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How Shimon Peres Stole the Nuclear Bomb with a Bluff, and Why Military Censor Doesn’t Want Israelis to Know about It | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

From almost the first moment after the State was founded Ben Gurion aspired to create a nuclear weapon.  He saw it as his Doomsday device.  The ace he could draw from the deck if all the cards were stacked against him.  Though Israel’s actual strategic strength was quite robust, Ben Gurion suggested otherwise.  In a famous episode of that era, he’s reputed to have looked at a map of the Middle East spread upon the wall of his study and exclaimed to those around him: “I didn’t sleep a wink last night because of this map.  What is Israel?  A single tiny speck.  How can it survive amidst this Arab world?!”This was part and parcel of the Israeli strategy of portraying itself as the eternal victim, the weaker party to every conflict, who required moral and military support to prevent its destruction.  None of it was true.  But in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the world felt it couldn’t to take a chance that it might happen again.  That’s how Israel became little David to the Arab Goliath in the eyes of much of the world after 1948.Though the conventional Israeli belief is that Israel’s  WMD was meant to protect Israel from imminent destruction should  it suffer a catastrophic defeat, that theory is wrong either in whole or in part.  In actuality, Israel never faced such a threat.  It always maintained military superiority over its enemies in every war from 1948 through 1967 (and after).Ben  Gurion’s real goal in obtaining nukes was political.  He wanted to ensure Israel would never have to negotiate away the gains it made on the battlefield.  He wanted a weapon he could hold over the heads of any enemy, that would ensure he never had to renounce anything that was rightfully Israel’s (in his mind at least).  So Israel’s Bomb has enabled it to reject virtually every peace initiative offered going all the way back to 1967.  Israel’s leaders knew that the U.S. would never gamble that it wouldn’t use WMD if it had to.  So American presidents already had one hand tied behind their backs in such negotiations.  In a card game, when one party holds the ace of spades in his pocket and everyone else playing knows this, it’s not much of a game, is  it?

Source: How Shimon Peres Stole the Nuclear Bomb with a Bluff, and Why Military Censor Doesn’t Want Israelis to Know about It | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

That crucial shift in US diplomatic position was a direct result of the aggressive opposition of the Pentagon to Obama’s intention to enter into military cooperation with Russia in Syria. The Pentagon was motivated by an overriding interest in heading off such high-profile US-Russian cooperation at a time when it is pushing for much greater US military efforts to counter what it portrays as Russian aggression in a new Cold War.

At an extraordinary video conference with Kerry immediately after the negotiation of the ceasefire agreement was complete, Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter strongly objected to the Joint Centre – especially the provision for sharing intelligence with the Russians for a campaign against IS and al-Qaeda.

Source: How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

USA Rewards israel’s Bad Behavior | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

Benjamin Netanyahu has been perhaps the most anti-Palestinian Israeli prime minister in a large rogue’s gallery dedicated to driving the aggrieved Palestinians out of the land they and their ancestors have lived in and worked for millennia.This oppression – which has included ethnic cleansing, savage war on the people of the Gaza Strip, routine brutality and humiliation, and expanding illegal Jewish settlements on land conquered through aggressive war – has been underwritten and encouraged by the U.S. government since 1948.It has been rare indeed for an American president to express opposition or even irritation with an official Israeli act of brutality – and even then the consequences have varied between the symbolic (and short-lived) and nonexistent. The lip-service calls for Israel finally to leave occupied Palestinian land (the two-state solution), like President Barack Obama’s latest, count for nothing because no one believes the US government is an honest broker that cares about injustices against the Palestinians. (Obama did not mention the Palestinians in a meeting with Netanyahu this week.)It is no exaggeration to say that the US government rewards Netanyahu for his regime’s bad behavior. For example, as Zaid Jilali reports at The Intercept, “Shortly before Netanyahu took office, 474,000 Israeli settlers were living in these territories. By the end of 2014, the last time the Israeli government released comprehensive statistics on the matter, that number had grown to around 570,000.” Yet US military aid to Israel not only continues; it increases.

Source: USA Rewards israel’s Bad Behavior | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

Libertarian: Burn it all. In 4 Billion Years it Won’t Matter. | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson believes that humans aren’t being shortsighted by ignoring climate change, but are simply taking the “long-term view.”“In billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future,” the former New Mexico governor said during a 2011 National Press Club luncheon event. In a 2011 clip, surfaced by Mother Jones, Johnson discusses his “long-term view” on climate change and his stance on government spending to combat climate change.His thoughts: if the world is going to meet a fiery end, why throw money at the problem now?

Source: Libertarian: Burn it all. In 4 Billion Years it Won’t Matter. | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Self-Driving Cars: Another Control Mechanism for Our Lives? | Culture of Awareness

Technology is the driving force in business, industry and the surveillance-control spectrum of what’s becoming an apparent totalitarian-type of society couched in – and implemented – under the guise of ‘smart technology’.Besides microwave energy tech devices that now are capable of opening or closing our front doors while we are away at work or, perhaps, some other apparent ‘fabulous’ fete which, by the way, can be hacked into by some two-bit, half-sophisticated hacker, we now have the push for the “self-driving car.”Self-driving cars are the “dream teams’” next consumer commodity that Americans are being programmed and acculturated to accept, want and, especially, purchase. Don’t believe that? Well, please do some research about it. Speaking of research, the intelligent and obviously astutely concerned folks at Brasscheck TV have put together a sensible, point-on-point video discussion about the self-driving car, which I thought readers may want to know.

Source: Self-Driving Cars: Another Control Mechanism for Our Lives? | Culture of Awareness

Why Self Driving Cars are a Big Scam – YouTube

Why Self Driving Cars are a Big Scam

 

In a perfect world, where nothing ever changes, maybe AI cars will work. But what happens when it snows, blows dust, ice covers sensors, or mud sloshes over everything? AI quits working. The more technology there is, the more things there are to break or not work, especially when the car gets older.

Plus, everything will be obsolete in a year, just like computers, so no one will buy anything like a car, because why do that, when in a year, it will be obsolete as far as AI goes? AI cars will not sell. Period.

‘Palestinians’ Abbas [Mahmoud Balfour] Seeks British Apology for 1917 Balfour Declaration. History proves it was a huge mistake | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

The Balfour Declaration states: “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country,” it said.

Source: ‘Palestinians’ Abbas [Mahmoud Balfour] Seeks British Apology for 1917 Balfour Declaration. History proves it was a huge mistake | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

British Parliament Confirms Libya War Was Based On Lies …* | Hwaairfan’s Blog

The U.K. Parliament just confirmed what the alternative media has been saying for years.Specifically, a new report from the bipartisan House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee – based on interviews with all of the key British decision-makers, review of documents, and on-the-ground investigations in Africa – found that Libyan war was based on lies, that it destroyed the country, and that it spread terrorism far and wide.

The War Based On Bogus Intelligence … Like the Iraq War

Initially, the report finds that the threat to civilians from Libyan  government forces was dramatically overstated:Former French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé, who introduced Resolution 1973 [imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, and laying the groundwork for overthrowing the government], asserted in his speech to the Security Council that “the situation on the ground is more alarming than ever, marked by the violent re-conquest of cities”. He stressed the urgency of the situation, arguing that “We have very little time left—perhaps only a matter of hours.” Subsequent analysis suggested that the immediate threat to civilians was being publicly overstated and that the reconquest of cities had not resulted in mass civilian casualties.***

The proposition that Muammar Gaddafi would have ordered the massacre of civilians in Benghazi  [which was the basis for the West’s war to overthrow Gaddafi] was not supported by the available evidence. The Gaddafi regime had retaken towns from the rebels without attacking civilians in early February 2011 …. Gaddafi regime forces targeted male combatants in a civil war and did not indiscriminately attack civilians. More widely, Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year record of appalling human rights abuses did not include large-scale attacks on Libyan civilians.

Source: British Parliament Confirms Libya War Was Based On Lies …* | Hwaairfan’s Blog

The Oligarchy Is Losing Its Grip, But Its Death Throes May Prove Fatal

For those who have been paying attention for the past couple of decades, Aleppo Boy is a familiar example of what is known as “atrocity porn,” titillating the audience through horror and incitement to hatred of the presumed perpetrators. Atrocity porn has been essential for selling military action in “wars of choice” unconnected to the actual defense of the U.S.: incubator babies (Kuwait/Iraq); the Racak massacre (Kosovo); the Markale marketplace bombings, Omarska “living skeletons,” and the Srebrenica massacre (Bosnia); rape as calculated instrument of war (Bosnia, Libya); and poison gas in Ghouta (Syria). Never mind that the facts, to the extent they eventually become known, may later turn out to be very different from the categorical black-and-white accusations on the lips of western officials and given banner exposure with hours if not minutes of the event in question.

As I have detailed in a recently posted study, How American Media Serves as a Transmission Belt for Wars of Choice, atrocity porn doesn’t exist in isolation. Rather it is part of a well-established pattern. Whenever a U.S. president, whether Democrat or Republican, plots a military intervention in another country, media (particularly the MSM) dutifully parrot government-provided content. Among the key features analyzed:

Source: The Oligarchy Is Losing Its Grip, But Its Death Throes May Prove Fatal

What’s the minimum electric-car range for mass acceptance? Poll results

The handful of mass-priced electric cars offered 200 miles or more of range scheduled to launch over the next two years will clearly bring one question to the forefront.How much rated electric range is “enough” in a mass-market car to make North American buyers consider it sufficient for safe and flexible usage?The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, an upcoming second-generation Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model 3, and a few other vehicles planned for 2018 or 2019 will provide some answers.DON’T MISS: When will electric-car DC fast-charging be everywhere in the U.S.? Poll resultsBut we put that question out to our Twitter followers, and got a strong response that seemed to indicate 200 miles will help.

Source: What’s the minimum electric-car range for mass acceptance? Poll results

When will electric car sales exceed those of cars with engines? Poll results

Cars that plug in to recharge, whether all-electric or plug-in hybrid, are a very small proportion of total U.S. vehicle sales today.And the same applies to their global sales, which are less than 1 percent of a total worldwide volume now headed toward 90 million vehicles a year.So today, the idea that electric-car sales might one day equal those of vehicles with combustion engines that emit exhaust into our shared air might seem absurd.

Source: When will electric car sales exceed those of cars with engines? Poll results

Call Legislator To Stop Kratom Banning

Thank you for standing with thousands of supporters to fight against the DEA’s decision to place kratom on the list of banned Schedule I drugs.

This ban is set to go into effect next Friday, September 30 – and we are doing everything we can to fight back.

Advocates like you have sent almost 35,000 emails to the Senate to stop the prohibition of kratom, a plant that has been used as a safer alternative for many people struggling with opioid addiction. We’ve heard so many stories from people who benefit from it and they are terrified that they’ll be considered criminals if this the ban goes into effect.

With only seven days left to stop the ban, please call the Senate Judiciary Committee members listed below – share your story if you have one, and say:

“I am calling to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee members to tell the DEA not to ban kratom. With the U.S. currently suffering from an overdose epidemic linked to opioids, the DEA is criminalizing a plant many people use to help with opioid withdrawal. If kratom is placed on the list of Schedule I drugs, people that possess kratom will face long prison sentences and scientific investigation into its medicinal benefits will effectively be halted. Please tell the DEA not to ban kratom. Thank you.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Member Names and Numbers:
Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) – (202) 224-3744
Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – (202) 224-4242
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – (202) 224-5251
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – (202) 224-3841
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) – (202) 224-4124
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – (202) 224-5972
Dick Durbin (D-IL) – (202) 224-2152
John Cornyn (R-TX) – (202) 224-2934
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – (202) 224-2921
Mike Lee (R-UT) – (202) 224-5444
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – (202) 224-3244
Ted Cruz (R-TX) – (202) 224-5922
Al Franken (D-MN) – (202) 224-5641
Jeff Flake (R-AR) – (202) 224-4521
Chris Coons (D-DE) – (202) 224-5042
David Vitter (R-LA) – (202) 224-4623
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – (202) 224-2823
David Perdue (R-GA) – (202) 224-3521
Thom Tillis (R-NC) – (202) 224-6342

If the DEA gets its way, people who simply possess a small amount of kratom will face serious time behind bars. Criminalizing this plant will do much more harm than good. Let’s do everything we can to stop it.

Sincerely,

Grant Smith
Deputy Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

P.S. Please tell your friends to join the fight on Facebook and Twitter.

September 23 Energy News | geoharvey

Distributed Biogas: $11.8 Billion Market Hidden in PlainSight” • Every year in the US, 37 million tons of food waste are sent to landfills. At a $125-per-ton tipping fee, this costs $4.6 billion annually. Used to make biogas, at 4,200 cubic feet per ton, this same amount of waste could power five million homes for an entire year.

Source: September 23 Energy News | geoharvey

Japan’s 20 year, costly, nuclear reprocessing experiment to be scrapped « Antinuclear

The Monju nuclear reactor in Japan, which has operated for less than a year in more than two decades at a cost of 1tn yen (£7.6bn), is set to be scrapped. The prototype fast-breeder reactor was designed to burn plutonium from spent fuel at conventional reactors to create more fuel than it consumes.The process is appealing to a country whose limited resources force it to rely on imports for virtually all its oil and gas needs.But Tokyo believes it would be difficult to gain public support to spend several hundred billion yen to upgrade the Monju facility, which has been plagued by accidents, missteps and falsification of documents.There is also a strong anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan in reaction to the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster, and calls to decommission Monju have been growing in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, with scant results from using around 20 billion yen of public money a year for maintenance alone

Source: Japan’s 20 year, costly, nuclear reprocessing experiment to be scrapped « Antinuclear

Some timely comments on theSouth Australian govt’s “Your Say” nuclear site « Antinuclear

They were too busy at the Royal Show, handing out pretty “Nuclear” balloons to little children. True! I’ve had several reports from unhappy grandparents and parents, who thought it was an outrageous piece of propaganda on the government’s behalf. Every day, it seems that more people are being made aware, and they are not happy about this proposal.   http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/discussions/nuclear-community-conversation-community-discussion-consent

Source: Some timely comments on theSouth Australian govt’s “Your Say” nuclear site « Antinuclear

Far from fixing climate change, the nuclear industry causes it! « Antinuclear

Overall, the idea that atomic power is “clean” or “carbon free” or “emission free” is a very expensive misconception, especially when compared to renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation. Among conservation, efficiency, solar and wind power technologies, there are no global warming analogs to the heat, carbon, and radioactive waste impacts of nuclear power. No green technology kills anywhere near the number of marine organisms that die through reactor cooling systems.Rooftop solar panels do not lose ten percent of the power they generate to transmission, as happens with virtually all centralized power generators. S. David Freeman, former head of numerous large utilities and author of All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, says: “Renewables are cheaper and safer. That argument is winning. Let’s stick to it.”No terrorist will ever threaten one of our cities by blowing up a solar panel. But the nuclear industry that falsely claims its dying technology doesn’t cause global warming does threaten the future of our planet.

Source: Far from fixing climate chenge, the nuclear industry causes it! « Antinuclear

“Your Say” Has Jay Weatherill the right to spend #millions promoting nuclear waste dump? « Antinuclear

What consent does Jay Weatherill have to spend $600 million dollars of taxpayer money to plan a nuclear waste dump, when the proposed dump may never get approved. This and the money spent to date on the Royal Commission, the road show, now TV advertisements, etc, is obscene and immoralNoel Wauchope > Peter Lazic 16 Sep 2016Especially as the SA Law says:13—No public money to be used to encourage or finance construction oroperation of nuclear waste storage facility Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act

Source: “Your Say” Has Jay Weatherill the right to spend #millions promoting nuclear waste dump? « Antinuclear

Kerry must be living in a parallel universe if he expects us to believe his version of what happened to Syria aid convoy | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

“There are no craters and the exterior of the vehicles do not have the kind of damage consistent with blasts caused by bombs dropped from the air.” His observations are hard to challenge, anyone who has studied the assaults of the “international community” on far away countries over the last decades knows what a bombed truck looks like – what fragments remains of it.Photographs of the affected lorries show burned out vehicles, metal skeleton intact.Konashenkov said that damage visible in footage was instead the result of cargo igniting – “oddly” occurring at the same time as militants (formerly Nusra Front) had started a big offensive in nearby Aleppo, backed by tanks, artillery and other heavy equipment.He added:“Only representatives of the ‘White Helmets’ organization close to the Nusra Front who, as always, found themselves at the right time in the right place by chance with their video cameras can answer who did this and why.”Indeed the ‘White Helmets’ boasted in a video of being on the scene within “moments.”

Source: Kerry must be living in a parallel universe if he expects us to believe his version of what happened to Syria aid convoy | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

President Obama requires U.S. government to factor climate into national security policy « Antinuclear

President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday establishing that climate-change impacts must be factored into the development of all national security-related doctrine, policies and plans.The move signals Obama’s determination to exercise his executive authority during his final months in office to elevate the issue of climate in federal decision-making, even though it remains unclear whether his successor will embrace this approach.Under the directive, 20 federal agencies and offices that work on climate science, intelligence and national security must “collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security” through the new Federal Climate and National Security Working Group. That group must release a climate change and national security action plan in 90 days. All the relevant agencies must then identify steps to implement it.

Source: President Obama requires U.S. government to factor climate into national security policy « Antinuclear

The global failure in managing nuclear wastes « Antinuclear

…As for the high-level waste, this remains one of humankind’s most persistent and dangerous problems. Atomic apologists have claimed that the intensely radioactive spent fuel rods can somehow be usable for additional power generation. But after a half-century of efforts, with billions of dollars spent, all attempts to do that have utterly failed. There are zero successful reactors capable of producing more reactor fuel than they use, or able to derive more energy from the tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel rods they create.Some reactors, like Fukushima, use “mixed-oxide” fuels that have proven to be extremely dirty and expensive. It’s possible some of this “MOX” fuel containing plutonium, actually fissioned at Fukushima Unit Three, raising terrifying questions about the dangers of its use. The mushroom cloud that appears on video as Fukushima Unit Three exploded stands as an epic warning against further use of these impossible-to-manage fuels.

Source: The global failure in managing nuclear wastes « Antinuclear

BBC’s pro nuclear bias exposed – (implications for Australia as Geraldine Thomas spruiks nukes) « Antinuclear

BBC Science teams involvement in a shocking display of bad science during the commemorations of the 2011 disaster in 2016 March this year. Even though there was outrage in the scientific community at the Fukushima video, it was some months before the BBC quietly took down the video. Thereby, much of the public that saw the biased Fukushima video were unaware of the wrong and dangerous information that was given. Then just a couple of months ago a high profile visit to Sellafield by dignitaries was to underline the improvements and give Sellafield the all clear. Still other experts tried to combat the BBC and SMC UK PR management of all media regarding nuclear;“The Ecologist, 12th August 2015 Dr David LowryProfessor ‘Jim’ Al’Khalili’s ‘Inside Sellafield’ programme was a tour de force of pro-nuclear propaganda, writes David Lowry – understating the severity of accidents, concealing the role of the UK’s nuclear power stations in breeding military plutonium, and giving false reassurance over the unsolved problems of high level nuclear waste…”The main thing for the BBC, government and nuclear industry was that the nuclear industry was still being perceived as above board and transparent. We saw a similar maneuver after the release of the Panorama Documentary on its You Tube site (Under BBC management orders?). The video was removed after just a few hours of being uploaded and after the link had been shared to an international social media audience. The video was put back up sometime later but after the interest had passed.

Source: BBC’s pro nuclear bias exposed – (implications for Australia as Geraldine Thomas spruiks nukes) « Antinuclear

American Republicans supporting wind energy « Antinuclear

Did you know that American wind turbines can now produce as much electricity as 17 typical nuclear power plants or 65 coal plants? That’s how much wind power has grown across the U.S.Iowans may already know, but many Americans don’t realize how much wind power reliably contributes to U.S. energy independence. And any Republican or Democrat running for election this fall should pay attention to wind’s rapid growth. Especially since recent polling data show that as wind power grows, so does U.S. voter support for it.Strong voter support for wind shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that by tripling in size over the last several years, wind now supports a record-high 88,000 jobs across all 50 states. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also recently reported that wind turbine technician is the fastest growing profession in the U.S. Wind farms also pay $222 million in land lease payments to family farmers, many of whom call wind power their new “drought-resistant cash crop.”

Source: American Republicans supporting wind energy « Antinuclear

Portrait of a nuclear whistleblower « Antinuclear

One of the exhibiting artists is Castlemaine’s Jessie Boylan who contributed her portrait of whistleblower Avon Hudson in his “room of archives”, surrounded by objects, newspaper articles, documents, and photos related to Maralinga.“It’s a portrait of a man who has always stood by his convictions,” Boylan said.In 1960 Mr Hudson was a 23-year-old RAAF leading aircraftman who arrived at Maralinga after the British had stopped testing the A-bombs and started the “minor trials”, which resulted in the scattering of plutonium, uranium and beryllium across the desert.“He wasn’t aware of the dangers of working on that site and then it wasn’t until later on that he realised all of his mates where dying in their 20s,” Boylan said.

Source: Portrait of a nuclear whistleblower « Antinuclear

WIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion – The Ecologist

The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world’s only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green – and full operations won’t resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.

Source: WIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion – The Ecologist

If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You | GQ

Earlier this week, the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold uncovered yet another Donald Trump scam job, in which he used over $250,000 in charitable donations to help pay off his legal bills. And, because this is Trump, that sordid (and almost certainly illegal) bit of money laundering is just ONE despicable detail of the story. There are many more, including Trump’s club trying to welch on a $1 million hole-in-one payout (out of all of Trump’s bad qualities, his steadfast refusal to pay people what he owes them, while bragging about it, is the most enraging), along with the old bit about Trump blithely ignoring local ordinances so he could put a big, dipshit flagpole up at the Mar-A-Lago club, with his lawyers stating—with a straight face—that a smaller flag “would fail to appropriately express the magnitude of Donald J. Trump’s . . . patriotism” (NOTE: Until recently, Trump didn’t know what the stripes on the flag symbolized).

Source: If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You | GQ

The Beauty of Everyday Life | Heavenletters

You might realize that you are here, sitting with Me. You would not be enslaved to negativity when you know you are here in Heaven, with Me in the Perfect Splendor of Peace. In fact, you would be a natural exponent of peace. You would be Peace Incarnate.

When you are sitting next to Me, what obstacles would you mistakenly see? Why, you would see none, none at all. There would be no obstacles to see. You would not pick them out from the crowd. You might recognize that you are a silent cheering crowd of One, for your heart will be filled with Oneness.

Obtuseness would not enter, for you know your Oneness. You would not know the existence of problems. You would not make them up. You would not foresee them. You would forget about them.

Source: The Beauty of Everyday Life | Heavenletters

Tafakji: Israel plans construction of 56,000 illegal settlement units In Palestine – Palestinian Information Center

An expert in Israeli settlement affairs warned of an Israeli long-term plan to construct over 56,000 illegal settlement units by 2030.

Speaking in exclusive statements to the PIC, head of the Mapping Department at the Arab Studies Society, Khalil al-Tafakji, said the Israeli occupation government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, has been waging a Judaization war on Occupied Jerusalem.

Source: Tafakji: Israel plans construction of 56,000 illegal settlement units – Palestinian Information Center

Regime Change and State Sponsored Terrorism in Syria – Farsnews

The deliberate bloodbath draws the lines more clearly and reveals the depth of their bad faith. They carried out the strikes to derail the ceasefire, help anti-democratic rebels and ISIL gain control of territory, and escalate efforts to provoke Syria and Russia – who were adhering to the truce.Indeed, it questions the commitment of the United States and its rogues gallery to (now failed) ceasefire, as well as their refusal to break with “moderate” creatures, hence keeping the combat potential in fighting the legitimate government in Damascus. After all, regime change is all the criminal hordes care about, and after years of failing to do so, provoking Syria and Russia militarily is the phase they have obviously entered now.Needless to say, the result will be more bloodletting and hostilities, and that is precisely what the War Department wants. Silly how some “pundits” had thought under the truce deal the American military would now suddenly start sharing intelligence with one of its biggest adversaries to jointly target ISIL and Nusra Front forces in Syria!

Source: Farsnews

Consciousness as a problem solver supreme « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

“Consciousness is a problem solver supreme because consciousness isn’t a static unchanging quality. It is dynamic. It moves, and it moves through imagination.”“Imagination finds a way through or around problems, when problems are the issue at hand. Imagination makes a leap out in front of a problem and conceives of new ideas, data, approaches.”“Imagination specializes in leaps across rivers where there are no bridges. Imagination is a quality that goes beyond ‘information at hand’.”“Every enterprise needs someone with imagination in spades. He may not be understood, but he supplies what the enterprise can’t get anywhere else: the leap. The leap beyond the facts into a future where the problem is solved or dissolved entirely. I’m not talking about an aimless wish or a fairy tale. The imaginer is more real than real.”

Source: Consciousness as a problem solver supreme « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

Syria no-fly zone beneficial to Takfiri militants: President Rouhani « Aletho News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out the establishment of a no-fly zone in Syria, stressing that such a measure would merely complicate the ongoing crisis in the Arab country and strengthen foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants on the ground.“A no-fly zone (in Syria) will benefit terrorists, who have everything except for military aircraft,” Rouhani said during a presser after his speech at the 71st United Nations General Assembly session in New York on Thursday.“They have mortar shells, tanks, missiles and armored personnel carriers. They have cannons and artillery batteries but no warplanes. The creation of a no-fly zone is a not a right step. This is an ill-advised suggestion,” the Iranian president added.

Source: Syria no-fly zone beneficial to Takfiri militants: President Rouhani « Aletho News

Death By A Thousand Cuts: documentary charts the dangers of deforestation – Repeating Islands

Film explores how the contrasting fate of forests in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has exacerbated conflict, xenophobia, poverty and even murder, Jeremy Hance reports for London’s Guardian.In January 2012, park ranger Eligio Eloy Varga was hacked to death by a machete near the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This incident, still unsolved, kicks off the new documentary thriller, Death by A Thousand Cuts. Airing in the Raindance film festival in London on 1 October, the film explores how the fate of forests in two neighbouring countries has exacerbated social conflict, xenophobia, poverty, and even resulted in multiple murders.

Source: Death By A Thousand Cuts: documentary charts the dangers of deforestation – Repeating Islands

81% of Americans Oppose “Aid” to Israel – The New Observer

Some 80.8 percent of Americans oppose the $38 billion in “aid” that the Jewish lobby-controlled U.S. Government last week pledged to Israel, an IRmep poll fielded by Google Consumer Surveys has found.At the same time, the Jewish lobby will pour money into campaign funds of politicians who support this “aid” package, while the controlled media will demonize any candidate for office who dares to oppose it.

Source: 81% of Americans Oppose “Aid” to Israel – The New Observer

God, Teach Me How to Be Love. | Heavenletters

You hold your love back from the light of day with great effort. No wonder you are tired. You resist love. You may block it, yet you cannot remove it. You can cover your God-given love night and day, yet you cannot remove one whit of it.When you find yourself thinking you do not know how to love, turn the thought around. The sense of non-love that you surround yourself with has a purpose of reminding you of love. Remind yourself that love exists, and it exists in you, only you have shrouded your love from yourself. You are a cover-up. You perpetuate a loveless masquerade.You are an instrument of My love. You are not damaged goods.Give up this reluctance to see the Truth of Love in your human heart and anyone else’s. Give it up.

Source: God, Teach Me How to Be Love. | Heavenletters

Why Won’t the Corporate Media Push Back Against Lying Think Tanks and Experts? | Rise Up Times

He also shows that there are no connections between top tax rates and hourly wages or job creation, and he sums up that “any attempt to stimulate economic growth by cutting taxes for the rich will do nothing, it hasn’t worked over the past 50 years, so why would it work in the future?”

Source: Why Won’t the Corporate Media Push Back Against Lying Think Tanks and Experts? | Rise Up Times

September 22 Energy News | geoharvey

For the first time ever, investment in new renewables was more than enough to cover rising global electricity demand in 2015. That is according to the first World Energy Investment report, published by the International Energy Agency. The IEA says changes in investment indicate “reorientation of the energy system.” [CleanTechnica]¶

The British Columbia Hydro grid recently lost power just as the British Columbia Institute of Technology was demonstrating a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. The Energy Oasis solar-EV charging platform, part of BCIT’s mini-grid, was able to power the PA system and other electronics during the press conference.

Source: September 22 Energy News | geoharvey

Uranium Hexaflouride: Cheshire’s Hidden Menace STOCKPILED

This Could Not Happen in Leafy Cheshire?  Think again!

Our colleagues at CLOSE CAPENHURST  have dared to ask the questions:

“How Much Depleted Hex Is At Capenhust ? ? ?

How Much Hex ?

Uranium Hexafluoride is highly toxic, radioactive, corrosive to most metals, and reacts violently with water.

One of the questions we have been asking since the Close Capenhurst Campaign was established is just how much Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride is stored at the URENCO Capenhurst site.

The best answer we have received is ‘ A vast Quantity’,which is also the only way we have been able to describe it.

We just don’t know.

Although one recent article stated that it is some 60,000 tonnes.

This is exactly what we want to know.

1. How many containers of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride are stored at the Capenhurst site ?

2. What is the total mass of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride which…

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CEO John Stumpf, Candidate Donald Trump Caught Scamming | Nel’s New Day

“Eight rhymes with great.” That’s the reason that Wells Fargo demanded that its employees squeeze eight accounts out of every customer—and the reason that employees were fired if they failed. (Do you have eight bank accounts with your bank of choice?) Then, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) emphatically announced during a Senate hearing, CEO John Stumpf fired employees for “cheating” employees and went off to get hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. CEO John Stumpf claims that Wells Fargo knew nothing about these scams until the LA Times published information about it in 2013 although it appeared to have started as early as 2011.The scam came to light when it was discovered that battered employees opened unneeded accounts for customers, ordered them credit cards without their permission, and forged client signatures. Employees begged family members to open ghost accounts and opened duplicate accounts for themselves. A homeless woman was talked into opening six checking and savings accounts with fees of $39 per month. When the forced scams were discovered, Wells Fargo fired 30 workers just in southern California, and other workers were put on leave. A total of 5,300 lower-level employees had to leave Wells Fargo. Senior-level executives kept their jobs.The purpose of the scam was to drive up stock value, and Wells Fargo reported a $5.6 billion quarterly profit last year in October. The bank averaged 6.15 financial products per household—almost four times the industry average. A former branch manager said that if he didn’t make his goal that he was “severely chastised and embarrassed in front of 60-plus managers in your area by the community banking president.”Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $185 million in fines but won’t admit wrongdoing.

Source: CEO John Stumpf, Candidate Donald Trump Caught Scamming | Nel’s New Day

Protests Call for Arrest of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

We turn now to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the community is reeling over video footage showing a white police officer shooting and killing 40-year-old African American Terence Crutcher while his hands were in the air. Officer Betty Shelby shot Crutcher around 8:00 p.m. on Friday after his car broke down. Some of the video released Monday came from police helicopter footage, in which the man in the helicopter can be heard saying, quote, “That looks like a bad dude, too,” unquote. This is a clip from the police footage.

Source: Protests Call for Arrest of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

Two Candidates, Zero Solutions – In Saner Thought

By now the American voter has heard every lame ass reason for them to vote for dumb or dumber…..every applause line possible has been uttered and NOTHING of real substance has been heard.We have comical solutions like a “Great Wall”…on “make the sand glow”…..or “we will defeat…..”none of it actually spells out how exactly any of these pipe dreams will work…..and their website are as worthless as used toilet paper…..but the major of Americans will vote for either “numb nuts” or “I want nuts”…..

Of course after the most recent bombing in NYC and Jersey the two candidates had to sprint to a microphone to offer their visions……Facts are still coming out about the New York and New Jersey bombings. But from the information we do have, one thing is clear: the counterterror solutions promoted by Trump and Clinton would not have helped prevent it.

Source: Two Candidates, Zero Solutions – In Saner Thought

Negative To Positive | The Creator Writings

In your modern world, so many of you have successfully used your communication tools as a distraction to keep from feeling.  If you feel sad, watch a funny video.  If you feel angry, play an aggressive video game.  If you are upset, talk to another person about anything other than what you are truly feeling.Instead of hiding from or masking them, it is important for you to fully embrace your emotions in whatever form they come to you.  For every negative emotion you feel, once it is released, a more positive feeling will follow.  It is time to stop running from them!  Embrace the feelings then let them go…..and grow! ~ Creator

Source: Negative To Positive | The Creator Writings