Friday, September 29, 2017

All US will look like Puerto Rico--if US doesn't stop outrageous military spending overseas

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Press TV has a thought provoking analysis on its website this morning.  This report ties in with what I said in my last post suggesting the US's neglect of Puerto Rico is a "symptom of Imperial decline".  An American professor, Dennis Etler, says that the US government believes it needs to spend all its taxpayer funding on military hardware and order to protect its global hegemony...not from foreign aggressors, but from economic competition!  Read what Etler has to say and the insane numbers that are being bandied around as "logical" defense budget expenditures in this time of crumbling infrastructure and "extreme weather/geological events".... and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

The United States is spending a prodigious amount on its military in order to maintain global hegemony, as the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a report which says US President Donald Trump is planning to accelerate American weapons sales abroad. President Trump will issue an executive order or presidential memorandum in this autumn, asking the State Department and Pentagon to more actively advocate on behalf of US arms manufacturers, POLITICO reported on Friday.

“The US military budget is projected to increase at least 5 percent per year over the next 8 years which would amount to $970 billion by 2025. In reality that could be much higher given the Trump administration focus on increasing the US military and its global deployment. At that rate US military spending over the next 8 years will amount to at least $6.6 trillion,” Professor Etler said.

“These calculations do not take into account spending on ‘homeland security,’ which adds additional billions to the funding of the military-industrial complex and the national security state. These untold billions and trillions of dollars are meant to defend the US from threats both foreign and domestic. But defend the US from what? No foreign force has invaded the US homeland since the War of 1812 and the threat of terrorism in the US is minimal and mostly homegrown,” he stated.

“There is no reason for such a prodigious amount of spending except to maintain US global hegemony,” the analyst emphasized.

US faces threats to its economic dominance’

“The threats the US faces are not threats to its safety but threats to its economic and political dominance. These threats are not military in nature but due to the economic and political rise of China,” Professor Etler said.

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is meant to increase trade and connectivity throughout Eurasia and Africa by massive investments in infrastructure, including high speed rail systems, new sea and airports, energy project and pipelines. Financed primarily by China these projects will cost trillions of dollars over the next decade,” he said.

“It is this peaceful expansion of China’s economic and political influence that the US most fears, not any potential military rivalry. Both Chinese and Russian military spending, as well as that of various other countries under threat from the US, is purely defensive in nature. Russia, China, Iran, North Korea would much rather spend their resources building their countries up rather than spend on military self-defense, but they have no choice given the record of US aggression over the last 70 years,” the commentator said.

“As part of the US military build-up is the ramping up of overseas arms sales which the US already dominates, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, which is seen as a way to jump start the economy and create more high paying jobs,” he noted. “This further demonstrates that the US economy is totally dependent on military spending, which itself is predicated on creating tensions abroad to justify the immense squandering of resources,” Professor Etler said.

“While the US economy stagnates, and its infrastructure crumbles the only answer the Trump administration has is to increase military spending and the export of lethal military hardware. With all the vast expenditures in money and personnel for the projection of military power overseas the US cannot even respond to natural disasters in its own backyard,” he said. “As the US spends billions in Afghanistan and elsewhere its own territory of Puerto Rico faces a post-apocalyptic future destined to be what the US mainland will eventually face if it doesn’t change its ways,” the scholar concluded."

Trump is telling the State Department and the Department of Defense to increase pressure on its vassal states (officially referred to as "allies") to buy its crappy junk airplanes and stuff.  The whole world knows that not only are the US war planes second rate, but also its rockets, missiles and missile defense systems, not to mention its naval "destroyers" have been proven to be problematical "when used as directed".

Nobody wants to buy crap, Trump!  Even Canada would probably like to secretly get its hands on some Russian SU35's, instead of the lemons that we're forced to purchase.

What happened was...all the intentional dumbing down of the education systems in the West has had some serious blowback in the technology sector.  Russia didn't put fluoride in the water, kept its students seats in rows--facing the front--where the teacher actually taught...and didn't just push buttons on a video/movie projector all day long.  Now Russia is even further out in front re technology than it was when it put the first man into orbit and set up the first Space Station...and that was decades ago.  I know, I know, Americans "put a man on the moon" (TM)   If you believe....they put a man on the moon....lololol

REM Man on the Moon

But, I digress. So, now the US is stuck with mountains of outdated/superceded military hardware that it wants to offload. It needs to create crises, chaos and instability all over the world to "convince" its customers that they need the weaponry. But it appears that Turkey, for one, has decided that it will go with Russian weaponry has just made a down payment on a Russian Missile Defense System. As Turkey is a NATO member and a geopolitically critical ally...this purchase has huge ramifications. 

Meanwhile, as Puerto Rico has shown the rest of USrael, if you have a "natural" disaster...relief will be problematical. If as many States are, you are in debt or facing bankruptcy, you could be blamed for not counting your jar of beans carefully enough in the first place. Professor Etler is the proverbial prophet, crying in the wilderness. What's that I just read today? Putin is meeting with a North Korean delegation?  Egads!  Peace might break out all over! It's high time the United States Deep State Government started to listen to its citizens/voters. Americans want their tax dollars spent on THEM! They want to be protected from the risks of sub-standard infrastructure in the case of future "natural" catastrophes. They do Not want trillions of money borrowed from current and future generations to be wasted on outdated weaponry to foment nuclear and other wars that they can't seem to afford...or win

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A voice from Puerto Rico - When a Natural Catastrophe becomes a National Disgrace

Puerto Rico after Two Hurricanes 

The other day, Russia built a military bridge, under sniper fire, across the Euphrates...strong enough to hold convoys of huge military vehicles.  The Russian military built it in two days.  It is amazing what humans can do under difficult conditions...when we want to.  That is why the USrael response to the devastation in colonial protectorate Puerto Rico is such a disgrace.  I have been following what's going on there and it's difficult to read, let alone comprehend, how such a rich country that, as blogger Stephen Lendman posits below "put a man on the moon"(TM) is making such a pi$$ poor, disgraceful disaster relief effort in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Please read the following from this mornings CBC...and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

'This doesn't feel like a first-class response': Puerto Ricans slam Trump's claim of 'amazing' aid after Maria

President blames federal response after hurricane on 'a thing called the Atlantic Ocean'

By Matt Kwong, CBC Posted: Sep 27, 2017 5:00 AM ET

...Most of the 3.4 million American citizens on the island remain entirely without power, as the federal government fends off criticisms that its response to the humanitarian crisis has been slow and inadequate, particularly when compared to recent relief efforts on the U.S. mainland in Texas and Florida.

Reached by cellphone in the capital of San Juan on Tuesday, Andres Lopez, 46, said the devastation was "apocalyptic." Together with his wife and two children, they were depleting their stockpile of bottled water. Thirsty rural residents were reportedly drinking from streams, risking illness.

"We're husbanding resources. We still have some bottled water, but we're now going on day six or seven," Lopez said. "If this level of scarcity extends for one week or two weeks, it's going to be unbearable for everyone."
In Washington, lawmakers of Puerto Rican descent and legislators representing large Puerto Rican constituencies slammed the Trump administration's response so far as "totally inefficient."

Overnight tweets from the president bringing up Puerto Rico's bankruptcy only darkened the island's collective misery, Lopez said.

While Trump tweeted that Texas and Florida were "doing great" after federal help, he wrote that Puerto Rico was in "deep trouble" following Maria. Trump added that "billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks" would, "sadly," still have to "be dealt with."

Rodriguez said she felt "insulted" by Trump's remarks. "That was the most insensitive, horrible thing. It's like if you have had a cousin who gets cancer and your reaction is 'Well, he just declared bankruptcy, so he might as well die.'" When Lopez learned about the tweets, he thought, "We don't need him on the ground here if the version of the president that's going to show up is the one that tweeted those awful unmentionables."


It's hard to say what's the worst disaster...the hurricanes...or Trump himself.  Still resorting to the toxic "Twitter" format, he blurts out insensitivity like a bazooka.  But, like always, there lies a kernel of truth of the "lay of the land" underneath his bellicosity.  It would appear that Puerto Rico has "served it's purpose" to the elite bankster perps who run the Deep State who run The Donald.  Puerto Rico is in debt to the banksters--and they have written it off.  The "Natural" disaster seems to have come along at a fortuitous time (for the banksters).  Now the inhabitants of the "bankrupt" island will just have to toddle off somewhere else.  Perhaps in a hundred years or so, after the vegetation grows back...the banksters will take an interest in it again.

But, in the meantime, we have the pleas for help from the beleaguered survivors of the storm.  Seemorerocks has one such voice, crying in the wilderness.  Please read the Facebook post from a Puerto Rican, Roger Caldwell:


It's been a week and 59 hospitals in PR don't have fuel for generators. Two died today. Shameful! Way past time to stop bitching about NFL.”

--Roger Caldwell, via Facebook

A voice from Puerto Rico

Via Facebook

"I’m in Puerto Rico. I work as a power operator for the electric company. I have a 32week pregnant wife, this is the first time since our collapse that Facebook newsfeed logged and updated. This is my top story. i am enraged and desperate.

First off, Fema has federalized our gas and diesel channels. The lines at a gas station to fill your tank is around 12 hrs. Ive done it twice. They have hoarded all resources and manpower meaning transportation truckers capable of supplying gas stations. Fema right now has made the gas crisis horrible. I travelled far to find family members since communications are down. All condos have no diesel so no water can go up the pumps to flush.

The smell of shit and piss is beyond this hemisphere. Because of no diesel we are having our sick dying in their homes. Some died bc of oxygen failures bc their generators eventually died but bc of no way to get a drop a single drop of diesel or gas for a week. I found most of them. I still after a week cannot see my mom, a mountainside of dead trees are in the way making it impassable. I called her she has food and water for a day more. Thats gonna be my mission tomorrow. Get my mother some food.

Most and i mean almost all trees in the island are dead. Meaning no vapor. No clouds. No rain. We have to reforest inmedietly or we become a desert island.

A dead island.

I cannot recall a day where i looked up and saw no clouds. Its been a week now and the sight is terrifying. There have been absolutely no drops of any supplies to anyone. At all. There has been no message on radios nor speakers regarding supply drops or water. Jones Act prevents ships from around the world to come directly here without it stopping first in the US then having those supplies moved to a US shipping container and then sent here.

So now the world can see the horror of that. They cannot send help directly and time is running out.

As i write this im on a ceiling of the third home i called home during this disaster. As water and supplies and dangers arise we have to keep moving. My wifes best friend lost her pregnancy during this ordeal. Now im so terrified of my wifes pregancy. Ive no damn idea how in 7 weeks im gonna help my baby girl survive this heatwave that never stops now we lost our vegetation and she cannot travel bc of advance stage pregnancy. I felt useless trying to console my wife bc her bf baby died. Btw thank you airlines for charging 2k for a plane ticket when they normally sell for 300 so people can get away. I can see the small isla grande airstrip from here and see the little planes leave at all times , they are ferrying people to the dominican republic and then fly to the states. Granted our main intl airport suffer the lost of the traffic control for 30 miles and commercial flights are hesitant to come. Thanks for the price hike.

Get the damn army to put a radar like in a war zone and get us moving.


This is my rant. Im just desperate. I hope its not like what i heard at the bank line today that all trump said was that we need to pay wall street our debt while we are dying here and then he talks about peaceful protesters taking a knee on the anthem.

Yeah, i just can believe this. Please share."


When reading Caldwell's plea it becomes clear just how pathetic the response to the humanitarian disaster has been. Not even the most elementary gestures have been even makes the pathetic assistance following the Haiti disaster look good in comparison. Lendman in his post of this morning puts the situation into historical perspective. Puerto Rico has been exploited and abused throughout its history since colonization. This is nothing new. What is new is that there are NOW an array of preventative and ameliorative actions and equipment that could have been and could even now be put into place to mitigate the human suffering. I am going to give my two cents on what these should be after readers have a chance to see what Stephen Lendman says:

Severe Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

by Stephen Lendman
It was nearly a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico for Trump to notice, tweeting: “Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.”

In countless cases, affected Texas and Florida residents lost everything, lucky to be alive, struggling to cope largely on their own with little or no federal aid, funds appropriated for business and infrastructure rebuilding, not them. Trump ignored their suffering, mocking them by failing to act responsibly.

Puerto Rico resembles the aftermath of nuclear war, the island devastated without power, the ability to communicate, and other essential services, residents facing humanitarian crisis conditions, worsening daily. Governor Ricardo Rossello and other officials described conditions as “apocalyptic,” calling for vital federal aid immediately.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described a totally devastated landscape. Without power, “(p)eople are literally gasping for air” in sweltering heat, she said, seriously ill individuals unable to get vital treatment, their lives endangered. The breached Guajataca dam could collapse altogether, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans endangered by an estimated 11 billion gallon tsunami if unleashed.

Around half the population has no running water, including hospitals. Few have working generators. Medical supplies are running out – Trump more concerned about Puerto Rico’s unrepayable debt owed Wall Street and other large investors than providing vital aid to desperate people. For days, islanders had no contact from federal agencies. On Tuesday, Trump disgracefully said Puerto is “an island in the middle of the ocean. (Y)ou can’t just drive your trucks there from other states” – ignoring America’s enormous military airlifting capability, along with essentials to life it can deliver by sea.

Washington can put a man on the moon [GC:  Lendman still believes this crock lol] others in space regularly, but won’t go all-out to deliver food, temporary shelters, medical supplies and other essentials to its Puerto Rican citizens. The island has been colonized for over 500 years, first by Spain, then America since 1898, its people exploited, not equitably served.

Desperate islanders interviewed complained about lack of federal or local help, Puerto Rico battered twice, first by Hurricane Irma, then Maria. Local journalist Julio Ricardo Varel explained “(t)he island always struggles to get federal aid for natural disasters…Maria is the worst example, but it’s hardly the first.”

Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies Yarimar Bonilla said disaster caused by Irma and Maria showed Washington’s disdain for Puerto Rico. “It is long-term structural problems that turn a disaster into a catastrophe,” he explained, adding “(v)ulnerability is not simply a product of natural conditions. It is a political state and a colonial condition.”

“With a poverty rate nearly double that of Mississippi, failing infrastructure that has been neglected for more than a decade, and a public sector that has been increasingly dismantled in response to the debt crisis, the island was already in a state of emergency long before (Irma and Maria) hit.”

In his book titled “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony,” Puerto Rican/Cuban American author Nelson Denis (former New York assemblyman) said the way islanders are mistreated “is not a pretty story.” “Separately, he wrote “Puerto Rico has been little more than a profit center for the United States: first as a naval coaling station, then as a sugar empire, a cheap labor supply, a tax haven, a captive market, and now as a municipal bond debtor and target for privatization.” “It is an island of beggars and billionaires: fought over by lawyers, bossed by absentee landlords, and clerked by politicians.”

Trump, like his predecessors, sees Puerto Rico as ripe fruit for profit-making, unconcerned about its people – even given current humanitarian crisis conditions. Disaster capitalism aims to profit from devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. It’s a familiar story.

Promised financial aid goes for infrastructure rebuilding, upscale development, privatizations of public facilities, and gentrification in choice areas. Privileged interests benefit, ordinary people forsaken, what Puerto Ricans can expect from federal and local officials."


First of all, Americans probably realize by now that the "Bankster Approach" to human disasters is not working for them. This mindset has to be eradicated or not only the US but the entire planet will succumb. There should be a "pride of purpose" to responding to "Natural" disasters (I put natural in quotes because in today's world, with bioweaponry and weather modification a reality...humans can no longer trust their governments or the Deep State...NOT to be using these proven technologies to inflict unspeakable, Satanic cruelty). The response to the disaster in Puerto Rico should have been comparable to the response of the Russian military to the challenge of bridging the Euphrates. It should have been a matter of pride. Instead, what we have seen is the passive aggression of the "painfully slow" response. When people are crying out for air conditioning in the sweltering heat...Trump is tweeting about the National Anthem.

There should have been an endless convoy of barges and freighters set up between the States and Puerto Rico, with all the necessities of life. The people who cannot stay to rebuild the island, due to age, infirmity, etc. should have been taken off. Those with skills necessary for the rebuild should be put into emergency housing. The clean-up and restoration of infrastructure should begin immediately. Shiploads of seedlings and tree planters to plant them should be brought to the island and reforestation begun. Instead of writing off Puerto Rico, like a homeless bum writes off a lean-to in the forest that has become soaked with rain...Trump should have viewed the catastrophe as an opportunity to show the world how compassionate, how generous and how efficient the government, through its relief agencies, can be. The island would be a show-case for American ingenuity...instead of yet another symptom of Imperial decline.

And what about this "Jones Act" that hurricane survivor Caldwell references?  Can it actually be true that USrael is PREVENTING other countries from coming to Puerto Rico's assistance???!!!

"....Jones Act prevents ships from around the world to come directly here without it stopping first in the US then having those supplies moved to a US shipping container and then sent here..."

Most importantly, now is the time to put in place pre-emptive measures so that when (not if) another hurricane(s) strike, the impact will not be as bad. All homes should be reinforced and equipped with solar power and water collection. All homes should be built with "bunkers" to retreat to during a storm. Where possible, electrical cables should be buried and/or reinforced to withstand storms. Public facilities should be built on the high ground to shelter huge numbers of people during a storm. The public should be informed and drilled on emergency practices.

Why bother?...ask the banksters. Puerto Rico is like a plastic water bottle...It's empty, so just toss it  into the water and let it wash up on the beach. National Pride? What's that?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

National Anthems Before Sporting Events - Their Time has Come.....and Gone

Canadian National Anthem

I hate almost all National Anthems.  The Canadian National Anthem, "Oh, Canada" is boring to the hilt.  The line "We Stand On Guard For Thee" is particularly galling.  Canadians and their leaders stopped "standing on guard" for Canada decades ago, shortly after WWII, when we were sold to the United States by the great British WWII "hero", Winston Churchill. The last time a Canadian leader stood up for Canada was when Jean Chretien demurred going to Iraq to fight the racist war based on the lies of 9/11.  Since then, it's been "patsy" footing it...all the way to the North American Union...hiding just around the corner.

When we watch hockey games, as my partner and I will be doing several times a week starting next week, we always keep the TV off until the national anthems are over.  This is because every year it gets more and more sickening.  It started in the US... and has now spread to Canada.  They get some military and/or police force regiment to stand in the middle of the ice holding the flag.  This is a brazen recruitment tool.  To use sport to recruit young men and women to become cannon fodder in the wars based on lies, greed, Ziofascism and lust for blood is cynical, to say the least.  Just in the last few years, they've sunk to a new low...they get kids to stand on centre ice while the Anthem is playing.  Who would dare booing a 12 year old kid in a hockey uniform?!

The music for the Canadian national anthem was stolen from a Mozart concerto.  It isn't even original.  The lyrics were cobbled together back in the 1800's and are constantly being tinkered with by the Canadian government, revising them to suit politically correct social and sexual flavours of the times.  I'm wondering when we'll get a reference to  LGTB put in the National Anthem:

"...True patriot love, in all thy sons command" will become " all thy androgynous entities command".

There's only one National Anthem that I dislike more than the Canadian anthem...and that is the "Star Spangled Banner":

Jimi Hendrix - plays Star Spangled Banner 
at Woodstock

This anthem is chock a block full of war references and, in that respect it is highly appropriate for the country it represents.

"The Rockets' Red glare....The Bombs bursting in air...Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.. "

This stanza is an eternal, naked and violent threat of war to every other independent country in the world....or even to any US State which might attempt to secede.  There is nothing like it in any other Anthem.  With an anthem like that, is it any wonder that the United States has been at war for 90% of its existence????

I have to confess that I do like the tune of the Russian National Anthem.  Of course, not speaking Russian, I have no idea of how the lyrics "meld" with the tune.  Canadians became familiar with the Russian National Anthem over the recent century, due to our intense hockey rivalry with the Soviet Union and then the Russian Federation.  Although we hated to lose to the "Rooskies" it was always a bittersweet listen to their beautiful and stirring anthem music while we stood second on the podium.

Russian National Anthem 
Sung by Red Army Choir

In closing, let me say that the old maxim "Familiarity Breeds Contempt" applies most emphatically to the forced listening to the National Anthem of one's country at sporting events.  This experience should be saved for special days, like the 4th of July, Canada Day (the 1st of July) and Remembrance Day.  Get the brain numbing ordeal out of sports. Let the young people play their hockey, football (I don't think you have to listen to the National Anthem to watch a basketball game) and baseball.  Don't exploit youth to sell your jingoistic war machine.  Now that corporations own sports...and own they also own our anthems too...and our youth?

Monday, September 25, 2017


Syrian Oil Map

I am unable to upload the YouTube video on American Everyman website. "for some reason".  This is a must watch video continuing on with what I was saying yesterday.  In yesterday's post, I said that all of Trump's flapping around like a killdeer in a parking lot...was to distract from the CIA "nest" full of eggs.  The "eggs" are the US troops embedded along with ISIS in northern Syria.  These are illegal mercenary fighters for the CIA who have already killed one Lieutenant- General of the Russian military who are LEGALLY FIGHTING IN SYRIA.  It's finally come down to this.  WWIII is being set up and will follow through for the desert sands of northern Syria and form the next cancerous tumour on the face of the planet...a "home" for "Kurdistan".

For some reason, the entire scenario that I heard last week about Israel planning to shoehorn in about 200,000 ISRAELIS into the new Kurdistan "nation" reminded me of Arthur C. Helton.  Usually, I'm not very good with names and cannot retrieve names that were in the news so along ago, but Arthur C. Helton is the one exception.  He is the New York lawyer who died in the explosion in a hotel in Baghdad in the opening months of the Iraqi war.  He was visiting with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, at the time.  They were having a discussion about moving large numbers of people around the middle east.  You see, Arthur C. Helton's legal specialty, if you can believe it, was in "mass migration".  It didn't take long for me to connect the dots between his propitious meeting with Vieira de Mello and the plan to move huge numbers of Arabs around like pawns on a that they had a foot wedged in the Arab Middle East door.  In particular, to move Palestinians en mass from Israel to northern Iraq...get them out of the way, as it were.  Create a Bantustan that would make the ones in South Africa look puny.

It was always their plan from the beginning...but has had setback after setback, including the unfortunately timed bomb that blew both de Mello and Helton to smithereens.  But I got the picture back then and see it still.  The perps want to create a "greater Kurdistan" still...and funnel into it an impossible combination of Kurds, local indigenous Iraqis and Syrians, Israelis...and...wait for it....Palestinians...who would have been forcefully extricated from their last slivers of land...their last walled-in open concentration their Palestinian homeland.

That was what it was and still is all about...Scott Creighton and Moon of Alabama get it and Scott lays it out in the video link above like a neat [if colourfully voiced] waiter.  It is paramount to note that Creighton implicates Juan (CIA) Cole, Julian Assange and even "hero" Edward Snowden as handmaids of this sorry tale.  Not following their "tweets" like Scott, I had no idea the infamous three were talking up the idea of an Iraqi Kurdistan (the last shred of land the perps think they can snatch). But, come to think of it, I don't remember any of the three, Cole, Assange and Snowden, passing the 9/11 "litmus test".  So, in that regard, their traitorous behavior to the truth movement should not be at all surprising.

Here is the relevant post from Moon of Alabama

September 25, 2017

Syria - U.S. CentCom Declares War On Russia

"Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an "ISIS attack" in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war. [gc NOTES; this has not been confirmed, although it has been confirmed that one Russian Sgt. General has been killed in the same area]
The U.S. Central Command in the Middle East wants the oil fields in east-Syria under control of its proxy forces to set up and control a U.S. aligned Kurdish mini-state in the area. The Syrian government, allied with Russia, needs the revenues of the oil fields to rebuild the country.

Last week the Russians issued sharply worded statements against U.S. coordination with al-Qaeda terrorists in Idleb province and warned of further escalation.
Yesterday the Russian Ministry of Defense accused the U.S. military in east-Syria of direct collaboration with the Islamic State:
US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement. “Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir ez-Zor,” the statement reads.
The newly released images “clearly show that US special ops are stationed at the outposts previously set up by ISIS militants.”
“Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
This map marks the currently relevant conflict area - (U.S. proxies - yellow, SAA - red, ISIS - black):

The accusations are plausible. Large parts of ISIS in Deir Ezzor consist of local tribal forces from eastern-Syria. U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk recently met tribal leaders who had earlier pledged allegiance to ISIS. Deals were made. As we wrote:

So, Folks, take your beady eyes off the Trump "Killdeer" pantomime taking place in the NewZ and his disgraceful "Twitterstorms" and put your focus on the CIA "nest" in the Middle East.  This is what the NFL distraction is really all about.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trump - Crazy like a Killdeer

Trump - Crazy like a Killdeer

Stephen Lendemen, in a post this morning asks the disturbing question:  "Can a Nation be Mentally Deranged?"

Please read his post copied in its entirety below and I will have my own thoughts in comments to follow:

Can a Nation Be Mentally Deranged?

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Apparently so. America is Exhibit A, run by recklessly dangerous lunatics no matter which right wing of its duopoly governance holds power. Clear proof is overwhelming.

Madness defines US policy. The nation is permanently at war on humanity, naked aggression by any standard, smashing one nonbelligerent nation after another, threatening others, responsible for millions of casualties, more daily, endless mass slaughter and destruction in multiple theaters, exploiting its own people viciously, serving its privileged class exclusively at the expense of most others.

America is on a slippery slope toward unthinkable nuclear war – North Korea, Iran, Russia and China prime targets.

It’s inevitable if the madness continues. Washington’s quest for unchallenged global dominance is humanity’s greatest menace, a doomsday scenario threatening life on earth. Will it end with a bang, not a whimper?

North Korea is in the eye of the storm, Trump making reckless threats, his latest tweeting: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

This man’s sensibility is off its moorings, his reckless remarks typical of street bullies, not presidential leadership.

He ordered or allowed saber rattling off North Korea’s coast in international waters, far north of the 38th parallel.

B-1B Lancer bombers were escorted by F-15 warplanes in a belligerent show of force, threatening Pyongyang, likely daring it to respond in kind.

The DPRK threatens no one. America threatens everyone, its hostile saber rattling the latest example. It followed Trump belligerently warning Kim Jong-un he’ll “be tested like never before,” calling him a “madman.”

Who’s the real madman? It’s not Kim."


And it's not Trump either.  Trump, as we have seen evolving over the past few months since his election, has been morphing into a controlled puppet for the Ziofascist regime Deep State.  This is the evil, Satanic cabal that has been running the US military/industrial complex from their lairs in Tel Aviv, London and Washington.

Trump is just doing their bidding, and in this case he is portraying the "out of control madman" as a diversion from the shi!-kicking the US proxies and embedded US military is taking in the Middle East...whether it be Syria, Iraq, Yemen or any of the other Ziofascist wars of instability in support of the Yinon Plan.  The Yinon Plan...or as I used to call it...the Ziofascist Wet Dream of Nile to Euphrates tyranny. It's in a final swan's going DOWN.  All that is left is a mopping up of the illegal US military bases and equipment in Syria which have been revealed by the Russians and posted on Penny for Your Thoughts blog this morning.

Watch the video above and study closely the behavior of the little bird known as the "Killdeer".  This bird has become aware that his nest has been discovered by a threat.  So he [male and female killdeers look alike and it could have been the male sitting on the nest as is common amongst birds] runs away from his nest and fakes odd, extreme behavior, injury and even death to draw attention away from his nest.

This is what Trump has been ordered to do by his handlers.  Act odd, fake mental illness and so draw attention away from his nest(s) in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.  So, in that regard...Trump is NOT deranged or crazy...he's just "Crazy like a Killdeer".  What Westerners need to do is not become distracted by the side show.  Keep our eyes on the great take down in the Middle East.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cdn Prime Minister Trudeau's "Stalking Horse" Speech to the United Nations

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Addresses United Nations General Assembly
on September 21, 2017

Having listened to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech delivered to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, I should be pleased and proud as a Canadian.  To one degree I am.  Trudeau, to his credit, makes a very good presentation.  He's handsome, youthful, elegantly dressed and coiffed, well spoken in two official languages, switching effortlessly back and forth between English and French as he forcefully delivered his address to the assembled delegates at the United Nations.

I noticed that from time to time the camera strayed to the audience, which seemed to have an unusually large number of young, tittering females, smiling appreciatively at what they were no doubt whispering to each other was "eye candy".  The delegations seemed to have allowed their female assistants to take their seats to watch and listen to this "Hollywood celebrity"-style leader.

Yes, I should have been pleased and proud that our leader was not making ad hominum attacks and puerile threats against other sovereign nations.  No, Trudeau devoted his entire 20 minute talk time to the plight of the indigenous Canadians in Canada's far north and urban communities.  I agreed with his assessment of what has been and continues to be an open, running sore in Canadian society.  From the times of first contact, First Nations, as the indigenous are known in Canada, have been subjected to genocide, theft of land, isolation, physical, cultural and spiritual abuse of a magnitude that has drawn the opprobrium of the entire world.  Of course, at least the British Empire, which controlled the "Dominion" of Canada as it was known right up to the 70's, did not wipe out the "Indians" as they were known in Canada--and are still erroneously called in the United States--where they WERE virtually wiped out by the marauding US Cavalry.

No, Canada just set the First Nations up in remote "poor land" [ever wonder why reserves always have transmission lines running through them?] and attempted to forget about them.  But the First Nations did not just quietly go away.  Their numbers, due to the implementation of the national welfare state in the late 60's and early 70's, continued to grow.  They left their remote communities and congregated on the fringes of our big cities...there they fell prey to the influx of drugs brought into the country by the CIA and other government agencies.  Trudeau did not mention alcohol and/or drugs as being a significant factor in the social and family ills of First Nations.  But why would he...when he's busy legalizing marijuana and setting up his buddies in Big Pharma to make a "killing" off keeping Canadian sheeple stoned and stupid into the future generations?

But, as a whole, Trudeau accurately listed the critical issues Canada is facing due to the growing but marginalized and impoverished indigenous population.  Lack of housing, clean water, appropriate health, including mental health, services and education.  He insisted that Canada is implementing plans to deal with all of the issues and at the same time, turn over governance of indigenous peoples to themselves.  Well, I know how that worked in British Columbia.  Not very well...but I digress.

What I really wanted to focus on was why I call Trudeau's address to the General Assembly a "Stalking Horse" speech.  This is because it's not what Trudeau talked about...but what he DID NOT talk about that's important.  Trudeau always does better when he keeps his mouth shut.  So long as all we have to do is admire his graceful countenance, he's the most popular leader in modern history...but when he opens his out.  You see, Trudeau is gunning for Canada to get one of the "Rotating Seats" on the United Nations Security Council, when they come up for election in the coming days.  The last time Canada put its name in the hat for these coveted seats, it was humiliated when it lost out to some third world country whose name I can't remember at the moment.

Canada was defeated by the popular vote because of its obsequious abeyance to the United States.  Countries like Russia, China and their allies felt that having Canada on the UNSC would be giving the United States two votes.  And of course that's exactly what it would do.  So Trudeau avoided such topics as the Ukraine crisis, as one glaring example.  Canada has thrown away any chance of forging a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with its northern neighbor, Russia, over its support of the neo-Nazi illegal Kiev Junta right on Russia's western borders.  It is regrettable that there's only one photo on record of Trudeau and Putin having a conversation and that was the occasion that Trudeau told Putin to "get out of Crimea".

Ironically, if Canada and Russia were to work together on joint projects, such as the Silk Road Highway that Russia wants to build between London UK all the way across Russia, China, Alaska and down through northern Canada to New York, this alone would probably do more than any other project to help the northern indigenous peoples of Canada.  But Noooooooooo.

During Trudeau's speech, the cameras caught a very brief glimpse of the individual who Trudeau was doing his "Stalking Horse" routine for.  Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.  There she sat...smiling her piranha/Cheshire grin. 

Should Canada win the seat on the UNSC, Freeland is the person who would be sitting in the seat.  It would be she who would be doing the tap dancing and hula hooping routines around the UN along with her counterpart, Nikki Haley.  Get it?  These two would combine to make a joke of the entire institution...just like Freeland has already made a joke about Canada's position on "regime change" and other blatant lawlessness that has being going on at the hands of the Ziofascist perps who run USrael.

So, Trudeau was making nicey nice in the hopes that there will be enough gullible delegates at the UN to vote Canada onto the UNSC.  I certainly hope that the majority of UN delegations will be smarter than to fall for the patently "Stalking Horse" nature of his speech.  I don't want Canada to get a seat on the UNSC because I do not want to see that Piranha/Cheshire grin representing Canada and using my country to destroy International Law.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reflections on my 900th Post - Yemen and Freedom of Speech in the Crosshairs

Thousands of Yemenis Celebrate 
Anniversary of Sanaas Takeover

This post marks my 900th entry on this Blog. It's all gone by in a blur.  Since retiring from full time employment in July of 2013, my time has been split between becoming a blogger on geopolitical issues and an "artist" specializing in wood carving and crafts. One activity supports and is an outlet for the other.  When tracking the downward spiral of geopolitics becomes too overwhelming I can always seek relief in the peaceful creativity of woodcarving and/or craft making. Some might believe the "artsy craftsy" sideline is a waste of time but it would be difficult to function without having an outlet for this side of my nature. 

Blogging is really about the art of writing which is equally creative.  Being the webmaster of greencrowasthecrowflies also takes me all over the world, virtually-speaking. IMO, it's the equivalent of working on a masters degree in political science.  Some on-line universities [such as my alma mater The University of Victoria] should consider granting university credits based on successful blogging.  Just like some universities grant credits for field work or long term employment in certain industries.  Hey!  What a concept!

Today, for example, I've already spent about two hours researching what's going on in the far away middle eastern nation of Yemen.  I was sparked by the amazing photo of a massive rally in the Capital City of Yemen--Sanaa that I saw on the Almasdar website.  Here's the accompanying report:

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Thousands of Houthi supporters gathered in Sanaa, Thursday, to celebrate the third anniversary of the take-over of Sanaa from government forces. Holding banners with slogans such as “the 31 September Revolution is 100% Yemeni,” protesters chanted and waved Yemeni flags.

Director of the Office of Mr. Abdul Malik Al Houthi said that “We have seen what has been achieved for the people through cohesion and strength in the face of the enemies ,through presence, fortitude and resistance to aggression, which is now approaching three years.”

“Now we have a missile force that can reach the countries of aggression,” he followed.

Yemen continues to be in the midst of a long civil war, as the Saudi-led coalition fights on behalf of the internationally recognised government against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels."

Map of Yemen showing Capital City
Sanaa in Left Interior Coast

One glance at the map of Yemen explains why it has become the latest victim of the neocon, globalist Ziofascist attempt to achieve and control World Hegemony.  Yemen is located in one of those few "chokehold" locations, at the entrance to the Red Sea, where ocean-going traffic [gas and oil] and commerce can be strangled and/or controlled.  

Alternative investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley recently gave an interview on the situation in Yemen to's Patrick Henningsen.  You can listen to it at the previous link.  From what I've discovered from my morning's research, Yemen, just like Syria, has been aided in its war to defend itself from its Saudi Arabia neighbours by Iran.  Both nations, Iran and Yemen, have a majority shite population who refuse to knuckle under to the Saudi Wahhabi regime and/or its Western allies, including Israel.  As Putin would say...."They'd rather eat grass." Yemen, for such a tiny nation, has put up an incredible fight and, as you can see from the astounding photo at the head of this post, is still capable of rallying tremendous popular support for the war--which has had terrible costs for the Yemenis, particularly in the poorer southern part of the country.  Can you imagine what would happen if the same number of Americans rose up to demonstrate against the occupying Ziofascist perps who've been controlling their country since at least 9/11?  There would be tanks and storm troopers in the streets--and the smell of teargas hanging thick in the air.  It simply would not be allowed.  Sadly and ironically, you have to leave the North American continent to find this level of democracy (the exercise of will of the people) these days.

Even when there are huge gatherings of humanity demonstrating in North America...remember the huge demonstrations in Mexico City over the fraudulent elections a decade or so ago?  They have absolutely no impact on the neocon, bankster stranglehold.  They simply IGNORE them.  Since the perps control the North American's like the demonstration never happened.  Just like, if you only read and watched the M$M, you would never know the above incredible public display of support ever happened in Sanaa.

Speaking about democracy in the public media, I saw this sad but entirely predictable headline on this mornings alternate news site Aletho news:

RT may soon be dropped by US providers, courtesy of McCain & Graham

RT | September 21, 2017

Buried deep inside the just-passed defense budget is a small amendment, which could lead to a ban on broadcasting RT in America. The architects of the provision, Senators Graham and McCain, may recall that in their youth such practices formed what was known as the ‘Iron Curtain’.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2018, which was passed by the US Senate earlier this week, is stuffed with provisions that have little to do with US national defense. This is a tactic that US lawmakers have traditionally used to ‘piggy-back’ legislation which would have little hope of adoption as a stand-alone bill.

Deep down the list of amendments is No 1096, which aims to “prohibit multichannel video programming distributors from being required to carry certain video content that is owned or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation”.

Proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and co-sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the amendment was submitted by John McCain (R-Arizona), a fellow foreign policy hawk. The provision says a distributor working in a US jurisdiction “may not be directly or indirectly required” to carry video content that is “is owned, controlled, or financed (in whole or in part) by the Government of the Russian Federation.”

In plain English then, any contract RT currently has or will have with American cable and satellite networks to carry its programming will no longer be protected by US federal law after this amendment is signed into law by President Donald Trump. The channel’s current arrangements with carriers made it illegal for them to arbitrarily drop RT’s programming (unless the content shown was obscene) but now they will apparently be able to discriminate against it should they so wish.

The discussion on how the US could insulate its population from RT was sparked by a declassified US intelligence community report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which put this channel in the spotlight. The report asserted that RT was a primary tool of such interference, done through critical reporting on US foreign policy and domestic problems. Despite the report containing factual errors and no evidence, it was taken at face value by many US media outlets and politicians.

“There is an obsession on Capitol hill and in the mainstream media with RT, because RT is effective and because RT is watched. But also because RT carries perspectives that are not available on the mainstream media,” commented Daniel McAdams, Executive Director for the Ron Paul Institute.

“The fact of the matter is that John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the people behind this amendment, the Atlantic Council and the others that are trying to silence RT – they are the totalitarians, they are the enemies of free speech, the enemies of the First Amendment.”

The move seems to resemble the strategy of the Soviet government, which strictly controlled domestic media and suppressed radio broadcasts from Europe to insulate the population of the country from ideas and narratives it deemed unfit. The censorship system, dubbed the “Iron Curtain”, backfired and became a major factor in eroding the Communist Party’s control, for the simple reason that people perceived media sources which the government tried to silence as more trustworthy than those it allowed."

Along with the attacks on the US diplomatic properties of the Russians...we knew there was going to be a concurrent effort to get rid of the highly successful media news source, RT.  When you're stridently and fanatically spewing 24/7 non-stop lies that are stinking up the airwaves and being shunned by more and more simply can't allow the sheeple any alternative news sources to turn to access "the other side" of the stories.

IMO, this censorship by the perps is an indication of sheer desperation and a "loser" reaction to the plunge in ratings.  Can't compete anymore?  Well, just eradicate the opposition.   Fortunately, at least 37% of humanity is hard-wired to seek the truth. This calculated plunge into intellectual darkness will fail, just like all their other recent military hegemonic in Syria and Yemen and Venezuela etc., etc.

Most viewers of RT never watch it on the TV anyway.  They get it through the Internet.  Comparing RT with the Western Legacy M$M is like comparing Grade AAA steak with canned Spam.  Once you've enjoyed one, you cannot stomach the other.  I can't see how they will eliminate RT from the Internet--although I'm sure they will try.  They might outlaw clicking on the RT URL...and send their storm troopers to your door if their NSA catches you clicking on it.  Now wouldn't that be something? A whole bunch of old people arrested while sitting at their computers in their own home offices, dressed in their pajamas.  Beam me UP SCOTTIE!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trumps Speech Just Latest Effort in Covert US Strategy to Destroy United Nations

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, reacts as he
and First Lady Melania Trump listens as U.S. President
Donald Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the
United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters,
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Images 

From the Business

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that she "would certainly not read anything" into photos of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looking distressed during President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Kelly, who is known to be a strict disciplinarian, was photographed with his hand on his forehead and looking at the ground during the fiery speech, in which Trump called the North Korean leader "rocket man" and said he was on "a suicide mission." He also said that if the rogue nation does not dial back its nuclear program, the US would "have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," a country of 25 million people." 

You really have to wonder about the "Trump Administration".  Did White House Chief of Staff John Kelly not get the memo?  Does he not know what the longstanding USrael agenda is for the United Nations?  Does he not know that the perps who occupy the control tower of the US government have had it in for the United Nations for at least two Administrations?

I have been saying for more than a year now that the United States wants the United Nations to collapse into disarray...just like their targeted countries (Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan...and Syria...which avoided that destiny, so far).  Several years ago, I started to say that there was a covert civil war going on in the bowels of the US government.  So far as I could see in the blogosphere, nobody else saw the signs of this internecine war.  Then just last year everybody saw it.  Perhaps this is the same thing. Nobody is seeing the overall "big picture" of the USrael's goal to destroy the official arbiter of Internation Law.  It is not "rocket science" to understand why.  Once International Law is destroyed it is going to be a chaotic free-for-all, where the laws of the jungle apply and the US...with its overwhelming military force is expected to prevail.  

So, in that light, Trump's speech to the United Nations General Assembly makes absolute sense.  Along with the recent appointments of insane harridan witches to the position of US Ambassador to the UN (Power and Haley) the atrocious Trump speech is the equivalent of a carefully timed car bomb set off in the General Assembly Hall.

Here is a report from CNN (accompanied by photos) of the various delegation's reactions to the stupid, bully-in-the-school yard, grade five level Trump speech:


(CNN)As President Donald Trump took the world stage Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly to deliver a speech, world leaders were stoic and quiet, barely reacting to his remarks about their countries. It was the first time Trump spoke to UN leaders as President.
In his 41-minute address, Trump vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" if the US and its allies were forced defend themselves.

North Korea UN Seats were empty
"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump said. "The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That's what the United Nations is all about; that's what the United Nations is for. Let's see how they do."
Television cameras panned briefly to members representing North Korea, but the two seats were vacant.

Iranian Delegation Listens to Trump Speech
Trump then took on the Iranian government, saying it was "a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy." As the US President railed against the country's leadership, televisions cameras filmed as a member of Iranian delegation fiddled with a cellphone, then slipped on eyeglasses. The delegate listened intently and focused on Trump as he described the Iran deal: "the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."
The delegate's reaction was shared by other members. 

Venezuelan Delegation Listens to Trump Speech
Members of the Venezuelan delegation sat with their arms crossed as Trump described the country's leadership, under President Nicolás Maduro, as a "corrupt regime" that has "destroyed a prosperous nation by ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried."

Israeli Delegation Listens to Trump Speech
Following the speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he had never heard a "bolder or more courageous speech" in his time at the UN." 

    I  must confess I didn't watch Trump's speech myself.  I swore off watching him speak ever since he bombed Syria as an after dinner "entertainment" for his Mar-a-Lago guests.  I did watch Turkish President Erdogan's speech, however.  I thought it was good.  Delivered with the appropriate respect for the listeners and gravitas for the setting and occasion.  Erdogan obviously values this International Forum.

    Erdogan Listens to Trump Speech

    I would be interested to know what was going through Erdogan's mind as he was listening to Trump's speech in the photo above.  I'm sure it was something like:  "I wonder if there's something wrong with the English-to-Turkish translator...I can't believe I'm hearing this!"

    Russian Delegation Listens to Trump Speech

    Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, ever the consummate diplomat, later described the speech as "remarkable".  Yes indeedy.  Remarkable it certainly was.  So is a fart in a crowded elevator.  But, as I say, when you look at the overall goal of the USrael was a highly successful speech.

    Here is the response to Trump's speech from an average (except for the fact that he's intelligent and articulate) American.  I have copied a snippet from Stephen Lendman's latest post:

    .....The US public is deplorably ignorant and indifferent to the diabolical agenda of the nation’s leadership – the same under both right wings of its duopoly government, hellbent to rule the world, most Americans none the wiser, brainwashed by political and television talking heads.

    During the Cold War years, Washington got along with Soviet Russia, even if uneasily at times. Nixon went to China. Today relations with both countries are more dismal and dangerous than any previous time, possible nuclear war ominously real by accident or US design.

    In my 9th decade, I may never live long enough to witness how things turn out. Will America be consumed by its arrogance and hubris? Is catastrophic nuclear war inevitable? Will humanity survive or perish?

    Current US leadership is megalomaniacal. Bipartisan congressional hawks overwhelm cooler heads. Was evolutionary development over countless millennia all for naught? Is humanity doomed because of America’s diabolical rage for unlimited wealth and unchallenged dominance? Does mass annihilation await us all?

    Today’s deplorable state should scare everyone. The only solution is popular revolution. Nothing else can work.

    Elections are farcical when held, a waste of time, always turning out the same way, monied interests and warmakers winning every time, never peace, equity and justice advocates.The road to hell is paved with ill-intentions, the sinister ones America’s ruling class pursues. If things don’t change, we’re all doomed."


    Lendman has arrived at the same conclusion that I reached after hearing about the "substance" of Trump's speech.  It is, amongst other atrocities, the final indication that the "Democractic Republic" is beyond saving.  America is lost.  As Lendman summarizes:

    Today’s deplorable state should scare everyone. The only solution is popular revolution. Nothing else can work.

    This is not to say that Americans chose the wrong candidate in the last (s)election.  I believe Hillary would have been exponentially worse than Trump.  At least Trump has been so ham-handed that he has divided the perp-infested government into a state of virtual paralysis.

    The only solution for the United States IS revolution...but if any brave patriots were to even start talking about such a remedy...they would be infested and sabotaged in a heartbeat by the Soros that's dead end.

    With regard to the United Nations.  It may come to doing what I've long been suggesting...remove it from the United States and set it up on an island somewhere.  Somewhere where no one country has a proprietary sense of entitlement.  The United Nations, as the repository of International Law, may have to eventually consider the unthinkable--going it alone without the rogue United States.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017


    Hurricane Maria 3 hours ago
    Hurricanes Maria and Joseby Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

    On Tuesday, Maria was elevated to Category 5. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus called it “one of the fastest intensifying hurricanes in history with maximum sustained winds of 160 MPH.”

    Jose is minor by comparison, forecast to remain off the US northeast coast. At most “(m)inor to moderate coastal flooding is possible from Delaware to southern New England during the next several days,” according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), its maximum sustained winds at around 75 MPH.

    Maria is hugely dangerous, the strongest ever storm to hit Dominica, devastating the island, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit saying:

    “So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains

    “(W)inds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.”

    “The winds are merciless, (causing) mind-boggling” devastation. “We shall survive by the grace of God…Rough! Rough! Rough!,” he added.

    According to the NHC, areas likely to be affected include Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.

    It’s too soon to know if and where it may strike the US mainland. Affected areas face “life-threatening storm surge (conditions), accompanied by large and destructive waves, (creating hugely dangerous) flash floods and mudslides from heavy rainfall,” according to the NHC.

    Maria is expected to remain at Category 4 or 5 strength as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Its eye passed directly over Dominica.

    Puerto Rico’s public safety commissioner Hector Pesquera warned residents “(y)ou have to evacuate” to a safe shelter before Wednesday when Maria is expected to make landfall. “Otherwise, you’re going to die. I don’t know how to make this any clearer.”

    It’s developing a “pinhole eye,” indicating a very intense, compact, devastating storm, Puerto Rico directly in its path.

    Hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy explained this phenomenon means a strong hurricane will get stronger. He compared it to an ice skater, spinning increasingly faster. “You just don’t see those in weaker hurricanes,” he said.

    Maria is expected to bring up to 15 inches of rain across affected areas. On Tuesday, US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp warned of “a very, very long night” ahead.

    The Atlantic hurricane season averages 12 storms annually. This year it’s been 13 so far. For the first time on record, two Category 4 storms struck the continental US in the same year – three if Maria hits the east coast at current strength, possibly based on its current trajectory.

    Hurricane Harvey produced nearly 52 inches of rain in Cedar Bayou, TX, the most ever recorded in America from a major storm – 48 inches the old record from tropical storm Claudette in 1979. Hawaii’s record rainfall was 52 inches.

    Astonishingly, Hurricane Irma generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy than any previous major Atlantic storm on record – more than this year’s first eight storms combined, including Hurricane Harvey.

    A few weeks remain in this year’s hurricane season. Meteorologists expect them to be less active than what’s gone on so far – after Maria and Jose dissipate

    Israeli Prime Minister to Meet with Trump

    Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran


    Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: America’s adherence to the nuclear deal cannot solely depend on Iran’s compliance with the agreement, but also whether Iran’s other policies challenge US national interests. It’s a more honest argument compared to the slogans Netanyahu has used in the past. But it is also a line that fundamentally contradicts Netanyahu’s central message of the past decades: That Iran’s nuclear program constitutes an existential threat to Israel.

    The Trump administration has desperately sought a pretext to quit the nuclear deal and shed the limits the deal imposed on the US’s ability to pursue aggressive policies against Iran – even if it also sheds the limits the deal imposed on Iran’s nuclear activities. The latest idea is to use the Congressional certification – due every 90 days – where the president has to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the deal or not. But unlike the reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency – who is tasked to oversee the implementation of the nuclear deal – the president’s report to Congress goes beyond the nuclear issue: Trump must also report whether the suspension of sanctions against Iran is “appropriate and proportionate to the measures taken by Iran and vital to US national security interests.”