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29 December 2015 @ 03:28 pm
Russia in an invisible war  

Russia in an invisible war

by Rostislav Ischenko

How could Russia in just 20 years, without wars or other perturbations,
rise from a semi-colony to an acknowledged world leader, equal among the top ones?

Voltaire Network | Moscow (Russia) | 28 December 2015

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Kitchen “strategists”, who sincerely believe that massive nuclear strike is the universal solution to any international problem (even the hottest one, close to military confrontation), are unhappy about the moderate position of the Russian leadership in the crisis with Turkey. However, they deem insufficient even direct participation of the Russian military in the Syrian conflict. They are also dissatisfied with the Moscow’s activities on the Ukrainian front.

However, for some reason nobody asks a simple question. How did it happen that all of a sudden Russia started not just actively stand up to the world hegemonic power, but successfully win against it on all fronts?

Why now

By the end of 1990s, Russia was a state that economically and financially was at the level of the third world. An anti-oligarch rebellion was brewing in the country. It was fighting an endless and hopeless war with Chechens that spilled over to Dagestan. National security was supported only by nukes, as to conduct any serious operation even within its own borders, the army did have neither trained personnel nor modern equipment, fleet could not sail, and aviation could not fly.

Sure enough, anybody can tell how the industry, including military, was gradually revived, how growing living standards stabilized the internal situation, how the army was modernized.

But the key question is not who did more to rebuild the Russian military: Shoygu, Serdukov, or the General Staff. The key question is not who is a better economist, Glaziev or Kudrin, and whether it would have been possible to allocate even more resources to social spending.

The key unknown factor in this task is time. How did Russia have it, why did the US give Russia time to prepare resistance, to grow economic and military muscle, to annihilate State Department-funded pro-American lobby in the politics and the media?

Why did not the open confrontation, in which we are now getting ahead of Washington, begin earlier, 10-15 years ago, when Russia had no chance to withstand sanctions? In reality, the US in the 1990s or 2000s started installing puppet regimes on the post-Soviet space, including Moscow, which was considered as one of several capitals of dismembered Russia.

Healthy conservatism of diplomats

The conditions for today’s military and diplomatic successes were being built for decades on the invisible (diplomatic) front.

It must be said that among central ministries the Foreign Ministry was the first to recover from administrative mess caused by the breakup of the early 1990s. As early as in 1996, Evgeny Primakov became the Foreign Minister, who, in addition to turning the government plane around over the Atlantic upon learning about the US aggression against Yugoslavia, turned around the Russian foreign policy, which after that never followed the US course.

Two and a half years later, he recommended Igor Ivanov as his successor, who slowly (almost imperceptibly), but surely continued to strengthen the Russian diplomacy. He was succeeded in 2004 by the current foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, under whose leadership diplomacy accumulated enough resources to switch from positional defense to decisive offence.

Among these three ministers only Ivanov received The Hero Star, but I am sure that both his predecessor and successor are just as worthy of this award.

It must be said that traditional caste closeness and healthy conservatism of the diplomatic corps contributed to rapid restoration of the work of the Foreign Ministry. That very unhurriedness and traditionalism the diplomats are accused of helped. “Kozyrevshchina” (the word is derived from the name of Andrei Kozyrev, the Foreign minister in 1990-1996; the word means “acting like Kozyrev”, i.e. in a subservient manner against one’s own interests – translator’s note) never caught on in the Foreign Ministry because it did not fit.

Period of internal consolidation

Let’s return to the 1996. Russia is at the bottom of the pit economically, but the default of 1998 is still ahead. The USA totally disregards the international law replacing it with its arbitrary actions. NATO and the EU are getting ready to move to the Russian borders.

Russia has nothing to respond with. Russia (as USSR before it) can annihilate any aggressor in 20 minutes, but nobody plans to fight it. Any deviation from the Washington-approved line, any attempt to pursue an independent foreign policy would lead to economic strangulation and subsequent internal destabilization – at that time the country lives on Western credits.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that until 1999 the power is in the hands of the comprador elite beholden to the US (like the current Ukrainian one), and until 2004-2005 compradors are still fighting for power with patriotic Putin’s bureaucracy. The last rearguard battle given by the loosing compradors was an attempt at a revolution in 2011 at Bolotnaya square. What would have happened if they had made their move in 2000, when they had an overwhelming advantage?

The Russian leaders needed time for internal consolidation, restoration of the economic and financial systems, ensuring their self-reliance and independence from the West, and rebuilding the modern army. Finally, Russia needed allies.

Diplomats had an almost impossible mission. It was necessary, without retreating on key issues, to consolidate the influence of Russia in post-Soviet states, ally itself with other governments resisting the US, strengthen them, if possible, all the while creating an illusion in Washington that Russia is weak and ready for strategic concessions.

The illusion of Russia’s weakness

One demonstration of the fact that this task was successfully achieved are the myths that are still alive among some Western analysts and pro-American Russian “opposition”. For example, if Russia opposes another instance of Western adventurism, it is “bluffing to save face”, the Russian elites are totally dependent on the West because “their money is there”, “Russia sells out its allies”.

However, the myths of “rusty rockets that do not fly”, “hungry solders building dachas for generals”, and about “economy in tatters” are essentially gone. Only marginals believe in them, who are not really incapable, but are too afraid to acknowledge the reality.

These very illusions of weakness and readiness to back off that fooled the West into belief that the Russian question is solved and prevented it from rapid political and economic attacks on Moscow, gave the Russian leadership the precious time for reforms.

Naturally, there is never too much time, and Russia would have preferred to postpone the direct confrontation with the US, which started in 2012-13, by another 3-5 years, or even avoid it altogether, but the diplomacy won 12-15 years for the country – a huge period of time in today’s rapidly changing world.

Russian diplomacy in Ukraine

To save space, I will give just one very clear example, most relevant in the current political situation.

People still blame Russia for not counteracting the US in Ukraine actively enough, for failing to create a pro-Russian “fifth column” to counterbalance the pro-American one, for working with elites, rather than with the people, etc. Let us evaluate the situation based on real capabilities, rather than wishful thinking.

Despite all references to the people, it is the elite that determines the state policy. The Ukrainian elite, in all its actions, has always been and still is anti-Russian. The difference is that the ideologically nationalistic (gradually becoming Nazi) elite was openly russophobic, whereas the economic (comprador, oligarchic) elite was simply pro-Western, but did not object to lucrative links with Russia.

I would like to remind you that not somebody else but representatives of supposedly pro-Russian Party of Regions bragged that they did not allow Russian business to Donbass. They also were the once who tried to convince the world that they are better for Euro-integration than nationalists.

The regime of Yanukovich-Azarov precipitated economic confrontation with Russia in 2013, demanding that despite signing the treaty of association with the EU Russia retained and even enhanced favorable regime with Ukraine. After all, Yanukovich and his fellows in the Party of Regions, while they had absolute power (2010-2013), supported Nazis financially, informationally, and politically. They led them from marginal niche to mainstream politics in order to have a convenient opponent in the presidential elections in 2015, while suppressing any pro-Russian informational activity (not to mention a political one).

The Ukrainian communist party, while retaining pro-Russia rhetoric, never had a shot at power, and played a role of convenient loyal opposition indirectly supporting oligarchs, channeling protest activity into venues safe for any (including current) powers.

Under these conditions, any Russian attempt to work with NGOs or to create pro-Russian media would be perceived as an encroachment on the rights of Ukrainian oligarchs to rob the country singlehandedly, which would cause a further drift of the Ukrainian officialdom towards the West viewed by Kiev as a counter-balance to Russia. The US would, quite naturally, see it as transition of Russia to direct confrontation, and would have redoubled its efforts to destabilize Russia and support pro-Western elites all over the post-Soviet space.

Neither in 2000, nor in 2004 Russia was ready to openly confront the US. Even when (not by Moscow’s choice) this happened 2013, Russia needed almost two years to mobilize its resources in order to give a strong response in Syria. The Syrian elite, in contrast to the Ukrainian one, from the very beginning (in 2011-2012) rejected the option of compromising with the West.

That is why during 12 years (from “Ukraine without Kuchma” action, which was the first unsuccessful attempt of pro-American coup in Ukraine) the Russian diplomacy worked on two key tasks.

First, it was keeping the situation in Ukraine in unstable equilibrium; second, convincing the Ukrainian elite that the West was a danger to their wellbeing, whereas reorientation towards Russia was the only way to stabilize the situation and save the country as well as the position of the elite itself.

The first task was successfully achieved. The US has managed to switch Ukraine from the multi-directional mode into the mode of anti-Russian battering ram only by 2013, having spent enormous amount of time and resources and having acquired a regime with huge internal contradictions incapable of existing independently (without growing American support). Instead of using Ukrainian resources for their benefit, the US is forced to spend their own resources to prolong the agony of the Ukrainian statehood destroyed by the coup.

The second task has not been accomplished due to objective (independent of Russian efforts) reasons. The Ukrainian elite turned out to be totally inadequate, incapable of strategic thinking, of evaluating real risks and advantages, but living and acting under the influence of two myths.

First – the West will easily win in any confrontation with Russia and share the spoils with Ukraine. Second – no effort, except the unwavering anti-Russian position, is necessary for comfortable existence (at the expense of Western financing). In the situation of choice between orientation on Russia and survival, or siding with the West and dying, the Ukrainian elite chose death.

However, even out of negative choice of the Ukrainian elite the Russian diplomacy managed to get maximum advantage. Russia did not let itself be sucked into a confrontation with Ukrainian regime, instead forcing Kiev and the West into the grueling negotiation process on the background of a low-key civil war and excluding the USA from the Minsk format. By focusing on contradictions between Washington and the EU, Russia managed to burden the West with Ukraine financially.

As a result, initially consolidated position of Washington and Brussels disintegrated. Counting on a politico-diplomatic blitzkrieg, the European politicians were not prepared for a prolonged confrontation. The EU economy simply could not support it. In its turn, The US was not ready to accept Kiev exclusively on its own payroll.

Today, after a year and a half of efforts, the “old Europe”, which determines the position of the EU, such as Germany and France, has abandoned Ukraine completely and is looking for a way to extend a hand to Russia over the heads of the pro-American Eastern European limitrofes (Poland and Baltics). Even Warsaw, which used to be the main “advocate” of Kiev in the EU, openly (although semi-officially) hints at the possibility of dividing Ukraine, having lost the faith in the ability of the Kiev authorities to keep the country together.

In the Ukrainian political and expert community hysterics about “the treason of Europe” is growing. Former governor of the Donetsk region (appointed by the Nazi regime) and oligarch Sergey Taruta states that his country has eight months to exist. Oligarch Dmitry Firtash (who had a reputation of the Ukrainian “king maker”) predicts disintegration as early as in the spring.

All this, quietly and imperceptibly, without using tanks and strategic aviation, was achieved by the Russian diplomacy. Achieved in a tough confrontation with the block of most powerful, militarily and economically, countries, while starting from a much weaker position and with the most peculiar allies, not all of which were or are happy about growing Russian power.

Breakthrough in the Middle East

In parallel, Russia managed to return to the Middle East, retain and develop integration within the post-Soviet space (Eurasian Economic Union), together with China roll out a Eurasian integration project (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), and initiate via BRICS a global integration project.

Unfortunately, limited space does not allow us to discuss in detail all strategic actions of the Russian diplomacy for the past 20 years (from Primakov until today). A comprehensive study would take many volumes.

However, anyone who would try to answer honestly how Russia managed within 20 years, without wars or upheavals, to rise from the state of a semi-colony to the state of a recognized world leader, would have to acknowledge the contributions of many people on Smolenskaya Square (where the Foreign Ministry is located – translator’s note). Their efforts do not tolerate fuss or publicity, but without blood and victims yield results comparable to those achieved by multi-million armies in many years.

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clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Military operations in preparation in and around Syria
by Thierry Meyssan
Damascus (Syria)
Military operations in preparation in and around Syria
The Western Press doesn’t have much to say about the military operations in Syria, except to affirm, without the slightest proof, that the Coalition is successfully bombing Daesh jihadists while the Russians continue to kill innocent civilians. It is in fact difficult to form a reasonable idea of the current situation, particularly since each side is readying its weapons in preparation for a wider conflict. Thierry Meyssan describes what is going on.

2249 resolution does not allow bombarding in Syria
by Nicolas Boeglin
Paris (France)
2249 resolution does not allow bombarding in Syria
Since France launched its propaganda campaign to convince its public opinion, and its allies that 2249 resolution does allow the bombarding of ISIL in Syria without prior request of the legal authorities of the Arab Republic of Syria hoping its regime would fall, consequently a consensus is taking shape amongst legal experts to assert that this is not the case.

by Thierry Meyssan
Damascus (Syria)
The terms of Resolution 2254 mostly confirm those of the Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted three years ago. The two greatest military powers in the world agree that the Syrian Arab Republic should be maintained, while the imperialists - with France in the front line – pursue their dream of changing the Syrian régime by force. But the world has changed over the last few years, and it will not be as easy to sabotage this new agreement as it was in 2012.
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
ISIS And Saudi's - Profiteers Of Syria's Slave Trade

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
28th December, 2015
35-year-old Rustam Tovsultanov, almost a year after being in Daesh, in an exclusive interview with LifeNews, said that, in addition to illegal oil exports, the militants are actively engaged in the slave trade. According to him, the victims of this "business" are mostly women and children kidnapped by terrorists.
"There is a slave trade. These are people captured in battle, and are Muslims. Mostly women and children," said Rustam. "It happens that if women do not stand up and commit suicide, their children remain, and are sold. Mostly children are bought for yourself or as servants. I heard a three-year-old girl was sold for fifteen hundred dollars. Their mother hung herself, two girls of six years and three years. They sell them even when they are very little."
According to the returnees, in Syria they are all aware of what is happening. This is the main source of income. The price depends on the age and external data.
"WhatsApp is used to send photo, papers or transmit names. They are treated like a commodity. I heard that children are kept in a house, and live in the homes of those who bought them. Most women sold are Kurdish and Yazidi," continues Rustam. "When they attacked the city of Kabani, where they took many slaves, I heard they kept them in a house in Raqqa about 150 women with children and without, young and old. They were bought mainly by Saudis and fighters of Daesh. They have money, they buy well. If a woman is beautiful — 10 thousand dollars, if an old and ugly — $ 100. Such are the prices."
Rustam Tovsultanov was on the territory seized by Daesh for eleven months. He decided to escape, fearing for his family, his pregnant wife and three children. Twice his attempts to escape failed. Only on the third time did he manage to return to Russia. He immediately appealed to law enforcement bodies, who are now awaiting the court's decision.
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
Off the buses: Driverless robot revolution threatens mass cull of transport jobs

RT 29 Dec, 2015 13:54
Government plans to introduce driverless buses as part of a digital revolution could see Britain lead the way in new technology, but could also put tens of thousands of people out of work.
Culture and Digital Economy minister Ed Vaizey said a five-year digital strategy currently being drawn up will propose that robotic buses be launched across the country.
The plans will be part of a wider policy to force government departments to embrace the digital age in the same way private companies have.
A Whitehall official told the Times it was a “cross-government” program.
“It is about how we push the boundaries and make sure every bit of government is digital and policy is more digital.”
Speaking to the Times, Vaizey said the impact of the plans on people’s lives would be “profound” and cited positive outcomes such as improved healthcare from wearable smart technology.
However critics such as computer entrepreneur and author Martin Ford warn that if the introduction of automation in the economy is not handled carefully, it could lead to mass unemployment.
More https://www.rt.com/uk/327353-driverless-buses-jobs-unemployment/
Fascist technocracy on steroids, gods know what the 'representatives' are on.
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
Flooded Britain

UK Floods: Rivers Foss and Ouse from above
Vids http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35188850
Geo-engineering chem trail spraying continues regardless.

Gas main explodes in Manchester amid flooding (VIDEO)
Prime Minister David Cameron has defended cuts to flood defense spending, as dramatic footage reveals widespread damage. One video shows a gas main exploding in Greater Manchester after a footbridge collapsed.

UK floods in pictures: Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Bradford, Summerseat and other areas in Lancashire and Yorkshire affected

Flooding In Rochdale U.K - Town Centre Under Water


The River Irwell in flood

2015 floods bridge collapse gas leak explosion radcliffe lancashire
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
London Review of Books

Vol. 38 No. 1 · 7 January 2016
pages 11-14 | 6850 words
Military to Military
Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war
Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.
The military’s resistance dates back to the summer of 2013, when a highly classified assessment, put together by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then led by General Martin Dempsey, forecast that the fall of the Assad regime would lead to chaos and, potentially, to Syria’s takeover by jihadi extremists, much as was then happening in Libya. A former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told me that the document was an ‘all-source’ appraisal, drawing on information from signals, satellite and human intelligence, and took a dim view of the Obama administration’s insistence on continuing to finance and arm the so-called moderate rebel groups. By then, the CIA had been conspiring for more than a year with allies in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ship guns and goods – to be used for the overthrow of Assad – from Libya, via Turkey, into Syria. The new intelligence estimate singled out Turkey as a major impediment to Obama’s Syria policy. The document showed, the adviser said, ‘that what was started as a covert US programme to arm and support the moderate rebels fighting Assad had been co-opted by Turkey, and had morphed into an across-the-board technical, arms and logistical programme for all of the opposition, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State. The so-called moderates had evaporated and the Free Syrian Army was a rump group stationed at an airbase in Turkey.’ The assessment was bleak: there was no viable ‘moderate’ opposition to Assad, and the US was arming extremists.
Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. ‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’
More http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n01/seymour-m-hersh/military-to-military
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
2mn more children in poverty by Christmas 2030, think tank warns

RT 29 Dec, 2015 11:45
Two million more children will be living in poverty by Christmas in 2030 due to the Conservative government’s austerity measures, according to a study by the Fabian Society and Landman Economics.
The analysis predicts much greater inequality over the next 15 years than previously forecast before May’s General Election.
Cuts falling disproportionately on single parents mean the number of children living in poverty will rise from 2.5 million (19 percent) to 4.4 million (28 percent), the report said.
This includes some 800,000 children who will be in “absolute poverty” – below the benchmark representing the necessary income to afford the basics of life.
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
The Global Warming Pause Explained

corbettreport Dec 21, 2015

SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=17311
Fact: the RSS global mean temperature anomaly dataset shows a least-squares linear regression trend of 0.0C from February 1997 to October 2015. But what does this really mean? And what is the significance of this global warming pause?
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
‘No-Grow Zone’: Israel Admits to Spraying Poisons Inside Gaza Strip

Sputnik 29.12.2015
The Israeli Army has admitted that they used crop-dusters to kill hundreds of acres of Palestinian crops, claiming that it was to “enable security operations.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
© REUTERS/ Carlos Barria
Spanish Court Orders Netanyahu 'Arrest Warrant' Over Gaza Flotilla Attacks
Palestinian officials have stated that over 420 acres of land inside the Gaza strip were damaged by the poisons sprayed to kill vegetation.
“For years now, the IDF has unilaterally maintained a lethal ‘no-go zone’ on the Palestinian side of the border with Gaza. Now, it seems, it has also implemented a ‘no-grow zone,’” Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man wrote for +972.
Israeli planes were seen spraying the toxins for several days straight, destroying spinach, pea, parsley and bean crops.
“The aerial spraying of herbicides and germination inhibitors was conducted in the area along the border fence last week in order to enable optimal and continuous security operations,” an IDF Spokesperson told +972 on Sunday.
More: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151229/1032470597/israel-sprays-poison-gaza-crops.html
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
Corbett Report
Sibel Edmonds Explains The Erdogan Takedown
Interview 1120
Corbett • 12/23/2015
Sibel Edmonds of BoilingFrogsPost.com joins us once again to discuss the ongoing “reverse engineering” of Erdogan by the NATO/CIA/Kurdish/Israeli/Russian forces that oppose him. We talk about the hypocritical and nearly-unanimous coverage of Erdogan’s abuses and how and why this narrative is converging now to finish the US/NATO task of removing him from office to usher in a more pliable puppet.


Interview 1117 – Jim Steele on How Bad Global Warming Science Hurts the Environmental Movement
Corbett • 12/08/2015
Jim Steele was the Director of the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University from 1985 to 2009. Having taught courses on plants, natural sciences, bird banding and bird identification, his research into the causes of the declines in local bird populations led him to the understanding that natural climate cycles and landscape changes were causing disruptions of wildlife populations. He went on to author a book, Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism, and a website, LandscapesAndCycles.net where he explores how faulty, over-hyped C02-driven climate change fears are misdirecting environmental researchers and activists away from the true cause of environmental disruption.
Podcast, comments https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1117-jim-steele-on-how-bad-global-warming-science-hurts-the-environmental-movement/
Download http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2015-12-08%20Jim%20Steele.mp3

How Big Oil Conquered The World
Episode 310
Corbett • 12/28/2015
From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that is not affected by the oil industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.

Transcript, other listening options https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-310-rise-of-the-oiligarchs/
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
The Big Lie on the War Against Drugs
Audio. Thom Hartmann Program
Sputnik Radio 30.12.2015
If you've shopped at a gardening supply store in the last year, and if you happen to live with someone who drinks tea, guess what? Your local sheriff could just send a SWAT team into your house.
It's not a far-fetched scenario, in fact it actually happened, here in America, just 3 short years ago. Back in 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte and tore their house apart looking for evidence of a major marijuana growing operation.
The investigation began when a state trooper stationed at a gardening supply store (yes, they had the gardening store staked out!) spotted Robert Harte and his son purchasing supplies to grow hydroponic tomatoes.
According to the Washington Post, having seen the Harte's buying hydroponic growing accessories, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department started investigating the Harte family.
They searched the family's trash and found "saturated plant material" that supposedly tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana. But the reality was, Mrs. Harte is a tea drinker, and that wet plant matter was nothing more than used tea leaves, and the SWAT raid turned up nothing.
Just last week, a federal judge dismissed the family's lawsuit against the police, and said that the sheriffs had probable cause — based on the garden store purchase and old tea leaves.
But the Hartes aren't the average targets of this kind of drug sting, and one sheriff actually boasted after the raid that the operation was so unusual because they'd shut down a drug operation that was run by an "average family" in a "good neighborhood" — all coded language for "middle class white people".
Aside from the fact that the Hartes weren't actually doing ANYTHING illegal, the sheriff unwittingly showed just how exceptional it was that the family was a target at all.
Because the war on drugs has never been about drugs. No, the war on drugs, since it's very beginning, has been about controlling political power — by breaking up black communities and the dissident left. And we know that because the people who have been involved, the architects and the leaders in the war on drugs, have admitted it — even bragged about it!
Before he died, Nixon counsel and former Assistant to the President John Ehrlichman told author Dan Baum that:
"The Nixon Campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
More: http://sputniknews.com/radio_thom_hartmann_show/20151230/1032496607/the-big-lie-on-the-war-against-drugs.html
In Britain it's about filling private prisons and keeping weed illegal to the corporations' benefit.

Edited at 2015-12-30 08:10 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Some Sputnik International

Ex-Pentagon Chief Warns of 'Real and Growing Danger' of Nuclear Doom
Sputnik 29.12.2015
Former US Defense Secretary William Perry said a terrorist attack using a nuclear bomb or improvised nuclear device could happen "any time now – next year or the year after."
Before he served as Pentagon chief under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1997, Perry played a central role in developing and modernizing nuclear forces throughout the Cold War. Now, he is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of the very weapons he helped develop.
One of Russia's largest Soviet-built nuclear submarines, Typhoon (Akula) class, which remains the world's largest with the displacement of about 25,000 metric tons (27,500 tons) heaves ahead in the Barents Sea at Russia's Arctic Coast in this September 2001 photo
"It was, of course, a false alarm," Perry said, but it was one of many experiences throughout the Cold War and beyond that he says have given him a "unique and chilling vantage point from which to conclude that nuclear weapons no longer provide for our security — they now endanger it."
Perry thinks the US nuclear force no longer needs land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and can rely on the other two "legs" of the force – bomber aircraft and submarine-based missiles. The ICBM should be scrapped, he says, adding, "I don't think it's going to happen, but I think it should happen. They're not needed" to deter nuclear aggression.
More: http://sputniknews.com/us/20151229/1032470315/william-perry-nuclear-apocalypse.html

New Scandal? The Erdogans Spotted Laundering Money in EU
The evidence continues to mount against Turkish President Erdogan and his family regarding their involvement in illicit collaboration with Daesh (Islamic State); surprisingly, neither Washington, nor Brussels has raised its voice against Recep Erdogan who remains at the helm of Turkey, Martin Berger notes.
More: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151229/1032461807/erdogans-spotted-laundering-money-eu.html

Edited at 2015-12-30 08:15 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
Iraq: Popular Forces' Commander Reveals US Plots to Evacuate ISIL Leaders from Ramadi

Fars News Dec 24, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) disclosed the US plots to evacuate ISIL leaders from the city of Ramadi as Iraqi army and popular troops are completing victory over the terrorist group.
"The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference," Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA on Thursday.
"It seems that the US intends to evacuate the ISIL terrorist group's infamous ringleaders secretly (with helicopters) from Ramadi to unknown places," he added.
His remarks came as Iraqi security forces continue to gain ground in Ramadi, and opened their way to the central parts of the strategic city where hundreds of ISIL terrorists are trapped under siege.
Full http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941003000828
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
Obama Outed As ISIS Architect By Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Many top military brass saying no

Infowars.com - December 23, 2015
There is concrete evidence that the Obama administration has been backing ISIS since the beginning, and award winning journalist Sy Hersh has recently released a groundbreaking book with even more incriminating proof.
Watch the videos below for more insight into Sy Hersh’s analysis and more.
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Sy Hersh: ISIS Funded by USA
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(Anonymous) on December 30th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Epic Wild Weather, Christmas 2015

"The stunning unintended consequences of burning in excess of 96 million metric tons daily of climate altering, subsidized fossil fuels made this holiday season unforgettable for millions of people around the world who experienced wild weather.

In October the average temperature across land and ocean was a remarkable 1.79 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, smashing all previous 136 years of NOAA's record keeping.

Rather recently the oceans concealed deep within about five decades worth of heat-trapping fossil fuel temperatures. In November, the enormous El Nino, a large-scale climate disturbance, brewing for months in the Pacific Ocean revealed ocean surface temperatures 1.15 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average, eclipsing the old record by more than three fold set last year at 0.36 Fahrenheit. An overheating ocean has begun to wreak havoc globally".
clothcapclothcap on December 31st, 2015 09:33 am (UTC)
Re: Epic Wild Weather, Christmas 2015

1.15 F = 0.69 C = 0.75 C
Given the inaccuracy of temperature measurement and the tendency for warmists to bias their utterances, that claim with error margins amounts to arm waving about zero.

Btw, check out the early eighties, 90s and 00s. You'll find the very same people that are claiming your exhalations are causing climate change claimed that a change from warming to cooling would involve turbulent weather.
"Our kids won't see snow in winter." (Just advancing glaciers?)
Guessing you aren't supporting humanity's enemies to stay alive. If you run interference for a reason, what reason? We're all born the same and end the same. No exceptions, just the bit in between that some weirdos, school bully type wannabe inadequates have made weird.

You're location may be nice (I kinda like my scenery though) but your mindset isn't. Pushing for better rather than mostly worse isn't the worst way to go, however ineffectual the effort, at least its a better than being an ostrich, mate.

Hope your xmas fastival was good and next year is less unkind to you.
clothcapclothcap on December 30th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)

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(Anonymous) on December 30th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re Why It's Important to Pursue Justice Against Crisis Actors
"Use of the phrase "crisis actors" quickly spread within the clogosphere, becoming popular with conspiracy theorists who queried or denied the accepted accounts of Sandy Hook and other crises such as the Aurora shootings of July 2012. The concept has obvious crank appeal, allowing easy explanations for the huge volumes of film footage, photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony surrounding such events, and fitting nicely into the dog whistle politics and pseudo-military jargon common among post-9/11 conspiracy nuts."