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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/proxy-kremlin-russian-orthodox-church

Earthquake Watch, Inside Jupiter, New Island | S0 News Dec.12.2017

How Is Canola Oil Really Made?

 

Canola Oil goes through extensive refinement and processing before the finished product makes it to grocery shelves. Not only is Canola Oil bleached and extracted with harmful chemicals, but it is also a genetically modified product contributing to many health ailments due to its toxicity and integration within thousands of processed foods.

Kenya's election violence worsens inter-ethnic divisions

America Is Haunted

The Earth whispers in a low hum that's now been recorded for the 1st time underwater


Under the background of a never-ending racket bellowed by animals, human machines, and natural forces, the Earth itself is humming to a tune only the sharpest mechanical ‘ears' can pick up. For years, scientists have known that our planet produces a low-frequency drone.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on public cinemas


Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom's nascent film industry.

HSBC Shares Surge As US DoJ Removes "Sword Of Damocles" On Money Laundering

On Monday, HSBC announced its deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had expired, removing the threat of criminal prosecution for money laundering which had been hanging over the company for five years. From the Financial Times.
The US Department of Justice has given HSBC a major boost by seeking dismissal of the deferred criminal charges that have been hanging over the bank since it was fined for money laundering and sanctions breaches five years ago. The move by the DoJ lifts the threat of criminal prosecution that had been a “sword of Damocles” hanging over London-headquartered HSBC, as its new management team looks to put its misconduct-plagued past behind it.
HSBC said the DoJ would file a motion with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking the dismissal of the charges deferred by the agreement it reached as part of a settlement with the bank in December 2012.The deferred prosecution agreement meant the DoJ could have reopened the criminal case against HSBC if the bank had been caught breaching the rules again during that period.
To recap, in December 2012, HSBC agreed to pay the largest fine ever - £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) - to settle charges of money laundering after a US Senate investigation concluded that the bank had acted as a conduit for “drug kingpins and rogue nations”. HSBC was found to have violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. From the DoJ’s press release.
“HSBC’s blatant failure to implement proper anti-money laundering controls facilitated the laundering of at least $881 million in drug proceeds through the U.S. financial system.  HSBC’s willful flouting of U.S. sanctions laws and regulations resulted in the processing of hundreds of millions of dollars in OFAC-prohibited transactions.
The bank admitted to poor money laundering controls and its CEO, Stewart Gulliver apologized, stating “We accept responsibility for our past mistakes”. At the time, the BBC summarised the key points from the Senate’s report.
HSBC in the US had not treated its Mexican affiliate as high risk, despite the country's money laundering and drug trafficking challenges
The Mexican bank had transported $7bn in US bank notes to HSBC in the US, more than any other Mexican bank, but had not considered that to be suspicious.
It had circumvented US safeguards designed to block transactions involving terrorists drug lords and rogue states, including allowing 25,000 transactions over seven years without disclosing their links to Iran.
Providing US dollars and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia despite their links to terrorist financing.
In less than four years it had cleared $290m in "obviously suspicious" US travellers' cheques for a Japanese bank, benefiting Russians who claimed to be in the used car business.
HSBC’s share price surged up to 2.1% after trading opened in London on Monday, hitting an intra-day peak of 748.9 pence. In its 2016 annual report, the bank had warned that an independent assessor appointed by the DoJ had expressed “significant concerns” about the pace of HSBC’s attempts to address the shortcoming highlighted in the Senate report. The media is portraying the announcement as a victory for outgoing CEO, Stuart Gulliver, an HSBC lifer, and the recently appointed Chairman – never mind that the bank has paid $13-14bn of fines for all manner of misconduct since 2011. From Bloomberg.
The expiry of the DPA is a vindication for Stuart Gulliver, who is due to hand over his role as chief executive to his retail banking and wealth management head John Flint after the bank’s full-year results in February. Mr Gulliver said: “HSBC is able to combat financial crime much more effectively today as the result of the significant reforms we have implemented over the last five years.”  
The move also provides an early success for Mark Tucker, who took over as non-executive chairman of HSBC in October having been chief executive of Asian insurer AIA for almost a decade.  
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/hsbc-share-surge-us-doj-removes-sword-damocles-money-laundering

Houses Burnt Orange Trees Infront Still Standing

Police Escort Ventura Residents Back Home For 1 Hour, Wait Till You Hear What Was Confusing

 

Just like Northern California, they are maintaining tight control over where people can go, and what they can see, and how long they be in their own homes. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n719v...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Another NYC Terror Attack

Deborah Tavares Warned Us All Of What was To Come in 2013

Senate Tax Debacle: Certain Pass-Through Entities Face Marginal Tax Rates Over 100% Under Current Bill

As the House and Senate continue to try to reconcile their two versions of a tax plan, the taxing structure for pass-through entities (s-corps, LLC's, etc.) continues to be somewhat controversial, if not completely nonsensical. As we pointed out last week, the Senate bill somewhat randomly chose to exclude pass-through entities organized as family trusts from tax cuts which would ultimately leave them on the hook for much larger tax bills due to the elimination of other deductions. It's unclear whether this bizarre exclusion was just an oversight or an intentional political hit on an easy target that no one in Washington DC would dare defend publicly: rich families organized as trusts.
Now, a new note from the Tax Policy Center lays out some scenarios whereby the marginal tax rate for high-income pass-through entities could soar to over 100%.  Of course, while two rational people can debate the impact of a ~40% tax rate on a person's desire to work, we're almost certain that a taxing structure that takes more than 100% of your marginal income will be a slight disincentive.  Here's an example of how it works from the Wall Street Journal:
Consider, for example, a married, self-employed New Jersey lawyer with three children and earnings of about $615,000. Getting $100 more in business income would force the lawyer to pay $105.45 in federal and state taxes, according to calculations by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. That is more than double the marginal tax rate that household faces today.

If the New Jersey lawyer’s stay-at-home spouse wanted a job, the first $100 of the spouse’s wages would require $107.79 in taxes. And the tax rates for similarly situated residents of California and New York City would be even higher, the Tax Foundation found. Analyses by the Tax Policy Center, which is run by a former Obama administration official, find similar results, with federal marginal rates as high as 85%, and those don’t include items such as state taxes, self-employment taxes or the phase-out of child tax credits.
As Joseph Rosenberg of the Tax Policy Center notes, the penalty is greatest for high-income pass-through entities in highly taxed states. 
Consider the example of a married couple whose entire income is “specified service” income generated by a pass-through entity and who claims the standard deduction. At an income of $524,000, the couple could take an $87,000 deduction (17.4% of the couple’s taxable income “without regard” to the deduction) that would reduce their taxes by $30,450 (since they are in the 35% tax bracket), but the deduction is entirely phased out at an income of $624,000. On average, that amounts to more than a 30% surtax on top of the 35% statutory tax rate over that range of income.

The actual phase-out is much more complicated, as the bill’s text released Monday night makes clear, because the deduction continues to apply even as its benefit is phased out. (If that sounds convoluted, it’s because it is.) The couple’s marginal income tax rate would jump to 61.375% at $528,541 of income. And it would rise to 73% until their income reaches $624,000 and the deduction is fully phased-out,at which point their marginal tax rate would return to the 35 percent ordinary income tax rate. (Note that these calculations do not include the additional 3.8 percent in self-employment payroll tax or the net investment income tax).

Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/senate-tax-debacle-certain-pass-through-entities-face-marginal-tax-rates-over-100-un

Interview w/Fire Captain on Origins of CA Fires

Terror Suspect Taken into Custody in NYCs Port Authority

Galactic Motion, Mars Field, Volcanic Quakes | S0 News Dec.11.2017

FIGHTING AGENDA 21 IN CALIFORNIA: CALIFORNIA STANDING UP TO TAX BY MILE. FULL SPEECHES

Alan Watt (Dec 10, 2017) Programming Consent (Death Beckons)

AI-controlled brain implants for mood disorders tested in people

AI-controlled brain implants for mood disorders tested in people

From $600 M to $6 Billion, Artificial Intelligence Systems Poised for Dramatic Market Expansion in Healthcare

https://ww2.frost.com/news/press-releases/600-m-6-billion-artificial-intelligence-systems-poised-dramatic-market-expansion-healthcare/

CA FIRES UPDATE: WINDS PICK UP, AGAIN, MORE EVACUATIONS, SANTA MONICA HOTEL 'EXTERIOR' FIRE.

"You Grow Up Wanting To Be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You've Become A Stormtrooper For The Empire"

You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you.
Question: How do you Americans as a people walk around head held high, knowing that every few months your country is committing a 9/11 size atrocity to other people. Imagine if the 9/11 terror attacks were happening in America every few months. Again and again, innocent people dying all around you. Your brothers and sisters. For no reason.
Daniel Crimmins from U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division answered:
Many of us are unable. Many of us watched 9/11, and accepted the government and media’s definition of the attack as a act of war rather than a criminal action. A smaller portion, drifting along passively thought a major war was coming, that people we knew were going to fight and die. Some of us maybe worried about our younger brother being drafted, despite being in college. Now, it seems stupid, but in the 72 hours after 9/11, some Americans, maybe suffering from depression, certainly with a mind shaped by comic books and action movies, ate up the “us vs. them” good vs. evil rhetoric spouted by the cowboy in chief. After all, he was the president, and no matter how bright you might think yourself, you can still be swayed by passion and emotion, led to terrible decisions.
Some of us, therefore, left our dorm rooms, and walked down Main Street to the recruiter’s office. Some of us were genuinely surprised the office wasn’t full to bursting of young men eager to avenge their fallen countrymen. Some of us were genuinely surprised when we had to push the recruiter to stop trying to sell desk jobs and just let us join the damn Infantry.
Image via Upriser.com
Some of us got enlisted, then, and went down to Georgia, head high to mask the anxiety and fear they might have helped. Perhaps some number of Americans in this situation discovered that maybe it hadn’t been the best idea, but would be goddamned if they were going to admit it, and let everyone back home smugly remark on how right they were.
So they persevere. They learn to work as a unit, to look past personality issues, to see each other as Soldiers rather than as a race, or economic status, or any of the other things people hate about each other. They learn to kill.
Then some of these people, perhaps while sitting hungover in the platoon area in the Republic of Korea hear that we have invaded Iraq. They have “Big Scary Bombs”, and Saddam Hussein, the secular Arab dictator had somehow colluded with the devoutly religious Osama Bin Laden to attack the US. They hated our freedom, you see.
Then some of these young American men might transfer back to Georgia and be assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, and end up in Iraq in January of 2005. And maybe these kids, still drunk on Fox News and fantasies of glory and renown being enough to win their ex-girlfriends back, are excited to go to Iraq. Sure, we hadn’t found any WMDs yet, and we had Hussein in custody, but they were still somehow a threat and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a Jeffersonian democracy. Inside every dirka is a good American, yearning to be free.
So you fight. You kill. Watch friends die. It's usually quick, almost never quiet, but for the rest of your life, when you remember sitting at the bar with them, they’re blown open. You picture the nights you spent downtown at Scruffy Murphy’s, but instead of the stupid hookah shell necklace, your boy’s jaw is blown off, and his left eye is ruined, and he’s screaming.
You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house, in particular, is the enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and maybe they had weapons. Probably not, they almost never did. There were a few times when we had deliberate raids based on solid intel and we’d turn up some stuff, but generally, we were just tossing houses because we could.
Then maybe your FISTer [field artillery forward observer] forgets to carry the remainder, and drops a mess of mortars on the village your supposed to protect. Maybe the big Iraqi running at you screaming was just mentally ill. Of course, you won’t know this until after you’ve put seven rounds through his rib cage, and his wailing, ancient mother is cradling his body, spitting at you.
Maybe when you get back to the FOB [Forward Operating Base], the Platoon Sergeant tells you you did the right thing; next time, it might be a suicide bomber. They tell you it was an honest mistake, it wasn’t your fault. They tell you to go get some chow, take a shower if the waterworks, and sleep it off. You did good work that day, apparently.  

The High Art of Movies Cont'd... (Feat. Adam Burkart)

 

Michael and Adam discuss the remarkably prophetic Blake’s Seven episode “Death Watch.” Subjects discussed include the doppleganger, war as entertainment, vicarious fulfilment, mind control, virtual reality, global brain, organic computering, posthumanism, collectivism, orchestrated chaos, why good fails, learning from evil, and much more...

Black Holes Behaving Badly | Space News

 

Astrophysicists tell us that at the core of 98% of galaxies is a supermassive black hole, a hypothetical “region of spacetime” whose gravitational effects are so colossal that nothing — not even light — can escape. For many years, scientific and educational literature has presented the existence of black holes as a matter of settled science, and science media routinely report fantastic claims about black holes with zero skepticism. In this episode, we explore some of the many recent discoveries that challenge the very existence of the black hole. 

Link to article cited in video, On the Signal Processing Operations in LIGO signals:https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.07421

If you see a CC with this video, it means that subtitles are available. To find out which ones, click on the Gear Icon in the lower right area of the video box and click on “subtitles” in the drop-down box. Then click on the subtitle that you would like. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions

After decades of waste, overpayments, trillions of missing or improperly accounted for dollars, and most recently losing track of 44,000 US soldiersthe Pentagon is about to undergo its first audit in history conducted by 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting firms to conduct reviews across the Army, Navy, Air Force and more - followed by annual audits going forward. 
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with DoD Comptroller David L. Norquist, June 15, 2017
The announcement follows a May commitment by Pentagon comptroller David Norquist, who previously served as the CFO at the Department of Homeland Security when the agency performed its audit. "Starting an audit is a matter of driving change inside a bureaucracy that may resist it," Norquist told members of the Armed Services Committee at the time when pressed over whether or not he could get the job done at the DHS. 
According to the DoD release
The audit is massive. It will examine every aspect of the department from personnel to real property to weapons to supplies to bases. Some 2,400 auditors will fan out across the department to conduct it, Pentagon officials said.

"It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DoD's management of every taxpayer dollar," Norquist said. -defense.gov
The Pentagon is no stranger to criticism over serious waste and purposefully sloppy accounting.  A DoD Inspector General's report from 2016 - which appears to be unavailable on the DoD website (but fortunately WAS archived)- found that in 2015 alone a staggering $6.5 trillion in funds was unaccounted for out of the Army's budget, with $2.8 trillion in "wrongful adjustments" occurring in just one quarter.
In 2015, the Pentagon denied trying to shelve a study detailing $125 billion in waste created by a bloated employee counts for noncombat related work such as human resources, finance, health care management and property management. The report concluded that $125 billion could be saved by making those operations more efficient. 
On September 10th, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," after a Pentagon whistleblower set off a probe. A day later, the September 11th attacks happened and the accounting scandal was quickly forgotten.
And twenty years before that, DoD analyst Franklin C. Spinney exposed what he called "accounting games," saying "Those numbers are pie in the sky. The books are cooked routinely year after year." In a 2002 testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform, Spinney laid out the DoD's accounting quagmire of un-auditable books and budget projections which don't match reality. 

Gluten & Oil Free Squash Roast @avantgardevegan

Solar Storm Study, Science Fraud, Planets | S0 News Dec.10.2017

Archontic Deception - The Ankle Biters

Vatican's unresolved “kidnapping” case unraveled in new book

Hebron routine: minors arrested in city center after clashes with soldiers

 

On Friday afternoon, 13 Oct. 2017, youths threw stones at soldiers in the Bab a-Zawiya area in the center of Hebron. The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades and violently detained 18 youths, most of them minors. Soldiers routinely enter Hebron, disrupting residents’ lives and arresting youths.

TAMILS, SUMERIANS, AND ANTARCTIC STRANGENESS

https://gizadeathstar.com/2017/12/tamils-sumerians-antarctic-strangeness/

HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS FAR MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS OLD

Scientists stuck in the materialist, Newtonian conception of the Universe believe that human consciousness is only 3,000 years old. I would like to put this nonsensical notion to rest, with my own limited consciousness, yet one that has been around for eons, which I will support with ample evidence.
Julian Jaynes wrote in 1976 in “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” that human consciousness only came to be 3,000 years ago. He also asserts that this timeframe explains when humans first developed spoken language.
Before I argue against these absurdities, I will explain what Jaynes puts forth using Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey as references, to posit that consciousness within the human being is so incredibly infantile.
Jaynes argues that we did not understand metaphor, had no insight and could not reflect on an inner world – the foundation of what we understand as consciousness – in the time of the “ancient” Greeks. This is loosely referred to as the Bicameral Mind, and has been taken up by many other philosophers.
Jaynes argues that thoughts occurred to us and we obeyed the thoughts without question, believing that we were receiving orders from some higher authority.
This would also explain the many “voice of God” testaments that have given rise to religion. Those who support the Bicameral Mind theory would then also suggest, that there is no God, but just declarations in our own head. This is the essence of Bicameralism – that there is one voice in our head which “speaks” and another that “listens and obeys.” It’s as if we’re living in a two-chambered echo-system like a bad version of the telephone game with only two deranged players, trading messages back and forth along a string under water. Though our egos will often garble messages to such a degree, the underlying premise seems laughable.
Per Jaynes, in epic poems like “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” characters didn’t ask why, and were simply told what to do, and then did it. They could not think about the consequences of their actions.
To address the foundations of Bicameralism, let’s look at when human beings likely developed a sense of introspection and self-awareness, allowing for these markers to be an indication of consciousness, though, I would argue, there are many others. It stands to reason that scientists still have not found the actual brain process(es) behind our consciousness, so relegating it to a twin dialogue, minimally, seems odd.
Moreover, science largely still supports the notion that our brains house consciousness, when it is highly probable that consciousness exists outside of the human brain, though it interacts with, and informs our thoughts on a second-by-second basis.
Research has even pointed to the existence of consciousness before birth, so how could consciousness simply have “become” 3000 years ago?
Human beings were highly consciousness, introspective individuals at least 15,000 years ago if not far deeper into our Universal existence.
Archeological sites that predate Stonehenge by 6,000 years offer evidence of a highly conscious civilization. Could places like Gobekli Tepe exist to an unconscious people? Arguably they heard the “voices” of the Bicameral Mind that “instructed” them to build temples on a hill, but we haven’t even unearthed the entire site, nor all its secrets. This single site has already re-written our early history.
If we were simply to look at the true age of the Sphinx in Egypt, now water-dated to more than 7,000 years ago, we can make the same argument – that this highly advanced civilization could not possibly have accomplished all they did – aligning the pyramids with specific astrological cycles which only happen once every several thousand years with highly advanced engineering techniques, if they were not both contemplative, and highly conscious.
It is also easy to refute the Bicameral Mind based on the formation of language, as the first conscious sound, “Aum” and all derivatives of it, no matter the widely dispersed cultures on our planet, has scientifically proven to be an utterance of extremely high consciousness – a fractal vibration of the sound of consciousness creating itself.
Aum is the disturbance of entropy, to create limited consciousness so that it may experience its Infinite self. Whether you call this God, Brahman, “a voice” in some yogis head, quantum reality, or some other name, it is immaterial.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swami explains that when we utter a sound, the nerve centres of our body vibrated, and accordingly an emotion is created in the mind.
Emotions will vary the pulse beat. They also change our brain chemistry. When a mantra is uttered or heard, it creates a positive vibration in our mind. For a sound to be audible, the life breath has to pass through the vocal cords, tongue and lips. When we pronounce a word, the nerve center in these places vibrates, and accordingly an emotional state is created in the mind.
How could a word that has been used for multiple centuries alter the human physiology to such a degree, without being created “consciously”?
And is not “Aum” language? Notwithstanding the argument that consciousness exists in geometric forms, symbols, and other non-syllabic utterances, this too would support the idea that human consciousness is far older than a mere 3,000 years.
When even modern quantum physics still struggles to explain what consciousness is, we certainly cannot seriously entertain any notion that cosmic or mystical experience is simply one voice in our head talking to another. Consciousness is far too vast for such pedantic theories.
Though we may never understand the true nature of consciousness, simply boxing mysticism and putting it on a shelf as ridiculous religious phenomenon created by hopeful bipedals looking to find external justification for their existence, is no different from taking science without a grain of salt.
Scientists are wrong all the time – thank goodness – as this is what allows us to keep exploring consciousness –to the point that we’ve learned even scientific attention alters the outcome of an experiment (the basis of quantum theory) – proof, yet again that consciousness is much older, more complex, and much grander than we’ve ever imagined. And if that doesn’t cause someone to have a “religious experience,” then we’re hardly going to alter the opinion of the mechanistic, Bicameralists – but hey, at least we might change the two-way dialogue.

Read more articles by Christina Sarich.

About the Author
Christina Sarich is a staff writer for Waking Times. She is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. PriceNexusAtlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others. She was recently a featured author in the Journal, “Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and Healing Arts,” and her commentary on healing, ascension, and human potential inform a large body of the alternative news lexicon. She has been invited to appear on numerous radio shows, including Health Conspiracy Radio, Dr. Gregory Smith’s Show, and dozens more. The second edition of her book, Pharma Sutra, will be released soon.
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