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Monday, 20 November


The ECB Resorts to Omissions, Half-truths and Misrepresentations to Defend Draghis G30-Membership Rigged Game

By Norbert Hring and cross-posted from his blog

The ECB has answered questions posed by the European Ombudsman to president Mario Draghi regarding his membership and his participation in closed-door meetings of the Group of Thirty (G30), a Group in which the worlds most central bankers and commercial bankers comingle. The 17-page reply manages to evade several questions, is quite selective in the information given and even contains some false statements.

Reacting to a complaint by Corporate Europe Observatory the Ombudsman (which is a woman), started an investigation into Draghis membership, which culminated in 16 written questions to Mario Draghi dated 4 July 2017.

The ECB has answered Ombudsman Emily OReillys letter a few days ago. The reply starts with Preliminary observations which state that The Group of Thirty was established in 1978 as a forum for exchanging views on topical issues related to the functioning of the international economic system, forgetting to mention by whom. A look at the website of the G30 does not answer the question, either. Wikipedia does:

The Group of Thirty was founded in 1978 by Geoffrey Bell at the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, which also provided initial funding for the body.

In several instances, the ECB points to the fact that other central bank representatives, like those from the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also members of the G30, implying that if they see fit to participate in this group, it should be okay for the ECB too. What they do not mention in this context, though, is the fact that it is only the New York Fed, a private institution owned and controlled by Wall Street banks, which sends a representative. No member of the Federal Reserve Board has become or remained a G30-member while holding this office, at least not during the last few decades. The reason is obviously that strict rules against conflicts of interest in the US do not allow a high-ranking public official to be in such an intransparent group together with high ranking private sector representatives

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Filed under: Brussels Business, Central Banking, Rigging the Game...


Greece probes Central Bank governor Stournaras over alleged leak Keep Talking Greece

Greeces central bank governor is under investigation by an anti-corruption prosecutor over the alleged leaking of an auditors report on Piraeus Bank, a troubled Greek lender accused of violating capital controls imposed at the height of the countrys financial crisis. Citing two sources with knowledge of the case, , a Financial Times exclusive report writes

The post Greece probes Central Bank governor Stournaras over alleged leak appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Syrians rally in Berlin for familiy reunification Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

While the coalition talks between CDU/CSU, F.D.P. and the Greens took place in the embassy, Syrian and German activists rally outside the embassy to demand familiy reunification. Thousands of family members are waiting in Greece to oversettle to Germany where their relatives have had granted asylum status. The family reunification is one of the most controversial topics during the coalition talks.


Union protesting in Berlin for the preservation of brown coal mining Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

Dozens of members of the IG BCE, the German Union for mining employees, Held a Rally in front of the embassy of Baden-Wrttemberg in Berlin for the preservation of brown coal mining while the coalition talks between CDU/CSU, F.D.P. and the Greens took place in the embassy.


Fofi Gennimata wins leadership elections in PASOK Keep Talking Greece

The old leader of PASOK, Fofi Gennimata, has been elected to be the new leader of PASOK. In the second round of elections on Sunday, Genimmata received 56% of the votes, while her challenger Androulakis gathered 44% . The voters turnover  reached 160,000. Genimmatas goal to call for leadership election was to confirm her power

The post Fofi Gennimata wins leadership elections in PASOK appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Workers at Athens Metro to launch 24h strike on Tuesday Keep Talking Greece

Workers at Athens Metro will launch a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, November 21st 2017. The strike will affect Metro lines <2> and <3>. The rest of public transport means in Greeces capital are expected to operate as usual.

The post Workers at Athens Metro to launch 24h strike on Tuesday appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Exclusive: Dr. Paul Connett interview on shocking new fluoride study UK Against Fluoridation

by Jon Rappoport
November 19, 2017
Explosive: new mainstream study concludes fluorides are lowering childrens IQ.

The study referred to in this interview was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, in September 2017. It is titled: Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age. It is often referred to as the Bashash study, after its first listed author.

The study concluded: higher prenatal fluoride exposure, in the general range of exposures reported for other general population samples of pregnant women and nonpregnant adults, was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at age 4 and 612 y.

In short, pregnant women exposed to fluorides give birth to children who later show up with lower IQ.

I interviewed Paul Connett, PhD.

From his CV: Paul Connett is Professor Emeritus in Environmental Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. For the past 30 years, Paul has put his scientific knowledge to work by helping (without fee) communities around the world understand the science of controversial issues likefluoridation. In addition to explaining the dangers of these practices he offers details of the alternatives[Dr. Connett is the author of] The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2011, co-authored with James Beck & H. Spedding Micklem).

Paul has researched the literature on fluorides toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 17 years. He helped to found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

I found the following items from Dr. Connetts bio fascinating:

In June 2001, Paul (together with Dr. William Hirzy) was invited to debate proponents of fluoridation at the annual conference of the Association for Science in the Public Interest (ASIPI) in Richmond, Virginia. The proponents refused to participate in this debate.

In November 2001, Paul (together with Dr. Phyllis Mullenix) were invited by the American College of Toxicology to debate proponents, but they [the proponents of fluoridation] again refused. On both the above occasions Dr. Connett gave a presentation of the arguments against fluoridation in lieu of the debate.

In March 2003, Paul was invited by the US EPA to present the opponents position in a one-on-one debate on fluoridation to be held at their annual Science Forum in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2003. Despite a six week effort by the organizers of this event, no scientist or official holding a pro-fluoridation position was willing to participate in this debate. In lieu of this debate, Paul provided a power-point presentation to a packed audience, which included 8 congressional aides, representatives from major environmental organizations, EPA officials and the media. The title of Pauls talkFluoridation: The Undefendable Practice.

Here is my interview with Dr. Connett:

Q: There is a...


Katshanes Album Launch! Jewdas

Katshanes (Yiddish for cabbage stalks, and slang for nonsense), is the name of a band performing Cockney-Yiddish music hall from the turn of the Twentieth Century. Yiddish was the language of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in England from the 1880s and created a vibrant Yiddish culture in Londons East End. In the height of the music-hall era, immigrant songwriters described their experiences of immigration in humorous, moving, feisty and irreverent Yiddish songs. From the York Minster and Wonderland theatres of Whitechapel and Stepney, London Yiddish theatre troupes toured immigrant communities across the country with their witty and poignant Cockney-Yiddish entertainment. These songs give us glimpses of an impoverished, energetic and conflicted community in a state of flux, trying to acculturate to their new home with a new culture without losing their identity. Katshanes perform this material rescued from songsheets and songbooks lying in dusty archives. Some songs have known melodies, others have original music composed by the band. For two years Katshanes multimedia performance of songs and sketches has been entertaining audiences in the UK.

Now their songs have been produced on an exuberant debut CD Dont Ask Silly Questions, which will be launched in London on November 22 nd at Balabam!

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 Launch Gig  at BALABAM 5860 High Rd, Stamford Hill, N15 6JU Doors open 8pm
Tickets8 (5) in advance from or find us on Facebook

10(6) on the door. Bar and food.

No age restrictions

7 min walk from Seven Sisters tube and buses 149, 67, 243




Part 3 Submarine rescue ships with the Russian Navy The Vineyard of the Saker

by Le Dahu for The Saker Blog   Im writing at the same time as an international search for the Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, is underway. Last reported 250km


If You Know Anyone Considering a Flu Shot This Year, Show Them This Anti Oligarch

The CDCs (Centers for Disease Control) annual Orwellian flu season brainwashing fest is about to begin. Flu fear mongering and alarming flu statistics will soon be bombarding the air waves, a massive Big Pharma media marketing blitz masquerading as science with one purpose: to drive the American people to unthinkingly roll up their sleeves and []


Worst Case Scenario Looms As Merkels Jamaica Coalition Collapses Rigged Game

Cross-posted from Zero Hedge

We warned on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a night of the long knives in her efforts to bring together the co-called Jamaica coalition of four parties and after a desperate weekend of talks, Bloomberg reports Merkels efforts at forming a coalition have failed meaning a second election looms and sending the euro sliding.

As Bloomberg reports, talks on forming German Chancellor Angela Merkels next government collapsed, throwing the future of Europes longest-serving leader into doubt and potentially pointing the worlds fourth-biggest economy toward new elections.

After a 12-hour negotiating session that ended shortly before midnight Sunday, the Free Democratic Party walked out of the exploratory talks, saying the differences with the Green party were too great to bridge.

Merkel has sought for four weeks to enlist the two smaller parties for her fourth-term coalition.

Its better not to govern than to govern badly, FDP head Christian Lindner told reporters in Berlin.

No further coalition talks were scheduled, he said. There was no immediate comment from Merkel.

EURUSD is down aropund 40 pips on the news

As MINT Partners Bill Blain noted previously, Germans are not used to multiple elections and a second vote early next year would be massive negative for Merkel herself  she may even have to stand down if coalition looks like falling. That could be massive shock.

As a result, the prospects for more volatile European peripheral markets, particularly Greece and Italy, are likely to be exacerbated, and we might well see some of the currency and European stock market froth blow away in coming days as the scale of the German Problem becomes clearer.

  • My worst case Germany scenario is a second election early next year, political uncertainty as Mutti Merkel finds herself squeezed out, and a scramble to build a new coalition government in her aftermath.
  • The best case scenario isnt much better: that Merkel manages to forge a new coalition, but it will be a long drawn out affair and the resulting administration will be vulnerable, w...


Schon ein bisschen lter aber lohnt: Ein Polizist ... Fefes Blog

Schon ein bisschen lter aber lohnt: Ein Polizist packt aus ber den tglichen Rassismus in der Polizei.

Was muss ich tun, um besser als der Durchschnitt zu sein? Er hat zu mir gesagt: Geh an den Bahnhof und kontrollier' Neger. Geh raus und kontrollier' Bimbos. Dann hast du sptestens bei jedem Dritten eine Anzeige. Damit kannst du dir Fachwissen aneignen und hebst dich von der Masse ab.
Na sowas. Da kriegt man doch gleich einen ganz anderen Blick auf die blichen AfD-Statistiken ber Auslndergewalt.


Yemen Appeal to President Putin The Vineyard of the Saker

by Peter Koenig Dear President Putin, Yemen, a peaceful and extremely poor country is being slaughtered, literally slaughtered by the Saudis, with the full weapons, funding and political support of


The Andrew Marr Show (featuring Rob Burley) - a Percy Grainger-style Ramble Is the BBC biased?


As you know, there's nothing I love more on a Sunday...
...even more than my family and friends, Sunday dinner, not being at work, getting a lie-in, cats, Countryfile'Wine, Women and Song', Rod Liddle's Sunday Times column, Bells on Sundayand (above all) it not being Monday...
...than reading The Andrew Marr Show editor Rob Burley's Twitter exchanges with his viewing public. 

I'd like to do a Rufus Norris and turn them into a National Theatre play. (I'd supply the rhymes though, not Carol Ann Duffy).

Now there's no doubt that Rob is very loyal to the BBC and, yes, he can leave the odd tricky question hanging in the air which deserves an answer (such as this one, regarding a dodgy but allegedly explosive IPSOS Mori poll), but, to his continuing great credit, he does engage at length with many of his critics and tries to meet their criticisms - as befits the fact that he's also the editor of Samira Ahmed's Newswatch - and he does so with no little panache and plenty of good humour.

(And I know that some of you get as much of a laugh out of reading his Adam West-era Batman Zap! Pow! Bam! exchanges as I do.)



Bei Wikileaks gibt es ja gerade Stunk, weil Trump Jr ... Fefes Blog

Bei Wikileaks gibt es ja gerade Stunk, weil Trump Jr die Tweets verffentlicht hat, die Julian ihm geschickt hat. Auf der einen Seite gibt es Stunk, weil sich Don Jr damit nicht ent- sondern eher belastet hat, aber auf der andere Seite ist das auch mal Gelegenheit fr eine Abrechnung mit Wikileaks.

Hier macht das mal mein Kumpel Rop (auch schon zu Gast bei Alternativlos!) der damals bei dem Collateral Murder-Video mitgeholfen hatte, weil er an die Sache glaubte. Hier beschreibt er, wie sich sein Blick auf Wikileaks ber die Jahre gewandelt hat.

Ich kann nicht sagen, dass mich die Tweets von Julian Assange an Don Jr jetzt gro gewundert haben. So ungefhr htte ich mir das auch ausgemalt. Und ich kann auch menschlich verstehen, wieso Julian Assange lieber mit Donald Trump zusammenarbeiten wollte als mit Hillary Clinton, von der berichtet wurde, sie habe ihre Berater gefragt, wieso "wir den nicht einfach wegdrohnen". Dennoch hat die Organisation Wikileaks dadurch Schaden genommen und ist heute nur noch ein Schatten ihrer selbst. Und Julian Assange ist eher ein Fall fr Promi-News, weil ihn Pamela Anderson besucht, als fr echte News, weil Wikileaks irgendwas aufgedeckt hat.

Schon irgendwie schade. Da htte echt was wichtiges draus werden knnen.

Lesetipp: Die Sddeutsche ber den neuesten Vorsto ... Fefes Blog

Lesetipp: Die Sddeutsche ber den neuesten Vorsto Schwedens fr die Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechter. Der Link geht zur Sddeutschen mit ihrem Adblocker-Blocker. Msst ihr selbst abwgen, ob ihr euch der Malware-Gefahr durch die Werbenetze aussetzen wollt.

Inhaltlich geht es darum, dass die Unis in Schweden eine Frauenquote nicht nur fr ihr Personal, ihre Studenten und Sekundrliteratur haben, sondern jetzt auch fr Primrliteratur. Der Artikel berichtet von einem Seminar ber konservative Kritik an den Idealen der brgerlichen Gesellschaft. Wieviele Frauen kennt ihr, die konservative Kritik an den Idealen der brgerlichen Gesellschaft gebt haben?

Der Dozent hat daher eine innovative Lsung gefunden: Er rechnet einfach Anarchismus dazu. Das ist ja immerhin Kritik an der modernen Gesellschaft, wenn auch nicht konservative, aber hey, wollen wir mal nicht ppstlicher als der Papst sein hier!

Hat aber nicht funktioniert.

Nachdem die Leitung des politikwissenschaftlichen Instituts die Liste geprft hatte, bestand sie darauf, es seien Werke der amerikanischen Feministin Judith Butler darin aufzunehmen. Diese hat zwar weder etwas mit Konservativismus zu tun, noch ist sie Anarchistin. Dafr aber ist sie fr die von ihr etablierte Kategorie des "sozialen Geschlechts" berhmt - und die bloe Nennung ihres Namens gilt als Ausweis einer geschlechtspolitisch angemessenen Gesinnung.
Ihr seht also: Es ist vllig egal, was gesagt wird. Wenn es ein Mann sagt, ist es ein anachronistisches Auslaufmodell und vergiftete Frucht des patriarchalen Baumes der Unterdrckung, und wenn es eine Frau sagt, ist es gut und wichtig und ein gldener Leitfaden der Weisheit fr zuknftige Generationen.

Die Paradoxie an dieser Brechstangen-"Gleichstellung" ist ja, dass je freier die Gesellschaft wird, desto weniger haben Frauen Bock auf Mnnerberufe. Je weniger Druck es gibt, Familie und Privatleben einem Beruf beispielsweise im Management zu opfern, wo 80-Stunden-Wochen und Hingabe bis hin zur Aufopferung gefordert werden, desto weniger Frauen machen das. Leuchtet ja auch ein. Wenn man sich das aussuchen darf, machen die Leute das, worauf sie Bock haben. Und auf so Dauerstress haben Frauen weniger Bock, weil fr sie andere Faktoren wichtiger sind als Geld in der Tasche. Nur Mnner sind so doof, sich bis 50 kaputtzuarbeiten, dann mit 1-2 Millionen auf dem Konto an Herzinfarkt zu sterben und nichts davon zu haben.

Der nchste Schritt wird bestimmt noch besser. Wenn man bei der Literatur auch Asiaten und Schwarze gem ihrer Anteile an der Weltbevlkerung bercksichtigt. Das kann sicher nicht schaden, um den Horizont zu erweitern. Finde ich jetzt nicht abwegiger als die Frauenquote. Also los, Schweden, macht mal.

Das Money Quote aus dem Artikel ist jedenfalls das hier:

"Gleichstellung" ist deswegen ohne einen autoritren Staat nicht zu haben.
Aber das ist ja auch genau der Wunsch an...


, Anarkismo

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Iranian Islamic Socialism to the rescue of quake victims, again, and I have pictures The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Iran has recently been the epicentre of the deadliest quake of 2017. Over 530 Iranians died, along with 7 people over the border


Nochmal ein Detail zu der Kaspersky-NSA-Sache, gefunden ... Fefes Blog

Nochmal ein Detail zu der Kaspersky-NSA-Sache, gefunden bei Heise:

Bei der Backdoor handelt es sich Kaspersky zufolge um die Mokes Backdoor, ber die Dritte auf den Computer des NSA-Mitarbeiters htten zugreifen knnen. Das htte zum Beispiel passieren knnen, als die Sicherheitssoftware von Kaspersky auf dem Computer deaktiviert wurde, um eine Microsoft-Office-Version mittels eines Keygen illegal zu aktivieren. Ob so wirklich Dritte auf den Computer zugreifen konnten, ist Kaspersky zufolge jedoch unmglich festzustellen.
Mal abgesehen von dem Comedy-Faktor, dass ein NSA-Mitarbeiter eine Raubkopie von MS Office per Keygen aktivieren will, und dass ausgerechnet Kaspersky bei dem NSA-Mitarbeiter dann eine Backdoor findet, mssen wir doch mal ber das Detail reden, dass Kaspersky sehen kann, dass der einen Keygen fr Office gestartet hat, whrend ihre Software ausgeschaltet war. Selbst wenn die Software angeschaltet ist, wieso wrden die solche Daten berhaupt erheben und dann noch jahrelang speichern, so dass sie jetzt noch einen Report dazu verffentlichen knnen?!


New Law Makes Refusal to Disclose Nationality an Offence Freedom News

Since 13th November, courts have been ordered under section 162 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to ascertain defendants personal details, including nationality, when they attend at the start of a case.  The new law can be seen as yet another measure introduced by the Tory government to make the lives of migrants in


SBC: Big Brothers Disappearing Emails North Yorks Enquirer

SBC: Big Brothers Disappearing Emails

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, highlighting the moral bankruptcy of Scarborough Borough Councils Legal & Democratic Services department.


Regular readers may recall the following video-clip extract from the Scarborough Borough Council meeting held on 6th November 2017:

Briefly, Councillors Tony RANDERSON [Lab.] and Janet JEFFERSON [Ind.] had raised concerns regarding the interception (re-characterised as redirection by SBC Legal Officers) of emails from members of the public to elected Councillors.

In the absence of Mrs Lisa DIXON, Director of Legal & Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer (who left the meeting early with award-winning Finance Director Nick EDWARS), it fell to Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer David P. KITSON to defend Officers actions.

I have transcribed Mr KITSONs remarks for convenience of reference:

Thank you, Mr Mayor. Yes. Erm. What Ill do what I propose to do is to send you all a detailed response to the issue thats been raised. But what I can say very briefly is that it is lawful to do what we are doing, under the Regulation of Inves Investigatory Powers Act, and the various regulations made under that. 

I will explain it, as I say, thethepurpose behind all of this is for the protection of staff who have received abusive content and other inappropriate content from certain individuals.

What happens is, an email address, the person is warned about their behaviour, erm, and if it continues and there is a potential for their emails to be redirected . 

What happens if they do continue that behaviour, and a decision is made to do so, in terms of under the policy because we do have a policy about this erm, theyre then told and IT are asked to put a re-direct in place so that any emails   from that particular email address goes to that holding mailbox, if you like. 

I appreciate that you dont like the practice but, you know, as a responsible employer we need to protect staff and members, too and it is lawful and I will explain that in further detail.

David KITSONs commitment to providing a written explanation in further detail has now, at last, been fulfilled after a fashion  and it answers very little.

But now I must report on a simple test of the veracity of Mr KITSONs assertions, performed by NYE editor Tim TH...


My Country: a Work in Progress Is the BBC biased?

I watched My Country: a Work in Progress on BBC Two last night. 

This put onto TV a National Theatre play about Brexit by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and director Rufus Norris (both Remain voters). It interspersed acted-out vox pops collected from several parts of the UK (though not London or the South-East) with clips of politicians, all framed by dramatic moments from 'Britannia' and several 'Parts of the United Kingdom'. It ended with the words of Jo Cox captioned against a black backdrop - "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us". 
Their declared aim was to leave their London bubble and to listen to voices beyond that bubble. 'It's the listening that matters', was the programme's message. 

Was it biased? Did Rufus Norris succeed in his stated intention to leave out his own political views (which are much as you'd expect) and let us listen to a full and fair spectrum of people's voices? 

I think the programme handled the matter of bias well - from the politicians to the vox pops. And I had to smile at the Guardian's account of how Rufus Norris managed to do so:
Norris has been careful to create a balanced picture, to the extent that his associate director has been tasked with counting each speech, and categorising it according to whether it is pro-remain or leave.
That sounds very much like the methodology used by groups like News...


Brasil, deriva neoliberal y represin de los movimientos populares y del movimiento libertario Anarkismo

fag1.jpgLa situacin social y poltica en Brasil es cada vez ms comprometida. Desde la llegada al gobierno de Michel Temer mediante un golpe institucional y palaciego, la deriva neoliberal, en lo econmico, y fascistizante, en lo relacionado con los derechos civiles, del gobierno del principal representante de los BRICS en Amrica Latina, es cada vez ms acusada. El gigante emergente ha iniciado un proceso cada vez ms autoritario de enfrentamiento con los movimiento sociales al hilo del despliegue de toda una barahnda de medidas de ajuste y reformas flexibilizadoras de la regulacin laboral y de pensiones. El movimiento libertario, de hecho, ha sufrido tambin sus zarpazos.


Scientific Study Concludes That Jesus Christ Didnt Exist Philosophers Stone

Group of historical researchers and scientists claim the bible is fake news

By: Jay Greenberg
A study by a group of world-renowned scientists, historical researchers, and religious scholars has concluded that Jesus Christ never existed, branding the Christian Bible as fake news. With the support of various nob-biased and noteworthy academics, the research was carried out to answer the extremely controversial question as to whether the so-called Historical Jesus actually existed. The report concluded that Jesus Christ did not exist as a historical figure, but only as a fabricated character in fables and storybooks. The researchers did state that, although the tales of Jesus were fake, they were most likely meant to be fictional rather than lies, but have been misinterpreted over time. This misinterpretation, according to the study, has left many people seeing the Bible as a historical document rather than an analogy to demonstrate moral code by adding magic and wonder. According to Raphael Lataster, one of the scholars behind the study; Scholarly responses to the increasingly popular activity of questioning Jesus existence have been quite telling. We can overlook the Christian scholars, as they are not invited to the debate over the mundane Historical Jesus; to this debate among atheists. Mainstream secular scholars purporting the Historical Jesus have largely remained silent as if they are hoping that this will all blow over.




Another Massive Pedophile Ring Uncovered, With Clear Ties To Pope Benedicts Brother Philosophers Stone

Pedophilia is a big problem these days, and has been for a while. For decades, and more recently with the Harvey Weinstein case, Corey Feldmans revelations and more, people in positions of great power have been implicated in this type of activity, but it doesnt stop in Hollywood. Pedophilia and child trafficking has plagued the world of politics as well as the military industrial complex for a long time. The recent Pizzagate scandal involving long time high ranking politician Jon Podesta forced many people to look into it more. Jeffrey Epstein is another classic example, or the fact that a recent NBC news report claimed that Hillary Clinton, while acting as secretary of state, shut down an investigation into an elite pedophile ring in State Department ranks in order to avoid scandal and protect the careers of high ranking officials and an ambassador. James Grazioplene, a high ranking retired army general who worked in the Pentagon and as the Vice President of DynCorp, is currently facing six rape charges of underaged persons. As far back as 2005, U.S. congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney grilled Donald Rumself on private military contractors (DynCorp) child trafficking business of selling women and children.



Benutzt hier jemand BCache unter Linux?Ein Einsender ... Fefes Blog

Benutzt hier jemand BCache unter Linux?

Ein Einsender meint, ihm habe das das Filesystem zersgt (er hatte ein Backup von direkt vor dem Kernelupdate). Also Vorsicht!

Macht ein Cloud-Backup, sagten sie! Da sind eure Daten ... Fefes Blog

Macht ein Cloud-Backup, sagten sie! Da sind eure Daten sicher, sagten sie!

Nun, dass dachte sich auch jemand bei CENTCOM und PACOM (vom Pentagon).

Chris Vickery von UpGuard staunte nicht schlecht, als er Amazons Cloud-Speicherdienst S3 nach offenen Tren abklopfte. Dort fand er unter den Namen "Centcom-Backup", "Centcom-Archive" und "Pacom-Archive" drei riesige Datencontainer mit berwachungsdaten aus sozialen Netzwerken rund ber den Globus verteilt.
Ach komm, das sind doch eh ffentliche Daten!1!!

Interessanter finde ich ja, was fr Software die einsetzen. Es sind: Apache Lucene und Elasticsearch.

In einer italienischen TV-Dokumentation haben drei ... Fefes Blog

In einer italienischen TV-Dokumentation haben drei Georgier gestanden, bei den Maidanschtzen dabei gewesen zu sein. Bewaffnet wurden sie dabei von ukrainischen Maidan-Kommandeureen, und rekrutiert wurden sie von einem Militr, der frher fr Saakaschwili gearbeitet hat.

Sergey Pashinsky, ein Politiker von Julia Timoschenkos Vaterlandspartei, war einer derjenigen, der Taschen voller Waffen in die Zimmer der Kmpfer brachte, heit es in dem Bericht.

Toller Service: Trump kriegt von seinen Handlern nur ... Fefes Blog

Toller Service: Trump kriegt von seinen Handlern nur die guten Umfragen gezeigt.

Usually theyre the ones that focus just on voters who cast ballots for him in 2016 or are potential Trump supporters Trumps basebut occasionally include public polls like Rasmussen, depending on what the numbers say.

brigens, Lacher am Rande: Hillary Clinton hat ihre Prsidentschaft niedergelegt. Die Prsidentschaft? Ja! Die Prsidentschaft, die sie auf Fox News hat :-)

Aus der beliebten Serie "Gut, dass das keine Terroristen ... Fefes Blog

Aus der beliebten Serie "Gut, dass das keine Terroristen waren", heute: Reichsbrger-Arsenal mit ber 100 Schusswaffen sichergestellt.

Die Behrden messen dem Fall, der sich bereits vor einigen Monaten zutrug, aber keine besondere Brisanz bei. Im Gegenteil: Die Informationspolitik der Kreisverwaltung in der Sache verdient allenfalls das Wort defensiv.
Ja ach komm, nun wollen wir mal die Kirche im Dorf lassen hier! Die paar Schusswaffen, was htte man damit schon gro anstellen knnen! Wir haben es hier schlielich mit harmlosen Waffenenthusiasten zu tun, nicht mit Terroristen, die die freiheitlich-demokratische Grundordnung oder gar die Legitimitt unseres Staates in Frage stellen!1!!

Ich bin ja immer wieder fasziniert, wie viele Leute ... Fefes Blog

Ich bin ja immer wieder fasziniert, wie viele Leute in der Bahn mit dem gemeinsamen LTE-Datenvolumen glauben, irgendwelche Videostreaming-Dienste in Anspruch nehmen zu knnen, oder Gigabytes an Updates fr irgendwelche Online-Games runterladen zu knnen, die sie auf der Leitung eh nicht spielen knnen, oder irgendwelche Cloud-Dienste in Anspruch nehmen zu knnen, um ihre Fotos und Videos zu verwalten.

Und dann ncoh so eine Trotzreaktion bringen, ala "die Leitung war schon vor mir lahm". Ja, h, und? Wenn du nicht flutschig arbeiten kannst, dann soll es auch sonst keinder knnen?

Zum Kotzen.


Is Satire Fakenews? How Fact-Checkers Peddle Snake-Oil Rigged Game

When professional fact checkers are flagging up satirical publishers for fake content, perhaps its time to worry

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

Since the issues of alleged fake news and Russian influence have cropped up, several media institutions highlight their public fact-checkers. Social media companies hire them to filter fake news from their content.

Traditional fact-checkers within a newsroom considered the veracity of the pieces their own reporters wrote up. They corrected factual mistakes before those were printed or aired. The new crop of fact-checker is testing the veracity of claims made by other media outlets and public entities.

The Tampa Bay TimesPolitiFact is one of the oldest and biggest of these organizations. It was founded in 2007 and has offices in several states. Like all such entities it has a certain political flavor. Thus the supposedly neutral fact-checking site PolitiFact gets fact checked by a site named PolitiFact Bias.

Last week Amy Sherman wrote an important piece for PolitiFactFacebook users had pointed her to this month old report about a military court case:

FORT BRAGG, N.C. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant facing charges of desertion, walked out of a military courtroom during a pre-trial hearing Monday and has not been seen since approximately 10:35 AM, prompting a statewide manhunt for the missing soldier.Sources inside the courtroom say that Bergdahl took only a half-full Camelbak and a long hunting knife with him as he calmly made his way to the exit during his own lawyers remarks to the judge regarding a possible plea deal.

Pentagon leadership is offering an unusual reward for information on Bergdahls whereabouts: $25,000 or seven Guantanamo detainees, depending on the credibility of the information.

The fact-checker applied the best of her abilities to debunk the assertions of the above piece:

Bowe Bergdahl wanders off during court-martial, said the October headline in Duffel Blog.

Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social networks efforts to combat fake...


Philip Hammond actually claimed "there are no unemployed people" AAV

Just imagine the mainstream media reaction if the shadow chancellor John McDonnell or anyone else from Labour had made a claim as ridiculous as there supposedly being no unemployed people in Britain. 

But that's exactly what the Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond did on the Andrew Marr Show.

We all remember the festival of hate that was aimed at Diane Abbott after she got her numbers horribly jumbled up during the general election, but at least she never made a claim as ludicrous as there being no unemployment at all.

Anyone who pays the remotest attention to politics must be well aware of the tricks and scams the Tories use to rig the unemployment figures like unemployed people forced to do unpaid "workfare" work being classed as employed, people working just a few hours a week on Zero Hours Contracts but still on benefits being classed as employed, people hit with draconian benefits sanctions not being classe...


Seasonal tourism in Greece takes toll on more than 98K jobs Keep Talking Greece

The seasonal character of Greek tourism has taken a toll on employment rates for October with 92,132 new job openings in April the start of the tourist season translating into 98,420 lost jobs in October, marking the end of the season. In the meantime, six in 10 new recruitments are low-paying, part-time or

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Sunday, 19 November


Rare Opposition To Zionist Terror within The British Jewish Community Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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GA: The ultra Zionist Jewish Chronicle allowed a single voice of reason into its letters page this weekend.


In a rather belated response to Rosa Dohertys article of October 24, concerning a public appearance of Gilad Atzmon, I would like to take issue with certain comments reported therein.

Rabbi Zvi Solomons is quoted as calling Mr  Atzmon a notorious antisemite, and says that he has promoted Holocaust denial, compared Israelis to the Nazis and  Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies, holds that no reputable event should feature Gilad Atzmon, opinions I respectfully but vigorously disagree with.

Firstly, is  Mr. Atzmon truly an antisemite? An antisemite as defined by who, and by what criteria? Should we not apply ourselves to these questions before we  brand anyone with such a grave charge, however objectionable (nay, offensive!) their opinions be? As far as I know, and I may be wrong, Mr Atzmon has never denied that the  Holocaust happened but rather has opposed laws which seek to prohibit its denial; and did Mr Atzmon really compare all Israelis to Nazis, or is his clumsy and admittedly provocative critique of Israeli policies being taken as proof of something much more sinister? 

Even were Mr Atzmon to confess himself as a most virulent antisemite, both tactically and on principle, the last thing we should do is seek to ban him from reputable public events; rather, we should  welcome any  and every opportunity to debate him and people with similar ideas, with facts and well-reasoned arguments that will show any fair-minded, rational person how ill-founded Mr Atzmons discourse is. 

And before anyone accuses me of being naive and unrealistic in adopting this response, I would counter that to silence or shut him do...


Nicht alle Autobauer setzen auf Batterien als primre ... Fefes Blog

Nicht alle Autobauer setzen auf Batterien als primre Stromquelle fr ihre Elektroautos. Toyota baut jetzt ein Auto mit Brennstoffzelle in Serie.

Kurze Durchsage des Arbeitsamts Dortmund: Letztlich ... Fefes Blog

Kurze Durchsage des Arbeitsamts Dortmund:

Letztlich wurde das Betteln vom Jobcenter als Beruf oder Selbststndigkeit betrachtet und so behandelt. Die Spenden stellen hier fr das Jobcenter ein Einkommen in einer Grenordnung dar, die leistungsrechtlich nicht unbercksichtigt bleiben darf.
Nein, nein, der war nicht arbeitslos, der war selbstndig beschftigt mit nicht unerheblichem Einkommen. Der hat vor dem Arbeitsamt gebettelt. Dem krzt das Arbeitsamt deshalb sein Hartz IV.

Update: Das Spannungsfeld existiert schon lnger.

Hier hat jemand mal geguckt, ob das Auswirkungen auf ... Fefes Blog

Hier hat jemand mal geguckt, ob das Auswirkungen auf die Sterblichkeitsrate hat, wenn das Blut von einer schwangeren Frau kam.

In this cohort study that included 31118 patients who received red blood cell transfusions, receipt of a transfusion from an ever-pregnant female donor was associated with a statistically significant increase in all-cause mortality among male recipients of red blood cell transfusions (hazard ratio, 1.13) but not among female recipients (hazard ratio, 0.99).
Wenn man also Mnner umbringen will, muss man ihnen Blut einer Frau spritzen, die mal schwanger war.

Ich bin ja fasziniert, dass jemand berhaupt dieser Hypothese nachgegangen ist. Die Idee htte ich nicht gehabt.

Nun, h, aber abgesehen davon ist Geschlecht natrlich blo ein soziales Konstrukt!1!!


You tell her, Rabbie! Is the BBC biased?

Imagine you're one of those BBC reporter-presenters who uses Twitter as part of their reporting and includes 'BBC' in their Twitter handle. Then imagine that you're also  one of those BBC reporter-presenters who is highly opinionated and one-sided on Twitter. The rules on impartiality that the BBC applies to its employees on Twitter (and Facebook) don't seem to unduly bother such a hypothetical BBC reporter-presenter, and on she steams. 

Say she's based in Washington and reporting about US politics, this is the kind of person who is so partisan that she would tweet huge numbers of tweets and re-tweets about the alleged sexual misdemeanours of a Republican candidate (all critical of him) but would tweet very few about the alleged sexual misdemeanours of a Democratic politician - and many of the latter would be statements by the politician, re-tweets of people praising the politician or the BBC reporter-presenter herself using that politician to criticise the sitting Republican president herself. 

Such is the very behaviour of the face of the BBC in the United States, Katty Kay

The hilarious thing about this is that ultra-partisan Katty has now had the cheek to post a one-sided rant on the BBC News website...

Its theme? The awfulness of partisanship. 

Or to be more accurate,  the awfulness of Republican partisanship.



Netanyahu Lies Philosophers Stone

The rise of Hitler actually aided in the advancement of the Zionists cause. Just as the 9/11 attacks presently benefited Israel! It is my contention that both the rise of Hitler and the attacks on 9/11/01 are the manufactured consequences of the Zionist agenda . . . Zionism is and was a malicious project conceived by Zionist Jews in order to steal the land from the Palestinian people. From the fall of the Ottoman empire to the Holocaust all fueled and fomented by the Rothschild/Zionists desire to create the unjust Self-Proclaimed Jewish State. The trouble in the Holy Land begins and ends with Zionism . . .



75 Years ago - How one incident caused 47 patients to die at the Oregon State Hospital UK Against Fluoridation

A ghastly scene unfolded during dinner 75 years ago at Oregon State Hospital.

Patients began dropping like flies after eating a batch of poisoned scrambled eggs, vomiting blood and writhing on the floor in agony.

Some died within minutes, others succumbed hours later, 47 people in all. Officially, there were 263 cases. Newspapers, however, reported more 400 others were sickened.

Gov. Charles A. Sprague called it mass murder.

Sabotage was initially suspected, what today we would call a terrorist attack.

This happened in 1942, with the country engaged in World War II. Fears of sabotage were real, especially on the West Coast. The food supply was considered a vulnerable target.

The eggs used at the state hospital came from federal surplus commodities distributed by the U.S. government, part of a shipment received six months earlier and divided between state institutions, schools and other programs in Oregon.

Gov. Sprague immediately ordered all institutions to stop using the eggs, which came packed frozen in 30-pound tin cans. The federal government issued a similar order.

Investigators from the Army, the American Medical Association and the Food & Drug Administration rushed to the state hospital campus in Salem..............................


Valuable Jewellery stolen in Scarborough Burglary North Yorks Enquirer

Valuable Jewellery stolen in Scarborough Burglary

Detectives are appealing for information about a burglary in Scarborough in which valuable jewellery was stolen.

It happened at a home on Rothbury Street on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

The stolen items include:

A Giant Trace mountain bike, predominantly black in colour with light blue motives around the bottom of the seat post, to the bottom of the stem and on the rear triangle.

1 x gold watch marked Royal London Brand (with gold strap)

1 x solid circular gold bracelet (has the appearance of a bulls ring)

1 x solid gold linked bracelet heavy in weight with rectangular links

2 x solid gold Belcher neck chains

3 x half sovereign rings

1 x sovereign ring

Detective Constable David Adams, of Scarborough Investigation Hub, said:

Im appealing to anyone who has any information as to the whereabouts of these stolen goods or any information in relation to this burglary to come forward and contact the police so we can return these items to their rightful owner.

Any information which you may have will be treated in the strictest confidence.

If you can assist in any way, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for David Adams. You can also email DC Adams on

Please quote reference 12170204839 when passing on information.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



SouthFront Documentary about Hezbollah (MUST SEE!) The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Check out this superb documentary about Hezbollah made by our friend of SouthFront.  It is superb. Please make sure to drop by here to support their work:


Santiago, Chile: Santiago Maldonado Present [video] Contra Info

Graffiti mural for anarchist comrade Santiago Maldonado


Spains Pension System Hits Crisis Point (And Everyone Ignores It) Rigged Game

But how did things get this bad?

By most measures, sun-blessed Spain is an idyllic place to grow old in. Life expectancy is among the highest in the world, and the national pension funds payout ratio (pension as percent of final salary) is the second highest in Europe after Greece. But if current trends are any indication, that may soon be about to change.

The countrys Social Security Reserve Fund, which was meant to serve as a nationwide nest egg to guarantee future pension payouts given Spains burgeoning ranks of pensioners has been bled virtually dry by the government. This started ever so quietly in 2012 when the government began withdrawing cash from the fund. Some of it was used to fill part of the governments own fiscal gaps while billions more were tapped to cover the Social Security systems growing deficits. As a result the pension pot has shrunk from over 66 billion in 2011 to just 15 billion in 2016.

To avoid wiping out the fund altogether this year, the Spanish government extended a 10.1 billion interest-free loan to Spains social security system, which enabled it to pay out the two extra pension payments due in June and December. That way, only 7-7.5 billion will be tapped from Spains public pension nest egg. Emptying the pot altogether this year would have been politically unpalatable, says El Pas. Instead, it will be emptied next year as the social security system racks up yet another massive annual shortfall

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Filed under: Brussels Business, Europe, Faux Recovery, Spain


#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite #dailylife #couple #communication


Wer sich bei der KI-Glubigkeit gerade ein bisschen ... Fefes Blog

Wer sich bei der KI-Glubigkeit gerade ein bisschen an eine Religion erinnert fhlt: KI-Kirche "Way of the Future" will gttliche KI schaffen. Und hey, warum nicht. KI soll ja schon alles andere finden. Wieso nicht auch Gott. (via)

Falls sich jemand fragt, wieso die Russen ein Veto ... Fefes Blog

Falls sich jemand fragt, wieso die Russen ein Veto gegen Giftgaskontrollen in Syrien einlegen wrden: Hier gibt es ein paar Daten dazu. Es scheint eine Kombination zu sein aus a) wir verlngern erst, wenn wir einen ordentlichen Bericht der bisherigen Arbeit haben, und b) die haben bisher weder die Einschlagstelle noch die Abschussstelle des zu untersuchenden Giftgasanschlags angeguckt.

Klar, warum auch. War ja eh klar, was da rauskommen sollte: Assad setzt Giftgas gegen seine Bevlkerung ein!


SBC Pleads Poverty North Yorks Enquirer

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) are pleading poverty on Yorkshire Coast Radio stating they need to save 4.7million over the next three years due to reduced funding from Conservative Central Government.

In the interview, Cllr Helen Mallory, cabinet member for Finance at Scarborough Borough Council stated:

Anything we can save to offset that saving, will basically mean that we can preserve the services were doing for the residents. 

So as much as weve cut back over the last few years and made efficiencies, what were actually looking to do now is to generate income which will reduce the amount we have to save.

Were going to have to still keep a close eye on everything and wherever we can, reduce the costs that the authority is having to pay out for things. 

But if we can generate an income, that will reduce the gap which would then hopefully mean that we can maintain the services that we are providing without having to cut back on things that would really hurt our residents.

So it begins to look like there will be cuts to local services or perhaps another rise in council tax, whilst the Scarborough & Whitby Tories are busying themselves shoveling 4million of local taxpayers money to their preferred developer for the Futurist site, Flamingo Land, in the form of a 4million demolition subsidy.

Perhaps abandoning the 4million demolition of the Futurist will help stop cuts to local services and will be seen as a far more prudent thing to do where the local taxpayer is concerned? The chances are slim to nothing since the Conservative Party hasnt been truly conservative for a very long time.

SBC finances are the domain of award-winning s.151 Finance Officer, Nick Edwards, who appears to have given SBCs preferred developer, Benchmark Leisure Ltd, a 9million unsecured loan to build the North Bay water park.

In other Futurist related news, the Conservative...


The less moderate candidate Is the BBC biased?

Ee bah gum, Scottish Labour has a new leader! Yorkshireman Richard Leonard beat Anas Sarwar to win the post today. 

The BBC's Scottish Editor Sarah Smith informed BBC One viewers this evening that Mr Sarwar "was the more moderate candidate in what was a fractious race". 

I guess that makes Mr Leonard 'the less moderate candidate' - or, to put it another way, 'the more extreme candidate'. 

A nice example of 'bias by labelling' there (even if it's true).


BBC transparency (or the lack of it) Is the BBC biased?

Here's an interesting take on BBC transparency from the estimable Bill Rogers of Trading as WDR (h/t Peter): 


Abusing the Irish is a really stupid idea AAV

"Shut your gob" and "grow up" shrieked The S*n after the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar dared to criticise the absolute shambles Theresa May and the three Brexiteers are making of the Brexit process.

Varadkar was hardly saying anything that we don't know when he complained that nowhere near enough progress has been made on the Irish border issue, or when he pointed out that "Brexit is a British policy, it's also one that Britain has imposed on the rest of Europe".

He is entirely right to be furious at the pitiful lack of progress on the Irish border, and he didn't say anything that warranted the furious backlash in Rupert Murdoch's UK propaganda rag, and certainly nothing to justify the hyperbolic accusation that "his arrogance stems from a delusion that he can single-handedly stop Brexit"

Anyone who gives a damn about Ireland knows how important it is to find a resolution to the Irish border problem, but then events in Ireland both north and south of the border get very little coverage in the UK mainstream media.



About the importance of moderation (a thank you!! to the mods) The Vineyard of the Saker

There was an interesting comment posted recently on the Unz Review under one of my recent articles.  It said the following: Kizas comment mirrors something I did indeed observe: every


The Zionist Hate Campaign Against David Icke Writings - Gilad Atzmon


Campaign Against Antisemitism was desperate to cancel David Icke's talk in Manchester last night.  Labour MP, Kate Green, worked hard on behalf of the Lobby. They all failed,  Icke's talk, so i hear, was a great success. I looked into the 'evidence' levelled against Icke by the Zionist hate groups. There is nothing there as I prove in the following video..

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 If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

Being in Time - A Post Political Manifesto, , and  here ( 


Es gibt ein Update zur Kaspersky-NSA-Geschichte. Kaspersky ... Fefes Blog

Es gibt ein Update zur Kaspersky-NSA-Geschichte. Kaspersky rumt jetzt ein, dass ihr Schlangenl die NSA-Malware in ihre Cloud hochgeladen hat. Und dass da ein 7zip-Archiv mit dem Quellcode beilag, und das haben sie auch in die Cloud hochgeladen. Aber als sie gesehen haben, was sie da hatten, haben sie es gelscht, sagen sie.

A company analyst who manually reviewed the archive quickly determined it contained confidential material. Within a few days and at the direction of CEO and founder Eugene Kaspersky, the company deleted all materials except for the malicious binaries.
Sie sagen, sie bruchten ja die Quellen auch gar nicht fr ihre Arbeit. Das stimmt zwar, aber erstens: Wer wei, wie viele ihrer Malware-Techs da noch Zugriff hatten, und ob da jemand ein Backup gezogen hat. Zweitens: Aufgeflogen ist das ja, weil die Israelis bei Kaspersky im Netz waren. Wer wei, wer da noch war. Und mit wem die Israelis das alles geteilt haben.

Ich wrde aber trotzdem Kaspersky keine Schuld geben. Deren Software hat genau das getan, was sie gesagt haben, das sie tun wrde. Wenn jemand Kaspersky ein Pckchen mit Geheimdokumenten in den Briefkasten schickt, wrde man ja auch nicht Kaspersky beschuldigen sondern den Leaker.


Yarls Wood and Dungavel detention centres besieged Freedom News

Two migrant removal centres were surrounded by crowds today demanding that the facilities, which have repeatedly been exposed as substandard and dangerous, be shut down and proper support offered to the often vulnerable people inside. The solidarity rallies, which saw between 50 and 100 people at the Dungavel Centre south of Glasgow and more at

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