how far is heaven, part 3

After watching Dr. Nick Begich's video a few weeks ago, we ordered one of his books: Controlling the Human Mind. This book informs us of the many decades of research, much of it classified, into mind control technologies. Essentially, energy is the invisible handle by which to control people: frequencies. Or, as we have read before, the NWO is wireless. Meaning: invisible. Invisible signals understood by our bodies.

How does a woman's body know how to grow a baby? It just knows. In the same way, our bodies know how to respond to energy whether or not our minds comprehend anything about the science of it.

See this pdf of the various frequencies and how they affect our brains.

The invisible energy enters our body and affects our various systems. 

When the limbic system was stimulated the patients vigilance weakened, they lost capacity to think, often they began to undress or grope and when the stimulation stopped they did not remember it. SOURCE

The limbic system affects behavior and memory.


The patient Roger was studied extensively. He suffered extensive bilateral limbic system destruction after a bout of herpes simplex virus type 1 encephalitis (HSE). Scientists studied him for over 14 years.

"Despite the magnitude of his brain damage, Roger has a normal IQ, average to above average attention, working memory, and executive functioning skills, and very good speech and language abilities. In fact, his only obvious presenting deficits are a dense global amnesia and a severe anosmia and ageusia."

A patient of average intelligence, working memory, executive functioning, and language abilities, whose ONLY obvious problem is that he can't remember what happened in the past. A serious illness caused severe brain inflammation. The inflammation caused some of his brain tissue to die. Quite a lot of brain tissue.

Roger was a normal child and young adult -- college educated, athletic, friendly, quiet, reserved. At age 28 he developed a high fever, nausea, and an intense headache. An ER doctor diagnosed him with influenza and sent him home. Friends found him unconscious days later. He remained in a coma for 9 days. He recovered, sort of.

How do the scientists describe Roger, who they studied for 14 years?

Little has changed for Roger over the past 28 years.
  • He has virtually no episodic memories for anything that has happened in three decades. He cannot remember 9/11. When shown pictures, he speculates that the Russians are attacking America.
  • He confabulates, ie: he makes statements that are not true / inaccurate. "Confabulation is considered “honest lying,” but is distinct from lying because there is typically no intent to deceive and the individual is unaware that their information is false." Wikipedia
  • He has extremely poor insight into his own condition. 
  • He downplays his own problems despite the profound affect they have had on his life (ie: he is completely dependent on others).
  • He eats voraciously.
  • He compulsively collects useless things.
  • He plays solitaire, listens to music (he has an unusual ability to remember artists and B sides of songs), and is an excellent bowler.
  • He hardly ever complains or worries about anything.
  • He is happy, outgoing, extroverted, approaching strangers without fear or concern for social cues. 
  • He has a defective memory for faces, having great difficulty distinguishing familiar people from strangers.
  • He routinely jokes, laughs and makes excellent puns. He is in a perpetual good mood.
  • He is jocular and speaks freely, without filtering his thoughts.
  • His personality and intelligence are remarkably stable, having changed little in 14 years of testing. 
  • He is compliant and easy going, earnest, attentive, and hard working.
  • His working memory, executive functioning, and attention are normal.
  • He has no depression, no anxiety, no psychiatric problems, and no psychopathology.
  • He has no sense of smell or taste.

To be clear, Roger has massive brain damage.

"Most people who meet Roger for the first time have no idea that anything is wrong. They see a normal looking middle-aged man who walks, talks, listens, and acts no differently than the average person. They might be slightly taken aback by his overly friendly behavior, or perhaps, they might be confused as to why a stranger just walked up to them and started telling jokes. They would not, however, be inclined to think that Roger is missing a substantial portion of his brain; a stark reminder that the territories of Roger's brain which are damaged, including the limbic system, are not critical for a broad range of basic life functions and behaviors."
Despite his massive brain damage, Roger can "pass" for normal on first impression, but he is dependent on others. Roger is not stressed out because Roger does not remember anything that would stress him out. He is simple.

He is a very PLEASANT and COMPLIANT person, free of WORRY and ANXIETY.


Free of troublesome MEMORIES.

Does he sound like some people you know?


The scientists learned a lot by studying Roger.

Did the scientists discover how to make people pleasant, compliant, free of worry and anxiety, free of introspection?

Perhaps some scientists discovered that damaging the limbic system makes people easier to control?


Roger has massive brain damage. But what if people had just a "little" brain damage? Is that possible? Is that feasible? Is that ethical?

Would a "little" damage to the limbic system, for instance, make it difficult for people to remember things that happened in the past?

Would constant reminders be helpful in shaping memory, allowing some events to remain important while others faded away? Would this help keep people easy to control?

Would a "little" brain damage make people simpler and more compliant?

Would they still work hard, play hard, and be largely free of anxiety and introspection?

Are you smelling what we're stepping on here?

Roger's brain necrosis was caused by inflammation. Adjuvants in vaccines also cause brain inflammation. Does a "little" brain damage make people easier to control? Can a "little" brain damage be caused by vaccines? Can a "little" brain damage be arranged for large numbers of people?

'I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.'

What about radio frequency research? Has the military researched the science of controlling people through radio frequencies for many decades? Can these technologies cause or mimic a "little" brain damage?

The Office of Naval Research has been collecting scientific reports on the biological effects of RFR since 1974. At present time their collection is growing by over 1000 papers each year.

The great majority of published experiments was performed on animals. The experiments with people (as we will see later) are reserved to secret military projects.


Our understanding comes from what we remember + what we forget.

Do not leave important decisions about what to remember and what to forget in the hands of others.


how far is heaven, part 1
how far is heaven, part 2


Ron Paul and Economic Theories (and other backwards thinking)

This is a guest post by James at the Winter Patriot Community. The original can be read here. This post grew out of a discussion in the comment thread at our last post, BS Labs.


Many moons ago scientists thought the heavens revolved around the earth. They had fashioned theories and equations to verify this. But every now and then a planet would be observed moving backwards. How was this possible?

Explanations were put forward and some involved very complicated maths to 'prove' how this was possible. Of course, only educated/trained and intelligent people could follow these explanations. So the average person of average intelligence and average education had no way of credibly arguing with these 'scientists'.

But a critical foundation that these complex calculations were based on was wrong.

There was one crucial piece of information, one crucial assumption that was backwards. And that was that the heavens, including the planets, revolved around the earth. They did not, of course. Now with this piece of missing information, the average person today can see that all these complex calculations and theories and all the disputations that occurred between the scientists were meaningless nonsense.

So it is with economists and their theories today. And similarly, we don't need to understand the complexities of their false arguments to understand how they are simply wrong. There is a fundamental equation in economics and understanding it is crucial to seeing the nonsense that is peddled as economic management today. It is simple and well known to economists yet seemingly few economists have any idea of the truth and therefore the power that rests in this simple equation. It is the economic equivalent of Einstein's E=MC2.

It is this. P=MV 

P= production i.e. GDP or the total value (denoted in dollars) of the wealth created by people in a country in a given year.

M= the size of the Money Supply (M3) we all have to buy that wealth that was created (GDP). (M3 is the amount of notes and coins [M1] together with the total credit balances in all the bank a/cs in the land [M2] plus some Bills of Exchange and a couple of other things I don't understand!)

V= the velocity of the Money Supply i.e. how fast people spend the money they get. In boom times the money supply (M) will turnover 1.1 times overall in a given year. In depressed times it will turn over 0.9 times. SO for our purposes we can say it turns over on average of 1.0 times which also means we can leave it out of our calculations without affecting the outcome.

So simplifying this down, Production and therefore employment) will rise (or shrink) to the level of Money (M) available to purchase said production.

So increasing Money Supply leads to increasing prosperity until the productive capacity of a nation is totally employed. Then if M is increased further the prices of Production and not the amount of P will increase to match the level of Money. i.e. we now have price inflation.

This is what happened in Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920's. The private banks printed massive amounts of money (while blaming the government for it ever since) and lent it into the economy and massively inflating the price of any goods on sale. The purpose was to collapse the economy, destroy people's savings and buy up assets with foreign currency at fire sale prices. It worked.

On the other side of the Atlantic a few years later in the 1930's, the bankers reduced M (the Money Supply) to one third of its level of the 1920's and created the Great Depression with its price deflation. It also wrecked the economy and caused massive hardship.

So controlling the level of money (regardless of whether it is gold backed or not) is what determines a sound economy. Too much and you have inflation; too little and you have depression and deflation. Having too much and keeping it out of the productive economy and channelling it into speculation, as at present, will result in both inflation and depression at the same time.

It is a very simple and very understandable mechanism. Hence the mountain of economic jargon and nonsense to hide this simple truth that regulating the amount of money in the economy to make full use of the labour and resources available will result in a stable and prosperous nation. This is the last thing the banks want as it is nowhere near as profitable for them. Besides, what's the point (for them) of being rich if every one else is rich, too?

If the government also creates this money itself and therefore pays no interest to any outside banks, then the nation will have no national debt either. Imagine that; a government that had no debt and could never say it had no money to fund whatever projects there were people and resources available for!

This was the situation in the prosperous American Colonies-  

“When Benjamin Franklin was called before the British Parliament in 1757 and asked to account for the prosperity in the American colonies. He replied, "That is simple. In the colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Scrip. We issue it in proper proportion to the demands of trade and industry to make the products pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating for ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay to no one." 

It was the struggle for financial sovereignty that precipitated the American Revolution when the (Rothschild) Bank of England forced the colonists to give up their own currency. That war never ended.”

The above quote is from an excellent and wide ranging article by Nikki Alexander from the invaluable Information Clearing House. Reforming the Global Financial System-Flushing the Parasites 

This article has a list of further links to excellent writers on this subject. For further reading on how money is created, see my article of a couple of years ago- Warring World Part 4b Introduction to "The System" (cont) 

What every country needs is for its representative government to be the sole issuer of ALL monies with banks unable to create credit through checking a/cs and credit cards. They would be reduced to lending money from their own reserves just as building societies do now. They would become the financial intermediaries they have claimed to be all along.

Prosperous conditions can be easily achieved by matching the amount of money issued (at low or no interest) with the productive capacity of the population. This ensures full employment with no inflation. It's exceedingly simple. 

The govt can issue money by either spending it into the community (to pay for social security or infrastructure projects at no cost to anyone) or lending it into the community through low interest loans (the interest from which would be income for the government)

The end result from this simple move would be a peaceful and prosperous country with little to no taxation.

A currency is given worth by the people who do the producing. So a country's Money supply is backed by the country's GDP (the total value of a country's Production of goods and services in a given year). That is always the underlying reality whether or not you can exchange a dollar for a speck of gold or not. The point of having gold as the so called backer of the currency is to give control over that same currency to those who own the gold and we are back to square one with the "boom and bust business cycle" and its attendant instability.

In a society with a gold backed currency, the owners of the gold will limit how much money we can have and so also limit the wealth we can create for ourselves and keep us forever dependent on them.

After the Spanish started stealing gold from South America centuries ago, they experienced a booming domestic economy. It was simply because the extra gold was converted into extra money which allowed extra production to be produced and traded.

They could have experienced exactly the same thing by having a properly managed fiat currency. Fiat currencies are not backed by hot air as many would have us believe. They, like ALL currencies, are backed, in fact, by the amount of goods that can be bought with them - the country's GDP which is the productivity of the people. That we have inflation and deflation to adjust the price of goods and services to over time match the amount of the Money Supply is ample proof of the fact that a currency is backed by the nations GDP regardless of what it is said to be backed by. 

That is why the money supply belongs to the people as a whole and it is a theft of grand proportions on the part of bankers to have dispossessed us of it. 

Ron Paul with his 'gold backed currency' is playing directly into the hands of the bankers he says he is against. He should be avoided for that very reason regardless of what anybody thinks of his motivation and whatever else he might say.

If you can exchange your digital or paper currency for gold, it is still not much use to you if you can't exchange the gold for goods for whatever reason. So the gold, too, is given its value by the goods that are exchanged for it. This applies to every medium of exchange. That's is why you have it; to exchange it for goods and therefore it is the goods that give it its value. Goods that are created by productive people and who are willing to accept your gold for it.

Gold is attractive only because currencies are kept unstable by private bankers who have no interest in having a stable money supply. It is worth bearing in mind that these same bankers also control all commodity markets including the gold market and regularly run it up and down to suit their own purposes which always amount to taking wealth out of your pocket and putting it into theirs without providing anything of value in exchange. This is also known as stealing!

Ron Paul is currently popularising the idea of a gold backed currency together with a form of Laissez-faire economics i.e. little to no government planning. His chief intellectual source for all this is the Austrian School of Economics which was formed around economist Frederich Hayek's writings on economics and politics.

Hayek's book, "Road To Serfdom" is a compelling argument against big government. It describes the weakness of human beings in the face of weilding power over others and the corruption this brings to the human mind. No argument there from me, at all.

The flaw in Hayek's thinking, though, is that ejecting the govt and leaving the economy to a laissez- faire system is getting rid of the problem. It doesn't. The problem is the bankers that weild power over the government and not the government itself. The bankers have power over the markets as well. Because they literally own the market places (the NYSE, for instance) and the clearing houses, they can do what they like with the markets through the simple but fraudulent practice of short selling; selling what they do not own into a market and driving the price down. The gold market is far larger than all the gold mined in history.

The bankers are free to control commodity markets and the lending market, otherwise known as the Money Supply, whether under a so called government planned and controlled market or a laissez-faire one. Either way they are free to make the money supply and to vary the size of the money supply at will under whatever political and economic philosophy is in fashion. The effect of periodically shrinking the Money Supply is what causes the otherwise mysterious “Business Cycle” of boom and bust.

It is this mismatch of money supply quantity and the quantity of resources of a community or nation that is THE fundamental problem. Laissez- faire economics does NOTHING to alleviate this primary problem.

Regarding “hard currencies”, having productive resources such as physical labour, intellectual skills, raw materials, machinery and productive land all sitting around idle because the nation does not own enough gold to allow it to print enough money to facilitate the use of all these idle resources while people are without housing and food is just plain nuts! Worse, it is criminal. It is the kind of insanity that is the hallmark of evil.

This is exactly what happened in Australia during the Great Depression. The Bank of England withdrew the gold it had lent to the Australian government so the government had to shrink the money supply to match the amount of remaining gold it had. Massive human cost ensued. The bankers would do it again in a flash, I'm sure.

The Austrian School's explanation of the mysterious 'business cycle' comes closest, in my view, of all the economic 'schools' to the truth of the cause of this mysterious cycle of boom and bust. But it puts the blame for the varying size of the money supply at the feet of interest rates as if bankers' behaviour was completely determined by the interest rate of the day and not their own rapaciousness. The blame lies squarely with the bankers and their lending policy i.e. how much they are willing to lend regardless of what the interest rate is. It should be obvious but it apparently isn't. Amazing for such great intellects. No?!

So Ron Paul and the Austrian School of Economics would leave us to the predations of the bankers without any control over them.

Pitting the Austrians against the Keynesians is a classic Hegelian Dialectic ploy. I liken it to a game of tennis where the 'opponents' are actually co-operating in putting on a show and captivating the spectators attention when, as in this case, we should be looking outside the court. Perhaps at Douglas' Social Credit, for instance. But more on Keynes and Douglas in a moment.

I mentioned the equation P=MV earlier. The meaning and it's working appear simple and straight forward and they are. It is usually taught in first year economics. But what is not taught is that the banks manufacture M, the money, and that they increase and decrease the level of this money at will and so assume near total control of the economy (Production) as a result; increasing it and decreasing it as they please through their lending policies. This is the primary cause of the “business cycle”.

P=MV. If the Money Supply is reduced by calling in overdrafts and reducing lending, so is the Production also reduced and we have a recession/depression. If the banks increase the Money Supply by lending as much as they can and putting to work idle capacity, then the Production increases and we have a boom. There's no mystery to it once this fact is understood. The banks run the economy up and they run it down and profit both ways at our collective expense. All the convoluted theories are nonsense in the face of this fact.

Now that you have the missing piece of information, if you want to read some real nonsense from some highly paid idiots, have a gander at this!

The Keynesian model of government intervention and planning is seen widely as a failure because of the massive govt debt that has been built up. And this was the fatal flaw in his theory i.e. the way it was financed. But if the government deficit budgets were financed by govt owned central banks, then all would have been fine. Financing the mounting govt deficits from private banks played into their hands. Keynes' excuse was that if he didn't support private bank financing, then his theory would not have been adopted at all.

The adoption of his theory gave immediate relief to the general populace (evidenced by some decades of prosperity) only to create a bigger problem down the track (which we have now). Hence the real reason for his comment, “We are all dead in the end”. Keynes also became Lord Keynes which was a nice reward for not elucidating on the flaw in it to everybody.

There was a large and growing discontent with bankers and govts and the way they managed the economies at the time. The adoption of Keynes' theories may have been a successful attempt to derail such movements as C.H. Douglas' Social Credit movement. I'm sure Keynes borrowed heavily from it in forming his theories except Douglas' model would have cut out the banks and the debt. Douglas explained the problems with classical capitalism far clearer than Keynes subsequently did though they were speaking about the exact same problem.

Douglas was an engineer and it has struck me that all the best writing on economics over the years has been written by engineers. I think it is because they are schooled to take the cause and effect relationship very seriously and not be put off by vague or woolly explanations.

C.H. Douglas' writings 

Keynes claimed rightly that the economy was determined by the aggregate level of business and consumer demand and that this level of demand was chronically under funded for full employment. So it was the opportunity and even duty of the government to provide this funding through deficit budgets. This would have worked well if not for the fact that the deficits were funded by private banks at interest, as we've noted, which created the long term debt bomb that we are left with now. If governments around the world had financed their deficits from State owned banks, this problem would be non existent today and our economies would be in fine shape. Instead, now the economies around the world are being choked and smothered to pay the bankers their illegal and immoral interest.

Another problem with Keynes' theory is that he did not explain clearly WHY capitalist economies were chronically under funded. He had no excuse as this under funding was explained very simply and very clearly more than ten years before by Maj C.H. Douglas in his writings on his Social Credit movement.

As Maj. Douglas explained, given that we know that almost all money comes into being as loans and the vast bulk of these are for industry, we can see with a little thought that these loans cover the manufacturing costs (the outgoings) of production. But on top of these costs there needs to be a margin for bank interest on those loans and a margin for profit in the final sale price of manufactured goods (and services). These added margins are unfunded and the money to pay for these margins does not exist.

The money to cover the manufacturing costs (provided by the investment and business loans and operating overdrafts) has been spent into the community to cover wages, raw materials and plant costs (which break down to wages sooner of later) and so is available to pay for that component in the sale prices of the production. But the money needed to pay for the margin to cover bank interest and profit for the enterprise has not been spent into the community by the manufacturers and therefore is missing from the community. The community is too poor to buy all the production that it collectively manufactured.

So unless consumer credit is issued to the public, there is not enough money (M – Money Supply) to buy the full production (P – production or GDP) and this inevitably leads to goods being left on the shelves and to growing unemployment.

For an example using some figures. Let's suppose an economy starts the year without any money supply. Industry borrows (at interest) 100 billion dollars to finance their production programs. That money is spent paying for wages and for raw materials. Now industry has spent all its money and the community has a money supply of 100 billion dollars. The manufacturing sector now wants to sell all of its production and also to sell it at a profit.

So it's costs are the $100b loan plus $10b bank interest ($110b), plus it wants to make a profit of 20% so it puts a price of $132b on its total production. But the community only has the original $100b that it traded its labor and other resources for to pay for the output. So $32b worth of stock is going to stay on the shelves unsold. What do you think will happen next?

Yes, industry will lay off workers and scale back production and we have an economic recession unless the public can borrow enough money through consumer loans to pay for the remaining production on the shelves.

The other option (and the one Keynes opted for) was for governments to bring in a deficit budget i.e spend more into the community than it received in taxes and finance it through loans from the private banks (who create the new money out of thin air, of course). Because of the temporary nature of loans and the fact that they attract interest, this solution just postpones the problem till next year and then the situation requires an even bigger loan (because of accumulating compounded interest) to pay for the same manufactured output.

The problem with supplying the shortfall in the money supply with consumer credit is that it is secured against future wages that will be needed to purchase future production. It will accrue interest as well taking more money out of the community that is needed to buy future production. So we have a short term solution that creates a much worse long term situation. If, instead, the government provides for this shortfall with deficit budgets financed by private banks, we get the same problem. In practice we have a combination of both these very unsatisfactory arrangements of badly financed government debt and consumer debt.

(As an aside, this is why we need a constantly growing economy to just stand still.)

Maj. Douglas' solution was to distribute money to cover this shortfall of funds (the $32b in our example) free as a dividend to all citizens. This money would then swell Aggregate Demand to the level of GDP or Production and ensure a fully employed workforce and a prosperous nation with a minimum of downstream social costs and all very simply done. Other solutions could be equally as effective so long as the money was spent into the community by the government at no cost to itself such as through State bank funded infrastructure projects that would not have to be sold to the population and so not absorbing valuable money supply.

Because Keynes did not explain the mechanism, the problem, or the solution clearly and fully as Douglas did (though nowhere near as widely), it left the citizenry in the dark as to what was happening and thus we all became victims of the banks and to the competing nonsensical economic theories they have sponsored down through the decades to keep us all bamboozled as they continue to rob us blind.

The bankers have robbed us of much more than money, too. They have robbed us of happy, healthy and peaceful societies. They have robbed us of many family members from poor health and depression due to poverty and uncertainty and not to mention from their wars for profit.

Here's a site that explains very well in the form of a story (in text and audio) what has happened to us and how we have come to be dominated by bankers. The Earth Plus 5% 

I hope I have shown that prosperity and peace of mind for everyone is attainable with collective knowledge and political will. I hope I have shown that economics need not be a convoluted and 'dismal science'. I hope it is now possible for it to be seen as a simple, straightforward and even exciting discipline given the possibilities that lie before us for personal and cultural advancement.

I'll finish with a final quote from Nikki Alexander's excellent article linked above-

“Money and credit can and should be used to keep the economy flowing, facilitating the exchange of real goods and productive services that meet the needs of society ~ without fabricating debilitating and fictitious debt. This, in fact, was the intention of Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution that authorized only Congress to coin money and regulate its value. The founders of our nation understood that a government does not need to borrow its money from a private corporation. It has the power to create its own money. We are that government and that power belongs to us.” “Our government has the constitutional authority to create money and issue credit without ever charging interest or creating debt. It can directly spend this money into circulation and extinguish excess currency to prevent inflation. Or it can charge a reasonable interest rate and use this revenue in lieu of taxes.”


BS labs

UPDATED with an amazing video at the end (we changed it to a link to the video), the story of Dr. Burzynski and how the FDA works tirelessly to make sure that you never, ever hear about his work on cancer. 

A13 has covered the Armegeddon Virus and the big "debate" over whether or not to publish the research, because some terrorists could get their hands on it, so it is an ethical question. EVEN THOUGH they totally admit that you can't reassort deadly viruses in CAVES.

"These are not easy viruses to reconstruct," Professor Diane Griffin of Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health said in 2005. "You're not going to do this in a cave in Afghanistan."

That's a half-truth. It's true that they don't conduct bioterrorism research in caves. The work is done in labs. Where are the bioterror labs?

The Netherlands has some BSL-3 labs.

How many BSL-3 and BSL-4 (even safer!) labs are there in the world?

And where do they conduct bioterrorism research?
Not in the caves of Afghanistan.

Scientists developed a mutated virus that has the high mortality of H5N1 (60% mortality in humans) PLUS the high contagion of H1N1 (easy to spread as the common cold). A killer virus. The scientists would like to publish the study in academic journals, but what if some bioterrorists replicate their work?

Some fear the virus, if it fell into the wrong hands, could be modified by bioterrorists into a weapon that kills billions of people.

ASSUMPTION #1: The virus is not in the wrong hands now.

ASSUMPTION #2: The virus cannot now kill billions of people.

The Good Scientists made the killer virus BEFORE the Bioterrorists could do it. And the Good Scientists will presumably keep the virus from falling into the wrong hands.

We question those assumptions.

Because let's remember that this is not the first time scientists have done this research. They did this research before, and then later they had a problem with a BSL-3 lab.

HERE IS THE LINK to the original article from January 2004: CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study, CIDRAP 

We don't know who did that research in 2004. But five years later we had the Swine Flu pandemic.

Here is a backup copy that we posted on April 28, 2009, called CDC runs with scissors in 2004, stabs us in the eye in 2009. We always thought it would go down the memory hole.

The very next day after we discovered this old but important news, some clever woman, a widely published author at Natural News, "broke" the story.

Jan 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world.
That could happen, scientists predict, if someone who is already infected with an ordinary flu virus contracts the avian virus at the same time. The avian virus has already caused at least 48 confirmed human illness cases in Asia, of which 35 have been fatal. The virus has shown little ability to spread from person to person, but the fear is that a hybrid could combine the killing power of the avian virus with the transmissibility of human flu viruses.
Now, rather than waiting to see if nature spawns such a hybrid, US scientists are planning to try to breed one themselves—in the name of preparedness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals. The goal is to assess the chances that such a "reassortant" virus will emerge and how dangerous it might be.
CDC officials confirmed the plans for the research as described recently in media reports, particularly in a Canadian Press (CP) story.

That very same day, April 29, 2009, the WHO raised the pandemic alert to level 5, warning of widespread human infection from the Swine Flu.

Does anyone remember Jane Burgermeister, who was fired from her job after filing criminal charges against some powerful people?
She was European Correspondent for the website of Renewable Energy World, a position from which she was suddenly dismissed in July 2009 after filing a series of criminal charges against Baxter, WHO and others.
She started up the birdflu666 blog to alert people about the fact that Baxter had contaminated 72 kilos of seasonal flu with the bird flu virus in an Austrian lab in Feburary 2009, nearly sparking a global bird flu pandemic, according to the Times Of India.
Baxter made this "mistake" in a BSL-3 lab.

Jane Burgermeister sent this information to the FBI in June of 2009:
The amount of material was 72 kilograms.
This material was sent to 16 labs in four countries under a false label.
The 72 kilos of live bird flu virus was destined for the seasonal flu vaccine.
The deadly mixture of live bird flu virus and human flu virus were mixed in a Biosecurity level 3 facility, where basic protocol and procedures would make it impossible to ever mix a live virus bioweapon with vaccine material by accident.
The mixture was a super-wide spectrum combination H3N2 seasonal flu virus and live, unlabeled H5N1 viruses. If both strains were to incubate and recombine in a human host, a virus could mutate  via "reassortment" into a virulent airborne weapon that would cause a pandemic.
The material was not radiated before it was sent out, leaving the deadly virus alive. It was only detected when a lab member in a lab in the Czech Republic tested a portion on ferrets and these died.
Lab staff in Austria and the Czech Republic were subsequently given preventative treatment against the bird flu in hospitals in Vienna, Austria.
The CDC begged scientists to reassort the viruses before, in 2004, and presumably they did, "in the name of preparedness," although we don't know who did the research.

And then, five years later, Baxter mixed some seasonal flu virus with LIVE UNLABELED H5N1 virus, in a huge batch of vaccine sent to 16 labs in four countries. Luckily, and we mean it, someone tested the material on ferrets, which have a respiratory tract very similar to humans, and the ferrets died. So the material was recalled. But, no one was held accountable. Jane Burgermeister filed some criminal charges and Jane became targeted.

All of this has apparently been shoved down the memory hole now that we are having a big ETHICAL DEBATE over the "Armageddon virus" research.

The debate sets up a problem. Some people love setting up problems because it allows them to come up with solutions.

The problem is censorship, according to the article. Censorship is bad, as everyone knows. It is anti-freedom. Thus the question becomes: Should the science be censored?

Well we have news. Science is already censored. Lots of secret science is conducted, and has been conducted. Secret science and technology has been kept hidden to create a huge technology gap, and this huge technology gap allows evil people to play God with you and your loved ones.

How many ways can we say it?

See: use your imagination to fill in the gap
See: disaster memory hole 
See: one point for being close
See: miss chimera virus
See: filling the gap
See: white horse or spaceship
See: more regrettables
See: alien fail
See: something is missing
See: getting away with murder
See: Acts of God? depends on who you worship

Why isn't the debate: What kinds of life-saving technology has been kept from the world? Who allowed that to happen?

Why isn't the debate: Why are scientists allowed to do bioterrorism in the first place? The last time this happened they nearly sparked a global pandemic. No one was ever held accountable. Why were scientists allowed to do the research in the first place, and why are they doing it again?

But no, those debates would be very inconvenient. So instead we have a convenient little debate over censoring the science. And, naturally, they have a solution. Returning to A13's post:

But what about the scientific ideal of freely sharing information and ideas? Shouldn't scientists refuse censorship by governments?

Dr Selgelid said censorship should occur only in exceptional cases, but that precedents have already existed for decades in the nuclear industry.

"In nuclear physics, discoveries with weapons implications are automatically born classified in the United States whether or not the research is funded by governments."

To ensure that any such censorship is justified and verified, an international body similar to the NSABB and under the auspices of the WHO could be set up, with a panel of experts in both the science and security fields examining research that could lead to potentially severe impacts on public health, Dr Selgelid said.

The body should also have the power to impose binding decisions under international law, he added.
"This study reveals that biological sciences are now in a situation similar to that of atomic physics at the time when key discoveries were made that enabled the production of the first atomic weapons," he said.

"This is a key moment in the history of biology."

Other controversial studies in the past decade:

By the way, you will not find the 2004 CDC-sponsored research or the Baxter Incident in the list.

But you see, the SOLUTION to the PROBLEM of all this controversial scientific research is a New International Body under the auspices of the WHO, staffed with EXPERTS, who have the POWER to impose binding decisions under international law. And this body would be the Trusted Authority between YOU and the Good Scientists doing their research.

The Good Scientists would conduct their research, such as bioterrorism, and then send it to the New International Body, who would review it and decide whether or not the information can be shared.

THAT would make us safe from bioterrorists, so the theory goes.

Suppressed science? This will make your blood boil.  Burzinsky Movie

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for anyone who knows anyone who has ever suffered through cancer -- which is just about everyone. Just imagine how many people died from cancer in the twenty years the FDA has harassed this man instead of supporting him.

1 hour 45 minutes


staff meeting

We have a problem. There are too many topics, and we can't write about them all.

The utter crock of shit about Putin's supposed near-death political status and the "Arab Spring" coming to Russia... please see The Kremlin Stooge, who puts that neatly in a little brown paper lunch sack.


The "improbable sounding plan" mmhmm of Saadi Qaddafi arranging a secret getaway home in Punta Mita, Mexico, to be neighbors with Charlie Sheen Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga, with the help of some spooky people arranging flights through US, Canada, KOSOVO and some unspecified Middle East countries, luckily unraveled just in time by Mexican intelligence agents, PHEW!, after some tips from "international partners." Kosovo, of course, being an organized crime clearinghouse under complete control of NATO -- and thus the OBVIOUS choice for a Saadi Qaddafi layover......?


The little detail that children who have NOT received annual flu vaccines have BETTER IMMUNITY than those who have, oopsie-daisy, because the flu vaccine hampers the natural production of T cells leaving people MORE VULNERABLE to PANDEMICS, yup, and that in the 1970s THREE papers were published in the Lancet saying pretty much that these vaccines are useless, uh huh, (and btw the vaccines are contaminated -- all of them) -- BUT, in the meanwhile, while more research is conducted into these troublesome details (because forty fucking years is not enough time to suss it out), "the current vaccines should be used to protect our children."  http://www.pediatricsupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=90219  -- None of this stopping the NFID and CDC from pushing National Influenza Vaccination Week 12/4-10: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/05/4101088/national-foundation-for-infectious.html

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And most disturbing, this list of abused children in California. You go ahead and see if you can get through the list. See if you can wrap your mind around what is going on.

It's The Pedophocracy.

The Ellis County Observer
The following summaries are a few selected samples of real California Family Law cases (catogorized by county), in which children are taken away from safe parents, and forced to live with abusive parents. Is this because the abuser is offered money to film his sexual abuse against the child so the judicial system gets a kick back. All involved would be local police, judges, children services, attorneys and even medical examinars.
You decide after reading the following, is 8 billion a year worth this type of corruption.



what the world needs now?

What a quaint idea from the old days. No, you know what we need now in the USA? We need to keep making the pits that power nuclear weapons. In fact we need to spend $6 billion dollars that we don't have on a plutonium lab, and we need to build said expensive plutonium lab on an earthquake fault. Damn fucking straight.



Ideas brought to you by the same government that in 2004 decided that, rather than waiting for nature to spawn a deadly mutant flu virus, they should create one in the lab "IN THE NAME OF PREPAREDNESS."
Now, rather than waiting to see if nature spawns such a hybrid, US scientists are planning to try to breed one themselves—in the name of preparedness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals. The goal is to assess the chances that such a "reassortant" virus will emerge and how dangerous it might be.
Of course, not to digress or anything, but they did this in a BSL-3 lab (that means extra super-duty safe lab), but somehow the work was contracted out to another lab and the safety precautions went out the window. Oopsie! Regrettable.

Anyway that was a long time ago and nobody remembers these things because five billion other horrible things happened in the meantime. But it DID happen and it WAS brushed under the rug.

We note the PATTERN.

The lab is called the CMRR: Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility. It has been in progress for three decades, but now the final design plans are being discussed.

The authorities know that the area is prone to major earthquakes.

They say they need the lab to replace the 1940s-era Plutonium Facility (PF-4), which is the only building in the US equipped to make the pits of nuclear weapons. Other work to be done there is, of course, CLASSIFIED.

Do we really need a facility to make more nuclear weapons and conduct more classified research into radiation? Do we really need a facility like that built on in an earthquake-prone area?

The authorities have studied radiation for many decades. What more do they need to know? They have experimented on humans without their consent.

They know about the Petkau effect. 

For scientists, the Petkau Effect may be illustrated as follows:

A long term exposure of extremely low radiation (i.e., one-ten millionth of a rad per minute) was found to be 100 BILLION times MORE lethal than a short term exposure to exceedingly high level radiation (i.e., 10,000 rads per minute). As it turns out, Petkau discovered that at exceedingly high radiation levels, the abundant free radicals generated in tissues tended to cancel each other out before they could do cellular damage. But at extremely low levels of radiation, these same free radicals - produced in minuscule quantities - remain unchecked. And any steady stream of unchecked free-radicals will efficiently and lethally cleave lipid cellular membranes like a hot knife slicing through butter once they overwhelm and exhaust cellular antioxidant defenses. This dramatically illustrates the non-linear aspects of dose (rads) to lethality. Most scientists specializing in the field of nuclear medicine are unaware of this fact. And most think strictly in terms of genetic damage, while the above presents its lethal affects upon cell membranes and only secondarily to the genetic core.

We are already immersed in a radioactive environment.

The DOE has an administrative body, the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), responsible for overseeing the nation's nuclear labs. The NNSA has gone to great lengths to ensure that the lab will be safe up to an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude.

The chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, appointed by Congress to oversee the nation's nuclear facilities, is Peter Winokur (no relation to Pug Winokur of Enron infamy, as far as we can tell, although Winokur is not a common name -- Ashkenazic for distiller).

"The board believes that no safety issue problem in (the nation's nuclear complex) is more pressing than the plutonium facility's vulnerability to a large earthquake." ~ Peter Winokur

The board is not concerned as long as the construction plans are followed through.

IN OTHER WORDS, we have to trust the people at Los Alamos and the construction firms to build the facility to the highest standards.

What is the pattern? Well, why is our planet already polluted with radiation, among other things?


We note a pattern of very serious problems being ignored.

January 26, 2006, a letter to Mr. Eggenberger, Mr. Winokur's predecessor, inquiring about 300KG of missing plutonium:

IEER found that, according to the Department of Energy’s own documents, there is at a minimum 300 kilograms of plutonium that is not accounted for in the nuclear materials safeguards account of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Given that this large amount of unaccounted plutonium could present national security, public health and environmental threats, we are writing to request that you open an immediate investigation into plutonium accounting at LANL.

...The Department of Energy has known about the discrepancy in plutonium accounts at LANL since 1996 (please see enclosed DOE memo). DOE even set up a “working group” to address plutonium accounting discrepancies at all of its sites (LANL has by far the largest discrepancy), which achieved no apparent results. In August 2004, IEER and other organizations wrote to LANL Director Pete Nanos urging him to address the issue, but there was no substantive response. While the DOE promised a response when the IEER report was released in late November 2005, the subsequent public statement was similar to the prior dismissive ones. Whether or not DOE and LANL address this vital issue, we believe it is essential that the DNFSB undertake an immediate, independent investigation of the unaccounted plutonium, given the large quantity involved.
...CC: U.S. Senator Pete Domenici
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman
U.S. Representative Tom Udall
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry
DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman
NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks
NNSA Los Alamos Site Office Manager Ed Wilmot
See the historical documents:

January 30, 1996 memorandum outlining the discrepancies of nuclear waste

August 10, 2004 IEER memo to the director of LANL, following up on the discrepancies

The huge discrepancy at LANL is especially troubling and puzzling because Los Alamos was not continuously an industrial-scale production site. If the LANL number is anywhere close to correct, then there may be very serious implications regarding the lack of due care in minimizing losses of an extremely expensive, proliferation-sensitive, and dangerous material.
On the other hand, if the 1,375 kilograms that is now booked as waste is not, in fact, in the waste, the security implications are obvious. They are at least as serious as those of loss of nuclear weapon design information. As you know, the difficulty of obtaining fissile materials is generally considered the most important barrier to proliferation.
As the Guimond-Beckner memorandum states, Secretary O'Leary set up a working group to address the issue and urged individual sites to do so as well. The DOE working group seems to have melted away in the bureaucracy. To the best of our knowledge, LANL has yet to explain the large plutonium accounting discrepancy or address its security implications.
It is completely unacceptable for a discrepancy of 150 bombs worth of plutonium to remain on the books eight years after it was first discovered. We hope that you agree.


Refresh your memory about plutonium.

Plutonium, a man-made material, has a half life of 24,000 years. A single plutonium particle, if ingested particularly inhaled, will kill you from the inside by bombarding your body with radioactivity. Of course you won't know. You'll get sick over a period of time. You'll never know that you ingested a plutonium particle that gave you cancer because the particles are invisible. Good luck. By the way, essentially all plutonium on earth has been CREATED by MEN in LABORATORIES. Regrettably, they don't keep close track of the plutonium, and at least 300KG have been missing for several decades. Oops.

Et cetera.

Should you worry about them building a new plutonium lab on top of an earthquake fault? Or has the horse already left the barn?


How about the construction?

We note a pattern of poor oversight and relaxed standards.

I am writing to you to suggest NNSA immediately issue a stop-work order on the Chemical and Metallurgical Research Replacement (CMRR) program. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has learned that Austin Commercial of Dallas, TX, the contractor hired for building the first stage of the CMRR, is not building the facility to ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance (QA) standards for nuclear facilities, nor to other DOE QA requirements.  In fact, Austin Commercial is allegedly demanding an increase in their fixed fee from $10 million to $30 million if they are expected to meet these QA standards, and are even threatening taking Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to court. Did LANL actually enter into a contract that did not spell out these requirements?

Furthermore, POGO has learned that Austin Commercial already poured over 100 cubic yards of defective concrete that was out of spec because there was too much air in the concrete.  This error was discovered and rejected by LANL QA personnel. 

Let's pause right there and recall the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant that was threatened by the Missouri River floods this past spring. We learned that radiation makes concrete brittle.
Then we have the small problem of the cozy relationship between the nuclear industry and the nuclear industry regulators, and the consequences of that: WEAKENED SAFETY STANDARDS.

Records show a pattern of plants falling out of compliance. Studies ensue. The studies find the standards overly conservative. Authorities loosen the standards. The plants then come back into compliance. For example, radiation makes concrete brittle. The US Nuclear Regulatory Authority set a "reference temperature" benchmark of 200 degrees Fahrenheit to predict the threshold that the concrete vessel housing radioactive fuel could break apart. The standard today: up to 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

...The records show a pattern. You don't have to be a scientist, or an engineer, or any sort of specialist to see that these PATTERNS of behavior tend to repeat, and these PATTERNS of behavior tend to results in people dying, which is then deemed regrettable. And we have discussed these patterns many, many times, but if we were to pick one post as a reference, we think this one does the trick: getting away with murder.

So have these concrete issues been resolved? The NNSA says they were resolved. What more could you ask for?

There were some discrepancies early in the pour cycle, and these discrepancies were resolved. All completed concrete confonns to the approved RLUOB Design and associated QA requirements. To date, a total of 6,800 cubic yards of concrete have been placed of the total 16,800 cubic yards.
Everything is under control! All the best people are on the job, making sure that everything is done to the highest quality standards. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to worry about. Major General Robert Smolen, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, said so. Go back to sleep.

POGO update today: High cost of under-the-radar nuke facility becoming hard to ignore

Largely flying under the radar of the general public since its inception as a $375-million facility in 2001, CMRR-NF has been championed by politicians like Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and has been the foe of organizations like the Los Alamos Study Group and Nuclear Watch of New Mexico.
We are not surprised at Mr. Kyl's support.

"Radiation exposure kills us. The sad truth about radiation. No level is safe and as the levels rise we see the impact for decades. Very seldom are the effects of radiation exposure seen immediately, unless the exposure is extreme. We pray for everyone in Japan  
and in the path of the radiation."

Who is in the path of radiation already?
But some people think we need more.
They're not satisfied yet.
They don't feel safe from the scary terrorists.
They want an expensive plutonium lab to make more weapons,
to do more classified research.
That would help them out so much.

You understand, right?


mysteries of blogging

TB is a small blog. We are a staff of ONE, even though we call ourselves we. We means me, myself and I, plus occasionally my buddy James helps me or has a guest post. We have some teammates and joint blogs that we contribute to from time to time. But we have never gotten into followers or advertising or anything like that, so we have not done anything to try to make TB more popular, to work the dials and knobs. Think of it as a controlled experiment. What happens when you blog for years, hopefully of some quality, and do absolutely nothing with social media tools (twittering, facebooking, followers, etc.)? Well, what happened to us is we eventually got to have regular traffic in the neighborhood of 500 hits a day. Even still, the majority of visitors come in on a search and land on some old post, and never return. We estimate we have well under 100 regular readers. Not bad for thousands and thousands of hours of unpaid work, huh? It's all good. We are actually very pleased to have readers, period. Hello and a special thank you to all our regular readers. But have no doubt that in blogdom, we are TINY. TEENY TINY. MICROSCOPIC. And that is fine with us.

ridiculous bear-like microscopic creature floating in the ether

Still, weird things happen. Things you would not expect to happen to a small blog like TB.

About 2000+ people have visited TB in the past week or so to look at one particular post, an old post.

There was no direct link, and not one of them has left a comment.

They come in on an image search for "hazing."

Most of them used this type of search: yahoo image search for hazing. 

If you click on that URL, you get a general yahoo image search.

Enter "hazing" into the search bar.

You will get some hazing images.

Which one do you think is the one we used in the post 18 months ago? Take a guess.

All these people guessed the same.

A few came in on other image searches for "hazing," google images, etc. Those people guessed right too.

What are the odds? Maybe they have some direction? Maybe there is some reason they all click the same image when they do their image search, all 2000+ of them in a week or two?

Not one of these people came in on a proper link, to a source that we could say, Oh, that's where they came from. They all come in on an image search, and they all pick the same image.

These 2000+ people all came in "randomly," as it were.

These 2000+ or so people all clicked on the same image, the image from this old post we did in June 2010. It is not the first image that comes up in the image search for "hazing." It's not even the most interesting image. Nonetheless, they all selected it.


There is no innocent explanation for how all these people ended up on this post. Their behavior defies the laws of chance. There's nothing random about it unless it is computer generated traffic chicanery, and they are not really people, but "people."

And the post moved up the popular post ladder. It is now at #1: disaster lottery.

A suddenly popular post from 18 months ago, although no one wants to leave a comment.

It's a very strange phenomenon. It has happened probably a dozen times before with other posts.

It happened with this post. They came in on an image of Christine O'Donnell.

Do an image search on Christine O'Donnell and see how many pop up. They all picked the same image.

Who are these people?

They come from all over the world to read TB? We feel so honored.

A tiny sample of URLs that have clicked on disaster lottery on 12/1/11:

Deutsche Telekom Ag (  0 returning visitsGermany FlagPegnitz, Bayern, Germany
Farmers Mutual Telephone Company ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagFruitland, Idaho, United States
Purchase College - Suny ( 0 returning visits United States FlagPurchase, New York, United States
France Telecom ( 0 returning visitsFrance FlagParis, Ile-de-france, France
Uvalco Supply ( States FlagSabinal, Texas, United States
U.s. Department Of Labor/employment Standards Admi ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagElyria, Ohio, United States
Jpmorgan Chase & Co. ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagWesterville, Ohio, United States
Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Weaver Automotive - Firewall P2p ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagCarnesville, Georgia, United States
The Boeing Company ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagRenton, Washington, United States
Great Plains Communications ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagBroken Bow, Nebraska, United States
Comcast Business Communications (  0 returning visitsUnited States FlagLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States
Puerto Rico Telephone Company ( 0 returning visitsPuerto Rico FlagSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Antelecom N.v (  0 returning visitsNetherlands Antilles FlagWillemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Elk Grove School District ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagSacramento, California, United States
Google (  0 returning visits Germany FlagFrankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Google (  0 returning visitsTaiwan FlagTaipei, T'ai-pei, Taiwan
Telecomplus ( 0 returning visitsMauritius FlagQuatre Bornes, Plaines Wilhems, Mauritius 
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (  0 returning visitsUnited Arab Emirates FlagDubai, United Arab Emirates
Golden Lines Cable ( 0 returning visitsIsrael FlagTel Aviv, Israel
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (  0 returning visitsPhilippines FlagBacolod, Philippines 
Buckeye Cablevision (  0 returning visitsUnited States FlagSandusky, Ohio, United States
Sigma Chi (  0 returning visitsUnited States FlagLawrence, Kansas, United States
Bright House Networks ( 0 returning visitsUnited States FlagBunnell, Florida, United States

There have been 2000+ such visits in the past week or two.

What does it mean? Who are they? We have no idea. We just wanted you to know that we wrote a fascinating post in June 2010.

And you should read it too.


Carbon Credits may be buried in Durban; India, China to lose, 12/3/11
Durban: The much-heralded carbon trading system may be headed for a dead end, if discussions underway over the last few days at the United Nations-organised global conference on climate change are any indication. This will have a major impact on India and China, the leaders in such trading.

JP Morgan follows UBS cutting carbon jobs as permits plunge, 12/2/11

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Investment banks are cutting traders and analysts in climate-related businesses as a slump in shares and carbon emission permits coincides with a deadlock in international climate talks....Clean-power stocks and emission permits have plunged as the European Union, the biggest advocate for climate action among developed nations, is ravaged by its own sovereign debt crisis.

chess vs checkers

Video from Socio Economics History blog.


Russia has also moved military resources to Tartus, Syria. This deployment was planned a year ago. It just happens that it is, perhaps, Just In Time to deter an attack on Syria. If we believed in coincidences, we would call it one of those. However, the ships are not there yet.

 longwarjournal map, click to enlarge

SOURCE: http://rusnavy.com/news/navy/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=13744&print=Y

The only Russian naval base abroad – Syrian port Tartus – will meet a task unit headed by the only Russian aircraft Admiral Kuznetsov in spring 2012. According to Russian military, deployment of Admiral Kuznetsov has no relation to politico-military situation in the region.

"Presence of any non-NATO force is very advantageous for that region, since it will prevent unleashing of armed conflict", said ex-chief of Russian Navy Main HQ Admiral Viktor Kravchenko in the interview to Izvestiya.

He reminded that Soviet Navy had founded Tartus base for repair and supply of 5th Operational Squadron deployed in the Mediterranean Sea with a view to deter Western forces.

At present, the base is used as Russian Navy's maintenance station, mainly by Black Sea Fleet (BSF) ships. In Tartus, they can undergo light repairs as well as replenish fuel, water, and food supplies. About 600 military and civilians presently serve there. However, no Russian warships are based in Tartus; BSF floating workshop PM-138 left the base early in 2011 and has not been shifted yet.

Meanwhile, the US Navy's carrier strike group including the newest carrier USS George H.W. Bush, two guided missile cruisers and two destroyers started patrol mission off Syria.

"Of course, the Russian task force will be incomparably weaker than the US Navy's 6th Fleet deployed in the Mediterranean Sea with one or two aircraft carriers and several escort ships at hand. But combat conflict is not in question today, because any attack on a Russian ship will be classified as declaration of war with all ensuing consequences", explained the admiral.

Russian military says the cruise bears no relation to the situation in Syria, since it was allegedly scheduled a year ago.

"Call of Russian warships at Tartus should not be regarded as a kind of reaction on events happening in Syria. This cruise was planned back in 2010 when there was no tension. We have been preparing for this cruise, and there are no reasons to cancel or postpone it", said the representative of Russian Navy Main HQ. He emphasized that except for Tartus, Admiral Kuznetsov and her escort would visit Lebanese Beirut, Italian Genoa, and Cyprus.

The cruise will start early in Dec 2011. Aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov will leave the Barents Sea along with large ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko. The ships will double Europe and enter the Mediterranean Sea via Gibraltar.

Black Sea Fleet (BSF) frigate Ladny will move from the other side – via Bosporus and Dardanelles straits – and join the task unit in the Med Sea. Prior to that, Ladny will call at Maltese port Valletta.

Air wing of Admiral Kuznetsov will consist of eight deck-based fighters Su-33, several new MiG-29K build for India and attending their first long-range cruise, and two ASW helicopters Ka-27. Flight drills will take place at high sea, far away from Syrian coast.

Except for aircrafts, Admiral Kuznetsov is armed with 12 launchers of Granit antiship missiles, SAM systems Kinzhal, eight Kortik antiaircraft missile/gun systems, six 6-barreled 30-mm automatic guns AK-630M, two antisubmarine rocket launchers RBU-12000 Udav and other weapons.

It is noteworthy that the aircraft carrier will not call at the port due to her deep draft. She will remain off the harbor, and all supplies will be brought by Admiral Chabanenko and Ladny. Aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov is the fifth Project 11435 ship and the only carrier in Russian Navy. She has performed four long-range cruises to the Mediterranean Sea and Northeast Atlantic. The ship has passed three large repairs with total duration of 6 years. After the cruise, Admiral Kuznetsov will be laid up for repairs again.

Kuznetsov's twins were sold abroad: Varyag – to China, and Admiral Gorshkov – to India. Deck-based fighters MiG-29K which are to be tested during the cruise will be based on the Indian aircraft carrier being presently retrofitted at Sevmash shipyard.

Admiral Kuznetsov has visited Tartus two times, in 1995 and 2007, writes Izvestiya.

So, importantly, we know that there are already 600 people employed at Russia's Tartus base, and the ships are on the way.

Reviewing the history of this base...

"If the Russians complete the upgrade of the Tartus facility, Russia's only foothold in the Mediterranean, it would mark the first military presence Moscow has established outside the borders of the former Soviet Union since it collapsed in 1991."

From the article we learn:

  • The base, established during the Cold War but little used since, will support Russia's anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.
  • Tartus and Latakia, another main port of Syria, could be used to reassert Russian influence in the Mediterranean.
  • Russia was also looking to establish naval bases in Libya and Yemen.
Oh, more coincidences!

"This is causing some consternation in the region. Israel in particular is showing signs of alarm at the prospect of Russian military and intelligence support for Syria, possibly including the deployment of advanced air-defense systems around Tartus and Latakia on its doorstep."

  • The Russian flotilla would be heavily outgunned by US, NATO and Israeli forces, and far from air support.
  • Nevertheless, the Mediterranean is strategic and Russia wants a permanent presence.
  • Dredging and dock construction began as far back as June 2006.
  • A four ship squadron was planned.

"The Israeli media has speculated that a Russian presence in Syria would handcuff the Israeli militarily in any future conflict over the Golan Heights or Lebanon.
If the Russians do rebuild their base at Tartus, it would likely be protected by state-of-the-art S-300PMU-2 Favorit surface-to-air missile batteries manned by Russians.
These long-range systems, far superior to Syria's air-defense system, could provide cover for much of Syria and become a major obstacle for the Israeli air force.
The S-300s would certainly make recent Israeli air force operations, such as the provocative 2006 low-level buzzing of President Bashar Assad's palace in Latakia and the September 2007 airstrike on a nuclear facility near the Turkish border, far more risky.
According to various reports, Moscow has been selling Syria a wide range of weaponry, including highly effective SS-26 Iskander-E missiles and advanced anti-tank systems.
The Syrians, always hard up for cash, may well be prepared to provide Moscow with naval bases as partial payment for its arms purchases, past, present and future."

Perhaps we can assume that the base at Tartus is, in fact, protected by state-of-the-art S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries manned by Russians.... ?

Russians, ruining everything then.... ? WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO.


Not to be deterred in the quest for a war on Syria, note the lone gunman story coming out of Turkey.

Here's the gunman. AP photo, very high quality. (Go to the link under the pic for a large version.) RECOMMENDED by MSNBC, "Dramatic picture of gunman at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace." He looks like a WHITE GUY judging from those ears. Are there any high quality photos of his face? NO? How unlucky.

"A heavily armed gunman walks inside the courtyard of the the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 30, 2011. A gunman wounded a soldier and a security guard at the entrance of Istanbul's Topkapi Palace before being shot dead Wednesday, witnesses said."

Allegedly, he is a Libyan...

...with Syrian citizenship.

Turkish security forces killed a Libyan gunman who shot and wounded two people with a pump-action rifle in the courtyard of Istanbul's historic Topkapi Palace on Wednesday, Turkish officials said. The assailant opened fire around the time the first visitors would normally be arriving at the lavish palace, home of Ottoman sultans for centuries and one of Istanbul's top tourist draws. He was killed after a one-hour siege.
"The attacker was not a Turkish citizen, he was foreign. A Libyan national born in 1975. He entered Turkey on November 27," Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin told reporters.
He said police had identified the vehicle in which the attacker arrived at the scene.
"The vehicle had a Syrian number plate. Its owner is someone else. But according to initial information the link between them is not very clear," he said. Investigations were continuing, he said.
Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu told reporters the gunman had been shot after refusing to surrender. He declined to comment on a possible motive for the attack.
Witnesses say he cried "Allahu Akbar," NATURALLY, before attacking soldiers and guards.
Witnesses say a gunman cried ‘Allahu Akbar’ and attacked soldiers and a security guard at the at the entrance of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, before engaging in a shootout with police inside the palace courtyard. The Gunman reportedly fired at the crowds and wounded 2 people, who were carried injured into ambulances after the attack.
Witnesses took the gunman for a crazy person at first but the with a shotgun armed man began shooting as soon as he saw soldiers and guards, the witnesses state.
WHY would the witnesses take him for a crazy person, at first? From the photo supplied, he looks like another SOLDIER OR GUARD. Was he doing something crazy other than walking around ARMED TO THE TEETH? Once he started shooting, we guess they NO LONGER CONSIDERED HIM A CRAZY PERSON....?

It is important to note that the attack occurred minutes after Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced economic sanctions on Syria.

The dead man has allegedly been identified as 36-year-old Samir Salem Ali Elmadhavri.

Here is Samir coming out of some shop or cafe. Damn but we still can't see his face!


CLICK HERE to watch the video (we can't embed it for some reason), and you can see that it is totally staged, his final moments caught on film. Dramatic pause on entering the door. Please watch before they remove it.

Trying to decipher this translation, but it sounds like he ran up a big tab in a bar JUST LIKE MOHAMMED ATTA & CO., got really angry about the exorbitant price of getting hammered, borrowed money from a friend to pay the tab.... ? Not sure but that seems to be what it says.

Atta and Crew Living it Up in Florida
Doing More Cocaine than Scarface

Or something like that.
Witness accounts said the shooter threatened a soldier on duty at the Topkapı Palace gates with his weapon and took the soldier’s G3 army gun. He then began shooting.

After being such an incredible bully, able to get an assault rifle off a soldier, he turned out to be a lousy shot. Also, he made no demands and refused to surrender.

Inexplicably, all this required 1.5 hours of apparently random shooting. See the next video.

Witnesses said the man shot the soldier in the leg and the guard in the abdomen before running into the palace courtyard through the main gate, chanting in Arabic “God is Great!”
Istanbul’s governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said the wounded are not in life threatening condition. Mutlu said the gunman made no demands and that police decided to shoot him when he refused to surrender.

"Topkapi Palace, the conflict lasted approximately 1.5 hours after the security forces took over as the attacker dead." SOURCE

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In case you were wondering where the HUNDREDS of shell casings came from, it must have been all those police and security people shooting RANDOMLY.

A witness who happened to be in the right place at the right time, to speak to the gunman, and to see the two wounded moments later! Wow. That's... so.... unbelievable.
“I saw the gunman carrying a gun on his shoulder, like a hunter. He had ammunition around his neck and a backpack. His overcoat was buttoned, I couldn’t see what was underneath,” witness Idris Cengiz told AP television. “He was coming toward us and my friend said he looked like a hunter so I asked him in English ‘Are you a hunter?’ He said something in Arabic which I didn’t understand. Then he said ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great).”
Cengiz said he and his friend heard the gun shots moments later.
“We ran we saw a soldier and a security guard laying on the ground,” he said.
No tourists were hurt in the attack.

DEAR IDRIS, WHY did you speak to the man in ENGLISH? Did he look like an American or something?

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