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Daily Digest 8/28 - Ideology As Addiction, Could Tech Create A New Paradox Of Plenty?

Monday, August 28, 2017, 12:18 PM

Economy

Charles Hugh Smith: Ideology As Addiction (jdargis)

Ideological purity mirrors the dangers of addiction. To the true believer of free-market capitalism (i.e. the abstraction, not the real-world version), public ownership of waterworks (for example) is anathema, even if example after example proves the disastrous consequences of the sale of public water utilities to distant tax-evasion based corporations.

Just as the addict has no interest in other forms of addiction (the sex addict has little interest in heroin, etc.), those addicted to an ideology have little interest in anything that muddies the water of their chosen certainty: if private or private ownership is anathema, it is always and forever anathema.

Pundits And Politicians Are Tacitly Admitting That They Lied About Russia (Afridev)

Until the US intelligence community, the mainstream media, and the politicians who’ve been advancing this Russian hacking narrative do one of these two things, their silence on the matter should be interpreted as a tacit admission that they’ve been lying to us this entire time. After Iraq there was already no reason to give these institutions the benefit of the doubt, and since the VIPS report there is every reason in the world to believe that they’ve been lying to advance domestic and foreign agendas. They either refute the VIPS report in its entirety, or we must treat their refusal to do so as a tacit admission of nothing less than a crime against humanity.

Amazon Cuts Whole Foods Prices as Much as 43% on First Day (jdargis)

The tech giant’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods has sent shock waves through the already changing $800 billion supermarket industry. The wedding between Amazon and the upscale grocery promises to upend the way customers shop for groceries. Cutting prices at the chain with such an entrenched reputation for high cost that its nickname is Whole Paycheck is a sign that Amazon is serious about taking on competitors such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kroger Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp.

World Powers Are Stockpiling Gold. You Should Too (Tiffany D.)

Germany moved most of its gold to London, Paris and New York during the Cold War to protect it from possible theft by the Soviet Union in the event of an invasion.

The Bundesbank stated that it has brought its gold home to “build trust and confidence domestically.”

Could Tech Create A New Paradox Of Plenty? (Michael K.)

Perhaps the most obvious geopolitical consequence of the switch to renewable energy is the possibility of a new resource curse that could emerge from the sale of raw materials and rare earths, creating new problems for new countries. Congo could see an influx of capital because of the demand for things like cobalt. While the country might welcome the windfall, it could also further fuel corruption and instability.

Supervolcano Alert! by Robert Gore (thc0655)

Lately, not a day has gone by where an article hasn’t appeared arguing that the US government or the media or the globalists or some other nefarious entity is pulling the strings of some nefarious “divide and conquer” strategy. “Divide” needs no help from anyone. Unless humans develop the ability to split themselves, division has proceeded as far as it can go. A solitary soul can work, shop, eat, drink, find amusement and information, and do everything else necessary to sustain life without ever leaving his dwelling or coming into contact with another human being. Undoubtedly some do.

Hurricane Harvey Leaves Houston Under Water (jdargis)

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall late Friday, the winds calmed, but the rainfall kept up, dropping historic amounts of water on southeastern Texas—with even more predicted in the next few days. Rising floodwaters have forced tens of thousands to flee, overburdening emergency services and filling shelters. So far, at least five deaths have been blamed on the storm. State and local authorities, as well as countless volunteers, have been working hard all weekend to rescue stranded residents, and offer assistance to those in need.

Why not evacuate before Harvey? Houston leaders defend their calls to stay put (jdargis)

At least five people have already been reported dead as Harvey, previously a hurricane and now a slow-moving tropical storm, continues to feed rising waters across the nation’s fourth largest city and its surrounding communities. As the waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t local officials order mandatory evacuations, as more than a dozen other smaller Texas cities and counties did?

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Arming ISIS in Syria

Journalist Links CIA to Weapons Flight to Syria

It is not a surprise to most of us that the West is funding ISIS as a proxy fighting force in Syria to overthrow Assad, while pretending to fight against them and calling them "terrorists."

 

Gaytandzhieva ... said she first got suspicious of the weapons transferred to Syria when she found Bulgarian-made weapons at the hands "terrorists" in Aleppo while reporting on the Syrian war there.  She said that she then traced those weapons to its Bulgarian manufacturer only to find out that those weapons were legally exported to Saudi Arabia, which in turn supplied it to "terrorists" in Syria.

[Investigative reporter, Gaytandzhieva found that] an Azerbaijan state airline company was regularly transporting tons of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey under diplomatic cover as part of the CIA covert program to supply anti-Assad fighters in Syria. Those weapons, Gaytandzhieva found, ended up in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

While it's long been understood that the US-Gulf-NATO coalition arming rebels inside Syria facilitated the rapid rise of the Islamic State as the group had steady access to a "jihadi Wal-Mart" of weapons.... 

... Silk Way Airlines ...  was essentially operating an "off the books" weapons transport service (not subject to inspections or tax under diplomatic cover) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.

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The stolen money

Catherine Austin Fitts, Richard Dolan and many others are talking about the several TRILLION dollars each year that goes missing from the military budget each year.

A reuters article from 2016 (that I just became aware of) indicates the same thing and is discussed openly in the mainstream press (well, at least mentioned once.)

Interpret these deficiencies in light of the USA's national gross domestic product of 16 Trillion for 2016.

 

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

As a result, the Army’s financial statements for 2015 were “materially misstated,” the report concluded. The “forced” adjustments rendered the statements useless because “DoD and Army managers could not rely on the data in their accounting systems when making management and resource decisions.”

“Where is the money going? Nobody knows,” said Franklin Spinney, a retired military analyst for the Pentagon and critic of Defense Department planning

Catherine and others have the impression that there is a Breakaway Civilization of insiders who are running secret and immense projects with this money diverted from the above board record keeping systems.  (It is not just incompetence and sloppiness in pentagon accounting.)  It is hard to know if this is true.  But there IS a LOT of missing money.

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Ways to Give

galvestoncountyfoodbank.org They take debit and credit cards.I spoke to a volunteer and she said they have been through this before and will get through this again.In Houston,houstonfoodbank.org.They take credit cards."When I was a young boy and I would see scary things in the news,my mother would say to me,Look for the helpers.You will always find people who are helping....Mr.Rogers 

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Re: The Stolen Money

The plane could have easily exited the other side.  Why?   The major structural steel was in the corners of the building.    I know someone who lives in NYC who's friend's sister was lost in one of the towers.   It is most likely TPTB at the national level in FBI etc encouraged and abetted the hijackers.   These techniques are so old but hardly anyone ever considers them.  Imagine the outrage that would have transpired in 2004 if the redacted 28 pages were published then!

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Here comes the atrocity stories

Leading the news feed this evening (after Harvey and "statue-gate") is a report of a North Korean missile that was fired over the top of Japan.  Japan and South Korea are freaking out and Gold did a little pop.

Now, right on cue, the first North Korean atrocity story.

Female North Korean Soldiers Describe Horrific Sexual Abuse From Superior Officers.

Just before a bombing or invasion, you have to get the public hating the soon to be targeted nation.  The public attitude management team has signaled that we will need the public hating and despising those "monstrous North Koreans" soon.

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Another sad story
sand_puppy wrote:

Just before a bombing or invasion, you have to get the public hating the soon to be targeted nation.  The public attitude management team has signaled that we will need the public hating and despising those "monstrous North Koreans" soon.

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Sadly accurate
sand_puppy wrote:

Leading the news feed this evening (after Harvey and "statue-gate") is a report of a North Korean missile that was fired over the top of Japan.  Japan and South Korea are freaking out and Gold did a little pop.

Now, right on cue, the first North Korean atrocity story.

Female North Korean Soldiers Describe Horrific Sexual Abuse From Superior Officers.

Just before a bombing or invasion, you have to get the public hating the soon to be targeted nation.  The public attitude management team has signaled that we will need the public hating and despising those "monstrous North Koreans" soon.

This is sadly accurate.

This is just how the game is played, and it's a simple one.  The "opposition" must be dehumanized.  Our side is always good and fights for good.

Horrific sexual abuse you say?  

That jogs the old memory...let's see what I can find in under one minute...ready set...GO!

+++++++++++++++++++++++

++++++++++++++++

 

Hmmmm...I have to say...it doesn't seem like the "horrific sex abuse" angle is the best one to go with here...glass houses and throwing stones and all that.

Unless....unless "they" can count on the memories of the people they are targeting with this propaganda to either be very short, or to not exist in the first place (because they are profoundly incurious and have not been exposed to the news in the first place).

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ISIS – Always-Always Claims Responsibility

ISIS – Always-Always Claims Responsibility (GlobalResearch.ca)

Quote:

Whenever a terrorist attack hits somewhere in Europe or the world, wait a few hours and the police or media report ISIS / ISIL / Daesh claims responsibility. To enhance credibility, they usually say it was confirmed by ISIS news agency Amaq. As soon as this little piece of info is out, the upset populace takes a deep breath and falls at ease. It’s the usual culprits. It’s them, not us. We are fine. We can go back to business as usual.

ISIS fighters regret attacking Israel and have "apologized", former Defense Minister says (Newsweek)

Quote:

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have apologized for launching an attack on Israeli forces last year in the disputed Golan Heights region, according to Israel's former defense minister.

Moshe Yaalon, who served as head of the Israeli Ministry of Defense from 2013 until his resignation in 2016, made the remark Saturday while speaking with a correspondent of Israel's Channel 10 media outlet in the northern city of Afula. The ex-defense minister, who also served as chief of staff for the Israeli military, was apparently referencing an attack last November by the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army on Israeli units in the Syrian Golan Heights. Israeli responded by launching airstrikes on the militants' position, killing four, and Ya'alon said ISIS has since said sorry for the incident.

The worst kept secret in the Middle East? I.S.I.S. = Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

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How about a "two-fer"?

Don't forget, it was just a short while ago that the US MSM went forward with a remarkably retail-free accusation that North Korea had  tried to ship chemical weapons to (wait for it...wait for it...drumroll please...) Syria!  

That's right, Syria.

You just can't make this stuff up.

It's so transparently stupid as to cause IQ slippage in anyone who tries to follow it.  

Your only hope is to understand that cheap efforts are underway to program your brainstem and use your best cortical functions to resist the programming.

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Pink Floyd dedication for Delcy Rodriguez

 

Venezuela Will Lead Fight Against Hate Crimes: Assembly Head

"The hate crimes we see around the world, against Muslims and others, Venezuela plans to lead the fight against these crimes," Rodriguez said during a press conference with international media in Caracas, adding that fascism is a disease that must be cured in every corner of society.

The law will seek to prosecute all incidents of racism, hatred, intolerance, fascism and persecution, with the ANC working with the people to create national legislation that severely punishes this type of crime.

More than Half of the Children in Venezuela Are Malnourished

PanAm Post-1 hour ago
Children in Venezuela Are Malnourished More than half of the children in Venezuela are suffering from malnourishment, according to the Humanitarian Director ...

 

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