06/24/17

American prisoner released by North Korea dies after torture in captivity

By: James Simpson | BombThrowers

Our hearts go out to the family of Otto Frederick Warmbier, the young American detained by North Korea in January 2016, who died today, just six days following his release from North Korean captivity. He was returned to the U.S. in a coma, which apparently he had been in since his sentencing in March 2016. “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” the family said in a statement today.

Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda banner, and was sentenced last year to 15 years of hard labor. The U.S. Department of State negotiated his release, which, according to the North Koreans, was authorized “on humanitarian grounds.” In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Otto’s father Fred Warmbier said they received invaluable help from the Trump administration and special U.S. envoy Joseph Y. Yun, who interceded on their behalf. “He was very helpful to Cindy and I, and we are really thankful for him. We’re also thankful to [Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson and President Trump. They wanted Otto home, and Cindy and I believe they made this happen, so we’re thankful for that.”

Warmbier had no such praise for the Obama administration, which sat on its hands for the entire time Otto was incarcerated and counseled a “do nothing” approach. When asked about the Obama administration’s efforts, Warmbier said, “I think the results speak for themselves.” Following the kangaroo court’s verdict, the family said they heard nothing from or about their son for 15 months. But, all along, Otto was comatose and the North Koreans knew it.

We can only conclude the North Koreans inflicted the neurological damage he suffered and put him into that coma. That’s what the Stalinist hellhole does to prisoners.

North Korea claims Warmbier became sick with botulism shortly after being sentenced, but doctors say his coma was the result of “severe neurological injury.” In a public statement, Dr. Daniel Kantier of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Otto was being treated, said it was likely caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest, where the blood supply to the brain is inadequate for a period of time resulting in the death of brain tissue.” Doctors did not speculate on how Warmbier sustained his injuries, but a New York Times article paraphrased “a senior administration official” saying that “the United States obtained intelligence reports in recent weeks indicating that Mr. Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten while in North Korean custody.”

Fred Warmbier told Carlson that his son became comatose almost immediately after his trial. “Apparently the day after he was sentenced he went into a coma, for some reason. I don’t have any particulars,” he said.

It is thus likely that torture began almost as soon as they could get their hands on him. The Warmbier family certainly believes he was tortured in prison and that torture was the cause of his death: “The awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”

President Trump issued a statement after the 22-year-old student’s death:

Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.

It needs to be said that communists and communism are the evolutionary endpoint to human depravity. I am never surprised by communist behavior, though frequently repulsed and often outraged — especially since some in our government apparently believe that it’s okay to treat them as equals, or in Obama’s case, even as superiors. But they are bottom-dwellers, the protoplasmic incarnation of human excrement. Witness what is going on today in our country: the congressional shooting, the violent Antifa attacks on Americans (many staged by our delightful Democratic Party), the relentless vilification of everything good about our great nation, the enthusiastic assistance to our enemies in Russia, China, and Iran, and so much more. You are witnessing communists on a leash.

North Korea is what happens when the leash is removed.

I know people who have traveled to North Korea. I tell them they are crazy. There is nothing on earth worse than a North Korean prison. The prison system has been described as a modern-day Auschwitz. Prisoners, mostly there for political purposes, are starved, raped, tortured, and murdered. If someone is jailed or executed for political dissidence, three generations of the family are punished as well, including children. One eyewitness described how a friend’s mother was executed for watching a James Bond movie. The Committee for Human Rights in Korea estimates about 200,000 political prisoners and forced laborers inhabit the prison camps, where 400,000 have died over the past 30 years.

The State Department recommends against travel to North Korea in stern, sobering terms:

The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). U.S. citizens in the DPRK are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement. This system imposes unduly harsh sentences for actions that would not be considered crimes in the United States and threatens U.S. citizen detainees with being treated in accordance with “wartime law of the DPRK.”

According to State, “[a]t least 16 U.S. citizens have been detained in North Korea in the past ten years. North Korean authorities have detained those who traveled independently and those who were part of organized tours.”

Three Americans remain in North Korean prisons – that we know of.

06/24/17

McCabe’s FBI Hosts Gay Pride Summit

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

The FBI may not be able to detect and prevent left-wing violence directed at Republicans playing baseball. But it sure knows how to pander to and entertain the LGBTQ community with a full-blown conference featuring discussions about the oppressive “identity hierarchy.”

In an amazing development, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran with Hillary’s support for the state senate in Virginia, has now put the entire FBI apparatus at the disposal of a key Democratic Party constituency group, the LGBTQ lobby, with “Q” meaning queer.

It is a direct affront to the conservative Christians who voted for President Donald Trump.

McCabe welcomed the homosexuals, transgenders, and others in Bonaparte Auditorium at FBI headquarters, an Office of Director of National Intelligence press release said.

The news media did not cover the FBI’s sexuality event but, as fellow progressives, they must be extremely pleased with the fact that various sexual perversities are being embraced by the intelligence community under Trump, just as they were under Obama.

A top official of the Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Obama for election and re-election, was present at the June 15 event to headline the sixth annual “Intelligence Community (IC) Pride.” The official, Nicole Cozier, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Human Rights Campaign, previously worked for Planned Parenthood.

McCabe, who actually had a role supervising the aborted FBI investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails, took over the FBI when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

At the time the FBI dropped the case against Mrs. Clinton, Hillary confidant and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had directed almost $800,000 into the political coffers of McCabe’s wife, candidate Jill McCabe. Her opponent, Republican State Senator Dick Black, commented that he was astonished that she was able to eventually raise $1.8 million. “How convenient for your husband to be a high-ranking FBI official with lots of potential influence,” he said.

Black said McCabe was “unqualified to serve as Deputy Director of the FBI, or in any position of trust in the United States Government.”

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has said that reports of a McCabe meeting with McAuliffe, “and his wife’s subsequent campaign for public office being substantially funded by McAuliffe’s organization, raise serious questions about his ability to appear impartial.”

But he’s still at the FBI and is now acting director, presiding over bizarre sexual topics, such as a breakout session at the FBI diversity symposium entitled, “In-Between: Deconstructing the Binary and Ditching the Identity Hierarchy.”

It’s not exactly clear what this means, but the topic is apparently part of what is called Queer Theory, which holds that the “construction of identities helps societies make sense of the world by putting information into categories with the hopes of maintaining social order.”

Why this should be a topic of concern at the FBI is disturbing, to say the least.

Another breakout session was titled, “Intersectionality Working group Inaugural Meeting,” with intersectionality being defined as individuals with “multiple identities” that “interact with each other, including race/ethnicity, income, gender, sexual orientation and gender non-conformity.”

In addition to these bizarre sexual topics, former Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats, President Trump’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI), sent remarks through an aide totally embracing the Obama LGBTQ agenda. “Because the IC’s mission is to protect our country by understanding the complexities of the world,” he said, “I would argue that we need the widest pool of talent—including the officers we are celebrating here today.”

Under Obama, the “widest pool of talent” has included transgenders, such as former Army intelligence analyst Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of espionage but released from prison.

“The bedrock of the Intelligence Community is our credibility,” the FBI’s McCabe said. “To maintain that credibility, we must understand and reflect the people we protect, across the full spectrum of diversity that is the strength of this country. We all need to be allies, to walk in each other’s shoes, to try to understand what it’s like, for example, to be gay, a person of color, or transgender or all of these at the same time.”

Critics say the FBI’s credibility should rest in identifying and preventing terrorist attacks and violent incidents carried out by extremists.

In the wake of left-winger James Hodgkinson opening fire on a group of Republican members of Congress, the FBI has been appealing for help in determining his motive and plans while he was plotting the massacre. Hodgkinson had openly advertised his desire to “terminate” or “destroy” President Trump and his fellow Republicans. Based on his online Internet activity and Facebook likes and friends, it appears he is not alone in these beliefs. He was an avid viewer of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

But while the FBI appears to be unable or unwilling to investigate the potential for violence in left-wing networks, the FBI and other intelligence agencies appear to have plenty of resources available to encourage “diversity” and “inclusion.”

“Notably,” the FBI press release said, “this year’s event included speakers from outside the IC.” It named Nicole Cozier of the Human Rights Campaign and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), the second Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress. Other speakers were Deputy Director of National Intelligence Dawn Eilenberger and Office of Naval Intelligence Commander Rear Admiral Robert Sharp,

While DNI Coats was not able to attend in person, his prepared remarks included the statement that “Since my confirmation as DNI, I have been impressed with spirit of service that permeates the IC. As I get to know more IC officers, I am struck by the wide variety of backgrounds that enrich our workforce. You may have heard that I referred to the position of DNI as akin to the head coach of a football team, with each agency director playing the role of a coach with unique expertise. But the buck stops with me for the whole team, and you have my word that I will do everything to empower each of you, including defending the law of the land and anyone who feels any discrimination. I’m sorry I could not be here today, and I am proud to lead our team.”

The “anyone who feels any discrimination” is a catch-all phrase that seems to allow sexual minorities to demand jobs and promotions based on their particular needs at any given time. What this has to do with stopping jihadist activity and left-wing violence was not explained in the official press release.

Using the hashtag #LGBTSpies, the Office of the DNI has drawn attention to employees who “fight for marriage equality” and intelligence agents “fighting the good fight from the inside.” The DNI calls them “Secret agents of change.” None of this seems designed to identify and defeat America’s foreign enemies.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/23/17

Ossoff’s Defeat is a Win for America!

By: Lloyd Marcus

Did the Russians hack the Georgia election? Leftists are all over media creating straw-men to disguise the simple truth that voter’s have rejected their treasonous Trump resistance movement. Jon Ossoff losing in Georgia is the 5th election Democrats have lost since Trump’s shocking crashing defeat of Hillary. Losing the Georgia race has to be particularly painful because once again, Leftists lied to themselves and their base that Ossoff would surely win just like they did with Hillary.

My question is how crazy will Democrats’ official Resistance Summer domestic terrorism become after their devastating loss in Georgia? Thus far, Leftists have mock beheaded Trump; mock put a bullet in his head; mock stabbed Trump, dreamed of beating Trump with a golf club; talked about blowing up the WH, physically attacked Trump voters; kidnapped/tortured a Trump supporter and gunned down Republicans while practicing for a charity baseball game.

Leftists are disappointed, desperate, deranged and overflowing with hatred for our president and his supporters; an extremely dangerous mix of emotions. How much lower will Leftists take their depravity and violence?

My fellow Americans, I wish to express my deep heartfelt thanks for your help stopping Jon Ossoff, “Nasty” Pelosi’s latest anti-Trump minion. A handful of Hollywood Leftists spent mega-millions to help their Great Leftist Hope candidate win the Georgia congressional seat. Ossoff could not vote for himself because he does not live in the 6th district. Masters of deception, Democrats pretended their national Leftist push for Ossoff represented the thinking of Georgia voters. They lied.

My wife Mary and I spent months in Georgia with the Conservative Campaign Committee in their boots-on-the-ground effort to inspire Georgia voters to “drop the remote and vote.” We ran radio ads on major stations, conducted numerous sign waving sessions at busy intersections, sent out mailers, organized phone-from-phone, produced videos and tons of social media. We left no stones un-turned to get votes for Republican Karen Handel.

Brothers and sisters who love America, we cannot let up. Rest assured, Leftists will triple down on their insane efforts to remove our president. We must stay engaged. Republicans must continue to vote in large numbers, not taking any of the upcoming races for granted. Again, thanks for you help carrying Karen Handel across the finish line. God bless.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist
http://LloydMarcus.com

06/23/17

Is The Most Obvious Conclusion Being Ignored?

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

The second quarter is almost over. The largest capitalized momentum technology growth companies have greatly outperformed during this period, albeit there has been considerable volatility during the past two weeks. As the quarter concludes, earnings may become the predominate variable for market direction.

According to Bloomberg, value stocks are now expected to see stronger profit expansion than growth stocks, or companies viewed as having high potential for share appreciation based upon the perception that superior earnings growth will last forever.

It is because of this belief of superior earnings growth to infinity and beyond that is why many of the momentum technology growth issues are trading at earnings considerably higher as compared to the market as well as to their historical basis.

By definition, value stocks are cheaper than their growth peers, a price divergence that has become even more acute during the last two months.

If the above materializes—value stocks earnings grow at a greater pace than growth stocks — there could be a massive transition in the immediacy, a transition amplified by the dearth of ownership of value shares and the gargantuan ownership of the mega size technology growth.

Is this what the volatility of the last two weeks is suggesting?

Many years ago, a very well-known investor commented “the most obvious conclusions are those which are ignored.”

As noted many times, mega size momentum technology growth issues have greatly outperformed almost every other vehicle. The ownership in the five largest names is at historical proportions. If the above scenario materializes, perhaps the phrase “the most obvious conclusion was ignored” did occur.

Commenting on yesterday’s market activity, most markets were relatively quiet.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.37%, Paris was down 0.60% and Frankfurt was down 0.72%. China was up 0.33%, Japan was up 0.11% and Hang Sang was down 0.02%.

The Dow should open flat. The 10-year is unchanged at 2.15%.

06/22/17

Life Is Stranger Than Fiction

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

Life is stranger than fiction. Bloomberg recently published an article written by an algorithmic trader. While I did not learn anything new, the author’s comments validated many beliefs. For example, the author stated inputted variables reflect only the perpetuation of the status quo. There is no macroeconomic or geopolitical foresight, security analysis, only the extension of the current.

The author further stated that the predominate “algo” models have created considerable volatility beneath the surface, a point discussed and validated last week by several indices. Volatility on the surface however is virtually nonexistent.

Moreover the author indicated the potential of large imbalances, signaling the outsized influence technology shares have upon such models and the probability of sharp volatility in very under owned sectors such as energy and finance.

In my view, Tuesday evening, an event occurred that may have a profound impact. Media outlets used words such as “stunning,” “unexpected,” “surprising,” “abrupt,” to describe the events. Saudi Arabia elevated the 31 year-old prince to Heir. His rival’s power was reduced to nothing.

The statement the 31 year-old made I think is economically significant. He retroactively reinstated all allowances and bonuses that were cancelled or suspended to civil servants and military personal. In other words the 18-month austerity program was entirely shelved and repaid.

Regarding Iran, the newly crowned leader increased the rhetoric, vowing to “take the battle” to the Shiite-ruled country.

Monday, Bank America wrote the kingdom would face “severe fiscal distress” if oil prices remained at $45/barrel for the next 12 months. This pronouncement was made before the return of yesterday’s status quo of transfer payments.

Yesterday, Iran commented and recommended deeper production cuts are required to boost oil. Currently, OPEC’s compliance to production cuts is 108% and non-OPEC countries are at 100%.

Both of the events are not factored into algorithmic models. Oil yesterday traded off inventory data, which on the surface was bullish, but was later interpreted as negative. For informational purposes, inventories fell for the 10th time in 11 weeks and are now down to the lowest level in four months according to the EIA.

If yesterday’s events occurred five years ago, oil would have surged.

Oil represents the lowest percentage of the S & P 500’s capitalization since 2004… 6% and down from 16% in 2008. Oil the commodity is down about 22% from its February peak, the vast majority of the drop has occurred since May 25, or the date OEPC extended its production cuts.

I rhetorically ask is there an imbalance in the ownership of oil shares, an imbalance that may cause an outsized advance as the result of algorithmic trading if any positive event unfolds, a scenario discussed by the algo trader?

I think the odds of such are over 50%.

Commenting about market action, yesterday was the inverse of two days ago….the NASDAQ advanced about 0.70% while the Dow fell about 0.25%.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.36%, Paris was down 0.28% and Frankfurt was down 0.01%. China was down 0.28%, Japan was down 0.14% and Hang Sang was down 0.08%.

The Dow should open quietly lower. The 10-year is unchanged at a 2.16% yield.

06/22/17

Can the GOP Pass a Healthcare Bill in the Current Environment?

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media

While the media are enjoying what they say is Republican hypocrisy over their process to pass a Senate version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is little attention being paid to the substance of the debate. President Donald Trump didn’t help matters when he muddied the waters, first saying that the House version of the bill, which he had enthusiastically supported, was too “mean,” and now saying he wants the Senate version to have “more heart.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised reporters a “discussion draft” of the bill later this week. In the meantime, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and many Democrats are blasting the bill as heartless and cruel. The toxic political atmosphere is not making matters any easier.

When former President Barack Obama spoke before a Berlin audience last month, he defended his signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, as having helped to insure 20 million people previously uninsured, and allegedly bettering the lives of millions of Americans. The media continue to portray such progress, of course, as imperiled by Congressional Republicans in league with an uncaring Trump who are currently locked in a debate over the merits of—and possible reforms for—a law that progressives believe must be protected.

“Certainly, I have some regrets that we weren’t able to get everyone healthcare, and obviously some of the progress that we made is now imperiled because there’s still a significant debate taking place in the United States,” said Obama in Berlin. “But the point, though, is that for those 20 million people their lives have been better and we’ve set a standard of what’s possible that people can then build on.”

How many lives have been made worse? The standard set by Obamacare has been one of skyrocketing premiums, high deductibles, and undercutting business owners’ willingness to hire full-time workers. As we have previously noted, Mort Zuckerman, the chairman and editor of U.S. News and World Report, writing for The Wall Street Journal, argued that “Many employers cut workers’ hours to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 hours a week or more.”

We have reported on how the mainstream media sought to protect Obamacare and influence the Supreme Court’s decision regarding health care subsidies—a decision which could potentially have gutted Obamacare. Soon there will be a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the Senate version which will, as with the House version, be held up as proof that the bill will lead to higher costs and less health care.

“Republicans have often knocked Obamacare for having such high deductibles that enrollees don’t really have coverage even though they have an insurance card,” reported CNN. “The CBO notes that under the GOP bill, many older Americans and those who use services that were no longer covered would find themselves in the same boat.”

Of course, CNN is casting past complaints about Obamacare as Republican propaganda rather than fact. But even The New York Times published an article about how Americans couldn’t afford their deductibles under Obamacare.

Guy Benson of Townhall called the media and CBO out for the false numbers and fake news. “In short, the large bulk of those who are said to be ‘losing’ coverage do not currently have coverage,” he writes (emphasis in original). “You cannot ‘lose’ something that you don’t have.”

It all comes down to how the CBO counts the insured. “So when you take away the people who already don’t have coverage under Obamacare but who CBO has decided would hypothetically do so in the years ahead, and substitute actual enrollment numbers for CBO’s outdated and disproven projections, only a few million of the ‘23 million’ would actually lose existing coverage—and these people would receive tax credits to purchase new plans, many of which would cost less under the AHCA,” writes Benson (emphasis in original). He adds, “We should also point out that millions who’d ‘lose’ coverage would do so voluntarily, affirmatively choosing not to buy a product that the government is no longer forcing them to purchase.”

Doug Badger and Grace-Marie Turner made a similar observation in a Forbes article discussing the findings of their recent paper. “Although CBO itself acknowledges that this latest prediction is ‘especially uncertain,’ one thing is especially certain: CBO is wrong,” they write. The former is a senior fellow at the Galen Institute, and Turner is the president of that institute. The CBO report on the health care bill states that “the estimates discussed in this document are uncertain.”

According to Turner and Badger, the CBO has repeatedly made errors when predicting the number of people who would enroll in Obamacare: “No matter, CBO forecasts that this year, 15 million people will sign up for Obamacare policies. The actual number as of March 31: 10.4 million, little changed from December. But there’s always next year when, CBO assures us, enrollment will abruptly skyrocket to 18 million.”

They write that the CBO report measures the health care bill against this erroneous and “imaginary baseline.” In other words, CBO is scoring the House bill against fictional predictions in order to cast the bill as wanting.

“The presumed 8 million reduction in the number of people with individual insurance looks more like an artifact of inflated coverage estimates than the consequence of Obamacare repeal,” write Badger and Turner.

Nonetheless, the media have used these numbers to bludgeon the Trump administration for imperiling and potentially harming Americans. Slate ran with the headline, “CBO Confirms That the Republican Health Care Bill Is Still a Garbage Dump of Bad Ideas.”

“Republicans have mostly just rearranged the rusted cans and busted tires in their garbage dump of a law,” comments Jordan Weissmann for Slate.

One reason the CBO “gets it so wrong so consistently,” according to Badger and Galen, “is its fervent belief that the individual mandate has motivated millions to enroll in coverage.” But, they report, “…4.2 million people simply ignored the penalty. They left line 61 on their form 1040 blank, refusing to tell the government whether or not they had insurance.”

There is confusion among the senators at this late date as to who is actually writing the bill. A lot of conservatives in Congress will likely hold their noses and vote for the new legislation, to try to give the Republicans a needed win. They don’t believe it is the role of the federal government to guarantee that everyone has health insurance, and to then try to redistribute wealth to help pay for it. But we’re well past that discussion.

Those in the media claiming that 23 million Americans will lose health care coverage under the House bill are simply trying to protect Obama’s legacy, regardless of how flawed or ineffective Obamacare has been since it became law. Once again, the media publish fake news in support of the Democratic Party and its agenda. Remember this when the new CBO figures come out next week.


Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. He can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Roger Aronoff.

06/22/17

Why the Russians Conceived the Global Warming Scam

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

One of my duties at Accuracy in Media (AIM) has been to expose left-wingers in the media and Congress who were soft on the old Soviet Union and are now acting like hard-liners on Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It is a fascinating topic which exposes the duplicity of the left-wing obsession with Russia.

These people, who were soft on the Soviet Union and now hard on Russia, are the worst kind of hypocrites. Their hypocrisy is further demonstrated by the abundant evidence that the global warming or climate change theory, which they now embrace, was conceived by Soviet communists as a means by which to destroy the industrial base in the United States. This disinformation theme has been embraced by the liberals now claiming to be tough on Russia.

Don’t take my word for it. When Natalie Grant Wraga died in 2002 at the age of 101, The Washington Post recognized her expertise as a Soviet expert, noting that she was “born in czarist Russia, saw great upheaval in her native land and became an expert in unmasking Soviet deception methods for the State Department…”

But the Post would not admit that fact in today’s political climate.

The liberal Economist magazine wrote, “She was perhaps the only person alive in the West who could claim such an intimate knowledge of Russian political thinking, from tsarist times to the collapse of the Soviet Union.” She commented, “Many people are studying the past, but very few are studying the present. Keep your eyes open and your ears open.”

This is good advice. One of the great Soviet/Russian deceptions, Wraga wrote, was the idea that humans were changing the climate and that humans could save the earth through socialism. She said, “…protection of the environment has become the principal tool for attack against the West.”

In her 1998 article, “Green Cross: Gorbachev and Enviro-Communism,” Wraga, who dropped her last name and wrote under the byline Natalie Grant, explains in detail how the Soviet deception campaign, using the climate as an organizing tool, was developed. It was launched after the so-called collapse of the Soviet state, when Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, embarked on an environmental crusade, using the United Nations and other international organizations.

The veteran journalist Wes Vernon wrote about Grant’s research in this area, in an article entitled, “The Marxist Roots of the Global Warming Scare.”

The big event, as Grant called it, was a Moscow conference in January, 1990. As Time magazine described it, “At a meeting of the Global Forum in Moscow in 1990, when he was still Soviet President, Gorbachev proposed an organization roughly analogous to the International Red Cross to contend with environmental problems that cross national boundaries.” Among the guests and speakers was then-U.S. senator and future vice president Al Gore.

Talk about “collusion” with the Russians! Where was the FBI investigation?

The collusion took place through the Global Forum and various United Nations conferences, including the Earth Summit of 1992, giving rise to the concept of “sustainable development,” another way to describe socialism.

Grant wrote, “Protection of the environment may be used as a pretext to adopt a series of measures designed to undermine the industrial base of developed nations. It may also serve to introduce malaise by lowering their standard of living and implanting communist values.”

Grant predicted how this campaign would proceed, using “nightmarish” pictures of floods, scorched earth, disease and death, unless drastic action was taken at the international level to curb industrial activity in the capitalist West.

She said the campaign would be driven by Moscow’s sympathizers or dupes in “science,” academia, “and the slavishly obedient Establishment media,” all for the purpose of forcing the United States and other Western countries “to accept measures and regulations harmful to the Western world.”

In short, for communism to succeed, capitalism would have to be portrayed as based on exploitation—but not of man, as the old Marxist theory held. Rather, capitalism was now exploiting the earth! The whole purpose of this dogma has been to inhibit global capitalism, the only system that has proven capable of meeting the growing needs of expanding populations. But this time the claim was that human economic progress threatened the environment because of the capitalist model on which it was based.

Hence, President Obama’s Paris climate change agreement was designed to curtail U.S. industrial expansion while sending foreign aid to the rest of the world. It was a Marxist plan that benefited Russia, a major oil and gas producer.

On June 1, when he announced pulling out of the climate change agreement, President Donald Trump put his finger on the key problem, which was deliberately part of the plan. He attacked “the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country” while creating a so-called Green Climate Fund which would cost the United States “a vast fortune” to be sent to the other nations of the world.

In other words, Trump’s pull-out from the agreement works AGAINST Russian interests and those of the global socialists.

Nevertheless, the propaganda campaign continues. In July, Netflix releases the film “Chasing Coral,” which attempts to blame man for “dramatically changing” and losing coral reefs in the world’s oceans on a global scale. With carbon emissions said to be “warming the seas,” the audience will be told of the “catastrophe” that is “silently raging underwater” unless we wake up and dramatically restrict our lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Ohio State University has released a “study” in the Journal of Peace Research suggesting that climate change could lead to “food violence.” One of the authors is quoted in an Ohio State University press release as saying, “Development aid is important now and it is likely to be even more important in the future as we look for ways to increase climate resilience.”

In other words, the United States must pay more to the other nations of the world. This is global socialism.

It looks like the “nightmarish” scenarios predicted by Natalie Grant are not yet at an end.

But when will the liberals wake up? Answer: they won’t. Like James Hodgkinson, a true believer in the global warming theory, they want to “tax the rich” in their own country and will shoot to kill those who stand in the way of this global redistribution scheme.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/22/17

Global Blackouts, Anywhere in the World, Courtesy Russia

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Fitful sleep last night after reading a very long detailed piece on Russian hackers versus Ukraine. Why, well the same tools and language they use have been found on American infrastructure and systems. Last thoughts before sleep were those of life before the internet and how people get emails with attachments that should never be opened. The short summary is just below. The more detailed and terrifying truth follows. It is a long summary, must be read…it is something like a cyber Hitchcock Twilight Zone disaster thriller, but it happened and happened often.

Further, during a hearing in the House with former DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson revealed a couple of key facts. One is told that during the election cycle, when the DNC hack, officials on numerous requests refused assistance, cooperation and discussions with DHS and FBI about foreign cyber intrusions. What was the DNC hiding? The other fact is Obama had the full details in intelligence briefings daily leading into November and December and refused to tell the country about Russian interference. He waited until after the elections and into December to take action. Why?

Okay, read on….

Russia’s New Cyber Weapon Can Cause Blackouts Anywhere in the World

Hackers working with the Russian government have developed a cyber weapon that can disrupt power grids, U.S researchers claim. The cyber weapon has the potential to be absolutely disruptive if used on electronic systems necessary for the daily functioning of American cities.

The malicious software was used to shut down one-fifth of the electric power generated in Kiev, Ukraine last December. Called ‘CrashOverride’ the malware only briefly disrupted the power system but its potential was made clear.

With development, the cyber weapon could easily be used against U.S with devastating effects on transmission and distribution systems.

Sergio Caltagirone, director of threat intelligence for Dragos, a cybersecurity firm that examined the malware said, “It’s the culmination of over a decade of theory and attack scenarios, it’s a game changer.”

Dragos has dubbed the group of hackers who created the bug and used it in Ukraine, Electrum. The group and the virus have also been under scrutiny by cyber intelligence firm, FireEye, headed by John Hultquist. Hultquist’s company has nicknamed the group Sandworm and are keeping watch for clues of another attack.

The news of the malware comes in the middle of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s influence on the recent Presidential election. The Russian government is accused of trying to influence the outcome of the election by hacking hundreds of political organizations and leveraging social media.

While there is no hard evidence yet, U.S. officials believe the disruptive power hackers are closely connected to the Russian Government. U.S. based energy sector experts agree the malware is a huge concern and concede they are seeking ways to combat potential attacks.

“U.S utilities have been enhancing their cybersecurity, but attacker tools like this one pose a very real risk to reliable operation of power systems,”said Michael Assante, who worked at Idaho National Labs and is former chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

CrashOverride

CrashOverride is only the second known instance of malware specifically designed to destroy or disrupt industrial control systems. The U.S. and Israel worked together to create Stuxnet, a bug designed to disrupt Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

Robert M. Lee, chief executive of Dragos believes CrashOverride could be manipulated to attack other types of industrial control such as gas or water, though there has been no demonstration of that yet. But the sophistication of the entire operation is undeniable. The hackers had the resources to only develop the malware but to test it too.

The malware works by scanning for critical components that operate circuit breakers, then opening these breakers, which stops the flow of electricity. It continues to keep the circuit breakers open, even if a grid operator tries to close them. CrashOverride also cleverly comes with a “wiper” component that erases the existing software on the computer system that controls the circuit breakers. This forces the grid operator to revert to manual operations, which means a longer and more sustained power outage.

Potential outages could last a few hours and probably not more than a couple of days as U.S. power systems are designed to have high manual override capabilities necessary in extreme weather.

As mentioned above, you need to read the full detailed version here and just how the FBI, global cyber experts at the request of Ukraine worked diligently for accurate attribution to a Russian cyber force intruding on power systems. Hat tip to these experts and the story needs to go mainstream, as we are in a cyber war, the depths impossible to fully comprehend. Ukraine is the target and cyber incubation center for Russian cyber terrorists where they test, review, adapts and keep going without consequence.

Okay, read it all here. Hat tip for the detailed summary and the people doing quiet investigative cyber work.

06/21/17

Welcome To The First Day Of Summer

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

In some regards, yesterday was a quiet day. Oil slipped on concerns of a continuing supply glut, the NASDAQ fell about 0.50% while the Dow was essentially unchanged.

Is the NASDAQ topping out? The recent volatility may suggest a peak has been achieved. Typically, a stock/sector reaches an intermediate apex when there is a violent recovery following a moderate selloff. If a pattern of lower highs and lower lows occur, then the odds of a prolonged period of underperformance increases.

Regarding oil, oil is now in a bear market falling about 21% from its highest close for the year, on February 24th at $54.45/barrel. The vast majority of the decline has occurred since May 25th or the date that OPEC extended its production cuts until March 2018.

What will happen today?

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.62%, Paris was down 0.89% and Frankfurt was down 0.59%. China was up 0.52%, Japan was down 0.45% and Hang Sang was down 0.57%.

The Dow should open nominally lower. Oil shares have tumbled in 2017 on fears that the supply glut will persist. Oil shares now account for just 6% of the S & P 500, the least since 2004 and down from a high of 16% in 2008. Technology however is hovering around all-time highs of 27%. The 10-year is unchanged at 2.16%.

06/21/17

Both Political Sides Do Not Incite Violence

By: Lloyd Marcus

In response to a radicalized Leftist domestic terrorist shooting Republicans at a baseball practice, fake news media said both sides of the political aisle are guilty of inciting violence and should tone down their rhetoric. Disturbingly, in an attempt to sound bipartisan, conservative voices are parroting fake news media’s lie.

This both-sides-are-guilty-lie offends me folks. I have been a black Tea Party activist since 2009; spoken and performed my “American Tea Party Anthem” https://youtu.be/q1byTDgu7iA at over 500 rallies on 14 nationwide bus tours.

Never, I repeat never, have I witnessed language inciting violence coming from the stage or spoken in the crowds. The attendees were hard working salt-of-the-earth Americans. Many of them voted for Obama, but did not vote for him to drive us down the road to socialism.

As a matter of fact, rally organizers were extremely sensitive not to take our disagreement with the president too far. While performing on stage at a rally, I spotted a gentleman in the audience wearing an Obama vampire mask. I thought it was funny and pulled the guy on stage. Immediately, rally management escorted the guy off the stage and later reprimanded me.

While black attendance at Tea Party rallies grew over the years, in the beginning my black face was rare. Attendees repeatedly apologized to me explaining that they opposed Obama’s agenda and not his skin color. Bottom line, Tea Party attendees were good people who loved their country. They simply were opposed to Obama’s vow to fundamentally transform America away from her divinely inspired founding.

And yet, for 8 years, fake news media successfully branded the Tea Party the new KKK in the minds of low-info-voters.

In life there are good guys and bad guys. As a kid, I babysat my siblings after school until mom and dad came home from work. Jerry played in our bedroom building things. Just to be annoying, David would break whatever Jerry built which led to them fighting. Hearing mom’s key in the front door, they would greet her pleading their case. Tired, mom would punish both boys for fighting. I’d say, “But mom that is not fair. Jerry was minding his own business. David is the bad guy.”

Leftists are the bad guys who relentlessly spew hate 24/7, generating violence upon the America flag, whites, cops, Republicans, Conservatives, the rich, achievers and Trump supporters. Trust me folks, conservatives simply do not do that. For 8 years, the GOP was for the most part silent; submissive to fake news media’s ruling that negative comments and opposing Obama was racist.

Leftists’ radicalization begins as early as preschool. Public schools teach white kids that they are born racist, that they owe blacks and they should feel guilty because of their “white privilege”. http://bit.ly/2sBnFh5

Black students are taught white Americans are instinctively racist, the deck is stacked against them and cops murder them practically on sight. Remember Democrats’ despicable ad telling blacks to vote or buy bulletproof vests for their kids to protect them from racist cops? http://bit.ly/2tbHrgi

For far too long, anti-American 1960’s old hippies have dominated public education, teaching our kids that patriotism is racist and America is the greatest source of evil on the planet. http://bit.ly/2sHKjny

After decades of filling American’s heads with hate-filled lies, Leftists act shocked when their disciples act-out violently; gunning down Republicans, Black Lives Matter assassinating police and attacking people for wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and t-shirts. http://bit.ly/2mFBV5k

It is not the nature of conservatives to disrespect our laws. Leftists routinely protest outside of the law, cuss-out and physically attack anyone who disagrees with them. http://bit.ly/2aWycvp

As a seasoned black Conservative activist, it has been my experience that our side desires equal rights for all Americans. We conduct orderly respectful protests, leaving rally sites cleaner than we found them. To divide Americans into angry voting blocs, Democrats tell women, homosexuals, minorities and underachievers that they are victims of America. At Leftist protest events, they f-bomb Trump from the stage http://bit.ly/2tbdjBz and routinely destroy private property. They typically leave mountains of trash after inciting their attendees to commit violence. Leftists outrageously marched on a NY street chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” http://bit.ly/2bHu0gp Conservatives could never conceive of doing such an evil thing. That is not how our side rolls.

It is foolish for Conservatives to nod in agreement with Leftists that say both sides are guilty of inciting violence and must modify their tone. This lie is another case of Leftists exploiting a tragedy to demonize and silence conservative speech. Conservatives must continue fearlessly telling the truth in love to educate low-info-voters and help Trump make America great again.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist
http://LloydMarcus.com