Monday, December 31, 2012

2013- The New Year

2012




2013

PEACE:  REAL PEACE

PROSPERITY:  REAL PROSPERITY

MEASURED BY HEALTH, HAPPINESS, FAMILY BONDS THAT ARE STRONG EXTENDING INTO THE  COMMUNITY, GOOD NEIGHBOURS & GOOD FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

THE BEST TO YOU ALL!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Notice: Commenting is now moderated


There is a troll lurking here, has been for many months now.
The troll has the ability to spends hours and hours here
One can only assume that the troll is paid. To troll.
Due to it's bad behaviour and useless commentary, all comments are now moderated.
The troll cannot be allowed the sunlight it desires in the form of attention being payed to it.

I do apologize for any inconvenience this causes all the great participants here.
Please do continue to leave your comments, thoughts and opinions on the topics posted
That type of interaction is most welcome. And appreciated.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Syria: Resuscitating the Geneva Plan?

 Article from Time. 
Highlighting the relevant bits, let's dissect and pose questions. Because, that is what I like to do.

 Russia and the U.N called Thursday for the resuscitation of a peace initiative for Syria that never got off the ground when it was proposed months ago because both parties to the conflict rejected it.

The plan, unveiled by world powers at an international conference in Geneva in June, called for an open-ended cease-fire, a transitional government to run the country until elections, and the drafting of a new constitution. The plan was a non-starter for the opposition because it did not explicitly ban authoritarian President Bashar Assad and other members of his regime from taking part in the transitional leadership.

The regime ignored it because it would entail voluntarily giving up power.

There was no sign that the plan had any more chance of succeeding now than it did back in June. Assad’s government did not comment on the attempt to revive the proposal, and a coordinator for the rebels seeking to end Assad’s rule called the plan “illogical.”

No one in the opposition can accept this, and if they accept it, it will be refused by the Syrian people,” said Bassam Al-Dada, a Turkey-based coordinator with the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Because of Russian objections, the original plan did not call specifically for Assad’s ouster nor ban him or top members of his regime from participating in the new government.

In Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevic said Russia, too, is trying to revive the Geneva plan.

“We continue to believe that there is no alternative to that document in trying to find a settlement in Syria,” Lukashevich said.

He also reaffirmed Moscow’s objection to calls for Assad’s ouster.

I covered this original plan, way back. Way, way back. At that time there was no provision for Assad removal in the “Geneva Plan” It appears there is no provision, still ,with Moscow reaffirming their objection to Assad's ouster. Why reintroduce this plan at this time? Or, why push for the revival of this plan at this time? There has to be some reasoning behind this?

 If as claimed “The opposition has gained ground”  it would seem an odd time to revisit the Geneva agreement?

The Times piece reinforces the spin/propaganda of "rejection" by Assad' which fits in with the 'leader/tyrant narrative. But, reality being something the msm doesn't delve into, what seems an obvious fact,  is Assad had nothing to reject or ignore. There was no provision for removal of the Assad government.
 No provision for removal = nothing to reject.
 Instead the Times chooses the quoted wording below,  hoping it's reader is not paying attention and not thinking.

“The regime ignored it because it would entail voluntarily giving up power.”
Voluntarily.
 If someone told me I could volunteer to cut my arm off.......would I give it a moment's thought?
You get my drift?
Voluntarily does not tell us that Assad ignored this agreement.  Because it was going to force his hand. Voluntary/ily tells us their was then, and apparently still is now, NO need for the Assad government to step down. Not much to ignore, really.

Here is what the real meat and potatoes issue is. One tiny section of a sentence, in the entire article. It says it all

No one in the opposition can accept this, and if they accept it, it will be refused by the Syrian people,” said Bassam Al-Dada, a Turkey-based coordinator with the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Why will the "transitional government" be rejected by the Syrian people? http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pictures/stock_2009/20090922_090921-sg-un_rdax_276x287.jpg
The Times article does not go into this at all. Let us all entertain the reason being put forth below.

  The NATO/UN enforced transitional government will be refused by the Syrian people because it is not their government. And, the Syrian people are well aware of this oh so  inconvenient for NATO/UN fact.
This may also suggest that NATO/ UN can’t even steal a contrived election afterwards?
Which would clearly demonstrate how great the rejection, by the Syrian people, of the NATO backed overthrow really is?
 And might just explain the rehashing of the Geneva plan?
Along with those Iskander missiles.....


Another even more bizarrely spun article from the Washington Post.
Taking Syria back from the extremists
Let’s sort the wheat from the chaff in this bunch of spin

I was shocked when a liberal commander of a brigade from al-Hasakah, a province in northeastern Syria, told me that he was considering joining Jabhat al-Nusra. His view of why he had “no option” was strategic: “I’m struggling with funding, and if the deal comes through me, I’ll maintain influence over the 20-year-olds fighting in my brigade, most of whom are not terribly educated. If the frustration grows, they will leave me, and they might end up with Jabhat al-Nusra, at which point they might embrace their ideology.”

When leaving Aleppo, I had an experience that underscores the problem. Our group encountered members of Jabhat al-Nusra at a roadblock. Their respectful treatment and their short beards caught me off-guard. I initiated a conversation with the men manning the checkpoint. They were local people from a village about half a mile away. They joined Jabhat al-Nusra, they told me, because the group has the weapons and supplies necessary to protect their families.

No mention of just how it is the ‘extremists’ were able to get into Syria
Via Israel, Jordan and Turkey. With the help of all the war mongering NATO nations and their GCC lackeys. You are simply supposed to believe that the ‘extremists’ appeared out of nowhere.
Despite the fact that they are organized. And funded. But by who?
No mention.
Apparently the islamists just ‘conjure’ the monies necessary to wage war.
They also materialize heavy weapons and all that communications equipment.
Perhaps they have a replicator from the Starship: Enterprise??

The WP article seems to be pushing for the necessity of US/NATO intervention in Syria to quell the “frightening”  advances of newly, timely, conveniently designated “terror” group allegedly linked to Al Quaeda: al-Nusra. The mysteriously well funded and well organized al-Nusra.

 Perception Management. Always in your face.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

WTF? Facebook silencing critical voices?

Imagine my surprise to get a 'freaked out' phone call, today, from my pal maggie over @ maggie's musings regarding a Facebook situation.
She said.. "Pen, you won't believe  what is happening" And, after telling me asked " do you want to write about this"?
I said "maggie, this is your story, you gotta write about it and I will repost it"
So here it is:  WTF?

"Hi all, it's been a while since I've put fingertips to keyboard, so please bear with me and my rusty old hands.
A very strange thing happened today. I brought up What Really Happened as I usually do to skim and read Michael's site. There was a red lettered warning that Michael's facebook page had been taken down, below was a set of photos which Mr. Rivero was suppose to identify in order to access his account. Of course, Michael doesn't know who the person is.

I do.

It's my boyfriend.

I was like, "wow" that looks like... OMG... it is him!!!

Holy Crap!

So, what to do? I will say I was freaked out, but that would be an understatement!!

I decided to call RBN to try to get a message to Michael, to let him know I knew who it was in the pics. Michael called me back and I let him know. It seems that facebook is closing accounts left, right and center! (My boyfriends account has also been closed).

t seems that something big is in the pipes - this is afterall the same MO which was employed during the days leading up to 911. The closing of sites which would voice a different opinion on what the narrative should be.
It is happening now, like a snowball.

All political postings are being targeted.

Something is going to happen.

Please pass this on.

Please delete your facebook(CIA) accounts.

Please let others know that WE are all being silenced!!

Thank you Penny for reposting this for me. I don't get alot of traffic here anymore, since I don't often post. Family matters take up too much of my time these days, but this might be the push I needed to get active again."



Your welcome Maggie/Magdalena!
What's going on with Facebook?
Why did Facebook single out this individual to be identified by Michael Rivero as a condition of Michael Rivero  accessing his face book account? Additional information posted at What Really Happened indicates that many others have had their Facebook accounts shutdown.
I don't use Facebook at all so if anyone else out there uses this form of social media......
Have you noticed any problems?
Are you experiencing any access issues?
Do tell..




Sandy Hook/ Newtown Recap

Sandy Hook, still top of the news heap.

I had two posts on this news which I will relink here for ease of access. Then we are going to check out the work of a couple other bloggers.
Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?
I must mention the news of Adam Lanza being on Fanapt seems to be in the process of
'disappearing'.
 One should immediately realize that if for no other reason, which is unlikely, the main stream media would wish to avoid offending their advertisers and avoid losing the dollars/revenues from big pharma. Nothing bad about psychiatric drugs can ever make it way to the mass consciousness via the msm/corporate news media

Sandy Hook: Multiple Shooters and audio

This post contains the audio accounts from the first responders. There were multiple reports of more then one shooter including the take down of an individual outside of the school. The audio was verified as the actual legit audio.

I do not think we should forget that just prior to the shootings the DSM had expanded it's "definitions" of mental illness including moving Aspergers in with  Austism. Re-defining "depression" while expanding the parameters for diagnosis...

Updated DSM Expands many "definitions" of mental illness

One could not help but notice Obama playing the mental health card quite frequently after Sandy Hook...

HHQ over at Undeleted Evidence put together quite a good read: Dunblane 2.0: The Sandy Hook Elementary School Black Op Including an alternative suspect... 

 AP @ Twelfth Bough chimes in with this:  missing

Then there is Aangirfan, aangirfan, who know doubt has done numerous posts on the subject of Sandy Hook. Head there and scroll through.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.

A Christmas Carol is flat out the best of the holiday movies, though I prefer the black and white over the coloured version. Sadly, the only clip I could find was the one below




`You are fettered,'' said Scrooge, trembling. ``Tell me why?'' 
 ``I wear the chain I forged in life,'' replied the Ghost. ``I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?''

Scrooge trembled more and more.

``Or would you know,'' pursued the Ghost, ``the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have laboured on it, since. It is a ponderous chain!''

Scrooge glanced about him on the floor, in the expectation of finding himself surrounded by some fifty or sixty fathoms of iron cable: but he could see nothing.

``Jacob,'' he said, imploringly. ``Old Jacob Marley, tell me more. Speak comfort to me, Jacob.''

``I have none to give,'' the Ghost replied. ``It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men. Nor can I tell you what I would. A very little more, is all permitted to me. I cannot rest, I cannot stay, I cannot linger anywhere. My spirit never walked beyond our counting-house -- mark me! -- in life my spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of our money-changing hole; and weary journeys lie before me!'' 

 Clearly, though many years have passed not much of anything has changed.
Charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence are the business of humans.
Yet, these are not the characteristics foremost in our minds all year long.
Why do we need  a day, one day a year to recall these human traits?
Should we not hold these traits to be true all year round, year after year.
Should we keep the 'money changers' from extorting the masses through usury?
Should we take actions that deny this preying upon?
Should we keep in mind that the business of humans and humanity is Charity, Mercy, Forbearance and Benevolence?
That the business of humanity is not the business of usary, abusive labour practices, cruelty and greed.
Nor is it war, disease, famine and destruction
Humans have no need for these cruelties. Humans have no want for these cruelties.
Not the masses of peoples the world over.

Keeping that in mind, I make the same wish, every year.
Peace on Earth: Good will towards all Mankind
It can happen. We only have to make it so.
All the best to the numerous world visitors that stop on by. However you see fit to spend the next couple days, keep it well.

To those who have left well wishes, Thanks and back at you all.

NATO: Killing Christians. Russia's Syrian presence "problematic" ?

 UPDATED. SCROLL DOWN....

And much more. Sadly. First a bit of a rant.
It’s Christmas time.
Peace on Earth and Good will towards all of mankind
If only. If only. If only.
Sigh... I’ll come back to that
First. Syria. The birth of Christ. The plight of the Christians in Syria. They are threatened. Most definitely!
But, not by their government. Not by their leader
Instead the Christians of Syria are threatened by the NATO/Israeli backed mercs
Let us all read together. At this time of love for our fellow man......?
Whilst the Christians of the West sit silent as their brethren are being slaughtered for the political agenda of imperialism for NATO and expansionism for Israel
May your God forgive your apathy. May your God forgive your laziness. Your insolence. Your inhumanity. Your willingness to follow false gods. Your general inhumanity. Your failure to use the brains that you have been given. The very brains that separate you from other creatures of this planet.

A Christmas Nightmare for Syria’s Christians
Syria's 1.8 million Christians make up some five percent of the population.

Many have tried to remain neutral in the country's spiraling conflict. Others have taken President Bashar al-Assad's side, for fear of the Islamists in rebel ranks.

"Foreign fighters are coming to Syria to impose their religious and political views in our country," said Maryam, who lives in central Damascus.

"These armed terrorists might force me to wear the veil, stop working and stay home," she said.

Yes, Maryam.  Foreign fighters backed and supported by the alleged Christian nations of the West.
Paid for with tax dollars and debt servitude that is and will be extracted on the backs of weary people being turned to serfs in supposed first world Christian nations.
NATO’s mercs threaten Christian towns in Syria
Islamist foreign fighters threaten to attack two towns, both Christian.
Towns that have been kept safe by Syrian troops and the Syrian people

 Islamist rebels warned two Christian towns on Saturday they will be attacked if they do not evict regime forces, as the new Greek Orthodox patriarch said Syria's often-fearful Christians will stay put and urged a peaceful end to the conflict.

In a video message to the Hama provincial towns of Mharda and Sqilbiya, one of seven men armed with Kalashnikovs warned residents to expel gangs of (President Bashar al-) "Assad and shabiha (pro-regime militia) from your towns and convince them not to bomb our villages and families."

"If not, we will immediately attack the hideouts of Assad's gangs and shabiha," added the man, who identified himself as Rashid Abul Fida, head of the Al-Ansar Brigade in Hama.

In other words lay yourselves bare for us to attack you, terrorize, rape &  pillage:both you and all your loved ones.In the name of NATO and Israel. Let us destroy your homes and kill your family as we have done in the villages we have previously laid siege to. The villages we are operating presently from, the villages we are using as a base for our NATO backed terrorism.

"What is happening to us is happening to others too. We are in the same situation as everyone else, Muslims and Christians, shoulder to shoulder, facing the difficulties," he said.


This admission in the Western media is interesting.... 


Russian presence in Syriaproblematic” for a US led intervention. Does this have something to do with the reported movement of Iskander missiles into Syria?? Covered previously here at the blog... somewhere here...  I will relink later

You can read about the Iskander deployment here:  Russia NATO standoff looms, then continue on to read about the problems the Russian presence in Syria creates.

The hostility shown to Russia inside Syria by the opposition appears only one part of a bigger story, which has a larger international dimension. NATO forces at Ankara’s request are deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey, apparently, not far from the Syrian border. The Russians have slammed this move, and reinforced their opposition with the deployment in Syria of the state-of-the art Iskander missiles, which, apparently cannot be downed by any known anti-missile system.

The Russian move mirrors the beginning of a standoff between Washington and Moscow -- faintly echoing an era when rival missile deployments symbolised the Cold War chill between the two. Iran has also reacted furiously at the deployment of Patriot missiles, and the impending presence of these weapons seems to have reinforced an already existing dynamic of bringing Moscow and Tehran closer.
Quoting from the Guardian and Telegraph:

Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.

The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.

The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a campaign could have unpredictable geopolitical consequences.


 Excerpt of an RT Interview with Sergei Lavrov -Dec 24/2012: From the proverbial “horses mouth”

RT: You're ending your year with a visit to India. Russia has been clear in its support for India in its aspiration to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council. How do you think the much-criticized UN Security Council will benefit from India's participation?

SL: First of all, I would say that criticism is not always warranted. The latest wave of criticism was related to the fact that the Security Council allegedly cannot act on Syria. By the desire to see some action on the part of the Security Council the critics wanted to pass a resolution under Chapter 7 which provides for the use of sanctions and the use of force eventually. And Russia and China are convinced 100 percent that this would be a disaster and that this would be the beginning of a very slippery slope and would bring us to the Libyan scenario which we cannot afford anymore, and the region cannot afford. So those who say that the Council is ineffective should recall that this Charter of the United Nations provided for the veto right not just for the sake of being nice to the permanent members but because the founding fathers of the United Nations, having digested the unhappy experience of the League of Nations decided in their wisdom that unless five great powers see eye to eye on some world issue decisions would not be efficient. That's why the right of veto was included in the UN Charter on the very strong insistence of the United States.

Now of course the time passed since 1945, the Security Council was once expanded only in the category of non-permanent members, and now after several decades of the Council functioning in the unchanged composition, there is a very strong movement towards expanding its membership to better reflect pluralism of the world community. We're strongly in favor of this, we're convinced that the developing countries and first of all the new economic and financial leaders in the third world countries, like India and Brazil, for example, must be represented in the Security Council. And we would be in favor of making them new permanent members, provided of course a decision is taken to create new permanent seats, because this is the biggest split in the United Nations. One group of countries absolutely believes that there must be new permanent members; another group of countries which are also quite respectful members of the United Nations, categorically believes that there must be no new permanent seat and only non-permanent seats could be added.

Russia is convinced this type of division cannot be resolved by an arithmetic vote, that there must be consensus searching, especially since it was decided some time ago that the reform of the Security Council should be subject to broad agreement of member states. So any format of the reform which would be commanding general agreement of the member states would be supported by Russia. It would be very unfortunate if the reform of the Security Council is voted through because this would split the membership. And those who would vote against an imposed reform, in their eyes the expanded Security Council would lose legitimacy, not gain legitimacy. And more legitimacy is what we all want, and that's why the Council should be more representative. But in any case, while we are working very thoroughly to reach this general agreement on a reform we believe that India certainly deserves to be a permanent member of the Security Council.


-Syria: Bad terrorists vs. Acceptable terrorists?

RT: Like you said, Russia is permanently blocking attempts of some of UN Security Council members to pass a resolution that would allow a foreign intervention to Syria. But do you think a military action could still take place going around the UN like in happened in case of Iraq?

SL: Well not only in case of Iraq but also in case of the former Yugoslavia – yes, it is possible, and you just cited one example, there are some others. But I also feel that those who would like to interfere in the Syrian crisis don't want to do this without some kind of legitimacy, or at least without some kind of an action in the United Nations which could be used to justify this as being legitimate. And we can only stick to the interpretation of the Charter which is absolutely without any alternative and which says the Security Council is engaged in matters related to international peace and security, not to supporting one party in an internal conflict. And that's what is going on in Syria. Some people would like very much to internationalize this situation and to expand violence beyond the Syrian borders, attempts are being made, especially in cases when the refugees have to flee Syria because of the disproportionate actions by the government forces.

But on the other side, several armed groups of the opposition which are not united under a single command also resort to unacceptable methods absolutely contrary to international humanitarian law: taking hostages, staging terrorist attacks. And it is very disheartening that our Western colleagues in the Security Council started to refuse condemning terrorist attacks in Syria saying that yes, terrorism is bad but you must take into account the overall context of what is going on in Syria and why people resort to terrorist attacks. It's absolutely unacceptable, and if we follow this logic it might lead us to a very dangerous situation not only in the Middle East but in other parts of the world, if our partners in the West would begin to qualify terrorists as bad terroristsand acceptable terrorists.
-Damascus to Moscow: Chemical weapons not to be used ‘under any circumstances’

RT: One more reason that arises time to time that could actually okay the foreign intervention is Syria's possession of chemical weapons. Do you believe that Syrian will use chemical weapons, or is this another pretext for an invasion?

SL: I don’t believe Syria would use chemical weapons. It would be a political suicide for the government if it does. Every time we hear rumors, or pieces of information come to surface that the Syrians are doing something with the chemical weapons we double-check, we triple-check, we go directly to the government and all the time we get very firm assurances  that this is not going to be used under any circumstances. Our information is, which correlates with the information the Americans have, as I understand, that the latest reports about some movement of the chemical weapons were related to the steps undertaken by the government to concentrate the chemical stuff which has been dispersed in various locations into two sites, to make sure that it is absolutely protected. And it is also accepted by everyone including our Western colleagues (the Europeans and the Americans) that the biggest threat in this situation is the probability that the rebels might take hold of chemical weapons. And therefore, while recognizing this – when our Western friends say, ‘But still the responsibility is entirely with the Syrian government, even if the rebels take hold of it’ – it’s a very strange logic, because at the same time those very people encourage rebels not to negotiate with the government but to continue fighting and giving them arms, money, and moral and political support.

So, it’s a very controversial position. In general, the logic of those who say, ‘No negotiations with Assad’ is really very controversial and very dangerous. We are not justifying what the government is doing, they have been making a lot of mistakes, have been using force disproportionately; the security forces clearly were, and are, unprepared to face the public protests and armed protests in the cities and in the villages. They’ve been trained to counter a foreign aggression, not to keep law and order in a civilised manner.

But the opposition is provoking the government, as I said – resorting to terrorist attacks, taking hostages, and also introducing into this conflict the sectarian dimension which is very dangerous. It is already reverberating in the Muslim world – Sunni, Shia, Arabs, Kurds and ethnic and confessional sectarian composition of Syria is so complex that if chaos is established there, it would reverberate all over the region. But coming back to the present situation – if people who say "no negotiations with Assad", if they believe that his departure in whatever form is number one priority, then they must understand that for this geopolitical goal of theirs they would have to pay the price, but the price in the lives of the Syrians, of the Syrian civilians.

Our priority number one is not somebody's head. It's the cessation of violence and of the bloodshed. If they say that they want to save Syria and to save Syrians, then they should join us and should lean on all those who are fighting inside Syria to stop doing this and sit down to negotiate without any preconditions. And the fate of Assad must be decided by the Syrian people, not by the outsiders and by part of the Syrian opposition

Of course there is more. Read it at your leisure.
Speaking of India and Russia, as mentioned in the RT interview
The two nations have just signed a multi billion dollar weapons deal
The US media coverage of this deal is less then exuberant. Talk about “old cold war allies”
Really? Not so long ago the US was signing deals for arms and nuclear power stations
But that was different. I guess?



And, finally, one last bit of news... Russian Peacekeepers shot down in South Sudan
The helicopter was shot down by the South Sudanese Army. Proxy for the US and Israel
It was not an accident. Not in my opinion.
 South Sudan's army shot down a UN helicopter Friday, killing all four Russian peacekeepers on board

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said the helicopter was a "clearly marked" UN aircraft and demanded that those responsible be brought to account.
It called for South Sudan to "immediately" undertake an investigation and bring those responsible to account.
Odd that South Sudanese authorities claim they cannot reach the site of the crash?

Since I don’t believe that this was an accident. I do not happen to believe that the South Sudanese officials  cannot reach the crash site. Clearly the Army is present in the area. How is it that they came to blow the Russian Peacekeepers out of the sky?
“The artillery unfortunately shot down the aircraft mistaking it for an enemy one, because we had not been duly informed by the UN that the helicopter would fly in that particular area,” South Sudan’s army spokesman said late in the day.

Really? Or were they duly informed that a UN helicopter full of Russian peacekeepers would  be present and flying in that particular area? Just a thought.

UPDATES BEGIN: 

This is in a rebel held area : Allegations of a 'gas attack'

Poisonous gas' used in a rebel-held neighbourhood in Homs, medics there say: 

This video shows medics in a besieged area in Homs city trying to help a person struggling to breath. They say he inhaled poisonous gas sprayed by regime forces in the rebel-held al-Bayada neighbourhood.

Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the accounts given by them.

Perhaps the person was the one messing around with some poisonous substance?
Or perhaps this person had an asthma attack.
What makes this 'story' appear all the more false is that the alleged casualty count is 7. Yes, allegedly this gas attack resulted in just 7 dead.

After seven people died from poisonous gas fumes in an assault on Homs.(alleged)

 "The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told the Qatar-based television channel.
 We don't know what it is, but, we know it is something similar to 'sarin'. 7 dead.
Suuuure...... This is either complete bullshit. Or someone had an asthma attack and the NATO mercs filmed it for propaganda purposes or the NATO mercs messed something up ( mixing chemicals) and got themselves hurt.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Syria: Putin Talks, Israeli reporters in Syria, Benghazi and more

Syria: Always on my mind. What has been happening?
Vladimir Putin call for non-military solution for Syria

Video available at link above 
Reminds listeners of the mess in Benghazi, Libya. Including the death of an “Ambassador”
 More on Benghazi at the end of the post
Russia's President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence.

Speaking during his annual news conference, Mr Putin said mistakes from Libya should not be repeated in Syria.

He stressed that Russia was not interested in the survival of Assad's regime, but that change should not come through military victory.
The  most recent “kidnap”  psyop undertaken by the US media.

Specifically NBC, owned by GE. GE of the dysfuctional nuclear power station aka  Fukushima and of course Military:Industrial complex extraordinaire.  In collusion  with other corporate media outlets. Not excluding help from the affiliates in Turkey.  Affiliates being media and NATO mercs.

 NATO's mercenaries have been getting plenty of bad press. Kidnappings and killings galore

Most recently two Russians have been kidnapped.Kidnappings draw Russia further into Syria
Don’t expect those very real kidnappings to see much western msm coverage

 The kidnapping of Russian nationals on Monday is drawing Moscow deeper into the Syrian crisis, which is becoming increasingly internationalised as battle lines get more sharply defined between foreign supporters of the government and the armed opposition.

The foreign ministry of Russia has confirmed that two of its citizens, V.V. Gorelov, and Abdessattar, who holds dual Russian-Syrian nationality, were kidnapped from the coastal city of Latakia. An Italian was also abducted. All three worked in the Syria-owned Hmisho steel plant.

“We are now actively engaged and all the necessary steps are being taken in Syria, and in other countries that may have an impact on the situation,” said Sergei Lavrov the Russian foreign minister. The kidnappers have demanded a ransom, but the abductions may have been triggered more by political motives rather than criminal intent.

Recall that NATO’s mercs claimed that Russians were legitimate targets??
You probably don’t. So, read below.

Haitham al-Maleh, a member of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces told Russia Today that his group identified Russians as legitimate targets because Moscow actively supported the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. “Russia, like Iran, supports the Assad regime with weapons and ammunition, as well as in the political arena, so the citizens of these countries are legitimate targets for militants in Syria,"
In other words. NATO's mercs were showing their true colours in a bold fashion. Something just had to done to make them look palatable. Hell, even heroic. As if on cue...the  NBC psyop.
Of course, as per the norm,  all western mainstream media worked together to create and manage your perception about what really happened- Psyop. Correspondent's disappearance largely kept secret

NBC was able to keep the abduction of chief Middle East correspondent Richard Engel in Syria largely a secret until he escaped late Monday because it persuaded some of this country's most prominent news organizations to hold back on the story.

Suuuuuuure......


I like this pic and accompanying story

http://www.wtop.com/emedia/apimage/1b5df9d288b947aeab1b4ea58a486e71-1ea6967b13c14247bcd8d1b5c177835a-ddfa6915848d0e23240f6a7067000d2d.jpg?filter=wtop_article .
This image taken from undated amateur video posted on the Internet shows NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, center, with NBC Turkey reporter Aziz Akyavas, left, and NBC photographer John Kooistra, right, after they were taken hostage in Syria. More than a dozen heavily armed gunmen kidnapped and held Engel and several colleagues for five days inside Syria, keeping them blindfolded and tied up before they finally escaped unharmed during a firefight between their captors and anti-regime rebels  Engel said

Engel said. Engel the narrative man.  And look a  screen shot grabbed from video uploaded to the net. Hmmmm.....NATO's mercs are notorious for uploading video to the internet. What with their suitcase internet and satellite connectivity all provided to them by the US.......
What advantage would Syrian troops or any loyalists the the country of Syria have to gain by putting this video on line? Obvious answer? NONE!!
Since NATO’s mercs are targeting foreign citizens in Syria and many innocent Syrians in such a horrific manner, while repeatedly demonstrating their brutality at every opportunity. Clearly a feel good story was in order. You know some good PR?
Especially before the holidays... So warm and fuzzy. NOT 

Head over to MoA to check out the work done by b on this media psyop flop. 
Soon, maybe the return of Danny? 


 Israeli “journalists” moving freely about with the NATO mercs in Syria
You read that right. Not a surprise in the least.

 Keeping in mind that Israel was always going to be the big winner in the ME from the ruin of Syria. Golan Heights confiscation. Mineral rights. Water rights..
A clip from the show: Language Hebrew  
 A report by two Israeli journalists working undercover in the rebel-held Idlib region of Syria has been picked up by the Damascus regime and its Lebanese supporters Hezbollah as proof that the insurgents are siding with the Israeli “enemy”

Two Israeli journalists operating freely in Syria alongside NATO's rebels!! How brazen is that???

But that did not stop the journalists from sounding out the rebels on their attitude towards their southern neighbour. “We are only against Bashar al-Assad and his regime,” said one rebel commander. “If Israel’s [former Prime Minister and General] Ariel Sharon comes to me and says he is against Bashar, he has my confidence.” 

Wow, what a rebel commander! Seriously. Ariel Sharon, war criminal, would have his confidence..
It makes sense!
From one war criminal to another....

 Having mentioned the spinning of multiple narratives to justify US intervention
It appears the chemical weapons meme gained the most traction with the corporate media audience

Americans reject an immediate U.S. military intervention in Syria’s raging civil war, but are open to the possibility should President Bashar al-Assad’s struggling regime use or lose control of its massive stockpile of chemical weapons 

In general, Americans widely oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria, but majorities support establishing a no-fly zone and direct action rises if chemical weapons are used by the government. 
Market research pays off


Cleaning house for Kerry? That would be Senator (Heinz ketchup) Kerry
Speaking of Benghazi and the State Department
 Report blames management failures after Libya attack that killed ambassador

An Obama administration official said the officials who resigned were Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state.
Kerry can bring in his people

Sandy Hook: Multiple Shooters and audio

The media is clearly doing damage control regarding the Sandy Hook shootings:

When the incident began there were numerous media reports (take note that is more then one report) of multiple shooters at the school.The media is using the 'confusion' meme. Frankly, I do not buy it.
There is no reason to assume anyone, let alone more then one individual, would be "confused" about seeing two shooters.

From Here

Authorities expected to encounter a second shooter as they converged on the building, according to a recording of a 911 tape that was independently verified by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers on Tuesday.

"I have reports of two shooters running past the building, past the gym, which would be rear," a dispatcher said on the tape, before trailing off. Shortly afterward, the operator told a State Police trooper who was racing to the scene from the nearby Troop A barracks in Southbury to "make sure you have your vest on."

 A number of news outlets also raised the possibility that there was a second gunman.
There are two audios available:




Included with linked article

And here 

In the previous post on this incident  I asked why the media used such an absurdly outdated picture of the shooter. Given the fact he was a 20 year old man not a boy, using this picture didn't seem to make any sense. 
However, there appears to be what could be construed as an orchestrated smear, via the media, to make the deceased mother culpable. As if she was careless with the guns in the house around some child. Adam Lanza, who by the way was medicated on Fanapt according to his Uncle, was not a child. He was an adult. Was he old enough to own guns himself in the state of Connecticut?  He certainly was of the right age to join the military and kill all sorts of innocent people in foreign lands.

Always remember, perception is everything. Your perception of any given news story can be managed via the media delivered message.
  Related: Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?


UPDATED: Gallier brought this video to my attention. I had not seen this previously.  Do not miss the opening minutes before the father appears on camera. 



Adding this story from 5 days ago. There are 7 guns mentioned as being recovered

 The Associated Press three weapons were found inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and a fourth weapon was found outside.

Three other guns have also been recovered, but it was not clear where they were found, the official told AP. They were a Henry repeating rifle, an Enfield rifle and a shotgun.

 I am relinking an old post on the Dawson College school shooting in Quebec, Canada 2008.
 The similarities: Gun control is advocated and no mention of psychiatric meds being used by the shooter as an issue.

 Dawson College School Shooter Coroners report released

What caught my eye then as now was this info (Unfortunately the links are not viable). 
However the quote is what  was  reported more then 4 years ago


Kimveer Gill was prescribed anti-depressants. What kind? Who knows?

This is his mom speaking

"Why didn't anyone notify us that he was feeling badly?" she asked, after a Quebec coroner told her that Kimveer Gill had seen a doctor, was prescribed antidepressants, but then stopped taking them."

"He told me he'd seen a doctor who gave him medication for anxiety, so I didn't know he was depressed."

 The coroner told the mother Kimveer Gill had been prescribed antidepressants but then 'stopped taking them'?  What type of meds? When did Kimveer Gill allegedly stop taking them? No info. Just a push for gun control.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Russia Sends Warships to Syria

Following up yet again. Earlier today we entertained the possibility that the Patriot missiles positioned in Turkey have more to do with blocking a retaliatory attack. Retaliatory attack only after Israel attacks Iran with the help of NATO.
 If you have not read that one..... go back and read it because it is very relevant to this post :Patriot Missiles in Turkey: Targetting Syria or Iran?

The latest..... Russia sending Warships towards Syria for "possible" evacuation
Of course, evacuation is speculation. Highly unlikely the main stream media knows why Russia is sending these ships. Yes, Russia has claimed that evacuation is a possibility. Maybe it is? And, maybe it is isn't?
But then, perhaps sending ships for evacuation is like the US exporting democracy?

Russia sent warships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry announced, in what appeared to be preparation for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria.

Late on Monday, Russian diplomats said that two Russian citizens had been kidnapped by an armed group. The two Russians — evidently workers in a privately owned steel factory — were seized as they traveled on a road between Homs and Tartus and were held for ransom. An Italian citizen, Mario Belluomo, was abducted along with them. 

Then on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a flotilla of five ships — a destroyer, a tugboat, a tanker and two large landing vessels — were being sent from Baltiysk, a port in the Baltic Sea, to relieve ships that have been in waters near Syria for months. A second group was sent from Severomorsk, on the Kola Bay in northwestern Russia. At typical cruising speeds for such vessels, both groups would arrive on station around the beginning of January.

Two groups of ships from different locations both groups arriving at the beginning of January 2013. Interesting. Keeping in mind that the Patriot's are to be operational near the end of January

“It appears that some break has taken place, but whether that means a change of policy, or a modification of policy, that’s hard to say,” said Mr. Shumilin, who is head of the Middle East conflict analysis center at the Russian Academy of Science’s Institute for Canada and the United States. “The decision-makers are now concentrating on humanitarian questions, the protection of Russian citizens.”
Iran, Syria’s last ally in its region, appeared to remain firmly committed to Mr. Assad. On Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahianof Iran told reporters in Moscow, “The Syrian Army and the state machine are working smoothly.”
 A planned visit by the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Ankara, the capital of Turkey, was suddenly canceled on Monday amid tensions between Iran and Turkey over NATO’s decision to deploy Patriot antimissile batteries on the Turkish border with Syria.
Iranian leaders, politicians and Revolutionary Guard commanders have all denounced the NATO decision, made on Dec. 4, to send six batteries of American, German and Dutch Patriot systems staffed by about 1,000 soldiers to Turkey to intercept any Scud missiles that may be launched toward Turkey by the embattled Syrian government. Iran fears that NATO will use the batteries, which can also be used against aircraft, to set up a no-fly zone and create a rebel safe haven in northern Syria.
 Iran’s top general, Hassan Firouzabadi, said at a meeting of senior commanders on Saturday that the deployment was part of a Western plan to start a “world war,” and that Iran’s own ambitious missile program was the real target.

“They signify concerns over Iran’s missiles and the presence of Russia for defending Syria,” he said. “The sensible people in America, Turkey and Europe must prevent this situation from getting out of control.”
The mobile Patriot systems could technically be used to intercept Iranian as well as Syrian missiles. They are effective against missiles at a range of about 12 miles, and against aircraft up to 100 miles. 

Iran has repeatedly threatened to fire missiles at Israel if its nuclear installations come under attack. 

On Tuesday, Iran’s defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, said Israel was the winner in the Syrian conflict, because it was witnessing the destruction of an enemy — the Assad government — while the Syrian people were being “manipulated” by “terrorists.”

FLASHBACK:

Worrisome scenarios? You got'em. Israel, Syria, Iran & Canada

 

 

INCLUDING THIS MAP AS A REFRESHER

FLASHBACK TO THIS TOO

Israeli strike on Sudan a dry run for attacking Iran ??? 

 

Patriot Missiles in Turkey: Targetting Syria or Iran?


Soldiers of the Air Defence Missile Squadron 2 stand guard with Patriot missile launchers in the background in Bad Suelze, northern Germany  on December 4, 2012. (AFP Photo / Bernd Wustneck)


Just some quick news stories for today. Be sure to  check out  today's other post
 Updated DSM Expands many "definitions" of mental illness

Hopefully I will get back to Syria in a more in depth fashion. For now a thought that has been rolling around in my mind. The Patriot missiles in Turkey and their usefulness in an Israeli strike on Iran
I have covered the three routes that could be used by Israel to attack Iran. One runs across the northern border of Syria. I will relink those posts asap. Check back for them later

For now this:

Patriot missiles in Turkey: Targeting Syria or Iran? 

Turkey, a longtime geopolitical hotspot, has recently played a key role in the struggle for influence between regional and Western powers over NATO missile deployments – Ankara is once again at the center of a global crisis.
What prompted this new crisis (and evoked a distinct feeling of Cold War déjà vu) was Ankara’s appeal to NATO to deploy its Patriot missiles in the southern Turkish provinces, along the 900-km-long border with Syria. While described as a purely defensive move, aimed at enhancing Turkish security in the wake of the escalating Syrian war and alleged possibility of a chemical weapons attack by the cornered President Assad, the initiative was denounced straight away by Ankara’s neighbors and other regional powers – Moscow, Tehran and Damascus.

“Moscow was wary of the NATO anti-aircraft system’s deployment in Turkey,” Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov said last week during talks with the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Knud Bartles.

Remarks were echoed by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich, who warned last Friday that “the stockpile of extra weapons” in the border area would “bring about an additional element of tension."

However, there is little chance the Patriot deployment process on Turkish soil will be reversed. At its ministerial meeting in Brussels, held on December 5th and 6th, NATO unequivocally gave the Turkish request its stamp of approval, standing by the commitments under the organization's collective security pact. A team of NATO officials and experts has already landed in Turkey to finalize the terms and conditions of the deal, which will allow Ankara to station six NATO Patriot systems on its soil – two American, two German and two Dutch.  The missiles are expected to reach Turkey soon, within weeks according to some estimates.
One could ask: What is wrong with Turkey’s genuine wish to effectively seal off its borders from hundreds of potential threats emanating from its troubled neighbor, and take advantage of being a NATO member? Independent military experts have found NATO's official explanation of Patriots being used for defensive purposes confusing.
The Patriot system is not used against shells and rocket-propelled grenades, which eventually could be fired at Turkey from Syrian territory. Patriot missiles are used to intercept and destroy missiles as well as to shoot down aircraft. But what missiles does Syria possess that the Patriots could be used against, and why would President Assad arm these alleged missiles with deadly sarin gas (if he even possesses such chemical weapons)?

The pretext for the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles in Turkey does not appear credible. But if the real motive is not to deter Syria, why is NATO hurrying to station its anti-missile systems in the region, a part of the world already overloaded with deadly weapons? What if this move has a hidden agenda?
“Turkey has explained its request to NATO as exclusively related to its need to defend itself from a possible attack from the Syrian army. But there could be a second motivation for this actions, which is a preparation for military strike against Iran,” a Russian diplomatic source told Kommersant daily. 
If one considers the distance between the region of Patriot deployment in Turkey and the Iranian border, Moscow's worry could seem a bit far-fetched. However, Patriot missiles can easily be moved to any region in Turkey, including its eastern border with Iran. “These are mobile units that can be moved to any point in Turkey. It’s only about 500 kilometers from where the units will be located to Tebriz in Iran, where some say there are secret nuclear facilities,” Dmitry Polikanov said. Polikanov is the vice president of the Moscow-based PIR Center, an independent thinktank.

“Considering that the US wants to use Turkey as an advance missile shield, the Patriots might be stationed there forever. Turkey wanted to modernize its weapons anyway and already started taking bids for similar weapons systems. Under these circumstances, the weapons are most likely directed against Iran," Polikanov said, adding that any kind of provocation could now become a pretext for war. And the installation of NATO anti-aircraft missiles in Turkey means that Iran will no longer be able to retaliate if attacked.
Iranian armed forces chief General Hassan Firouzabadi said last Saturday that the lessons of 1962 Cuban missile crisis may return to haunt the world.
"Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war. They are making plans for a world war, and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself," General Firouzabadi warned.
The already tense relations between Ankara and Tehran have been further strained by a last-minute announcement that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has skipped a much-awaited visit to Turkey and talks with Prime Minister Erdogan in a move largely seen as a sign of Iran's growing displeasure with the Patriot deployment.

Iran will not be able to retaliate if attacked??
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Updated DSM Expands many "definitions" of mental illness

Following up on yesterday's post: Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?

 Updated DSM Expands Definition of Depression, Among Other Changes

 The DSM: helping to drugs more human beings 

Recent changes to the diagnostic handbook used by mental health practitioners include broadening the definition of depression, expanding the definition of autism and adding disorders on binge eating and one that is sometimes referred to as the “tantrum disorder.” to ensure pharmaceutical profitability

 That should get more prescriptions for 'anti-depressants' written!

Depression, Bereavement and Bipolar

The DSM has also expanded its definition of depression to include bereavement. In the past, bereavement was listed as an exception to a depression diagnosis, but now those who lose a loved one can be diagnosed as suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD).

Yes, bereavement.  A normal human process of grieving is now a "depression"

Previous to this edition, skeptics had already criticized the APA for having a definition for depression that was too broad. The concern is related to labeling healthy people with a depressive diagnosis and over-prescribing antidepressants and antipsychotics — especially after people have experienced symptoms of bereavement for as little as two weeks.

Can't get over the death of your loved one in as little as two weeks? Big Pharma has a pill for that!



Another of the changes relates to over-diagnosis of bipolar in children. In an effort to prevent these incorrect diagnoses, the APA added a new category called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), which addresses children who are consistently irritable and have behavioral outbursts. Critics worry that since these characteristics may be present in a majority of young children, it may lead to over-diagnosis yet again.

Depression Medication

An expanded definition of depression may lead to more diagnoses and more prescriptions for antidepressants. As of 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 percent of Americans age 12 or older took antidepressants. As this number may continue to rise, patients should be aware of the risks associated with certain antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

 Soon everyone can be medicated for one thing or another?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?



Why has the media been using such an obviously outdated picture of the 20 year old Adam Lanza?

A gun is an inanimate object. It can do no harm unless wielded by a user to cause harm or death. That is a fact. Everything else is spin. The spin is thick and plentiful surrounding the Sandy Hook shootings And most of it all focused on "gun control"

The Newtown school shootings have revived debate in the US media about gun control - the same debate that raged, for a while, after previous atrocities such as Columbine and Virginia Tech
While reinforcing the heartbreak of the killings at Sandy Hook School with images of Obama crying. Obama? Crying? Give me a break!  Since that man has the blood of so many dead children on his hands, let me rephrase that, ahem...Obama  shedding his crocodile tears in front of the camera like a well rehearsed actor.
Obama doesn’t care at all about the children killed at the elementary school. He is pushing an agenda of gun control. Reality being, well, reality. Had one properly trained adult had a gun in that school that day it would have been possible for that one individual to have made a huge difference. A difference that law enforcement was never, ever going to make.

And speaking of the shooter... the first question that popped in my head when this news broke was the same one many people were asking. WHAT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WAS ADAM LANZA TAKING??

Specifically was it some sort of anti-depressant or anti-psychotic?  It sure was!
The main thrust of this article spins on the Aspergers angle, I am most interested in this little tidbit

That report makes no mention of Asperger's syndrome, but it cites Adam's uncle who said he was taking an anti-psychotic drug called Fanapt.
Fanapt. My suspicions confirmed.
Start searching around...... It does not take long to find information linking violent behaviour and Fanapt
Fanapt may cause aggressive/violent behavior (frequent).

This drug may also cause the following symptoms that are related to aggressive/violent behavior:

     Hyperactivity (uncommon)
     Impulse control problems (uncommon)
     Mania (uncommon)
     Restlessness (uncommon)
Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently.

And two reviews from people who had taken this drug: The second one is most relevant



Odd thing about Fanapt was that it had been rejected for years by the FDA 
Then suddenly it was approved? Why?
Remember Fanapt (iloperidone)? That's the antipsychotic compound that bounced around from company to company during the 1990s, and nearly sank Vanda Pharmaceuticals a few years ago when the FDA gave them a "Not Approvable" letter. I predicted at the time that we'd never hear from them again, but to my surprise (and to Vanda's, I'd guess), the FDA reversed itself and let the compound through in 2009.
Surprise approval of Fanapt makes stock go wild

Did the FDA finally approve this drug after years of rejection for the sake of pharmaceutical profit making???

UPDATE: Antidepressants Cause Suicide and Violence in Soldiers 

(this article is written specifically with Soldiers in mind, but,  as the author makes clear this applies to the public in general)

First, there is no evidence that antidepressants prevent suicide and a great deal of evidence that they cause it.

Second, antidepressants almost never cure depression and instead they frequently worsen depression.

Third, antidepressants never cure biochemical imbalances. Instead, they always cause them. There are no known biochemical imbalances in the brains of depressed people until they start taking toxic psychiatric drugs and every person who takes one of these drugs end up with a significant biochemical disturbance in the brain. That's how the drugs work--by disrupting normal biochemical processes in the brain.

Fourth, when all antidepressant studies are examined as a group, rather than cherry picked by the drug companies, antidepressants are no better than placebo.

Conclusion? Antidepressants are a hoax--in this case, a hoax that is killing members of our armed services. With billions of dollars at stake, the drug companies also do everything they can to downplay the risks of their products. Thus the pharmaceutical industry failed to find any evidence that antidepressants cause suicidality until the FDA forced them to re-evaluate their old data. The result? Now the FDA requires a black box warning that antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal behavior in children, youth and young adults.

 In my latest book, Medication Madness, I describe dozens of dramatic cases in which peace-loving citizens have become suicidal, violent and psychotic from taking antidepressant drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Antidepressant and Anti psychotics = SSRI's

Friday, December 14, 2012

Syria: Russian position unchanged. Russian missiles and US anti- missiles

A mishmash of news reports:
Russia regarding Syria. Russia's new missiles. US Patriots to Turkey (and troops)
Hillary Clinton Benghazi testimony, Susan Rice fall out from Benghazi incident.


The “big news” yesterday in the Western main stream media that Russia had “changed it’s position” regarding Syria. I read numerous reports and there was nothing in any of the statements made by the Russian diplomat that indicated this was even what was being implied. My take on the statements made fall in line with this.....


“The only conclusion we can make is that the Russian Foreign Ministry is very realistic about what is happening there,” he said. “There are no illusions about the trend. But we can understand the Russian position has not changed.”

It seems only rational that Russia has considered a multitude of possibilities regarding the outcome of the destabilization of Syria. As has the NATO war machine? The multitude of possible NATO justifications to overtly, as opposed to covertly, attack Syria run the usual gamut. Chemical Weapons!Terrorism ! Humanitarianism!  Lions, tigers and bears oh my!! NATO has embraced multiple possibilities. Why would anyone believe that Russia has not also embraced multiple possibilities? That would seem foolish. That said, the spin was over the top vis a vis the media yesterday. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see multiple headlines such as this today

Russia Steps Back From Envoy’s Comments on Syria

"We have never changed our position and will not change it,” said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr K. Lukashevich, at a briefing. He rejected a comment made by a State Department spokesman on Thursday that Moscow had “woken up” and changed its position as dynamics shifted on the battlefield, saying “we have never been asleep."
 You know what they say about assuming?

Aleksander Lakashevich continues “In the given situation, we are not talking about the fate of leaders, we are talking about the fate of people,” he said.
More on that topic here 
Along with the corrections Russia auspiciously made this announcement today.

Russia developing new long-range ballistic missile MOSCOW - Agence France- Presse
Russia is developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the military announced on Friday, in an apparent attempt to remind the United States of Moscow's rocket capacities.

Revealing the existence of the project for the first time, rocket forces commander General Sergei Karakayev said that several test launches of prototypes had already taken place and the work was on the "right path", Russian state media said.

Karakayev said the latest test was on October 24 at the Kapustin Yar firing range in the Astrakhan region of southern Russia. (Did my anonymous link person leave info regarding these missile tests?)

He appeared to link the solid-fuel missile's development to controversial US plans to install missile defence systems in central Europe which have long angered Moscow.

"The solid fuel missile will allow us to realise possibilities like the creation of a high-precision strategic missile with a non-nuclear warhead with practically global range," Karakayev was quoted as saying by the state RIA Novosti news agency.

He said that the new 100-tonne missile would be able to overcome any existing missile defence system.

Karakayev added the missile would also be effective in combating any future missile defence system that the United States could install in space.

He said that the missile would ultimately replace Russia's new generation of intercontinental missiles the Yars and Topol-M.

Speaking of missiles.... or in this case Anti Missiles
United States to Deploy Anti-Missile Units in Turkey
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signed an official deployment order on Friday to send 400 American military personnel and two Patriot air defense batteries to Turkey as cross-border tensions with Syria intensify.
The American batteries will be part of a broader push to beef up Turkey’s defenses that will also include the deployment of four other Patriot batteries — two from Germany and two from the Netherlands.
All six units will be under NATO’s command (US Command)and are scheduled to be operational by the end of January, according to officials in Washington.
Obama just has to say when.....


What about Hillary Clinton?  She, who allegedly has a stomach flu and skipped out on the latest  Enemies (Friends) of Syria meeting. Will this flu make it impossible for her to testify at the Benghazi hearing next week? If it does that must be one heck of a bug! Perhaps Hillary didn’t get her flu shot?  State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

                            
The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that's not a done deal.

Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today.

 The House Foreign Affairs Committee has also already announced its Dec. 20 hearing featuring Clinton's testimony. The title of the HFAC hearing is "Benghazi Attack, Part II: The Report of the Accountability Review Board"

But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said today that the ARB is not complete, might not be complete by Dec. 20, and Clinton has not agreed to testify on Dec. 20.
 Related to the Benghazi 'incident'

 Susan Rice withdrew from consideration for heading up the State Department
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The reluctant announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.

John Kerry as the shoe in. Mr Skull and Bones. Of course,John Kerry is heavily involved with investigating what exactly went on in Benghazi. You know getting to the bottom of it. Leaving no stone unturned, etc., etc.

 Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement today announcing the hearing.

"We ask our diplomats and development personnel to operate in some of the most dangerous places on the planet." "We owe it to them, and we owe it to the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi to get past the politics and focus on the substance of what happened and what it tells us about diplomatic security going forward."
John Kerry, the next head of the US State Department?....We just have to wait and see

UPDATE!!
Was this news story leaked to soon? You know before any 'scuds' actually flew? wink,wink.
Looks as if the msm was catapulting the propaganda to soon
A thought: the bogus "scud" or "scud like missiles" is more justification for the Patriots
But,what about those Iskanders????

Syrian Scuds land near Turkish border - NATO

Reuters UK - ‎33 minutes ago‎
BRUSSELS | Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:59pm GMT. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed "fairly close" to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile ...
Originating with the NATO news nerve centre in Brussels

When one actually clicks the link through to the story there is no mention of scuds at all
Headline and opening paragraph...

U.S., rebels urge gloomy Moscow to help oust Assad

Syria's rebel leadership and the United States seized on Russian pessimism over President Bashar al-Assad's future to urge Moscow to help push its ally into ceding power and end the battles closing in around his capital.
"We want to commend the Russian government for finally waking up to the reality and acknowledging that the regime's days are numbered," the U.S. State Department spokeswoman said after a senior Kremlin envoy conceded publicly on Thursday that Assad's opponents could win the 20-month-old civil war.

Why am I having a 9/11 flashback moment?: Building 7

Updating yet again!!! : Sat AM

Now when one clicks that link this story appears- note the time difference and the headline change
The wording has gone from scuds land near to scuds hit "near" Also the story is originating with Oliver Holmes in Beirut.

NATO says Syrian Scuds hit "near" Turkey
BEIRUT |
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:27pm GMT
 NATO accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces of firing Scud missiles that landed near to the Turkish border, in explaining why it was sending anti-missile batteries and troops to the bloc's frontier.
 The Syrian government, which finds itself under attack from rebels in the capital Damascus and by a diplomatic alliance of Arab and Western powers, denies firing such long-range, Soviet-built rockets and had no immediate comment on the latest charge.

What is also interesting is that this is a rehash of the story from a few days ago written to appear as if it is just happening.
Crucial part:

"Over the past few days, a handful of Scud missiles were launched inside Syria, directed by the regime against opposition targets. Several landed fairly close to the Turkish border, which is very worrisome."
Over the past few days? Extremely vague. Over the past few days does not mean yesterday or today.

It appears the propaganda wasn't firmed up enough to properly catapult at the earlier time.
Later it seems the msm got their story lines straight? In order? Or properly prepared??
Or ready to launch?