Obamacare collapse accelerates as half the health care companies that once offered it have since dropped the unsustainable scheme


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The main reason why Obamacare failed so badly is because it rejects virtually everything that has made America so great and prosperous. It rejects the concept of individual liberty, because the people are no longer free to select their doctors or their desired medical care. It rejects self-governance, because the government is responsible for most of the decision making and not the individuals. And it rejects free market capitalism, because even eight years after the system was officially implemented, competition continues to decline.

As reported late last month by Brendan Kirby of LifeZette.com, a new study put out by the Heritage Foundation indicates that competition within the Obamacare health insurance exchanges declined for the third straight year in 2018. Specifically, the study found that a total of 181 companies are selling policies this year, which is down from 218 companies last year and 253 when the exchanges became available online in 2014. The year before that, 395 companies were selling individual health insurance policies, which means that choice within the Obamacare healthcare system has contracted by roughly 54 percent. This is exactly what happens when government plays too big of a role in things that it has no business playing a role in.

“Essentially, what this is pointing to is, you have a market that’s a niche market,” explained Edmund Haislmaier, author of the report and senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “It’s not going to have no insurers in it. It’s only going to be attractive to certain insurers.” Haislmaier went on to say that Americans who are not directly covered by the government or a company-sponsored healthcare plan will have to choose between Medicaid managed-care firms and companies that lack expansive networks. (Related: Here’s why private health care would be less expensive than Obamacare while providing more choices for individuals.)

This is just one of the many reasons why Republicans in congress must continue to not only repeal the Affordable Care Act as they’ve promised the American people time and time again, but also replace it with a system that encourages choice and competition. While the Democrats insist (as they always do) that more government control is the key to fixing America’s healthcare system, what they don’t understand is that more government is the problem. If our country is to rebuild what once was the best – not perfect, but the best – healthcare system on earth, then we must do it without government breathing down our neck every step of the way. Otherwise, nothing will ever change. (Related: Reality check – Obamacare is killing people right now).

Recently, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (who most of the time doesn’t come across as the most conservative member of congress) did an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, in which he explained that abandoning efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be the “biggest mistake we could make of 2018.”

“One of the biggest miscalculations we can make in 2018 is to abandon our efforts to replace Obamacare and it will not hurt us at the ballot box. It will hurt us at the ballot box because most Republicans are going to feel let down. The public is going to see healthcare costs go up and hold us accountable for not trying. This could be the biggest mistake we could make in 2018,” Graham warned.

The senator from South Carolina added that even if Republicans fall short after putting it up for a vote, “at least we put people on the record,” meaning that republican voters will be able to clearly see who is committed to keeping their promise and who isn’t.

For the good of our economy and America’s healthcare system, let’s hope that congressional Republicans keep their promise and repeal the Affordable Care Act once and for all.

Sources include:

LifeZette.com

Breitbart.com

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Re: Gaza: Healthcare sector on brink of collapse

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza yesterday warned that the healthcare system in the besieged Strip is on the verge of collapse due to the sever lack of electricity and fuel needed to operate generators, Quds Press reported.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said: “Today, electricity generators stopped working in three addition healthcare centres… due to the lack of fuel.”

Prior to this, he announced the shutting down of several healthcare centres in Gaza, including Beit Hanoun Hospital in the north for the same reason.

In a press conference, society leaders in Gaza highlighted the crisis hitting the healthcare sector in Gaza due to the strict Israeli siege and the punitive measures imposed by the Palestinian Authority.

Read: The Israeli-led siege is devastating Gaza’s health sector

Hussein Al-Mughanni, a community leader, called for lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza and for the PA Health Minister Jawad Awwad to visit the Gaza Strip to follow up closely on the crisis.

Last week, Awwad denied that there is a crisis in the health ministry in Gaza and said he dispatched a number of truckloads of medicines.

Gaza has been under a strict Israeli siege and PA punitive measures since mid-2007. By the mid of last year, the PA increased its punitive measures as it slashed the salaries of its employees in Gaza and cease payments to Israel for electricity provided to the Strip.

Egypt has exacerbated the siege by closing the Rafah crossing trapping Palestinians in the small enclave.



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Gaza’s Economy Close to Collapse

Gaza’s Economy Close to Collapse



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Israel’s suffocating blockade caused increasingly dire humanitarian conditions – grievously harming over two million Gazans, victims of ruthless persecution, worsened by Washington freezing half its aid for Palestinian refugees.



Major media ignore dire humanitarian conditions in the Strip, supporting Israeli viciousness instead of condemning it. 



Gazans are without electricity 18 or more hours daily, its water unsafe to drink. Lack of sanitation harms human health, sewage disposed of offshore.



Food supplies are inadequate, vital medicines in short supply or unavailable, unemployment around 50%. Most available jobs don’t pay a living wage because of blockade and other harsh conditions.



Three Israeli wars of aggression on Gaza since December 2008 devastated the Strip, another likely any time at Israel’s discretion.



The Gisha Legal Center for Free Movement discussed 10 repressive Israeli policies imposed on Gaza last year, making dire conditions worse.



They corresponded with far fewer numbers of Gazans permitted to travel outside the Strip for urgently needed medical treatment, education and other reasons.



Below are Israeli restrictions imposed last year, maybe tougher ones coming:



1. “Security blocks restricting travel through Erez crossing:” They’ve been increasingly restrictive over the past few years.



2. “Trader permits cancelled and new approvals declined:” They’ve dropped by 85% since 2015, causing economic hardships, “undermining what little economic activity exists in the first place,” Gisha explained.



3. “Cancellation of quota for Friday prayers in Jerusalem:” Travel permission was cancelled in December 2016. 



4. “Making Gaza residents (permitted to travel abroad) sign a commitment not to return for a year:” Israeli obstacles imposed are part of an ethnic cleansing scheme, perhaps intending to prevent reentry at any time.



5. “Freeze on travel to the American consulate” in East Jerusalem: Last November, the ban was inadequately eased. The repressive policy remains largely in place.



6. “Introduction of shuttle services:” Gazans permitted to leave the Strip must travel between Erez crossing and the Allenby Bridge, connecting the West Bank with Jordan. 



The policy restricts, hampers and discourages movement. Shuttles operate once weekly, waiting times for permission to use them much longer.



7. “Permit applications left pending with no response:” Thousands of application go unanswered. As of last September, 16,000 requests were pending – rejection by other means.



8. “New directive prohibiting Palestinians from exiting Gaza with food, toiletries or electronic devices:” All travelers need them, important for Gazans because of long travel times going anywhere outside the Strip.



9. “Lengthening of processing times on applications for permits:” They take two months or longer, Israel obstructing a procedure easy to permit smoothly.



10. “Increase in frequency and severity of ‘security interviews’ at Erez” crossing: All Palestinians permitted to travel outside the Strip endure grueling interrogations, their harshness toughened in recent years, making it harder to leave Gaza for any reasons.



Other restrictions were imposed last year, Gisha explained, including “a prohibition…on visits to prisoners allegedly affiliated with Hamas, fewer permits given as ‘holiday gestures’ during Eid al Adha and Christmas, extended closures of the crossings during Jewish holidays, and the closure of Erez as a punitive measure in response to rocket fire.” 



“While not all these tactics are new, we are concerned by the overall trend pointing to a severe and inexplicable tightening of the closure.”



Israel imposed over 10 years of suffocating blockade for political, not security, reasons – the world community complicit for failing intervene responsibly to end it.



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What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?

This is not the first such notice. Twenty-five years ago, in 1992, 1,700 scientists (including the majority of living Nobel laureates) sent a similarly worded warning to governmental leaders around the world. In ringing tones, they called for a recognition of the Earth’s fragility and a new ethic arising from the realization that “we all have but one lifeboat.”

This second warning contains a series of charts showing how utterly the world’s leaders ignored what they were told 25 years earlier. Whether it’s CO2 emissions, temperature change, ocean dead zones, freshwater resources, vertebrate species or total forest cover, the grim charts virtually all point in the same dismal direction, indicating continued momentum toward doomsday. The chart for marine catch shows something even scarier: In 1996, the catch peaked at 130 million tonnes and in spite of massively increased industrial fishing, it’s been declining ever since—a harbinger of the kind of overshoot that unsustainable exploitation threatens across the board.

Along with their warning, the scientists list a dozen or so examples of the kind of actions that could turn humanity’s trajectory around. These include indisputably necessary strategies such as halting the conversion of native habitats into farmland; restoring and rewilding ecologies; phasing out fossil fuel subsidies; and promoting dietary shifts toward plant-based foods. With the future of humanity at stake, why aren’t we already doing these things? What will it really take for our civilization to change course and save itself from destruction?

Ignoring Climate Breakdown

We can begin to answer that simply by looking at the media’s reception to this warning. With 15,000 scientists—including Jane Goodall, E. O. Wilson and James Hansen—declaring a potential catastrophe at hand, you might think this would make headlines everywhere. Think again. While it led to a few short articles in select publications around the world, with the one commendable exception of CNN, it was virtually ignored by American mainstream media.

This should hardly come as a surprise. In fact, global climate breakdown—perhaps the greatest existential threat faced by our civilization—is barely considered newsworthy on American television. In 2016, the hottest year on record, when the Paris agreement was signed and presidential candidates held widely differing opinions on climate change, the entire year’s climate coverage by all network news services in the U.S. amounted to less than an hour: a paltry 50 minutes, representing a 66 percent drop from the previous year.

How could that be? One reason is that, as a result of decades of massive industry consolidation, the U.S. media is controlled by a few large corporations. Like all shareholder-owned companies, their overriding concern is making profits, in this case from advertising dollars. The news services, once considered a hallowed responsibility administered for the public good, have been reduced to just another profit center—and it was decided that climate change news isn’t good for advertising revenue, especially since a big chunk of that comes from the fossil fuel and agribusiness companies responsible for much of the problem.

The Largest Ponzi Scheme in History

Which leads us to some of the underlying structural changes that need to occur if human civilization is to avoid collapse. The fundamental problem is brutally simple: Our world system is based on the premise of perpetual growth in consumption, which puts it on a collision course with the natural world. Either the global system has to be restructured, or we are headed for a catastrophe of immense proportions that has never been experienced in human history. However, the transnational corporations largely responsible for driving this trajectory are structurally designed to prevent the global changes that need to take place.

Something that is only dimly understood outside financial circles is that the vast bulk of the wealth enjoyed by the global elite is based on a fabrication: a belief in the future growth in earnings that corporations will deliver. For example, the current P/E ratio of the S&P; 500 is about 23, which means that investors are valuing companies at 23 times their earnings for this year. Another way of looking at it is that less than 5 percent of the wealth enjoyed by investors relates to current activity; the rest is based on the dream of future growth.

Historically, investors have been richly rewarded for this dream. The world’s economic output is roughly 20 times greater than it was in 1950, and market valuations have increased accordingly. But this is the same growth that is driving our civilization to collapse. Today’s market values are based on a belief that the world’s economic output will triple from its current level by 2060. That implies three times as much pillaging of the world’s resources than the rate that has led to the scientists’ dire warning to humanity. Something has to give.

Like any Ponzi scheme, this global growth frenzy is based on maintaining the illusion for as long as possible. Once it becomes clear that this rate of growth is truly unsustainable, the whole house of cards will come tumbling down. We saw in the 2008 financial meltdown a relatively tame dress rehearsal for what a full-scale financial collapse would look like.

This is what the global power brokers don’t want anyone to think about. It’s ultimately why the media obsesseswith Donald Trump’s latest tweets rather than the devastation caused by climate breakdown-induced hurricanes. Like passengers moving deckchairs on the Titanic, much of the world’s population has been hypnotized by a daily onslaught of celebrity spats and political feuds—anything to avoid the realization that we are all heading for collapse in order to keep the affluent in luxury. It is a testament to their success so far that, in the words of Slavoj Žižek, it is “easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”

Imagining the End of Capitalism

However, the only thing that will truly avert collapse will be a radical restructuring of the economic system that is driving us ever more rapidly to that precipice. This will only come about when enough of us are ready to jettison the consumer values that pervasive mainstream culture foists on us. In their place, we need to find other sources for meaning in our lives: growing the quality of our experiences rather than our consumption, building our communities together and reconnecting with the natural world.

On that basis, we’ll be better equipped to join in the struggle to save humanity—and the rest of the Earth—from the plundering envisaged by the perpetual growth frenzy of global corporate capitalism. There are plenty of alternative paths available to us—we just don’t hear about them because they never get the media’s attention. Most Americans, for example, are completely unaware that the little country of Costa Rica, with a GDP per capita less than one-fifth of the U.S., boasts a higher average life expectancy and scores far higher in levels of wellbeing—while producing 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

There is valuable work being done around the world in visualizing a future based on different principles than the current Ponzi scheme. Well-developed plans to avert climate breakdown include a state-by-state and nation-by-nation pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, and a Climate Mobilization Victory Plan to restructure the U.S. economy in a manner similar to what FDR accomplished after Pearl Harbor.

There are radically different ways for a society to function effectively that could apply to nations around the world if given half a chance. A flourishing future might involve more cooperative ventures, protection and expansion of the commons, and enhanced global governance with strict penalties for those who destroy ecological wellbeing. Collapse isn’t the only future in store for humanity—it’s merely the one we’re headed for unless and until we change course. Since the mainstream media isn’t going to get the word out, it has to be up to each of us who cares about the future of the human race. So, let’s get to it.

Jeremy Lent is author of “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning,” which investigates how different cultures have made sense of the universe and how their underlying values have changed the course of history. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a sustainable worldview.

Source Article from https://truththeory.com/2018/01/03/will-really-take-avoid-collapse/

Ron Paul Issues Dire Warning: U.S. ‘On the Verge of 1989’s Soviet System Collapse’

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Washington, D.C. – Never one to shy away from controversy, but often accurate assessments of fact, Ron Paul—who rose to prominence with presidential runs in both 2008 and 2012, running on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties message—made a monumental statement about the current state of the extremely dysfunctional U.S. political system, during an interview with the Washington Examiner, and noted how that could benefit libertarians in 2020.

“The big opening for us is the fact that this system is coming apart. We’re on the verge of something like what happened in ‘89 when the Soviet system just collapsed,” Paul said. “I’m just hoping our system comes apart as gracefully as the Soviet system.”

The “us” Paul is talking about is the libertarian movement, as Paul is perhaps the most prominent ideologically libertarian voice in the world.

The libertarian thought leader told the Washington Examiner that while he does not foresee the United States breaking into separate countries like the Soviet Union did, he does expect the coming systemic collapse to include an end to our currently unsustainable monetary policy and an end to the global “empire” maintained by the U.S. military—with over 800 bases operating in over 70 countries.

“We have ownership of these countries, but it’s not quite like the Soviets did,” Paul said. “I think our stature in the world and our empire will end, and that’s when, hopefully, the doors will be open and [people will] say, ‘Hey, maybe these libertarians have some answers to this.’”

Paul presciently noted that “the country’s feeling a lot better, but it’s all on borrowed money” and that the whole system’s an illusion” built on corporate, personal, and governmental debt that will never be paid back.

“It’s a bubble economy in many many different ways and it’s going to come unglued,” he said.

Paul calls the Federal Reserve “the chief culprit” in the financial crisis of 2008, and says the Fed’s willful printing of more currency under the guise of “quantitative easing,” or whatever other fancy name they use for printing money out of thin air, creates “boom” and “bust” scenarios which have eroded the value of the U.S. dollar to record lows amounting to a total loss of 96 percent of its value.

Paul went on to note that he disapproves of Trump’s foreign policy, in particular, his handling of the North Korean nuclear crisis and his staunch support for Saudi Arabia—who Trump, prior to becoming President, intimated on video was possibly behind the 9/11 WTC attacks.

“I think the foreign policy is a total disaster. Trump’s approach sounds good one day but the next day he’s antagonizing everyone in the world and thinks we should start a war here and there,” Paul told the Washington Examiner.

In a tweetstorm during a Trump speech back in February, Ron Paul laid waste to Trump’s warmongering and hypocrisy.

After running for the presidency on a platform that included getting the U.S. out of NATO, Trump—like all politicians do—switched his stance and began to promote it as a historic alliance.

“We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism,” Trump said.

The former congressman has a way of presenting the facts in a clear and compelling manner that is often extremely difficult to refute.

Paul said that he continues to view the U.S. as on a steady path to fascism.

“This time when we have a permanent war on terrorism there’s no backing off—and with the war on immigrants, and the borders,” Paul said. “Anybody who thinks we’re not doing too badly has not been flying on an airplane lately. That’s about as authoritarian-fascism as you can get.”

Sadly, many former Ron Paul supporters jumped on the Trump bandwagon, as they perceived him to be an outsider running against the status quo. As Paul describes it, the appearance of Trump has been a setback for the libertarian movement, but he maintains hope for the near future.

“The appearance of the libertarian movement has been set back partially because of Trump, but intellectually we’ve been doing well,” Paul told the Examiner, noting a substantial “hardcore nucleus.”

“We as libertarians have some work to do before [voters] are going to accept a true-blue libertarian,” he said, “but I think moving in that direction and having a popular candidate [in 2020] is very possible.”

“If they only hear our message, I know they would choose liberty and sound money and freedom and peace over the mess we have today,” Paul said.

Perhaps breaking up like the former Soviet Union is not that bad of an idea after all.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ron-paul-issues-dire-warning-america-verge-1989s-soviet-collapse/

America just got a minor sample of a grid down collapse at the Atlanta airport … Total chaos ensued

Image: America just got a minor sample of a grid down collapse at the Atlanta airport … Total chaos ensued

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Imagine what would happen if the power went out at the world’s busiest airport. Imagine how much chaos that would cause, and imagine how much confusion there would be, at least at first, regarding the source of the power outage. As it just so happens, you don’t have to imagine such a scenario at all; it happened in real life just days ago in Atlanta.

According to an official statement released on Sunday, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport sustained a power outrage right around 1:00 in the afternoon, the cause of which still remains under investigation. “The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for flights headed to ATL at this time, and many flights inbound to Atlanta are being diverted. A ground stop means that flights headed to Atlanta are held on the ground at their departure airport,” the statement read.

Video footage of the situation reveals exactly what you’d expect to see at an airport that experiences a power outage: massive crowds of confused and angry people. One video even showed a terminal starting to fill with smoke, and an employee giving out commands in an attempt to maintain as much order as possible. Reports have since indicated that the smoke came from a routine training exercise, but the source of the power outage is still a mystery.

But as chaotic as the situation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport was, and as frustrated and confused as travelers became, this power outage pales in comparison to what would happen if the entire country’s electrical grid were to one day collapse as a result of an EMP attack, cyber warfare, or some other external force. Imagine not having access to functioning freezers and refrigerators, making proper food storage, especially in the hotter southern states, nearly impossible. No power would also mean no way to heat our homes other than by way of the fireplace, no way to wash our clothes other than by way of a natural water source, and obviously, no lights to see in the dark.

And it gets even worse than that. With the electrical grids down, no one would be able to withdraw money from ATM machines and banks would be forced to close. Wall Street would no longer be able to function, and total economic collapse would be inevitable. This would essentially create a free-for-all environment in the United States, where people would loot, murder, and do just about anything else in order to survive. It would be utter chaos, especially for those who were unprepared from the start. (Related: U.S. power grid continues to be vulnerable to cyber attack, which would cause millions of innocent people to die.)

Thankfully, President Trump seems to be taking the threat of a nationwide collapse very seriously. Back in May, the Washington Free Beacon reported that our commander-in-chief has instructed the federal government to do whatever it takes to prepare for a potential cyber attack against America’s electric grid. The order came amid growing fears among the American people that a foreign attack would plunge the United States into darkness, and just two days after the commander of Cyber Command warned that America remains vulnerable to cyber attacks.

“Infiltrations in U.S. critical infrastructure—when viewed in the light of incidents like these—can look like preparations for future attacks that could be intended to harm Americans, or at least to deter the United States and other countries from protecting and defending our vital interests,” said Cyber command chief Adm. Mike Rogers, referring to an attempt by the Iranians to disrupt a dam in upstate New York back in 2013.

While the power outage that occurred in Atlanta last week was bad, all Americans should hope that it never happens on a national scale. If that happens, and our country is not prepared, then we are all in serious trouble.

Sources Included: 

TheGatewayPundit.com

FreeBeacon.com

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Russiagate and the collapse of Barack Obama’s war on Syria

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“Russia-gate” is the scream of a wounded U.S. empire – a military colossus that can destroy the planet many times over but was defeated in its war of regime change in Syria, despite killing half a million people and displacing a third of its population. Barack Obama was packaged as a “peace” candidate, but his real objective was to reverse the humiliation of his predecessor’s forced withdrawal from Iraq and thus maintain the image and substance of U.S. “primacy” in the world. U.S. public opinion, however, would not tolerate another massive mobilization of American ground forces in the region. Instead, Obama and his secretary of state and would-be successor, Hillary Clinton, partnered with the monarchies of the Persian Gulf, the most backward regimes on the planet, to transform the various flavors of al Qaida into a pro-western foreign legion: foot solders of imperialism.

The nature of the obscene alliance — although impossible to fully conceal, and rooted in U.S. policy since Jimmy Carter’s presidency — could not be spoken. Americans are conditioned to hate and fear all things Arab and Muslim (and, indeed, all people’s not sufficiently “white”). How could a U.S. administration align itself with the same forces that were blamed for 9/11? The same people that the CIA claimed had been harbored by Saddam Hussein? The same madmen that, we are told, want to kill Americans because they hate “our freedoms”? That’s way too much boggling for most American minds.

The very insanity of the idea helped to cloak the truth. The corporate media eagerly provided a full-blown counter-reality to suit imperial purposes. When the U.S. and its NATO and royal Arab allies became the air force for regime change in Libya, in 2011, the western press extolled the democratic virtues of the “rebels” on the ground — even as these heavily jihadist militias lynched and massacred Black Libyans and immigrant African workers by the thousands. (See BAR, “Slavery in Libya a Surprise?”). Lynching was the imperially-sanctioned order of the day, as Hillary Clinton confirmed on news of Muammar Gaddafi’s mutilation and murder. “We came, we saw, he died,” she said.

Many tens of thousands more Africans would die as captured Libyan arms found their way to jihadists throughout the northern tier of the continent, destabilizing much of the region and providing many future “missions” for the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), established just three years earlier.

Libyan jihadists were already showing up in Syria shortly after the U.S.-NATO bombing campaign ended, in October of 2011, joining other “freedom fighters” from around the world. The eastern part of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, fell to Islamist forces in 2012.

The U.S. and its European, Turkish and royal Arab allies poured so much money and arms into the Syrian cauldron that a faction of al Qaida was empowered to declare a caliphate in the territory it captured from the Syrian army — just as was predicted in 2012 by analysts of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The DIA memo, revealed three years later , said the emergence of a caliphate — the Islamic State — seemed to be “exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

The U.S. imperial war machine was on the roll again in the Mideast, with the two al Qaida factions — al Nusra and the Islamic State — by far the most effective fighters. This is Barack Obama’s grotesque legacy.

Three years later, it was Vladimir Putin who forced the U.S. to deploy its massive bombing power against the “rogue” Islamic State faction of al Qaida when the Russian leader denounced Washington’s double-game before the 2015 annual meeting of the United Nations general assembly. “No one but [Syrian] President Assad’s forces and Kurdish militia are truly fighting the Islamic state and other terrorist organizations inside Syria,” said Putin . The Islamic State’s profitable sale of captured Syrian oil to Turkey was conducted in broad daylight, immune to U.S. airpower. ISIS oil tankers traveled freely under open skies. “The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon” [to Turkey], said the Russian president, who called for creation of “a genuinely broad international coalition” to bring to defeat the jihadist terrorists and bring peace to Syria.

Putin had exposed the U.S. alliance with al Qaida on the world stage, and intervened with his own air force at the request of the legitimate and recognized Syrian government, in full accordance with international law.

A little over a year later, in late 2016, when Aleppo was liberated from the jihadists, the western corporate media cried and fumed over the terrorists’ withdrawal from the city, as if the United States and its allies had been routed – which was, in fact, the case. Washington’s alliance with jihadists — the Obama-Clinton scheme to reverse George Bush’s humiliation in Iraq and empower the U.S. to shut the Russians (and Chinese) out of the Middle East – was in ruins.

U.S. imperialism was, indeed, in acute crisis — worse than when Bush was forced out of Iraq. The eclipse of United States “primacy” in the world was now painfully palpable. Further complicating this historic debacle, the Republican president-elect was an unpredictable outsider who had rhetorically questioned the bipartisan ruling class consensus on regime change, economic warfare (“free trade” treaties, crippling sanctions) and relentless hostility toward Russia. He would have to be contained, co-opted, or neutralized. Fortunately for the War Party -now decisively Democratic — Trump is eminently demonizable, and truly deserving of almost any insult.

“Russia-gate” was invented, almost out of whole cloth, in near panic and without benefit of evidence, to create the political climate to sustain the military offensive begun by Obama back in 2011. Having lost their jihadist war option in Syria and Iraq — and with less “soft” power by the day — U.S. imperialism feels it must now more aggressively deploy its strategic/nuclear throw-weight and its powers of economic strangulation, or lose the ability to dictate global affairs. The U.S. public must be made to see the threat to U.S. global supremacy as existential — as do the imperialists. Thus, the Russians have invaded “our democracy”; their interventions in U.S. internal affairs amount to a “Pearl Harbor”; or, as Morgan Freeman, the God-poser, intones, “We have been attacked. We are at war.”

It follows that anybody that says differently should be silenced or locked up.

“Russia-gate,” the howling disinformation machine, is a lie born of many lies — most immediately, the criminal U.S. partnership with al Qaida in Libya and Syria, perhaps the biggest lie and mass media cover-up of the 21st century: the Mother of all Fake News.

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In the Face of Economic Collapse, Massive Tent Cities Are Appearing In the West

As a sign of the times, massive tent cities are appearing in the West. Home prices and rent continue to escalate, however, fewer and fewer and people can afford a place to live. How serious is the rpoblem, the answers are in the following video.

 

 

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Seeds Of America’s Collapse

Seeds Of America’s Collapse

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Seeds Of America’s Collapse
November 1, 2017

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200 N Koreans killed at nuclear test site collapse – Japanese media (VIDEO)

Citing Japan’s TV Asahi, Reuters reports that 100 workers were affected by the initial collapse, which is thought to have occurred around September 10, a week after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful test at the Punggye-ri test site, in the north-east of the country.

Citing unnamed sources, TV Asahi reports that a second collapsed then occurred during a rescue operation, bringing the potential death toll to more than 200. RT has so far been unable to verify these numbers.

The reports come as experts warned that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test at its mountainous test site, it could collapse the area and lead to a leak of radioactive materials.

South Korea’s weather agency chief, Nam Jae-cheol, made the remarks during a parliamentary audit regarding a possible implosion at the Punggye-ri test site, where its neighbor to the north has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006.

“Based on our analysis of satellite imagery, we judge that there is a hollow space, which measures about 60 to 100 meters (in length), at the bottom of Mount Mantap in the Punggye-ri site,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.

“So, should another nuke test occur, there is the possibility (of a collapse),” he said, adding that should the test site be struck by an earthquake it could trigger the release of nuclear material.

Nam’s warnings echo those of Chinese geologists who in September reportedly warned their North Korean counterparts of a potentially catastrophic collapse of the site, should they conduct another test there.

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