Although the regular U.S.-run multinational special forces exercise in Africa, Operation Flintlock, was cancelled this year because of unrest in the intended host country, Mali, over the last seven years the exercises have played a key role in integrating the militaries of the West Sahel into the orbit of the Pentagon and NATO.
Run by U.S. Africa Command’s Special Operations Command Africa, Flintlock 2011 included forces from the U.S., its NATO allies Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, and African states Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal.
As NATO and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) share a common top commander, and as EUCOM was in charge of Pentagon operations in almost all of Africa until Africa Command (AFRICOM) achieved full operational capability on October 1, 2008, the relationship between U.S. and NATO in Africa is one of cooperation between master and subordinates engaged in a joint endeavor: The repenetration and domination of the world’s second most populous continent by Western powers.
By training, modernizing, arming and integrating the armed forces of the 54-nation African Union (in the case of Egypt through U.S. Central Command and NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue), the U.S. and its main NATO allies are developing regional proxy forces – most notably the African Standby Force – for armed interventions against nations whose governments are not to the West’s liking. Hence the talk of a joint brigade from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the foundation for a projected West African Standby Force, intervening in Ivory Coast last year and Mali this.
Since its activation AFRICOM has assisted in the creation of the African Standby Force, originally envisioned to have five components, one each for North, South, East, West and Central Africa, and NATO has done so since 2007 through its Joint Force Command Lisbon, training African officers at the NATO School in Oberammergau and in African nations.
Indeed the North Atlantic military bloc has committed itself, in its own words, to “the operationalisation of the African Standby Force – the African Union’s vision for a continental, on-call security apparatus similar to the NATO Response Force.” The latter was launched in the African island nation of Cape Verde in 2006 with the large-scale Steadfast Jaguar war games, to indicate where from its inception the NATO Response Force was concentrating its attentions. …
Ever since chemotherapy was introduced into the practice of western medicine, doctors and oncologists have been trying to answer this nagging question: Why does chemotherapy seem to work at first, but then cancer tumors cells grow back even more aggressively while the body becomes resistant to chemotherapy?
It turns out that chemotherapy damages healthy cells, causing them to secrete a protein that accelerates the growth of cancer tumors. (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/chemotherapy-backfire-boost-cancer-growth-st…)
This protein, dubbed “WNT16B,” is taken up by nearby cancer cells, causing them to “grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” said Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He’s the co-author of the study that documented this phenomenon, published in Nature Medicine. …
In a shocking move, the BBC tonight announced that its flagship news TV show, Newsnight, will be suspended from investigations. It also issued an on-air apologyafter mistakenly suggesting a senior politician was a pedophile. It’s a huge deal, and truly shows how the state-funded media company has been devastatingly hit by its own sex scandal. Pretty much everyone now admits that the BBCcompletely failed to handle the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal properly. Savile, a beloved yet quirky TV host who died last year, had long been suspected of inappropriate sexual behavior, even outright child abuse. However, when Newsnight, well known for its in-depth investigation, tried to tackle the allegations after his death, the segment was mysteriously cancelled. When another TV channel broke the story this year, the BBC was unable to explain not only how one of its best-known stars could have committed sexual abuse for decades without any reprimand — but also how the attempts of some of its best journalists to investigate led nowhere. The BBC’s attempts to justify the decision to cancel the segment were extremely unconvincing, and even senior management now admit it looked awful. “There are no short cuts,” BBC Director General George Entwistle told reporters today. “We have to acknowledge responsibility, apologize to victims, commit ourselves to finding out what happened, and cooperate as closely as possible with the police.” Worse still, just as this scandal began to die down, Newsnight embroiled itself in a sexual abuse scandal. Last week Newsnight ran a segment that featured allegations that a well-known Conservative British politician had been a part of notorious pedophile network that operated in Wales in the 1970s. The segment didn’t name the politician — apparently out of legal fears — but the name of the suspect soon spread online. On the surface of it, it looked like Newsnight’s attempt to remind the British public that they were the most important TV news show in the UK — and unafraid to ask serious questions about the British establishment. However, the show set off a storm of speculation that even British Prime Minister David Cameron had to admit verged on a “witch hunt”.
The scandal gained another dimension today when The Guardian announced that the man many had assumed was at the heart of the scandal — former Margaret Thatcher aide Lord (Alistair) McAlpine — was innocent of these and had been the victim of mistaken identity.
Lord McAlpine, who now lives in Italy, has apparently had throngs of reporters outside his villa for weeks, and has been forced to leave his home because of the media frenzy. He has now issued a lengthy statement that goes into some detail in its denial of the accusations, and his lawyer has told the BBC that they are considering legal action against the BBC as well as a number of Twitter users who had named him. The man who accused McAlpine has now apologized for inferring the Lord was involved, and conceded it was a case of mistaken identity.
For the BBC, and Newsnight in particular, this was a big chance at redemption. And, rightly or wrongly, it looks like the show was rushed.
Many on Twitter are wondering if Newsnight — on air since 1980 — can survive. Tonight, after a show that discussed the failures, host Eddie Mair acknowledged the tension with his last line: “Newsnight will be back on Monday. Probably.”
Thus the larger issue is eclipsed by the carelessness of a single TV news show, in the same way that Dan Rather was drummed out of CBS after taking the bait on a bad lead in the GW Bush national guard AWOL scandal.
Today, Congress embarks upon a week of hearings and in order to determine what actually occurred in the September 11 attacks on Benghazi.
However, it appears that two of the most important and knowledgeable sources will not be testifying.
Former CIA director David Petraeus, who resigned on Friday when an FBI investigation uncovered evidence of his extramarital affair, will no longer appear before lawmakers. His interim replacement, Mike Morrel, will testify on the CIA’s behalf.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has come under serious flak for allegedly ignoring requests to beef up security at the Benghazi consulate prior to its attack, will not testify as well. “She was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Friday. Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy and Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, two top ranking officials at State, will appear at the hearings in her stead.
Clinton will be in Australia to attend the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. Rumors have circulated — which both sides have rebuffed — that the United States is concerned with possible budget cuts to the Australian military. The U.S. sees Australia as a strong counterweight to the growing military powers in the Pacific, including China. …
What this means is that the physical economy is no longer governed by nominally distributed market forces (i.e. the “grassroots” bottom-up economy where people create the things that people need in a sustainable, collectively autocatalytic, economically diverse, human-scale and geographically distributed economy), it’s governed by a highly centralized cartel controlled by a very tiny and pathological elite. This is precisely what was planned for decades ago ( http://www.wanttoknow.info/articles/tragedy_hope_banking_money_history ). Hitler could only dream of this level of control.
Now think about what the interests of these people might be. They’ve been running a hugely profitable scam (their own privately controlled debt-based money) raking trillions of dollars off the economies of the world, inciting wars and mass genocides on several continents, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation, displacing and impoverishing millions of people, corrupting governments etc. And now the internet is exposing them. What do you think they intend to do? What would you do?
On the morning of Tuesday 23rd October the Attica Action Group conducted a protest demonstration outside the Ministry of National Defence…..against chemtrails aerial spraying.
The demonstrators took up position at 7 a.m. outside the Pentagon and submitted a protest resolution to the Ministry of National Defence, addressed to the head of the General Staff of National Defence Michalis Kostarakos and to the three heads of the divisional general staffs and expecting answers.
According to the Attica Action Group chemical spraying is being carried out every day in Greece but also in the whole world. “This act of genocide against humanity as a whole is not going to stop without our action. Without the action of all of us. We have a right and an obligation towards ourselves and our children to live under skies that are clean. Activists and ecological organizations are compiling data and filing litigation, pressuring their governments everywhere in the world.
We too therefore cannot afford to remain indifferent in the face of a crime against humanity and against the environment,” it says, among other things, in their declaration.
Nevertheless, the General Staff of the Air Force has already taken a position, and indeed through a declaration of its own. Last May it stated unequivocally that “no flights for spraying chemical substances are taking place over Greek territory.” …
This is just one way in which the zombie government in washington is sowing the seeds for mass disease and premature death in the united states. Those who have no time or ability to second-guess the “guidance” of the FDA, USDA, CDC, AMA, AAP and the other alphabet soup “authorities”, or who can’t afford real food, are being subjected to state-mediated culling by blindly accepting the safety of what they find at grocery store or in the doctor’s office.
A similar process has been underway in africa for years via the WHO, which has instituted but inadequately funded a series of mass vaccination campaigns, with the result that unsterilized needles are being reused many times, greatly exacerbating the HIV epidemic there. (see the footnotes in my circumcision paper). And which demographic is most affected? Those who rely on charity for their medical care.
Another example is the vaccination industry in the US, which until recently used mercury preservative in bulk multi-dose vials but not in individualized doses (this is still the case with flu vaccine). The result: poorer kids who are more likely to be vaccinated from multi-dose vials are getting brain damaged more often than richer kids.
The anonymous government and corporate bureaucrats who decide such minutiae as how many sterile syringes to buy for africa or which vaccine packages contain mercury have created a needless gradient in medical and food safety in which poorer people are more likely to suffer adverse consequences than richer people. It’s a more probabilistic approach than death camps, but it aims at the same demographics historically targetted by eugenicists, by using education and income as proxies for genetic fitness. And it has the advantage of plausible deniability of intent to do harm. Yet it’s not rocket science to see that distributing fewer sterile needles than are needed for a given vaccination campaign will result in the reuse of dirty needles. The WHO’s own advisors warned them of this, but to no avail. Incredibly, there’s good reason to believe that unprotected sex is far surpassed by dirty vaccination needles as the primary vector for HIV infection in africa (see my MGM paper).
This is the face of modern eugenics.
In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our GDP. That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of “Wall Street greed” but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.
This hidden tribute to the banks will come as a surprise to most people, who think that if they pay their credit card bills on time and don’t take out loans, they aren’t paying interest. This, says Dr. Kennedy, is not true. Tradesmen, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers all along the chain of production rely on credit to pay their bills. They must pay for labor and materials before they have a product to sell and before the end buyer pays for the product 90 days later. Each supplier in the chain adds interest to its production costs, which are passed on to the ultimate consumer. Dr. Kennedy cites interest charges ranging from 12% for garbage collection, to 38% for drinking water to, 77% for rent in public housing in her native Germany.
Her figures are drawn from the research of economist Helmut Creutz, writing in German and interpreting Bundesbank publications. They apply to the expenditures of German households for everyday goods and services in 2006; but similar figures are seen in financial sector profits in the United States, where they composed a whopping 40% of U.S. business profits in 2006. That was five times the 7% made by the banking sector in 1980. Bank assets, financial profits, interest, and debt have all been growing exponentially.
Exponential growth in financial sector profits has occurred at the expense of the non-financial sectors, where incomes have at best grown linearly.
By 2010, 1% of the population owned 42% of financial wealth, while 80% of the population owned only 5% percent of financial wealth. Dr. Kennedy observes that the bottom 80% pay the hidden interest charges that the top 10% collect, making interest a strongly regressive tax that the poor pay to the rich.
Exponential growth is unsustainable. In nature, sustainable growth progresses in a logarithmic curve that grows increasingly more slowly until it levels off (the red line in the first chart above). Exponential growth does the reverse: it begins slowly and increases over time, until the curve shoots up vertically (the chart below). Exponential growth is seen in parasites, cancers . . . and compound interest. When the parasite runs out of its food source, the growth curve suddenly collapses.
People generally assume that if they pay their bills on time, they aren’t paying compound interest; but again, this isn’t true. Compound interest is baked into the formula for most mortgages, which compose 80% of U.S. loans. And if credit cards aren’t paid within the one-month grace period, interest charges are compounded daily.
Even if you pay within the grace period, you are paying 2% to 3% for the use of the card, since merchants pass their merchant fees on to the consumer. Debit cards, which are the equivalent of writing checks, also involve fees. Visa-MasterCard and the banks at both ends of these interchange transactions charge an average fee of 44 cents per transaction—though the cost to them is about four cents.
How to Recapture the Interest: Own the Bank
The implications of all this are stunning. If we had a financial system that returned the interest collected from the public directly to the public, 35% could be lopped off the price of everything we buy. That means we could buy three items for the current price of two, and that our paychecks could go 50% farther than they go today. …..