in home of Pennsylvania man — the oldest sold by her parents
Canadian journalists stunned to learn police spied on them through cellphone
Canadian police have been tracking the cellphones of six investigative journalists, treating them as suspects, media and police officials said. The scandal comes a day after reports emerged revealing that police had also been spying on another journalist.
Marie-Maude Denis and Isabelle Richer, the hosts of the Enquête (Investigation) program, and the show’s former host, Alain Gravel, all confirmed on Twitter that they had been spied on, claiming that the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), also known as the Quebec Provincial Police, had tracked their phones.
« I’ve just learned that my incoming and outgoing calls have been spied on by the Sûreté du Québec in 2013, » Denis wrote on Twitter, while Gravel tweeted: « My turn to get a confirmation that I was targeted by court mandates to obtain a log of my calls by the SQ. »
Police also hacked Eric Thibault from Journal de Montreal, Denis Lessard, from La Presse, and crime journalist André Cédilot, Canadian media reported.
Legal?: London ‘fellatio café to offer coffee and oral sex – Geneva too
London could soon host its first ever ‘fellatio café’ for punters seeking oral pleasure with their morning coffee. If the business manages to overcome all the legal barriers to opening, the café will offer customers a selection of coffees, along with oral sex performed by an escort.
Founder Bradley Charvet said he plans to establish a branch of the coffee shop in Paddington, London. Charvet told the Evening Standard he is confident the business will go ahead. « We are happy this will be a legal business in the UK, which is nice because it will be organized and controlled. « We need to fix some details to avoid trouble. It’s on the way. » A cheap coffee and extra services will set you back £50 (US$66).
Europe’s first fellatio café is due to launch in Geneva on December 5, 2016. The café is modeled on similar businesses in Thailand, such as Dr. BJ’s Salon in Bangkok.
Comment: Switch to tea?
Update (Nov. 3): Charvet is still trying to go forward with this idea, but with sex robots instead of humans if his plans are blocked by Swiss laws:
Originally, the sex cafe was due to open by the end of this year but its plans have been disrupted by opposition from the commercial sector, according to Charvet.
Charvet says he wanted to create an establishment inspired by Thailand’s sex tourism industry where the customer would order a coffee and use an ipad to select a sex worker to perform oral sex.
While prostitution is legal in Switzerland, paid-for sexual services are banned in public establishments under catering legislation, a spokesperson from the Department of Security and Economy told Le Matin.
Charvet is now looking toward sexbots to salvage his sex cafe plans and has begun talks with a US firm that manufactures lifelike robot-women for up to US$3,000.
An application for the sex cafe has yet to be filed with relevant authorities but if approval is granted for the fellatio cafe, it will provide up to eight robots to service customers for 60 Swiss francs ($62) a pop.
Western civilization is spiraling down at an ever-increasing rate…
Child obesity in UK rises to almost 20%
The number of obese 10- and 11-year-olds rose by 0.7 percent in the last year, according to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). Overall, more than a third of the age group were deemed overweight based on their body mass index (BMI).
Obesity for children in the United Kingdom has reached 19.8% for 10 and 1
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