Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 Geopolitical Forcast Calls for "Winds of War"

WWII Cemetery Omaha Beach

I've been taking a few days off from blogging due to Seasonal Celebrations and consequential exhaustion from same.  Just sitting around knitting is my favourite way to decompress after all the hubbub.  But I've been thinking about a note my blogging colleague Ed(itor) sent me just a day after Christmas....
I see a lot of chatter on the Internet that suggest that war is imminent. Anyone who has been paying attention could suggest where that war will take place, against whom. It’s a valid statement that no one can conduct three wars simultaneously, but I am not one of the great experts on war, nor do I wear any stripes on my shoulder.

The challenge for the rest of us is to figure out who is leading us to war, why, where they expect to fight, and, more importantly, what is the rationale (or impetus) to war. Perhaps there is a false flag yet to be accomplished. Can we think ahead of them and burst the bundle of their rationale?"

The likelihood of war in 2018 seems to be on everyone's minds.  Below is an excellent synopsis by Paul Craig Roberts.  Please read in its entirety below and I will have comments to follow:

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018?

Paul Craig Roberts

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

Among the economic threats are stock, bond, and real estate markets artificially pumped up by years of central bank money creation and by false reports of full employment. It is an open question whether participants in these markets are aware that underlying reality does not support the asset values. Central banks support stock markets not only with abundant liquidity but also with direct stock purchases. The Japanese central bank is now one of the largest owners of Japanese equities. Central banks, which are supposed to provide economic stability, have created a massive fraud.

Throughout the Western world politics has degenerated into fraud. No government serves the public’s interest. (See: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/12/29/eric-zuesse-explains-americas-worst-enemy/ ) Except for some former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, European governments have defied the will of the people by admitting vast numbers of refugees from Washington’s wars and others pretending to be refugees. The European governments further imperil their citizens with their support for Washington’s rising aggression toward Russia. The universal failure of democratic politics is leading directly to war.

The Saker explains that Americans with intelligence, honor, courage, and integrity have disappeared from the US national security establishment. In their place are arrogant morons high on hubris who believe: (1) We can buy anybody, (2) Those we cannot buy, we bully, (3) Those we cannot bully, we kill, (4) Nothing can happen to us, we live in total impunity no matter what we do. http://www.unz.com/tsaker/2018-war-or-no-war/

Scott Bennett reports that US soldiers are being propagandized that Russia is an enemy with whom we are headed to war. https://www.facebook.com/capsule.ninetynine.7/videos/1992321041038611/
The Anglo-Zionist empire is trying to overturn the Iranian agreement and to restart the attempt to overthrow the government of Syria. Lebanon’s Hezbollah is also in the empire’s sights. Washington is arming Ukraine in order to enable an attack on the breakaway provinces of Novorussia. Threats against North Korea escalate. Even little Venezuela is threatened with military intervention simply because the country wants to control its own destiny and not be controlled by Washington and the New York banks.

In the opinion of some, Russia’s very cautious diplomacy has increased the likelihood that Washington will miscalculate and give the world a third world war. By not accepting the requests of the breakaway Russian provinces in Ukraine to be reunited with Russia, the Russian government paved the way for Washington to provide the military means for its Ukrainian puppet to attempt to reconquer the provinces. Success would damage Russian prestige and encourage Washington in its aggressive actions. Sooner or later Russia will have to stand and fight.

Russia’s premature declaration of victory in Syria and withdrawal has made it possible for US forces to remain in Syria and attempt to restart the effort to overthrow the Assad government. Russia would have to defend its victory, or by the failure to do so encourage more aggressive actions by Washington.

Hopes have evaporated that President Trump would restore the normalized relations between the nuclear powers that Reagan and Gorbachev made possible. The question for the New Year is when does Washington’s aggression against Russia ignite a hot war.

Your website will be examining these issues as they unfold in 2018. From the perspective of today, it is unlikely that the New Year will be a happy one. Nowhere in the West is there a sign of leadership toward peace and the well-being of humanity.

PCR refers to the Saker's take on what the geopolitical probabilities are.  Here is Saker's summing up of the risks:


The Saker
Now let’s sum this all up.

The chances are high that in 2018 the USA will

Escalate the war in Afghanistan
Renege on the nuclear deal with Iran
Back an Ukronazi attack on Novorussia

It is quite possible that the USA will also

Shoot down a Russian aircraft over Syria

I find it unlikely that the USA will

Invade Syria
Invade Venezuela

I am unable to evaluate whether the USA will:

Disconnect Russia from SWIFT or seize Russian assets
Attack the DPRK

Frankly, I am not very confident about this attempt as analyzing the possible developments in 2018. All my education has always been based on a crucial central assumption: the other guy is rational. That is a huge assumption to make, but one which was fundamentally true during the Cold War. Today I find myself inclined to think that psychologists are probably better suited to make predictions about the actions of the rulers of the AngloZionist Empire than military analysts. Furthermore, history shows us that the combination of delusional imbeciles and dishonorable cowards is what typically brings down empires, we saw a very good example of that with the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

With the latest Trump fiasco I have personally given up any hope of ever seeing a US President capable of making a positive contribution to the welfare of the people of the USA or the rest of the planet. The burden now is clearly on Russia and China to do everything they can to try to stop the USA from launching even more catastrophic and deeply immoral wars. That is a very, very difficult task and I frankly don’t know if they can do it. I hope so. That is the best I can say.

The Saker"

It would appear from even the most cursory reading of the Russian press that Russia is well aware of USrael's desperation to start a world wide conflict...yet another of the banksters' "Wars to End All Wars" and is making unrelenting preparation to meet the threat.

But what nation or nations are really in the crosshairs of the insane, frenzied warmongers of the Neocon controlled Pentagon?  Gordon Duff has an interesting list of targets as copied below:

It is also accepted that the US has committed horrible crimes against nations like Iran or Vietnam, so many others, and that the excuses given during the Cold War about opposing “the Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union are no longer plausible. America, or those secretly running America, were simply robbing the world blind by putting puppet governments in power around the world.

Everyday Americans, perhaps a majority, do believe this now, though no poll on this subject will ever be published.

Only a few days before this was written, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, chastised the Security Council for passing, except for a lone American veto, war crimes sanctions against Israel for claiming its capitol in occupied Palestinian territory.

The “special relationship” between America and Britain died that day. In reality, NATO died that day as well. The “triumvirate “put- together by slumlord turned diplomat Jared Kushner, of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Trump regime, has alienated every American ally. Were one to believe polls published in America, few take American foreign policy seriously nor support any suggested Trump based military action against any nation, North Korea, Canada, Iran, China or Britain. Any of those, or any other, could and likely will, at some time, be victim of a Trump “tweet” threatening nuclear holocaust...."



https://journal-neo.org/2017/12/23/the-real-bad-guys/

greencrow says:  All my adult life I have feared the United States as being the greatest threat against the very existence of Canada.  When I saw what they did to other small (in terms of population, but particularly military force) countries like Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many others in Central America and elsewhere...I knew that it is only a matter of time before they turn their bloody sights on Canada...The only thing that's kept them at bay is the ease with which the Canadian politicians fall, like putty or playdough into their hands and are manipulated to do their bidding.  None more so than the current dauphin prime minister Justin Trudeau.  I mean, why waste military resources that could be deployed in Ukraine or elsewhere when you not only can have your way with the neighbour to the north but can demand that IT supply war equipment to the Ukraine as well?

Sold his soul to the devil...that's what le Dauphin did to get (s)elected.  And now the perps are laughing behind Canadians' backs and rubbing their hands with glee because they've managed to insert two complete febrile pawns into the opposition parties....one pawn isn't even ALLOWED to travel to Russia and the other pawn hasn't even caused a blip on the national public opinion polls (actually, neither opposition party leader has registered above flatline in the polls).  So the controlled dauphin is a "shoo-in" for elections to come.

The United States (aka bankster controlled Usrael) needs to suck the huge Canadian territory into its demonic and bloody vortex so that it can give the geopolitical finger to Russia and China and say..."See...we control the same immense land mass as you!"  Not to mention having a long northern border which officially parallels Russia.  This long planned takeover of the pathetic Canadian "government" was supposed to happen during Hillary's term...and, failing that...the preferred Republican candidate "Canadian born" Ted Cruz.  Cruz' Canadian heritage was supposed to ease the shock on Canadians...he stumbled out of the starting gate but no matter...the agenda ALWAYS remains the same.

The Russophobic ratcheting up of Tensions in Ukraine and the manipulation of the Canadian government to get involved and provide lethal weaponry to the Urkonazis is in fact a strategy against Canada. Only an idiot would not "get" that maintaining a functioning alliance with Russia/China could be an insurance policy for Canadian survival. THAT is the tragedy of the whole thing--the "idiot" factor.


Urkonazi sympathizer Cdn Foreign Minister
Chrystia Freeland with
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

So...the scheme is to get Canada to "step over the red line" (either along with Usrael or on its own) that 's been laid down by Russia in Ukraine...Then perpetrate a False Flag attack on Canada that can be blamed on Russia....then have Canada declare war on Russia and Russia declare war on Canada...then have NORAD/NATO/USrael "COME TO THE AID OF CANADA" in order to "preserve freedom and democracy".  Where and when have we seen this rancid old ploy before?  The whole world knows that once the US has its bloody foot in the door...it NEVER leaves.  It will take over Canada for its own good and le Dauphin will become the "First Governor of the 51st State" as a "reward" for all his "years of service". lololol.

That, folks, is what the greencrow sees in store in 2018!  But, as Ed(itor) suggests in the first paragraph above, readers are encouraged to submit their own predictions for the coming year in the comments. And, just in the event that I am (hopefully) wrong in my prediction....A Happy New Year to all! 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sifting through the clues of the "Truly Canadian" Sherman Mystery

Apotex Company Logo

Like millions of Canadians, during the past two weeks I have been intrigued and at times mesmerized by the recent violent deaths and ensuing mystery surrounding the double death of Apotex CEO Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. The elite Toronto couple were found dead, side by side, in the basement of their Toronto home on December 15, 2017.

This case has all the elements of a "great crime story". Money, politics, murder and mystery. Was the hanging deaths of Barry and Honey a murder/suicide or a double suicide as the police seem to think? Or, was the couple murdered by what would appear to be very professional hit men?

All across Canada, people are talking in hushed tones about the various clues and probabilities. One of the best sources of information that I've found has been the National Post article that I have linked above.

The media focus seems to be on Barry's life long litigious nature. He wielded the law as a weapon to financially bludgeon business rivals, relatives and architectural and building contractors alike. He even sued the Canadian government to block an investigation into the dubious election fundraising activities he did on behalf of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Ultimately, Barry Sherman's entire fortune was built on suing anyone who stood in his way...but mainly Pharmaceutical Companies for the right to manufacture generic knock offs of their drugs. But, where did wife Honey come in on this?

The National Post article contains an important clue. It describes how Barry's social climbing wife Honey's hobby and avocation was philanthropy. Good deeds were Honey's stock in trade. Barry had been quoted as saying that he indulged Honey's hobby largely because it helped to create a positive public image:
“Power and wealth bring an opportunity to derive an extra measure of happiness by acting to help others, be it family, friends, members of our community, our country, or mankind at large,” he wrote. “Individuals who help others to an unusual extent are considered to be ‘kind,’ ‘moral’ or generous,’ although, if my thesis that everything is done in pursuit of happiness is correct, then there can be no such thing as (altruism), kindness, generosity or morality...."

But Honey also used her social and philanthropic skills to forge important business connections for Barry....below is the most significant example. Please read and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

When Honey Sherman asked to meet Aubrey Dan, son of her billionaire husband’s bitter [generic drug manufacturing] rival, Leslie Dan, she arrived in his boardroom with a ball cap on, ready to pitch a project that would bring them together.

It was in the early 2000s. Their families had been business rivals since “the heydays of the ’80s,” Aubrey said. But when Honey arrived for lunch at his office for the midday meeting, she appealed to their common ground.

“We both come from the drug industry,” Aubrey said.

The idea Honey had was a Jewish-focused community service for those struggling with addiction. And when she spoke, Aubrey remembered, she spoke warmly. So the project began, and the unlikely pair “just clicked". 
 .....
After connecting with Aubrey, the pair’s professional relationship gave way to a personal one that drew her husband into the mix.

By the end of the Shermans’ lives, the two men and former rivals would be sending emails back and forth about the ideal formulations to put medical marijuana into a pill.

This clue leads me to my last source of possible hints as to what caused the Shermans' lives to suddenly implode. I will reprint the Reuters article Of October 31, 2017 in its entirety. Please carefully read this article, posted about six weeks prior to the December 15th deaths of the couple. When I read this article yesterday, something caused the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up...a very good sign that I was on to something. Imagine you are Barry Sherman having your morning coffee last October 31 and read the following:


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U.S. states allege broad generic drug price-fixing collusion


By Karen Freifell

Reuters October 31, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A large group of U.S. states accused key players in the generic drug industry of a broad price-fixing conspiracy, moving on Tuesday to widen an earlier lawsuit to add many more drugmakers and medicines in an action that sent some company shares tumbling. The lawsuit, brought by the attorneys general of 45 states and the District of Columbia, accused 18 companies and subsidiaries and named 15 medicines. It also targeted two individual executives: Rajiv Malik, president and executive director of Mylan NV, and Satish Mehta, CEO and managing director of India’s Emcure Pharmaceuticals.

Shares of Pennsylvania-based Mylan, also named as a defendant, closed down 6.6 percent.

The states said the drugmakers and executives divided customers for their drugs among themselves, agreeing that each company would have a certain percentage of the market. The companies sometimes agreed on price increases in advance, the states added. The states said Malik and Mehta spoke directly to one another to agree on their companies’ shares of the market for a delayed-release version of a common antibiotic, doxycycline hyclate.

“It is our belief that price-fixing is systematic, it is pervasive, and that a culture of collusion exists in the industry,” Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who is leading the case, told a news conference in Hartford.


The lawsuit, brought by the attorneys general of 45 states and the District of Columbia, accused 18 companies and subsidiaries and named 15 medicines. It also targeted two individual executives: Rajiv Malik, president and executive director of Mylan NV, and Satish Mehta, CEO and managing director of India’s Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Shares of Pennsylvania-based Mylan, also named as a defendant, closed down 6.6 percent. The states said the drugmakers and executives divided customers for their drugs among themselves, agreeing that each company would have a certain percentage of the market. The companies sometimes agreed on price increases in advance, the states added.  
The states said Malik and Mehta spoke directly to one another to agree on their companies’ shares of the market for a delayed-release version of a common antibiotic, doxycycline hyclate.

“It is our belief that price-fixing is systematic, it is pervasive, and that a culture of collusion exists in the industry,” Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who is leading the case, told a news conference in Hartford.

Mylan said in a statement it had found no evidence of price-fixing by the company or any of its employees, and vowed to defend itself vigorously. Malik, the company’s second-ranking official, has received more than $50 million in compensation over the past three years, last year making more than CEO Heather Bresch. “Mylan has deep faith in the integrity of its president, Rajiv Malik, and stands behind him fully,” the company said. Emcure, also a defendant in the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two former executives of Emcure’s subsidiary Heritage Pharmaceuticals pleaded guilty in January to federal charges of conspiring to fix prices and divide up the market for doxycycline and the diabetes drug glyburide. The two men, former Heritage president Jason Malek and former chairman and chief executive Jeffrey Glazer, reached a deal with 41 states and territories in which they each agreed to pay $25,000 and cooperate with the state probe.

Soaring drug prices from both branded and generic drug manufacturers have sparked outrage and investigations in the United States. President Donald Trump this year accused pharmaceutical companies of “getting away with murder” with their drug pricing. 
Executives like Mylan’s Bresch and former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli have been called in front of Congress to defend the cost of their products.

MORE COMPANIES TARGETED

The original complaint, filed in December, targeted Mylan, Heritage, Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc, Citron Pharma LLC, Mayne Pharma USA Inc and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. The states are pressing a new complaint that would add Novartis AG’s unit Sandoz, India-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Endo International PLC’s unit Par Pharmaceutical, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Apotex Corp, Glenmark Generics Ltd, Lannett Company Inc, Alkem Laboratories Ltd’s unit Ascend Laboratories and Cadila Healthcare Ltd’s unit Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jepsen said the investigation is continuing, and that claims would likely be brought against more companies, and possibly executives, in the future.

The news hurt shares of companies named in the expanded suit that are traded in the United States. In addition to Mylan’s drop, Lannett lost 13.7 percent. Shares of Endo were up 7 percent, but down from their 12 percent peak before the news of the amended lawsuit. Teva spokeswoman Denise Bradley said the company denied the allegations. Endo spokeswoman Heather Lubeski said the company would vigorously defend itself against the claims. Other companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The expansion of the suit requires the court’s permission. The original lawsuit centered on just two medicines, delayed-release doxycycline and glyburide. The price of doxycycline rose from $20 for 500 tablets to $1,849 between October 2013 and May 2014, according to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who had been pressing for action on high drug prices.

The amended complaint would expand the number of drugs to include glipizide-metformin and glyburide-metformin, which are among the most commonly used diabetes treatments. Others include: acetazolamide, which is used to treat glaucoma and epilepsy; the antibiotic doxycycline monohydrate; the blood pressure medicine fosinopril; the anti-anxiety medicine meprobamate; and the calcium channel blocking agent nimodipine. The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a parallel criminal investigation. On Friday, the department asked the Pennsylvania court presiding over the lawsuit to put the lawsuit’s discovery process on hold, saying it could interfere with the criminal probe.

Connecticut Assistant Attorney General Joseph Nielsen said on Tuesday the states would likely oppose that request, which could slow the lawsuit." 

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It would appear from the above Reuters report, Barry Sherman was in store for the legal battle of his 75-year-old life. Shortly after the couple's deaths, I read an early report that Barry was slated to be "examined for discovery" in connection with the above price-fixing case being organized by 45 US State attorneys. The battle against price fixing in the Generic Drug Industry appears to be spearheaded by the Trump Administration. But, but but, Barry Sherman had thrown his lot in with Trumps' enemies...the democrats...or at least the Canadian version...Justin "le dauphin" Trudeau.

I can only imagine how big this case is and how deep the tentacles of Drug Fixing go in the Deep State and its current civil war going on between elements of the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, DHS, White House, etc.

Now, factoring in the above bombshell event into the life of Barry Sherman and his partner Honey (who could have also been named as a co-conspirator in the price fixing because she set Barry up with his rivals)...it would appear there are two possibilities.

- One: Barry realized the jig was up and rather than put himself through a grueling "examination for discovery" of a case that could very well end up destroying his entire life work and fortune....he decided to end it...and take Honey to prevent her having to testify.

Or

- Two: Barry had decided to "sing like a canary" and implicate others in return for being let off lightly....in which case his long time enemies may have decided to pre-emptively shut up the would be canaries.

One way or the other, my instincts tell me that the price fixing case is at the root of the mystery....and THAT, my friends, is why you will never read about it or any journalistic effort to connect the obvious dotz in the main$tream newz.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Park Bench Café #7 - Reflections...on a Seawall Walk

Park Bench Café #7 - Park Bench on a Seawall Walk

Boxing Day - coming down from all the high celebrations of Christmas Day....time to take a quiet walk along a seawall.  The light snow dusting of yesterday has already melted from the walkway winding along the ocean along English Bay. 

Stanley Park Seawall - English Bay, Vancouver


Stanley Park is a busy place at this holiday time of year.  Avoid the bicycles and runners by all means.  Keep to the pedestrian side of the walk or you might be mowed down!  Facing the winds and waves of the open water...the winter chill meets uncovered skin and reaches into the bones...nature's way of encouraging the seeking of shelter...perhaps a dip in the walkway...a curve in the steep rocky escarpment on one side and the ocean on the other--only a few precious feet of the walkway between.  A bench butting up against the escarpment with a clear view of the grey waves dashing against the seawall...is an invitation to maximize the relative warmth of the sheltered space....a neatly folded paper lies at one end.

The holiday edition is brief and to the point.... 


"0425 hours, December 25th, 2017, as the snow settles softly on a quiet town somewhere on Earth, arising from the sleep of mild seasonal illness to reflect on life, liberty, truth, and the pursuit of all three in combo, in community, internally. 


Wondering what is to be and thinking backwards, I consider that my blogging is reduced (by choice and by circumstance) to the gracious accommodations by another blogger for my   habit of surveying the world’s news and opinion and selecting out the indicators of where we are and where we are going like some sort of self-appointed town crier.


The  hostess [ http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/ ] from Pacific Northwest Canada, almost a world away, boldly and audaciously suggested a theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIQQDYaoWpc for a small but hearty band of people who insist on being able to be themselves, on the right to make up their own mind, on the right to see things from a limited but precious perspective. The theme is suggestive of the holiday moment and the reason we celebrate, and it caused me to remember that I am descended from a people who, under some duress, gathered a small band of like-minded folk and made the hazardous journey across a wide and cold Northern ocean to a new land where they might persist long enough to worship a faith in the way that they wished, not in they way into which they were forced by state, conformity, or edict.  They brought with them some skills, a printing press, and a belief in themselves and in an upstart Nazarene who dared speak His mind and His spirit. Their social stance of protest as Protestants and their participation, some active, some aloof, in the formation of a new form of self-government, propelled them and their community forward.  Almost four hundred years later, the experiment is under siege, under the umpteenth attempt to hijack it or steer it according to the directives of others.


This could be a debate about religion, about religion and state, about the assets and benefits of one belief system versus another, about a lot of things.  But it’s not.  It’s simply a momentary offering, like that offered by many, laid at the feet of a child whose life had a very unique meaning and impact on the world.


in my case, I was baptized a Presbyterian because my mother was Scots-Irish; presumably this was her dying wish. The woman who nurtured me for the first four years of my life was an Anabaptist, a Mennonite. My eventual step-mother was a Methodist, where I got my schooling on Sunday.  I drew away from the mandatory attendance in late adolescence as I tried to compare the actions, attitudes and behaviors of elders and I began to discover the questions of my age, and my society. I explored Daoism, Buddhism, and read a lot about Christianity from sources outside the official canon. I married a Catholic in both Protestant (for the State) and Catholic (for her parents) ceremonies; eight years later, we divorced.  I married another Catholic in a civil ceremony, she separated from her Church (or, perhaps, the Church separated from her).  My father disowned me for all three acts. But as the children of the second union grew up, I had to ask what to tell them to believe in (aside from themselves). The answer emerged from the small library of 78-80 books on theology, spirituality and belief systems that accrued on my shelves at the same time I gathered together books on politics, history, deep politics, state crimes against democracy, and more. The answer emerged from within the muddle of translations, explanations and proselytization in the form of the actual words as recorded by others of the man who was crucified and whose birth we celebrate today. The Truth and the Light can be found there, and we can keep its flame inside ourselves, as has been done by millions and millions of people for over two millennia. In our own ongoing and very current battle for the right to read, think and act for ourselves, we can identify those people and those works which have a spark. I think of three by James Douglass on JFK, Gandhi, the Unspeakable, resistance and contemplation.  There are many others, in books, online, and through them we can find and form community and sustenance of spirit."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Greetings from greencrow

Nativity Scene
highlighting the visit of the Maji

Good Christmas Eve Morning Everyone!  This will be my post until after the Holiday (unless there is a "Breaking News" story) and it's going to be a small glimpse into how Christmas is celebrated here on the West Coast in Canada.  Christmas is the one yearly event that is celebrated all over the world but each community has their own traditions, handed down from generation to generation...and sometimes borrowed from other communities and traditions.  Particularly true in Canada, where wave after wave of immigrants from other countries in Europe and beyond brought their own culture and traditions with them to the "new land" (as they erroneously considered it to be).



A Canadian Christmas

My great grandparents came from Ireland where the manger scene is the focal point of any Christmas decorations.  Large or small, it represents so much more than the Christmas story...it speaks to the sacredness of the family unit and the celebration of new life.  The above are two manger scenes or "crèche" (the French for manger scene) in my own living room.  The first I like because it highlights the coming of the "Wise Men"...bringing the wisdom of the orient to the West.  The second in the video above is one I made myself many years ago when my children were small.  It is an invitation to look at Christmas through the eyes of the child.

We always made sugar cookies at Christmas when I was a child.  It was an opportunity for youngsters to get into the kitchen with mom and make something to be enjoyed by all!

Christmas Sugar Cookies 
kept cool in the Garage until "needed" 




Baking Sugar Cookies

Along with religious and cultural traditions, each family develops their own traditions over the years...in our family, my partner only hangs three paper ornaments on the tree each year...these are the three paper ornaments he made as a child for his grandmother in Sweden over sixty years ago.  These fragile cardboard decorations somehow miraculously survived the immigration to Canada and travel all over British Columbia, including living in logging camps...before settling in Vancouver.


Cardboard Christmas decoration
made by a child in Sweden
63 years ago

My yearly contribution to Family Christmas tradition is telling the story about "The Year I Got No Presents".  This is a particularly valuable "first world" lesson of deprivation to youngsters inundated with presents and toys.  It actually happened...as they say...a series of unfortunate events.  My mother who was being overwhelmed by raising nine children (several in their terrible teen years) decided one year that we should "pick names" and each give each other gifts.  It was a terrible idea...but whatever...you had to be there.  My brother who, at 14, was two years older than I was at 12...declared openly that he was NOT going to participate and that whoever's name he got (by default as he did not choose a name...so there was one name left over) was NOT going to get a present.  Well, Christmas morning arrived and my younger brother and I were the first up and downstairs to see what "Santa" had placed beneath the big, well decorated tree in the front hall.  There were dozens of gifts, large and small...but as we searched for gifts bearing our names...it became tragically clear there was none with my name on it.  My younger brother stopped examining his gifts and joined me in a deeper search...still...nothing.

When the family gathered around the table later on at breakfast and my mother learned that I had received nothing...she, again, tragically underreacted.  She said she needed some things at the local supermarket...would send me there with some cash...and whatever was left over I could have to "buy myself something nice" as the saying goes.  Well, I did go to the supermarket with the cash but, after purchasing everything on the list...there was NO cash left over.  I can't remember why my father didn't intervene and "save the day" as he frequently did between clashes between my mother and myself in those days...but he was working very hard at the time and no doubt preoccupied...trying to keep a roof over the heads of a family of 11.  The story of my "Bad Christmas" got buried in the ensuing years...which were full of several even more momentous and turbulent family events....until I resurrected it years later when my children were small.  I created a tradition of sorts, telling it as a cautionary tale every year if there was someone present who hadn't heard it before...and sometimes even if there wasn't.  This year there will be someone "new" at the Christmas dinner and I relish the thought of telling the old tale ; )

A few years ago, my brother finally apologized to me for not getting me a gift.  "What was I thinking?" was his rationalization of the event. Of course it all had to do with teenage hormones and my parents being overwhelmed with work and budgetary concerns.

But, truth be told, I value that rather unique (in our first world society) early lesson in life.  It has shaped my approach to Christmas each year...I try especially hard to carefully choose and wrap each gift and put a personal note on the tag.  As everyone in our family says and as you will see in the video above...and as the Swedish song of the same name goes...."I Yust go Nuts at Christmas!"



"I Yust go Nuts at Christmas"

So, to all my readers, near and far... those who put comments on my blog and those who just lurk....To my truther blogging colleagues and, particularly, to all the oppressed and forgotten in all the countries of the world who we've been writing about during the past year. I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas and a wonderful New Year one which will include positive change towards Peace.  In closing, I present this Christmas Carol.  It occurred to me recently this carol could be the anthem of the "Truth Movement"..."Do You See What I See?"



Do You See What I See?
(Do You Hear What I Hear?)
The Anthem of the Truthers?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Park Bench Café #6 - Winter Solstice and other matters

Park Bench Café #6 - Winter Solstice and other matters

Yesterday was the shortest day of the year...the death of the old year and just short days before the birth of the new Year which, not coincidentally, coincides with the Feast celebrating the Birth of the Child Savior, Jesus Christ.  The lights that people put outside on their homes not only celebrate the season but brighten up and provide safety during these dark evenings.  On such an evening a reader might find him or herself walking outside (mind the icy sidewalks!) and spy a park bench under a streetlamp in a park.  A lighted Christmas tree shines in the distance as the reader stops and notices a neatly folded newspaper lying at one end of the bench...an invitation to sit and glance at the headlines.

The first headline is from the embattled world of the Internet Truth bloggers.  One of our small and oppressed group was "taken down" last night and for several hours...saw all of his hard work of nearly 10 years disappearing into the Mists of Googledom.  Here is Northerntruthseeker's version of events in his own words:

Northerntruthseeker

Well, at exactly 801pm last night, I was sent a terse email from "Blogger support" stating that I was in "violation" of their standards, and I would be shut down pending an "appeal process"...

I responded within the first 1/2 hour, asking what I did that was wrong, and obviously asked for an 'appeal'..... I was sent a reply shortly afterwards stating that ONE particular article was found "offensive" and it was their "final warning".... I sent a reply asking for what particular part of the script was "offensive" and I was NOT sent a reply... I then replied again saying that they were in violation of their own standards by not allowing those accused to defend their actions... I waited and still got no reply..... And then suddenly at around midnight, my site suddenly came back up!


I was perplexed and this morning I got a reply from someone at "Blogger support" that basically said that my site was "reinstated" but that I have now received a formal "warning" that I would have to abide by their standards or be permanently banned.... Obviously I ticked someone off and they were searching for their excuses..... I basically have to now "scale back" my rhetoric for a while or I will be permanently banned, obviously....


It is back up in the meantime.... I will be working on getting a new back up site ready over at Wordpress, but with my time constraints (heck it is Christmas, right?) I will probably not be able to get that fully launched until the new year...


As I have said to others, feel free to take ANYTHING you want from my site and all material, and put it to good use at your site just in case they shut mine down.... I would be honored if you would consider this request..."
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What could NTS have done to provoke such a draconian action by the all-seeing Google eye in the sky?  Could it have been the use of his "salty" (I use that word specificially because he frequently refers to a salty fluid being "swallowed" in his RANTS) language?  Surely, by now Google understands that this scatological language is part of his persona as a wild Canadian lynx who prowls the wilderness....or


As his friends see him...


Here is my view of what could have been the motivation for Google's sudden pounce on NTS...which I posted as a comment on his blog this morning after it went back up:

Hi NTS
Glad to see you're back up.  I will post something about your "takedown" on my blog later this morning.  I don't think it's a coinkydynk that your blog went down the day after that vote at the UN.  That was a huge slap in the face for the little borderless entity.
Guess the vacuum seal of the USrael society over here was punctured and they suddenly realized exactly how "popular" they are. Lashing out at the messenger has always been the next step for those guys.

Shooting the messenger has always been a default position when an authority figure is afraid and/or unwilling to go after the real perpetrators...the real villians and or the real terrorists.  Which begs the question:


Who is the terrorist?

US veteran admits that he "was the terrorist"
link found on Bruce Gagnon's 
anti-war blog "Organizing Notes"


Before I turn the rest of the headlines over to Ed(itor) from Occurrences who has done a fantastic job of compiling the latest news from near and far, I just want to add one more link...The Saker's recent post about Empire and Education in the United States.  You just have to watch the video he posted in the link...about the "debate" that recently took place in an American college...this illustrates exactly what I've been saying about the decline in education in the West is sad but true.

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Without further ado...here's Ed(itor) formerly of "Occurrences"...a big Thanks to Ed and hope my Readers will enjoy the links....as we will be cutting back on blogging as we move into this very busy family time of year.  Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to All!!!


Cryptogon carried the news item from CBC News that the Canadian federal government has demanded confidentiality agreements (i.e., silenced them) in at least five of the infamous CIA-funded Allen Memorial Institute cases.  See also YouTube Removes Health Ranger Podcast that Discusses FBI’s Routine Obstruction of Justice and Forensic Science Fraud.


Xymphora brings us The Saker’s article "Did the CIA stop a bloodbath in Saint Petersburg?”

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The Awan brothers are still a news item; good luck on finding coverage.


The used car dealership known as CIA never seemed like an ordinary car dealership, with inventory, staff and expenses.

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That deadly Amtrak derailment got these stories from Citizens for Legitimate Government

Object on tracks may be cause of deadly Amtrak derailment | 18 Dec 2017 | Monday's [Lacey, WA] deadly Amtrak train derailment appears to have been caused by an object on the railway, according to a government official briefed on the crash. A preliminary investigation suggests maintenance problems are unlikely to blame because the incident took place on brand-new tracks, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. At least six people were killed and the death toll is expected to rise, the official said.

Antifa Sabotaged Train in Olympia Three Weeks Ago | 18 Dec 2017 | In late November, Antifa activists sabotaged a train in Olympia, Washington, in an action against fracking. Police have raided an Antifa encampment in Olympia, Washington, following a train being sabotaged by anti-fracking activists...The train was reportedly shorted using jumper cables, causing the train to stop. Since November 17, dozens of activists have been camping on the tracks to prevent trains from transporting fracking supplies from the Port of Olympia -- however, railroad companies have stated that there were no such shipments scheduled.

Antifa Website Post Detailed Pouring Concrete on Train Tracks - Cause of Derailment? | 18 Dec 2017 | In a post on the main website of Antifa called "It's going down," Antifa admitted to pouring concrete on train tracks to stop delivery of fracking equipment in Washington state. There were also tweets by Antifa factions where they openly bragged online about this action. Today, a massive derailment occurred, and several deaths have been reported. [Journalists] are recalling the since deleted post by Antifa on their main website, IGD, where they admitted openly about pouring the concrete on the tracks.

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The sure sign that there is something to that story about Antifa, concrete and railroad mishaps is that Snopes has been brought in to assure us that there wasn’t. That’s like Rita Katz at SITE assuring us that ISIS is nor part of USrael’s team.

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"These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

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"Your Trump Dossier Cheat Sheet by Publius Tacitus" (sounds like Strzok was funneling material directly from the Clinton dossier to members of Congress in August/September 2016):

"More damning is the 23 September piece from Michael Isikoff at Yahoo, who was being briefed, apparently by members of Congress and the FBI, about the substance of at least 9 of the 16 Trump dossier reports. It is not a mere coincidence that "intelligence officers" were briefing members of Congress, according to Isikoff, on the details of information that we now know originated with the politically suspect dossier. Specifically, the alleged activities of Carter Page. How did the CIA and the FBI know about the contents of reports that reportedly had only been given to the Clinton campaign? Isikoff's reporting provides compelling circumstantial evidence that the CIA and the FBI were already seeing portions of the dossier in the August/September timeframe and, without disclosing the actual source, briefed this information as "intelligence" to key members of Congress."



"Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers".  Lisa Bloom, daughter of Gloria Allred, and former (?) attorney of Weinstein.  "Lisa Bloom’s infusion of 'dark money' into world of sexual assault is a tragedy".  They are trivializing and monetizing #metoo.  Intentionally?


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017


I think it is amazing that Strzok (or somebody) was able to mainline Clinton campaign oppo into the highest levels of the American political system through using his status as an FBI agent to pass off manufactured partisan dirt as processed and vetted FBI intelligence product.  The only (highly ironic) reason this didn't have election-swaying importance is that nobody in Washington thought that Trump had even the slightest chance of winning.  You would think this level and kind of corruption for the Clinton campaign would be the lasting issue of #Russiagate.


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4chan Users Find Evidence Atlanta Airport Blackout Was Part of Intentional Cover-Up | 18 Dec 2017 | Late last night a sudden power outage shut down the world's busiest airport. With the outage leading to both the FAA and Atlanta's mayor ordering the suspension and grounding of all flights going both in an out of the airport while work was done to restore power. However, the internet detectives over at 4chan have noticed one interesting piece of the story that no one in the mainstream press seems to want to mention. That right in the middle of this over 12-hour supposedly complete air traffic shut down, a single plane was mysteriously allowed to leave the airport. Which leaves us with an obvious question. Just what was so special about this lone permitted flight?

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From the archives:


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“… the Globalist PBS man who brought the country endless “conversations about conversation” is a vaporous figure in a building media wave of figures who are vanishing….”


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More on the ongoing epidemic:




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"A former sergeant with the Attleboro [Massachusetts] Police Department was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge....."

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Atlanta airport shutdown

Q drops from 12/11 through 12/18: Atlanta airport shutdown covered extraction of George Soros; 19 more ops underway


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Ironically, City Mayor Mike Courts and his team, along with numerous agencies, were conducting a training session for a ‘mass casualty incident’ closeby when the Amtrak Cascades derailment occurred killing six and sending over 70 others to the hospital.

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The world’s busiest airport experienced an unprecedented power outage that seemed to defy all of the precautions put in place to prevent it, and during the 11-hour ordeal, internet users noted that only one mysterious plane was allowed to leave the airport. Over 1,000 flights were canceled when the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lost power around 1 p.m. on Sunday, causing a chaotic situation as thousands of travelers were affected. While Georgia Power claimed that the power outage was the result of a small fire, it left many wondering why the generators and backup systems available to prevent such an emergency were not utilized.  

“… According to the air traffic website, FlightRadar24, there was at least one flight that landed at the airport right before the power went out and then left in the middle of the ordeal. A Boeing 747, with the tail number 4X-ICB, is a cargo plane that landed in Atlanta from Mexico City at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Despite the fact that Atlanta officials claim the next flight did not leave the airport until 12:26 a.m. on Monday, after the power was restored, the records from 4X-ICB show that it departed from Atlanta at 6:27 p.m. on Sunday—right in the middle of the outage…..”

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Break-In at office of Wikileaks chief counsel


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Net Neutrality

“Where Were Netflix and Google in the Net-Neutrality Fight?” [The Atlantic]. “The reality is that Netflix and other large tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, have grown so dominant that net neutrality has become a nonissue for them. They’re aware that their extensive, loyal user bases can protect them from any unfavorable deals that internet-service providers (ISPs) might devise—there’s leverage to be gained from becoming a platform that broadband customers expect ready access to. And unlike smaller businesses, which lack that leverage, big tech companies have the political clout to fight policies they don’t want—should they choose to.”

“The opposition by many teenagers [to the abolition of net neutrality] is rooted in how they are among the most avid users of the internet and smartphones. Virtually all youth between ages 13 and 17 own or have access to a smartphone and 94 percent use social media, according to an April 2017 study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Many are gaining access to devices at younger ages, with 98 percent of children from newborn to 8 years old accessing a mobile device at home, compared with 52 percent in 2011” [New York Times]. “The repeal of net neutrality has gotten many of these teens politically engaged for the first time, with fears that the dismantling of rules could open the door for broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast to distort the experience of accessing anything online with equal ease.”

“[F}ew media outlets or internet users seem to understand that the net neutrality repeal is just one small part of a massive, larger plan to eliminate nearly all meaningful federal and state oversight of some of the least-liked and least-competitive companies in America” [Motherboard], “There’s another angle to the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” proceeding that should be even more worrying. A big part of the FCC’s plan involves rolling back the FCC’s tailor-made authority over broadband providers, then shoveling all remaining government oversight to an FTC ill-equipped to handle it. Why is that a problem? The FTC has no rule-making ability, and can only move to protect consumers after a violation has occurred.”

“Who will be hit hardest by net neutrality? Marginalised America” [Guardian]. “There are 69 million people in the United States living without home-based internet services. Some rural and low-income communities go without because they don’t have access to broadband services, but a study shows that most people go without home broadband because they simply can’t afford it. Affordability of broadband creates and exacerbates gaps in financial and educational opportunities between the broadband ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.'”

Net neutrality’s impact on free porn could be significant, experts say” [FOX]. “It’s hard to overstate just how much porn is consumed online. Last year, Pornhub viewers alone watched over 91 billion videos and there were a total of 44,000 visits to the site per hour. But now that internet service providers will be able to control what users can access and charge a range of prices based on the type of content, that could change.” Since porn has always been an early adopter of new media, it will be interesting to see how it adapts.


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The Internet Executioner | Hoover Institution: From the Russia probe to sexual abuse, individuals are guilty before facts are checked.

Posted by Michele Kearney at 1:28 PM

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“… We are spinning the controls on the dashboard of society, guided only by our ideology. We are monkeys at the controls of machinery whose workings we do not understand. Let’s hope for a good outcome. I’ll bet that unanticipated consequences will rule…..”


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James Corbett


December 16, 2017


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God Save The Queen

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak found on new aircraft carrier BBC. Vlade: “So first the new ‘super sub’ runs aground, then the new carrier leaks… Yay for the UK’s new position in the world….”


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Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Sputnik News: "Russia returned all its nuclear weapons to its national territory. We believe that the same should have been done by the American side a long time ago.”

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“… It is your basic American feel good/feeled-up good story.  They should make a musical about it.  One of the most striking things about Trump is that he lives in a sea of grifters and grifter wannabes.  It is the main reason why he is such a spectacularly appropriate American President…..”


"Montreal synagogues receive hateful letters during Hanukkah".  "Anti-Semitic hate mail sent to Toronto synagogues: B'nai Brith Canada".  "Synagogues in four cities receive anti-Semitic hate mail". Interesting font.  Curious non-standard swastika, resembling some Asian variants, and definitely not National Socialist (the Nazis are careful about the branding, including shape and orientation).  There is a database for American instances of manufactured hate crimes (not that this is necessarily one):  "fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa".  It is difficult not to notice that the 'victims' are the only ones who benefit from these incidents, and the benefits are large:

"The truth about Israel is quite unpleasant, so it has been necessary to construct a completely untrue but compelling counter-narrative which relies psychologically on cultivation of claims of perpetual victimhood linked repeatedly to the holocaust. The false narrative usually starts with the myth about Israel being the only democracy in the Middle East, that it is a tolerant place where all religions can worship and where everyone enjoys freedom under law. But, alas, poor Israel is treated unfairly by the international community solely because it is Jewish.”

The whole false-flag thing, there's kind of a pattern:  "Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians”.”


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NY Post | 19 December 2017

Exchanged some words and…

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I understand that Rahm Emanuel and Michelle Obama will be choreographing the UN Peacekeepers in a cover of this Bob Fosse original


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The Atlantic | 15 December 2017

Empire strikes…

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Jeff Rense & David Icke - A Stunning Knockout Conversation: A Last Chance Wake-Up Call!

52 minutes


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David Icke Exposes George Bush


At any rate, Xymphora has the Atzmon article on USreal's humiliation at the UN, and then there is this: http://82.221.129.208/trainingforderailment.mp4

Happy holiday weekend to all...