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13 February 2014 @ 02:25 pm
9 11 saga update  
More evidence against Mossad and the Bush regime. Why have successive German gov'ts kept quiet since 2002?
Suppressed 2002 German Report on 9/11
Summary and Outlook
The terrorist attacks on American targets were fully known to many entities  well in advance. The US President was fully informed as to the nature and exact  time of these attacks.
The US government in general and the US President in specific have become subservient to the wishes and plans of the Israeli government. As these plans  encompass the removal of the Arab population of Israel and adjoining  territories, it is evident that the population of the United States is being  pushed into a situation that could easily result in more, and terrible, attacks  on their home country.
In view of this possibility, the US authorities are determined to limit any  discussion of the 11 September attacks to the official version as it appears  regularly in the US media.
It also appears from confidential sources that Bush’s plans to attack Iraq  are based mainly on a desire on the part of Israel to remove Saddam Hussein. Tel  Aviv views Hussein as a real threat and has already attacked that country  before.
There is also evidence that if Hussein is toppled by American military  forces, the oil resources of Iraq would be put under the control of a consortium  of the American oil interests that so avidly support the Bush  administration.
Pullach, April 5, 2002
veteranstoday.com/2014/01/08/suppressed-2002-german-report-on-911/
Then there was the profit motive of the money barons where the gold from the underground storage was plundered but that was small potatoes compared to the profits taken by market speculators due to advanced knowledge as proven in the video below.

9 11 Conspiracy Solved Names, Connections, & Details Exposed!


Watch on Youtube
youtube.com/watch?v=hhBZJEqoe0A&list=PLjyFe5oJvVWS0m4g4mLZGik3r96x7-Fbn

(If and when this video is closed by Google's Youtube just go to Youtube and search for the title )

Responding to Gordon Duff's June 9 2012 9/11: A Decade Later, A Whole New Ballgame
CONCLUSION - These are the hard facts and accepted theories by the real experts, without any of the speculation of activists or “conspiracy theory” folks.  There is more, much more, but how much anger is allowed?
What we can’t do is walk away from our political system when we have one party of foreign controlled traitors, the GOP and another of petty mobsters and incompetents, the Democrats.  We have what we deserved.  When we were offered the candidate we dreamed of, perhaps not the charisma of Bobby Kennedy but Ron Paul, once free of the “bought and paid for” congress, could and is likely to begin restoring America.
Let us first jail those who created this upcoming election and do it quickly, ridding ourselves of Mr. Romney, Mr. Adelson, Mr. Netanyahu, Ms. “Ferkel” Merkel of Germany and the pack of thieves who have taken control of Canada.
Maybe an early place to look for our Israeli friends is Wisconsin.
veteranstoday.com/2012/06/09/911-a-decade-later-a-whole-new-ballgame/
Howard T. Lewis III June 11, 2012
[...] I don't know anything about any nukes placed up in the WTCs, but I have known of the ones in the basement and the thermite spray paint primer from top to bottom since 1969, when these facts were published. The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, The New York Times, Construction Quarterly WERE PUBLISHED. In 1972, I found a training fim on applying the thermite in an electric field at the WTCs. On hearing of the preset to be installed, my father ordered me to document this placement of charges(or don't come home. It took two weeks to corral enough info to get a conviction, but the NYC/NJ Port Authority mandated it, as did the Nixon White House, with Bush41 doing it for his 'Grand Patron'. Father was one of just a very few who procured the successful bid for Skilling Engineering. He bailed on hearing of the preset. That was when we stopped receiving progress packages for the WTCs I and II at our home.
[...] Numerous four to five hour phone calls at our home went on after the 1969 notification of the preset charges. Protests were being made by the onsite engineers about the extremely shoddy work being done by some of the contractors. This was compounded by the developers(Rockefeller agents)and The NYC/NJ Port Authority building inspectors glossing them over to expedite construction. The U.S. government inspectors were present to install the nukes.
All of the contractors were jewish. That is not to say they were all in on a plot. I am just saying that all the contractors were jewish. This also was published in several places. Look for razor cut-out pages for all 1969 references to the preset demolition systems. Also check for missing Tables of Contents. The Chicago Sears(Willis) tower was also preset as well as being the last over 50 story skyscraper built in the U.S.

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Time and time again since the big event sufficient evidence has been presented to bring the Cheneys and Bushes to court. It hasn't happened because the system in the US is controlled by the zionist money mafia. Making connections back to London Sq. Mile is difficult..
 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Building 7
Using the building 7 hokum passed off by the deceivers as truth to lever open the door of accountability.
Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth
For years we have known that Building 7 came down in free-fall and that the NIST report failed to explain why. We knew that NIST’s collapse model looked nothing like the actual collapse, and that NIST’s “probable collapse sequence” was anything but probable.
But in 2013, NIST’s explanation went from highly improbable to absolutely impossible, thanks to the discovery that NIST deliberately omitted critical structural features from its model – features that make the supposed collapse initiation impossible. With this new discovery, we have the evidence to prove definitively that Building 7 could not have collapsed as NIST says it did.
Now AE911Truth is leading efforts to hold NIST accountable for this inexplicable omission. In December, renowned lawyer William Pepper wrote the Department of Commerce Inspector General on behalf of AE911Truth to request an investigation into the misconduct. In 2014, AE911Truth will begin pursuing legal avenues to require correction of the NIST report and holding NIST investigators personally accountable.
http://www.ae911truth.org/en/evidence.html
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
David Chandler 2010 "9/11 Analysis"
"9/11 Analysis" is a compilation of the many short analysis videos David Chandler has produced and uploaded to the Internet, woven together with an interpretive narrative.
His analysis shows that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report is fraudulent. While attempting to make their computer model fit the data, without acknowledging explosives, NIST forgets that the actual physical model that was tested with actual fire, never collapsed.
As he says: "The wars of 9/11 are continuing. America has killed over a million people in Iraq. We need 9/11 Truth!"



The members of the insurance company that paid out on the buildings demolished were not investigated for complicity.
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
9/11 - Why the Facts of 911 are Suppressed - John McMurtry




Reminds me of a long-winded philosophy professor I knew but the info is good. It's not included for entertainment.
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
More evidence of Pre-9/11 Inside Trading
Follow the Money? God forbid By Jim Hogue
Why was the cashing out of billions of dollars just before 9/11 never investigated?
Had an investigation been done into the crime of failing to file the “currency transaction reports” in August 2001, then we would know who made the cash withdrawals in $100 bills amounting to the $5 billion surge.
When reviewing the record of July and August of 2001, Bill Bergman noticed a $5 billion surge in the currency component of the M1 money supply—the third largest such increase since 1947. Bergman asked about this anomaly—and was removed from his investigative duties.
It’s been over six years since 9/11, but U.S. regulatory entities have been slow to follow through with reports about the complex financial transactions that occurred just prior to and following the attacks. Such research could shed light on such questions as who was behind them—and who benefited—and could help lay to rest the rumors that have been festering.
Warning bells about anomalies in the fiscal sector were sounded in the summer of 2001, but not heeded.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/more-evidence-of-pre-9-11-inside-trading-follow-the-money-god-forbid/8046
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
How insiders profitted
Did Insiders Milk Terror Plot For Criminal Trading? By Paul Joseph Watson
Indian newspaper highlights suspicious patterns, 9/11 and 7/7 were also preceded by insider trading
Did criminal insider speculators with informants inside the British intelligence apparatus take advantage of their foreknowledge of the announcement of a foiled terror plot to place put options on airline stocks, reaping the benefits of their subsequent fall?
So says the India Daily, claiming strange patterns in airline stocks preceded the announcement – and that carefully placed money was waiting on the sidelines to jump in and buy the stocks as cheaper prices before they rose again in subsequent trading.
Airline stocks dropped as much as 28 per cent during morning trading following the announcement of the alleged liquid bomb plot.
Though the report can be quantified as nothing more than speculation at this point, it mirrors murmurs we’ve been receiving from stock brokers who also claim potential foul play.
If true it would also dovetail with similar activity prior to the 9/11 attacks and the 7/7 bombings in London.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/did-insiders-milk-terror-plot-for-criminal-trading/3057

Pre-7/7 insider trading on British pound? By Global Research
I guess this makes the Bank of England a prime suspect — why aren’t they talking?
From WorldNetDaily July 16, 2005:
it appears some profited by short selling the British pound in the 10 days leading up to the attacks.
The pound fell about 6 percent (approximately 1.82 to 1.72) against the dollar for no apparent reason – until, of course, the terror attacks sent the British markets reeling still further.
“This was an almost unprecedented weakness and far too sharp to be a coincidence,” one economist with more than 35 years of experience in the investment industry, told Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND. “That is, after all, an annualized rate of loss of well over 100 percent.”
The fall did not go unnoticed by investigators, who are wondering whether the terrorist masterminds behind the attacks decided to make some money on their action or whether other investors with inside information about possible attacks took advantage of that knowledge.
“Currencies of establish countries simply do not fall that fast based upon any kind of economic or financial analysis,” said the economist. “Somebody – somewhere – knew something. Or maybe I should say ‘somebodies.’”
Source http://www.globalresearch.ca/pre-7-7-insider-trading-on-british-pound/749
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
9/11: Follow the Money find the criminals
With Corbett
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Israeli regime's guilt revealed?
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
And of course...
The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory! (in under 5 minutes)


Edited at 2014-02-13 07:02 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
2014 NEW Loose Change 3rd Edition
Starts with a verbal timeline


clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Looking around
Exclusive - EU executive sees personal savings used to plug long-term financing gap
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) - The savings of the European Union's 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-eu-executive-sees-personal-savings-used-plug-195917149--sector.html
Bilderberg's EU is composed of bankster robbers. The simple solution to boosting Europe's economy is to dismantle the wholly unnecessary EU bureaucracy and all it's spin-offs. It won't do it voluntarily...

Dinesh D’Souza Gets Israel Wrong in Acclaimed Debate with Bill Ayers
By Sam Levine
With a large college audience, and facing an open Israel hater and supporter of the BDS movement in Bill Ayers—who of course agreed with the questioner, and condemned Israel as an apartheid State–D’Souza had a great opportunity to explain why morality compels one to support the state of Israel.
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/02/03/dinesh-dsouza-gets-israel-wrong-in-acclaimed-debate-with-bill-ayers/
Unbelievable

Vatican must remove child abusers, UN demands in scathing report that says Church adopted policies that allowed sex assaults
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/05/vatican-must-remove-child-abusers-un-demands-in-scathing-report-that-says-church-adopted-policies-that-allowed-sex-assaults/

Today’s letters: Opposing the surveillance state — on both sides of the border
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/02/05/todays-letters-opposing-the-surveillance-state-on-both-sides-of-the-border/

Bill Nye debates Ken Ham
Evolution vs creation
If you have 2.5 spare hours, you may want to watch the debate between a creationist and an evolutionist.
http://motls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/bill-nye-debates-ken-ham.html
I relate CO2 driven AGW hypotheses supporters with creationists

Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is like saying the US is a White State
Sec. Kerry should simply slap Netanyahu down over this new demand, which is illogical and unreasonable and above all sinister. If Netanyahu won’t accept a two-state solution, then he or his children or grandchildren will likely have to accept a one-state solution. Kerry is trying to do him a favor, and if someone doesn’t want your favor, you don’t humiliate yourself to deliver it.
by Juan Cole
http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/01/09/401249recognizing-israel-as-a-jewish-state-is-like-saying-the-us-is-a-white-state/

Turkish “conspiracy theories” are true
by Kevin Barrett
Is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan a conspiracy theorist?
That is what the Zionist-dominated mainstream media would have us believe. Google “Erdogan conspiracy” and you get over a million results – mostly mainstream pundits and echo chambers deriding the Turkish PM with their favorite weaponized words.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/01/07/gulen/
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Links
from 9/11 Conspiracy Solved
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_fp5kaVYhk

Youtube redirect removed except where PDF d/ls are involved.

Was 9/11 really an Inside Job? After reviewing this documentary, and checking the evidence, I think the answer will be clear to you.
http://www.alienscientist.com/911/911%20two%20sides.jpg

Special thanks to Michael C. Ruppert, Mark H. Gaffney, and Kevin Ryan for solving the crimes of 9/11 with their amazing research. This video is a compilation of evidence they have uncovered.

"Crossing the Rubicon" - The Decline of American Empire at the end of the age of oil
http://www.fromthewilderness.com

"Black 911" by Mark H. Gaffney:
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/05/25/black-911-a-walk-on-the-dark-side-part-3/

Was 9/11 an Inside Job?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20521.htm

A guide to 9/11 Whistleblowers
http://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20100305_911_whistleblowers.htm

Project Hammer
https://decryptedmatrix.com/live/bushs-project-hammer/

WTC 6
http://www.whale.to/b/wtc_6_h.html

SEC Act Section 12(k)2:
http://www.sec.gov/rules/other/34-44791.htm

Richard Grove's testimony (complete transcript)
http://www.freewebs.com/abigsecret/grove.html

"Collateral Damage" by E.P. Heidner
http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wanttoknow.info%2F911%2FCollateral-Damage-911-black_eagle_fund_trust.pdf&session_token=IAbV17mlea37N5U6qFicACAlcBZ8MTM5MjQwMDMzNEAxMzkyMzEzOTM0

The CIA's forty-year complicity in the narcotics trade by Alfred W. McCOY
http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/facstaff/davis_r/fallout.htm

Executive Order 12333 created an agreement between the CIA and Justice Department (DEA) to look the other way on Government Drug Trafficking: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fas.org%2Firp%2Foffdocs%2Feo%2Feo-12333-2008.pdf&session_token=IAbV17mlea37N5U6qFicACAlcBZ8MTM5MjQwMDMzNEAxMzkyMzEzOTM0

AIG and Drug Money
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ciadrugs/part_2.html

Maurice Greenberg's report for the CFR
http://www.fas.org/irp/cfr.html

Richard Armitage, Frank Carlucci, Herbert Winokur, and company
http://digwithin.net/2012/04/08/911-as-a-sequel-to-iran-contra/

Post 9/11 Promotions:
http://arabesque911.blogspot.co.uk/2007/11/911-incompetence-sabotage-and.html#_edn10

continues
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Links
9/11 Gold Theft and other smoking guns:
http://911review.org/Wget/Killtown/9_11-Smoking-Guns.html
http://killtown.911review.org/oddities.html#February26,1993-WTC_gold


Kevin Ryan's landmark article on who had "Demolition access to the WTC Towers":
Tenants:
http://www.911review.com/articles/ryan/demolition_access_p1.html
Security:
http://www.911review.com/articles/ryan/demolition_access_p2.html
Convergence:
http://www.911review.com/articles/ryan/carlyle_kissinger_saic_halliburton.html
Clean Up:
http://www.911review.com/articles/ryan/demolition_access_p4.html

Kevin R. Ryan, et al, Environmental anomalies at the World Trade Center: evidence for energetic materials, The Environmentalist, Volume 29, Number 1 / March, 2009, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10669-008-9182-4

Kevin R. Ryan, The Top Ten Connections Between NIST and Nanothermites, Journal of 9/11 Studies, July 2008, http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.journalof911studies.com%2Fvolume%2F2008%2FRyan_NIST_and_Nano-1.pdf&session_token=IAbV17mlea37N5U6qFicACAlcBZ8MTM5MjQwMDMzNEAxMzkyMzEzOTM0

Website for In-Q-Tel, https://www.iqt.org/technology-portfolio/index-by-practice-area.html

Wikipedia page for Jerome Hauer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Hauer

Peter Jennings interview with Jerome Hauer, ABC, on 9/11, 14:53, available on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj0Rz9ZsDAg

Taku Murakami, US Patent 5532449 - Using plasma ARC and thermite to demolish concrete, http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5532449/description.html

Albert Gibson et al, Integral low-energy thermite igniter, US Patent number: 4464989, http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=rKl1AAAAEBAJ&dq=US+4464989

Michael C. Ruppert, Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly into the CIA's Highest Ranks, October 9, 2001, http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/10_09_01_krongard.html

Kevin R. Ryan, Mahmud Ahmed's itinerary from his Washington DC visit the week of 9/11, 911blogger.com, 11/27/2009, http://www.911blogger.com/node/21978

The agreement between LLNL and Savannah River can be found here - https://www.llnl.gov/str/News597.html

Savannah's reference to developing sol-gels can be found here - http://srnl.doe.gov/mat_sci.htm

SEC document for Washington pre-payments - http://www.secinfo.com/dRqWm.4G1Vx.c.htm

The Ties That Bind, Descended from family business empires, six huge business groups dominate the Japanese economy, Multinational Monitor, October 1983 - http://multinationalmonitor.org/hyper/issues/1983/10/ties.html

Securacomm Consulting Inc. v. Securacom Incorporated, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, January 20, 1999, 49 U.S.P.Q.2d 1444; 166 F.3d 182, http://altlaw.org/v1/cases/1099498

Wikipedia page for Stratesec, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratesec

SEC filing for Stratesec, May 2, 1997, http://www.secinfo.com/dS7kv.82.htm
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
All about bitcoin
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
John Casey Exposes the Truth About Climate Change
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Splitting the Sky - 9/11: Follow The Money
Life-long activist, Splitting the Sky appeared at St. Ann's Academy on November 29, 2008. In this impassioned and authoritative speech he meticulously follows the bloody and labyrinthine trail of corruption and money, which leads him to conclude that a cast of top-level financiers and international secret service agencies were behind the events of 9/11.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w8W8SVmQZg
clothcapclothcap on February 13th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
10 Years Later - The Money Trail Of 9/11 Attacks
Open the Saudi File on the Sept. 11th 2001 Attack NOW!
The battle to open the file on the Saudi role in the 9/11/2001 attack is now at a critical point, in the aftermath of the bipartisan attack on Barack Obama's unconstitutional seizing of power in the United States. According to well-placed intelligence sources in Washington, D.C., the White House was stunned by the bipartisan participation and broad support for the filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the CIA. The opening of the Saudi file can immediately begin with releasing the infamous 28 pages that were redacted in the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11 report. The information will also be an important step in bringing Obama down for his alliance with the British-Saudi Al Qaeda forces in Libya and Syria, and the continuing spread of Al Qaeda terror through Southwest Asia, Africa, and now East Asia.
The CIA has taken the position that only the U.S. Congress, and not the CIA, has the authority to declassify the information in a Congressional report, so Congress is the venue through which this crucial national security information can be released.
Already, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has put the issue on the table with a letter to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, requesting a review to release these pages.
In his letter, Rep. Jones says, "The families of the victims of 9/11 have a right to this information as do the American people." Rep. Jones cites attached correspondence from Mr. Mike Low, whose daughter died on American Airlines flight 11 in the 9/11/2001 attack. (see below for text of Jones' letter).
In a March 7 discussion with colleagues, Lyndon LaRouche, who has repeatedly called for the release of the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional report, said that the Saudi-British nexus is the Queen's tool, which is now destroying Africa and most of the Muslim world, through its imperial strategy. He added that this Saudi-British flank should be hit hard now, especially with Rep. Walter Jones's demand on the table for the release of the 28 pages on the Saudi role. (mjs)
More http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq6VOBRSYsI
clothcapclothcap on February 14th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Skyscrapers Pre-Wired to Come Down
Did space energy beams or alien time warp devices used to bring down the WTC? Do fantastic theories bother you as they do me? Do outlandish theories seem to be disinformation being placed to discredit the truth, the very simple truth of how 911 went down? What is the most obvious way those buildings imploded? Controlled demolition. Opponents of this say it would be impossible to wire those buildings or that it would take years. True, except they could of been wired at time of construction.
Article with some good comments http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/11/04/skyscrapers-pre-wired-to-come-down/
LC November 30, 2013 - 4:13 pm
FEMA photographer Kurt Sonnenfeld has been hiding in exile for fear of his life from USSG which murdered his American wife & blamed it on him to have him arrested & killed.
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1152&bih=622&q=kurt+sonnenfeld&oq=sonnenfeld&gs_l=img.1.4.0j0i5l8j0i24.1653.3541.0.10233.10.10.0.0.0.0.219.1110.3j6j1.10.0.crnk_timecombined
These comments describe some of the pics in his above linked page:
- Tens of thousands of North WTC pieces thrown all around & on top of Winter Gardens (the Gallery) 2-300 yards away & probably into river behind it. This mass displacement probably needed over ONE MEGATON of atomic-bomb force.
- WTC bogus plane entry facade does not match popular TV fakeries.
- Shaped cutting charges visible on steal.
- a 300 ton piece of North Tower piercing through 12 floors of AMEX tower 200 meters away. One calculation showed that this throw (by itself) required several kilotons of explosive atomic-force.
clothcapclothcap on February 14th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
Kurt Sonnenfeld: The man behind the camera
Eleven years after 9/11, Voltaire Network has the privilege to present a newly released film containing undisclosed images, footage and documents about Kurt Sonnenfeld and his work at Ground Zero as videographer on assignment for the U.S. Government. Sonnenfeld has been living in exile in Argentina since 2003
http://www.voltairenet.org/article175780.html

Images https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1152&bih=622&q=kurt+sonnenfeld&oq=sonnenfeld&gs_l=img.1.4.0j0i5l8j0i24.1653.3541.0.10233.10.10.0.0.0.0.219.1110.3j6j1.10.0.crnk_timecombined
E.g.

(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Kurt Sonnenfeld: The man behind the camera
"Sonnenfeld has been living in exile in Argentina since 2003."

Because he is wanted for the murder of his wife, whom he claims committed suicide.
clothcapclothcap on February 14th, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
Sochi, swimming, climate, activism
Anthony Watts (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/12/an-attempt-to-politicize-the-winter-olympics-over-climate-change-fails-to-demonstrate-climate-consensus/ ) wrote about the attempt by the climate activists to politicize the event. Even the whacko-in-chief of 350.org Bill McKibben (https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/433439758379786240 ) has endorsed the petition (http://protectourwinters.org/newell-2890 ) to fight the climate change.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2014/Sochi-Risks-Fumbling-its-Olympic-Tourism-Opportunity.html
However, it was only supported by about 105 Olympic athletes, mostly Americans. About 96% of the Olympic athletes silently endorsed the opinion that the climate activists are obnoxious self-serving jerks and scammers.
It is really crazy if some athletes were expecting harsh winter conditions in Sochi.
Someone should have told them that Sochi is one of the most Southern Russian cities and its most famous summer resort. At least that's how it used to work in the communist era. As a schoolkid, I would hear about Sochi pretty often. Apparatchiks would enjoy many of their summers in Sochi. Stalin himself had the most favorite personal summer cottage in Sochi. I understand that the American and other readers may be unfamiliar with Sochi but Sochi, a Black Sea resort, was a kind of the Soviet answer to Florida and California. ;-)
It shouldn't be hard for someone to find the climate data for Sochi. The February temperatures are –12.6 °C (record low), +2.5 °C (average low), +6.0 °C (daily mean), +10.4 °C (average high), +23.8 °C (record high). So it's clearly not like Moscow. Russia is a pretty large country, you know, and not all of its towns have the same climate as Moscow (or Siberia)! ;-)
To compare, the warmest month in Sochi is July; the five temperatures defined above are +12.6 °C, +19.8 °C, +23.8 °C, +28.0 °C, +39.4 °C. Even CNN was able to figure out and "explain" that Sochi's climate is rather warm.
The Russians were surely thinking about the question whether a summer resort is a good venue for the Winter Olympics. Their conclusion was Yes and I think that they were right. If they're able to provide the place with enough good snow and ice, it's simply better to pick a place that has major advantages in the summer. My understanding is that Sochi has lost some of its tourist fame and vitality after the fall of communism. But the chances of other Russian places to become a tourist paradise are smaller still.
Well, I would conjecture that Russia is not terribly competitive in most of these activities – including tourism – mostly because the rouble is still overvalued. And I think it is overvalued because of Russia's relative wealth when it comes to natural resources, especially fossil fuels. The fossil fuels are responsible for a significant part of the Russian exports which implies that the balance only needs a small amount of other exports, and those may therefore be largely uncompetitive.
But I think it was sensible for Russia to invest $50 billion to the Sochi Olympics. If a town except for the capital has a chance not to become a ghost town after the event, it is Sochi. Russia is working hard to attract the wealthy Russians to the Black Sea resort. Sochi is the new Florida again, they are told.
http://motls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/sochi-swimming-climate-activism.html