The Wikileaks Podesta Emails – A Preface

The fact that looking at Clinton’s dirty secrets is being conflated with “Un-American” activities should raise a red flag in every mind.

Wikileaks- The Podesta Emails

In every election season there are leaks, scandals, and all forms of dirty laundry and accusations that seek to manipulate public perceptions, whether true or false. This season is extraordinarily sordid, which is not all that surprising considering the particularly high stakes of this election. With Wikileaks being a new participant in the process, the enabling power of secrecy and PR are now on display. Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, I am not inclined to provide the particular PR service that the media offers her. This collection of emails is organized into themes and are drawn from every tranche released thus far, with updates.

However, the Globalists’ response to the latest leaks suggest that this issue has surpassed the realm of PR and mere obfuscation and is now bordering on levels of McCarthyism and an epistemological battle between two conspiracy theories. The Clinton Globalists are alleging a conspiracy between Trump and the Russians while Hillary and the Establishment at-large are accused of conspiring to exclude all candidates but her.

And according to CNN news anchor/drunk-driving street racer Chris Cuomo, “Remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media…” More McCarthyism, more appeals to authority, and more of the arrogance and condescension for everyday people from the elites of the Establishment. It is due to this attitude, and the myriad of recent Globalist disasters from the Iraq war to the Syrian refugee crisis, that the credibility and legitimacy of the American government is degraded and being questioned (and it should be questioned in a truly free and open society). The fact that looking at Clinton’s dirty secrets is being conflated with “Un-American” activities should raise a red flag in every mind. Rather than parroting the Obama administration’s unproven accusations against Russia, the media should be trying to validate it by looking for proof. It is now the US who must prove the allegations against Russia or be accused of risking nuclear war for the usual, pathetic purposes of covering up Globalist chicanery and duplicity. Unless the validity of these emails are denied directly and specifically, they should not be considered false.

But we have yet to address the issue: is Trump working with the Russians? For me, the jury is still out. But if you were to listen to the mainstream media, you would think that Trump isn’t even smart enough to organize an Easter egg hunt let alone a massive, technologically sophisticated global conspiracy directing the Russian intelligence, Wikileaks, and moles within the federal government to influence the election. So which is it? Idiot or genius? You can’t have both.

On its face, the 2016 Presidential Election does indeed looks like it’s being stolen again, just like the 2000 election and just like Al Gore said then. And I’m not talking specifically about the media collusion, voter fraud perpetrated by corrupt election officials connected to local political machines, or the extremely questionable voting machines that everybody wants to ignore. I’m talking about the fact that of the four candidates running for office, Trump is accused of being a turncoat for Russia, Jill Stein is currently the subject of an arrest warrant, and the only socially “acceptable” alternative to the Globalist Clinton machine is a third party candidate who can’t even name one foreign leader. If there are any indications that Gary Johnson is controlled opposition, one is his strange habit of making funny faces in the middle of interviews and the fact that he didn’t even know what, or where, Aleppo is. Trump is rightly criticized for running without knowing the issues inside and out, but he seems to understand the issues better than Johnson, who seems to be running… for some reason?

The “response” that the US is preparing against Russia is foolish and not guaranteed to abate or deter future hacks. The US’s priority should be to further secure classified information from hacking, and not to push a conspiracy theory implicating Russia without providing proof. I suspect that the US is incapable of stopping these hacks due to inherent vulnerabilities and built-in back doors to computer databases that were established in the 80’s as part of an elaborate plan to facilitate international electronic espionage, a plan which the Chinese may have recently caught onto. On that, I cannot be more specific.

The Dastyari Scandal: Australia Could Be Turning Against China

This incident, along with the Australian Treasury’s blocking of two bids from Chinese investors to buy up infrastructure in New South Whales, are indicative of the growing suspicion of Chinese influence in the country.

While China was completing the construction of its artificial island chains, the assistant chief of staff to the US Army, Colonel Tom Hanson, spoke publicly to pressure Australia into picking a side in the South China Sea conflict. The US has been trying to build a regional coalition to stop China’s takeover of the region’s fishing lanes, off shore oil reserves, and the $5 trillion worth of trade that passes through maritime shipping lanes.

That was over a month ago, and now Australian politics are hinting towards the continuation of the alliance with the US and the West and away from China. A recent scandal surrounding a high ranking senator, Sam Dastyari, saw accusations of bribery and influence peddling. Dastyari was accused of asking for and accepting money from a Chinese business with ties to the Chinese government to cover travel expenses and a legal bill. Those travel expenses were incurred while Dastyari was on a conference tour in China, speaking out against anyone who would interfere with the ongoing take over of the South China Sea and undermining the positions of the Australian government and his own party. After being condemned by the Prime Minister, he resigned from a prestigious senate position to become a rank and file senator with little influence.

Sam Dastyari steps down from Labor frontbench after accepting money from Chinese donors

This incident, along with the Australian Treasury’s blocking of two bids from Chinese investors to buy up infrastructure in New South Whales, are indicative of the growing suspicion of Chinese influence in the country. This is good news to the Globalists in Washington who are now threatened with a plethora nationalist uprisings in addition to Russian and Chinese expansionism and their own weakened economy.

Right now, the only country that has a lot of capital to invest is China. After agreeing it would no longer manipulate the value of the Yuan at the last G20 in Hangzhou, the IMF announced the Yuan would become an IMF reserve currency in November. It’s a sign that China’s currency is becoming commonly traded and stable, and on track but still not close to replacing the dollar as the most widely used reserve currency. A great number of Aussies are wary of foreign investment, but beggars can’t be choosers and China has the capital.

Australia’s wealthy have watched the developments on the world stage and are not immune to the uncertainty over who will control world energy markets and trade. Billionaire entrepreneur Gina Rinehart, whose business make billions in coal mining annually, has recently placed a bid on one of Australia’s largest beef producers with capital from Chinese investors who were limited to minority ownership. Understanding the need to diversify, Rinehart sees potential in Australia’s ability to produce food.

Chinese investment in Australia

Under the bid, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting will end up with 67 per cent of Australia’s largest landholding. But one third of the ownership is to be taken by a Chinese group, Shanghai Cred, which had also formed part of the original bidding consortium rejected by the Treasurer.

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal, the fourth largest producer of coal, and also the third largest producer of liquefied natural gas and expected to lead that market by 2020. With the uncertainty around energy markets, climate change policy and green technology, Australia is reacting like New Zealand, Britain, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries who have had to adjust their policies as well as their financial dealings to suit new geopolitical realities.

The West is arranging to tank Putin’s oil-ruble through the climate change debate, but they have not been able to keep pace with the developments rapidly being made in BRICS nations. The Globalists in DC, London and Berlin haven’t prepared a new framework to tie to the value of the dollar now that the Russians are trying to take the world energy market from them. This poor timing, combined with the intensification of climate change policy and treaties, is part of the reason why there is so much uncertainty seen in the markets and governments across the globe. But this course of action by the West has also placed additional pressure on the BRICS system to develop even faster, and maybe not very neatly or cohesively.

Before Monsanto’s reputation was so damaged that it had to be sold off to Bayer, the company that trademarked heroin and produced Zyklon B for Nazi concentration camps, GMO’s could have been the framework that the West was building to replace the petrodollar. GMO’s are designed to be hardier and have more consistent yields, making for a more stable commodity to trade on and pin the dollar to, and the reason I think they were given protections in the TPP and TTIP trade deals.

GMO’s are allowed in Australia with the exception of the state of South Australia, but the view towards them looks mostly negative as many Australian grocers have banned them from their stores voluntarily. If you suddenly start seeing campaigns and NGO’s calling for Australia to trade in GMOs or accept a treaty like TPP, you’ll know that the Globalists still have Australia on their side.

China Developing Mini Nuclear Reactors to Power South China Sea Expansion

Nuclear power represents a serious tactical concern in any potential military conflict…

China’s continued territorial seizures are becoming a gaping hole in the fabric of American global dominance, and yet another outbreak of multipolarism in the Globalist framework. Now, they are working to outfit their remote island outposts with so-called “baby reactors” within the next five years.

Micro-reactor may power South China Sea outposts

Although the small, lead-cooled reactor could be placed ­inside a shipping container ­measuring about 6.1 metres long and 2.6 metres high, it would be able to generate 10 megawatts of heat, which, if converted into ­electricity, would be enough to power some 50,000 households.

The fact that these little nuclear power plants can last decades without refueling signals an intention by the Chinese to maintain an indefinite military presence in the South China Sea. Nuclear power represents a serious tactical concern in any potential military conflict, having the potential to spread radioactive material all over the region’s major shipping routes and a critical food resource in fishing.

Paralleling Russia’s advances on fossil fuel markets, China has been expanding their role in nuclear power internationally and domestically.

Britain approves controversial Chinese-financed nuclear-reactor, with a catch

The Tactical Situation Around the Siege of Aleppo

Both sides are committing massive resources to take Syria’s largest city, and many commentators are characterizing this battle as decisive for the entire war.

The ill-fated ceasefire between Assad and the “moderate Syrian rebels” broke down quickly after a Syrian army base was accidentally bombed by US forces and the destruction of a U.N. aid convoy was blamed on the Russians. Assad’s army quickly decided to continue operations to take Aleppo, which was pinched off from the rest of the line by Kurdish and Syrian Army advances in late July and under siege ever since. Virginia State Senator Richard Black’s analysis sets the stage quite well.

Both sides are committing massive resources to take Syria’s largest city, and many commentators are characterizing this battle as decisive for the entire war. A few days after Assad’s army took Castello Road, cutting off the last supply line to the “Aleppo pocket,” Al-Qaeda/Nusra forces attempted to break out. A force of 8-10 thousand al-Qaeda/Nusra jihadists armed with rocket launchers, suicide vests and 95 tanks (yes, that’s an al-Qaeda tank brigade) attempted to push north out of the pocket to secure their last supply line via Castello Road. Another al-Qaeda/Nusra army of about 30,000 attempted to push in from the outside, focusing both offensives on one section of the Syrian army’s cordon in order to break through. The cordon held and the breakout was a failure, and back-and-forth fighting continued throughout August with neither side gaining an advantage until the ceasefire was signed on September 11th.

1006aleppo

As stated earlier, it was a short-lived ceasefire, but the al-Qaeda/Nusra forces dwelling in the city appear to be weakening from the siege. Although the opposition was able to repel another advance seeking to cut through the middle and divide the pocket, Assad’s army was able to gain ground in the north of the city with assistance from the Kurds. Clearing out and incorporating the pocket into Assad’s territory is expected to take weeks if not longer, and 20 civilians were killed and 100 injured from Assad’s airstrikes on the city. According to Senator Black, Syrian Army forces are allowing civilians to leave Aleppo freely, and have proven that they can be trusted to allow the evacuations. However, al-Qaeda/Nusra jihadists in the city are reportedly not allowing civilians to leave, and killed 26 people out of a group that attempted it.

While the Army Chief of Staff was rattling his saber in Washington, the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura tabled a plan to allow al-Qaeda/Nusra forces in the city to leave peaceably. Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to it, knowing that the US would have to go along and convince the jihadists to relinquish the city if saving civilians is of paramount concern. As of a few hours ago, the UN envoy’s suggestion was rejected by al-Qaeda/Nusra, who are determined to break the siege despite the odds.

The Latest: Al-Qaida faction refuses to leave Aleppo

Russia beats U.S. to punch on Syria ‘no-fly-zone’

 

Kanye’s Art Fail, and Other, More General Art Fails

There was no art, no talent, no beauty, and no work, and instead we got a peak behind the curtain at a creepy nexus between art, advertising and capitalism.

For an artist who makes a living expressing his opinions, the worst thing Kanye West could do is make a bizarre, incoherent, and ultimately boring statement. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happened at his last fashion show in New York.

Kanye’s NYC fashion show gets blistering reviews

Kanye West had a ‘meltdown’ and ‘fired over 30 people’ after disastrous Yeezy fashion show

Those who attended the show waited hours in the heat before it started, and when it began there were models wobbling and rolling their ankles on the catwalk while one fainted from the heat. In a nutshell, it was an embarrassing failure. So what happened? And how hard is it to put on a fashion show?

Although I would love to lay all of this at Kanye’s feet, he had actually hired another “arteest” named Vanessa Beecroft to design and organize the show. Curious about how her artistic style would be defined, I looked up her profile on Wikipedia and was ultimately not surprised.

Her performance art is often large scale and often involves live female models, often nude.

Putting aside the wisdom of hiring an artist that uses mostly nude models to organize a fashion show, one must admit that the nudity involved is the only thing differentiating this performance art with any regular fashion show you’d see on TV. This is an important point that will resurface later.

The performances are existential encounters between models and audience, their shame and their expectations.

An existential encounter- in other words, people existing in the same area. They don’t do anything but walk and stand, there’s no actual performance, just existence. What Beecroft would claim to be art is the act of being nude in public and the defiance of social norms, but what crucial role does Beecroft serve in the process? Anybody can tell a person to get naked and stand in a field, it doesn’t actually require any talent. Mother nature did all of heavy lifting creating an elegant female form, the model made the sacrifice of privacy by being nude in public (Beecroft has never performed nude) and society is doing the rest of the work by reacting. The artist has yet to create anything, or even occupy a crucial role in the creative process. Even the manner in which she arranged the models was a square, the most boring, mundane shape anybody could imagine.

Each performance is made for a specific location and often references the political, historical, or social associations of the place where it is held.

Ok, now we are getting artistic. The artist is finally forced to do some work and make a decision, displaying their thought process and conferring a style to the work. Kanye’s event took place at the Four Freedoms Park at Roosevelt Island, created in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt and named after the four freedoms he outlined in a speech in 1941. These were freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from want and fear.

Although I have issues with FDR’s conflation of equality under the law with freedom from economic and political issues, a classic Globalist philosophical leap, the speech is a nice thing to reference. Being an arteest, Beecroft undoubtedly relies on freedom of speech for her job, but the performance art didn’t look like it was celebrating freedoms at all. Women standing in a rigid square formation and languishing in the sun while jack-booted models march in a path around them? This looks like a military parade in Red Square. These oppressive, militant displays lack humanity and people are literally treated like motionless objects to be arranged and displayed. There was no beauty at Four Freedoms Park.

Looking at what happened at Kanye’s show and Beecroft’s profile, I think it’s pretty clear we have two hack frauds exploiting young people and society to try to make a buck. Beecroft’s conveniently simplistic style allows her to inject nude women and “edge” into any corporate venture, turning a simple fashion show into “high-concept” performance art. Because Beecroft’s style is very minimalist and doesn’t require any actual work or planning, it’s cheap and adds value to Kanye’s brand. That’s art, cheap and easy. Kanye is reportedly $53 million in debt and has already been accused of exploiting people for not paying his models. This has nothing to do with art, it’s about money. Even though Beecroft touts her work as feminist, she does nothing but exploit women in art for her own personal gain.

top-gear-set-visit0115

There are many examples of great performance art that aren’t recognized as such. The Stig, for example, is the official, anonymous test driver and a character on the British TV show Top Gear. He’s often seen racing the hosts, setting lap times and records for celebrity guests to beat, and testing every car that is reviewed, pushing them to their limits and beyond sometimes. His performance on the track is awe-inspiring, fueling rumors about his identity as many professional race drivers are unable to beat his lap times. Taking advantage of the mystery of the his anonymity, the writers and the hosts fill in the blanks of the Stig’s personality, painting him as part maniac, part petulant teenager, and part genius. This is an actual performance, and the artist doesn’t do it for recognition or fame as the white helmet, which has itself become a symbol in the UK, never comes off in public. But art doesn’t have to be a cultural icon to be recognized, it just has to look like the product of work and skill. Aerial dancers like those at Cirque du Soleil have to be in fantastic shape and practiced, and they still might fall and die in front of a crowd of people.

The reason why Kanye’s “performance art” was boring was just that, nothing was happening. There was no art, no talent, no beauty, and no work, and instead we got a peak behind the curtain at a creepy nexus between art, advertising and capitalism. We saw how fraudulent, untalented celebrities go through the motions and check the boxes to peddle there wares under the guise of high fashion. But they got too sloppy this time, and the truth became plain to all who were at Roosevelt Island that these people, Kanye West and Vanessa Beecroft, are nothing more than sad, desperate, and pathetic individuals.

EU Leaders Fear Brexit Might Still Be Contagious, Nationalist Movements

“More people yesterday voted against migrants quotas than voted originally for Hungary to join the EU…”

The backlash towards the EU’s Syrian refugee policy that first motivated the Brexit has not subsided at all. The results of recent local elections also indicated a palpable shift in support towards parties opposed to taking in refugees, showing that the movement has garnered enough followers and voting power to significantly alter elections and the balance of power in regional politics.

After the departure of Britain, the EU’s balance of power experienced a shake-up with Italy probably taking the UK’s place as the economic power second to Germany in the bloc. As soon as Britain left, the Italians threatened to leave the bloc due to its own greivances. After being bailed out by the EU Central Bank in 2009, Italy has suffered under austerity measures, high unemployment, and a banking crisis requiring more bailouts. Now, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is holding a national referendum on those bailouts, and the failed, Keynesian economic strategy put forth by the Globalists running the EU. The last time somebody ran a referendum against EU policies, the results were poor for Brussels.

Will Italy be Europe’s next casualty as Renzi risks all on referendum?

A member of the French parliament has also cautioned the EU bureaucrats on the rise of  nationalism, referring to it as “euroscepticism” and populism, and that nearly all EU member states are tempted to follow the example set by Britain.

Hungary has been particularly outspoken about refugee policy, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban didn’t mince any words when he threatened to leave the EU over the issue. After EU bureaucrats refused to recognize a referendum against refugees that received support from 98% of Hungarian voters, pro-Brexit Nigel Farage made a fairly damning point.

“More people yesterday voted against migrants quotas than voted originally for Hungary to join the EU, and I’m beginning to think that that perhaps the Brexit vote is having a big knock on effect across the rest of the Europe.”

EU politicians mull Hungary referendum result

I would agree with Mr. Farage, as the refugee crisis is now being lumped together with other long-standing grievances, such as austerity measures, into something similar to a nationalist political platform. The leaders of the EU recognize that the Brexit can still become contagious, and how dangerous this is to their globalist policies and their power structures.

 

Tit For Tat: 9/11 Bill Passes and Oil Prices Rise

Issues of legal liability not withstanding, the biggest ramification of the passing of the bill has yet to manifest itself on the world scene.

In the midst of a currency war pitting the American petrodollar against the Russian oil-ruble, a fault line grinding away between Washington and Saudi Arabia has given way. For the past six months the Saudis have vehemently opposed the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, even threatening to dump $750 billion worth of US Treasury securities.

Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

On the 27th of September, President Obama’s veto was overridden by Congress and the bill was passed into law. If the Saudis are threatening their own ally and Obama is calling the override “a mistake,” the stakes have to be high and the consequences profound, but in what way?

Despite threats to sell off Treasury securities, the Saudis are certainly not in a position to deal giant blows to their economy. The recent oil glut coordinated by the Saudis, OPEC and the West to keep oil prices low and to stifle Russia’s economy has stifled the Saudi economy as well. Recent attempts to privatize and sell off the state-run Aramco oil company have failed to garner sufficient investors. Saudi plans currently in place to diversify their economy by the year 2030 are already reliant on heavy foreign investment and capital as well as government funding for education reforms and the creation of a technically skilled work force. Selling off all US Treasury assets and imploding the Saudi economy is simply not an option if they want to maintain their goals.

Obama’s concerns that the bill would introduce new legal liabilities is indeed a valid one. The day the bill was passed, an organization called the “Iraqi National Project” declared their intention to sue the US government over war crimes during the Iraq War. Later that week, a widow who lost her husband at the Pentagon filed a suit against the Saudis, bringing to light another, more urgent concern for these two governments. New information regarding the struggle that took place on 9/11 could become public due to the discovery process of lawsuits. With 9/11 being such a big event that impacted so many people, nobody can say exactly how many lawsuits could be filed, or how many subpoenas could be served to the Saudis and the various departments of the US government.

Issues of legal liability not withstanding, the biggest ramification of the passing of the bill has yet to manifest itself on the world scene.

OPEC Agrees to Cut Production, Sending Oil Prices Soaring

The day after Obama’s veto was overridden, OPEC and Saudi Arabia announced they would cut oil production. Allowing oil prices to rise will give oil nations a short economic reprieve from the glut, something that Venezuela could have used two years ago. It also boosts the Russian economy and the value of the ruble as Russian oil sales become more profitable as well. The Saudis say that the price increase will be temporary and that the glut is not over, but this could be taken as a warning from the Saudis to the Globalists. They may not be able to crash the US economy without crashing their own, but they can help America’s rivals in a way that is equally beneficial to themselves. The Saudis understand that if potentially embarrassing information about them is in danger of being released from these lawsuits, they will need to have a way to pressure the Globalists into keeping their secrets for them.