Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another one for the ‘black holes are weird’ file: a team of mathematicians has calculated that some black holes in an expanding Universe like ours can press the reset button on the history of their contents, effectively erasing the past and turning the future into a giant question mark.

Exactly what this would look like from an observer’s point of view is anybody’s guess. But if it turns out to be true, we might finally have a solution to one of the biggest questions in modern cosmology.

If we follow the laws of physics to their logical conclusions, all the mass of a collapsed star gets squeezed into an infinitely small point called a singularity.

That’s a little like saying there are volumes of space that keep secrets from the rest of the Universe, places where physics itself crumbles apart.

To deal with this breakdown between the rule-based Universe as we know it and these ‘here be dragons’ parts of black holes, physicists apply a little thing called cosmic censorship.

This censorship comes in two flavours.

https://www.sciencealert.com/non-determinism-strong-cosmic-censorship-for-charged-black-hole-model

 

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Fairies are a well-known staple of folklore and modern children’s literature: supernatural beings who were thought by people of previous ages to inhabit the pastoral landscapes of Europe. But while belief in such creatures might be assumed to have no place in our modern, rational world, it seems fairies don’t really care, as new research has found that some people still regularly have encounters with them.

In fact, more than ‘some’: in the newly released, 400-page-long Fairy Census, 2014-2017 (free PDF download), some five hundred fairy experiences from the modern day are detailed. They were collected over the last few years via an ongoing internet questionnaire about who sees fairies, when and why.

 

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/02/fairies-continue-to-be-seen-in-the-modern-day-according-to-this-new-research/

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A variety of fears stopped me from using psychedelics until much later in life. My first few experiences were so shockingly positive, I couldn’t help but confess to friends and colleagues how much they had transformed me. This is when I discovered the sheer number of people I knew and admired who shared their own secret stories of life-changing psychedelic experiences.

To be sure, everyone reading this article has been touched by someone who has used and loved psychedelics (and, not just because Steve Jobs said that dropping Acid was one of the important decisions of his life).

On a weekly, if not a daily basis, you probably use their technology and read their news stories. The author Tim Ferriss, who became famous for interviewing the world’s high-performing athletes and businessmen, once said that “most of the billionaires” he knows use psychedelics. Many of the people who impact your life everyday attribute their success in life in no small part to psychedelics.

There is a Grand Canyon-size gap between what psychedelics actually do for society and the way the law views them. Psychedelics are widely used and none of the fears that justify criminalization have happened. Like Marijuana, it is only a matter of time before public fears are washed away by folks talking to someone they know who uses psychedelics.

So, as a first step to inspiring others to talk, I’m going to describe, in as much legal detail as possible*, everything I’ve done and how it’s impacted me, with an eye towards answering all the skeptical questions that kept me from using psychedelics until very recently. It is my hope that the ensuing conversation (and lack of negative consequences) will open space for other posts like this one.

 

https://medium.com/psychedelic-honesty-project/how-doing-psychedelics-in-social-situations-has-improved-my-life-long-version-draft-0-5-b190c295975e

 

 

 

 

 

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The faces that look out of old photos and paintings are people of the past. All of them are connected to the living, although those connections have often been lost. A large fraction of people in past generations have no living descendants. Others have them, but no full accounting of them exists.

It is part of my profession to recover what science can of the histories of unknown ancient peoples. The individual histories of recent people are no less interesting, and in many cases are unknown.

http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/history/genealogy/toronto-photo-identity-genealogy-2018.html

 

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In the early 1960s, researchers predicted that the Amahuaca people of the Peruvian Amazon would likely disappear, yet today the younger generations are continuing their struggle to avoid that fate, and, led by a determined bilingual teacher, they do everything possible as they face diseases, lack of support for education and the difficulties of remaining largely invisible to their country.

 

 

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We are the only person living within our world. We may share the same moment and space with billions of others, but our reality is uniquely ours and it is carefully constructed to fit our own worldview and belief system. Ultimately we are alone, even when surrounded by family and friends. While others may share the benefits and blow-back from our decisions, we alone bear the full burden of our beliefs.

I could no more understand the belief system, thought processes and daily lives of a movie star, neurosurgeon, or nuclear physicist than I could a drug kingpin, human trafficker or serial killer. No two people share the same exact world, not even identical twins.

I point this out solely to emphasize this article is not a recommendation or endorsement of any particular course of action. Nor is it a warning a similar course of action will produce the same results for you. My only goal when writing this article was to share our experiences, how we were affected and what we did to cope.

If you missed Part One and Part Two of this article, both installments laid out the groundwork for this final chapter. For those who did not read them, I’ll summarize the first two chapters in a single sentence. We woke up, bugged out and almost caved in after we were turned upside down when nearly everything went sideways.

During this six year journey we took a wild ride on the pendulum of life, eventually becoming totally out of balance with the world and each other. Part One described our initial awakening to how the world really works and everything leading up to our move to an isolated off-grid homestead. Part Two contained a summary of some of the larger challenges, successes, disasters, surprises and strange events we faced once we settled into our new home.

In this final chapter I detail how my wife and I progressed from a stress and drama free life of peace and harmony (aka blissful ignorance) to finding ourselves in constant conflict. This dissonance created such a high level of stress and disharmony we were constantly at each other’s throat.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-04/pendulum-part-three-seeking-balance

 

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It was remarkable that the reversal took place after a million-year separation, said Alan Brelsford, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California at Riverside who was not involved with this research.

“What’s neat about the ravens is it seems like they were separated for quite a long time and still managed to fuse,” he said.

Brelsford was impressed with the level of detail in the research: Mitochondria alone might tell an unrepresentative story, but the combination of nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA was convincing, he said.

It is not clear how the birds could reunite after being apart for so long. There are three main barriers to species fusion: mate choice, ecological differences and biochemical incompatibilities, Brelsford said.

An ice age, a few of which occurred within the 440,000-to-140,000-year timeline of first contact, might cause some of those barriers to crumble.

Perhaps a glacier isolated a pocket of common ravens with the other species in California. Alone among distant relatives, the common ravens possibly mingled as their mating instincts kicked in.

“You have no one else to breed with, so you’re going to breed with a raven that looks the same as you,” Kearns said.

“The authors argue convincingly that the ranges of the previously separated raven populations changed as a result of a natural change in climate,” Grant said.

“This brought them together, and interbreeding followed.”

Last century, scientists had a laser-like focus on how species split, Omland said, looking for the hatchets that drove organisms apart.

Advances in genomics changed that. In February, researchers studying the elephant genome revealed how elephants interbred with mastodons, Omland noted.

Species fusion is “probably a way more common phenomenon than has been reported,” he said.

https://www.sciencealert.com/ravens-evolved-single-global-species-reverse-speciation?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

 

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Dreams have long proved a fertile ground for human creativity and expression, and no less so than in the visual arts, giving rise to some of its most arresting images. In addition to the many and varied dreams so important to religion and myth there has emerged, in the last few centuries since the birth of Romanticism, an exploration of the more personal dream-world. Indeed, with its link to the unconscious, the form has perhaps proved the perfect vehicle for those artists looking to surface that which lies submerged – desire, guilt, fear, ambition – to bring to light the truth the waking mind keeps hid.

No doubt, also, artists have been attracted to the challenge of giving form to something so visually intangible as a dream, a challenge taken up in many ways through the centuries. More often than not there appears the sleeping body itself, with the dream element incorporated in a variety of ways. Common is for the dream sequence to appear in a totally separate part of the image, as if projected on the walls of the sleeping mind: often in the midst of that familiar floating cloud, but also as emerging from nearby objects or events of the day (see the Toyokuni image below) . Also common, particularly in the depiction of nightmares, is for the figures of the dream to simply appear as though in the room with the sleeper, often directly upon the body itself (see the Fuseli below). With the advent of photography, and the potential of double exposures, we see also a different way of trying to capture that intangibility of the dream image. With both the Grandville and Redon images featured, and the work of the Surrealists they anticipate, we see a different approach entirely, one which looks past the sleeper to focus solely on the imagery of the dream itself, and in the process perhaps giving a more true impression of the strangeness and otherworldliness which so often characterises the dream experience.

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-art-of-dreams/

 

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The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were the bones that they yielded enough DNA for sequencing, and it became Reich’s job in 2007 to analyze the DNA for signs that Neanderthals interbred with humans—a idea he was “deeply suspicious” of at the time.

To his surprise, the DNA revealed that humans and Neanderthals did interbreed in their time together in Europe. Possibly even more than once. Today, surprisingly, the people carrying the most Neanderthal DNA are not in Europe but in East Asia—likely due to the patterns of ancient human migration in Eurasia in the thousands of years after Neanderthals died out. All this painted a complicated but dynamic picture of human prehistory. Since the very beginning of our species, humans have been on the move; at times they replaced and at other times they mixed with the local population, first hominids like Neanderthals and later other humans.

Reich has since converted his lab at Harvard Medical School into a “factory” for studying ancient DNA. His new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here, charts the myriad ways the study of ancient DNA is lobbing bombs into the halls of established wisdom. In Europe, for example, ancient DNA is identifying waves of migrations into the continent, in which groups of people serially replaced, or nearly replaced, the local population.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/ancient-dna-history/554798/

 

That seems counterintuitive, especially since we know that Neanderthals lived throughout Europe and Asia, whereas Denisovans have only been found in a single Siberian cave. But that picture might be deceptive. Scientists have sequenced the genomes of two Neanderthals—one from Vindija Cave, in Croatia, and another from the Altai region, in Siberia—and the differences between them are smaller than between the two Denisovan populations Browning identified in her work. “Maybe the Neanderthals were more nomadic and their populations were mixing a lot, while the Denisovans stayed in particular places and didn’t mix,” she says.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/humans-denisovans-interbreeding-twice/555686/

 

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/a-deeper-origin-of-complex-human-cultures/555674/

 

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We’ve known about zombie ants for quite some time, but scientists have struggled to understand how the parasitic fungus, O. unilateralis (pronounced yu-ni-lat-er-al-iss), performs its puppeteering duties. This fungus is often referred to as a “brain parasite,” but new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the brains of these zombie ants are left intact by the parasite, and that O. unilateralis is able to control the actions of its host by infiltrating and surrounding muscle fibres throughout the ant’s body. In effect, it’s converting an infected ant into an externalized version of itself. Zombie ants thus become part insect, part fungus. Awful, right?

To make this discovery, the scientist who first uncovered the zombie ant fungus, David Hughes from Penn State, launched a multidisciplinary effort that involved an international team of entomologists, geneticists, computer scientists, and microbiologists. The point of the study was to look at the cellular interactions between O. unilateralis and the carpenter ant host Camponotus castaneus during a critical stage of the parasite’s life cycle — that phase when the ant anchors itself onto the bottom of leaf with its powerful mandibles.

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/11/the-fungus-that-turns-ants-into-zombies-is-more-diabolical-than-we-realized/

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Sssoooooooo…….

Time to write another blogpost. Well, past time. I’m late. Dearie me ! Where does the life-time go ?? Answers on a postcard, please…

As those of you who have survived from the previous post may have gathered, I am ill, unwell, sickly, indisposed, and even more kranky and savage than usual. Sigh….

In the previous comments, there was a message from our correspondent out there in the wilds, the backwoods, located somewhere over in the badlands of Upper Kekistan, (if I recall correctly, somewhere in the East, anyway), where he survives amidst the imaginary yak-herders and mushroom-zombies, a bleak and tenuous existence, grasping the straws that blow in the wind and trading them for wisps of gossip and cups of tea…

Anyway, from what I  gather, he’s in some different timezone and the land is flat, unlike here, where I have mountains, and as every schoolchild knows, mountains attract snow and related inclement weather, so we have a harsh life and are forced to cling to our ancient customs for comfort and sustenance, customs like rugby, quoting Dylan Thomas, wearing clothes woven from leaks and daffodils, practising longbowmanship, motorcycle maintenance, that sort of thing…

You know, Mari Llwyd and her  friends, of whom I have written before. Probably I forgot to pay due homage earlier this year, preoccupied by ailments as I’ve been, which is why I’m suffering such bad luck these days, when a quarter of the year has already slipped by, and I hardly even noticed yet….

 

 

So, the aforementioned correspondent, one Wolfwitch, sent me a message hereabouts  to which I am obliged to reply

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=30192&cpage=7#comment-33638

So, concerning Gordon White who had dropped off my radar…. This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed on this internet thing, people, names, sites, just disappear and vanish from one’s world, and nobody notices because there are always thousands more to fill the space…

Gordon White rambles on about his father and Jordan Peterson…

Seems to me this is a basic human social need, I mean, to have celebrities, heroes and anti-heroes, it’s there in vivid detail in the ancient Greek stories and the Sagas and the Indian epics… ‘Some talk of Alexander, some of Hercules, of Hector and Lysander and such great names as these, but of all the world’s great heroes then none that can compare with….’

Peterson, as an educated Jungian amongst other things, is well aware of this phenomenon, so he knows how to play the part, from a theoretical as well as the practical point of view, and he’s obviously doing it right, because he recovered from the low point I mentioned in my previous blogpost, and has achieved global publicity.

This ascension into the public social consciousness is not a new thing, saints, royals, military leaders, sometimes bandits, pirates and folk heroes, have all exploited it over the centuries, but now it’s mediated and amplified by the technology. Julius Caesar, Napoleon, etc, knew instinctively how to play to the gallery, and more recently, as well as writing and word of mouth, we got the mass production of records, film and radio, that helped names like Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Elvis Presley, etc, to become widely known.

But a clinical psychologist as rock star-hero ? That is a bit weird. He did have the same University job as Timothy Leary once had, so he must have known the potential when he gained that position, and Leary had a famous (or notorious) meeting with the psychiatrist R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience, who also gained fame outside his field, for his radical ideas and theories about sanity and madness.

 

 

I don’t want to get diverted by The White Rabbit and sucked into the warren of cross-connecting tunnels that link Tavistock Clinic, ECTs, MKUltra, lobotomies, CIA, Doors of Perception, Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters, Manchurian Candidates, all that stuff, because I have trouble re-emerging, it’s so vast and everything seems to connect to everything else in weird, bizarre, even terrible ways… shrooms, shamanism, the ultimate mysteries of existence, birth, life, death, etc, one thing leads to another….

Gordon White knows that, and so does Jordan Peterson. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and others, the tribal shamans of Eurasia,(see Mircea Eliade) had to find ways to integrate that weirdness into their consciousness and cultures, and we are beset with many of the same dilemmas that our predecessors encountered and struggled with.

I was intending to watch that Gordon White video on Peterson again and give you my thoughts and opinions, but, actually, if you follow this blog, your’e all smart savvy folks who are well-able to watch it yourselves and form your own views, you don’t need me to tell you what to think, do you ? 🙂

So, change of topic. Because my right leg seems fairly useless and not improving, in fact worse than when I was in hospital, I’ve been pondering options, and toying with the idea of getting one of these things, so I can get around on this mountain a bit more before I die and disappear….

 

 

Onwards and upwards…

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533 Responses to Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

  1. ulvfugl says:

    In the latest study, the researchers paired sets of mice together and then removed one mouse from each pair and subjected them to a mild amount of stress. They then returned the stressed mouse to the pair and observed the brains of both mice. The results showed that the stressed mouse experienced changes in a group of neurons located in the hippocampus, a brain area that plays a central role in memory and emotional response. The brain of the other mouse that hadn’t been stressed, but was now in the presence of its stressed partner, rapidly showed the same neuronal changes in its hippocampus. In effect, the brains of the unstressed mice mirrored the brains of the stressed mice.

    “The neurons that control the brain’s response to stress showed changes in unstressed partners that were identical to those we measured in the stressed mice,” said Toni-Lee Sterley of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the study’s first author.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/neuronarrative/201803/stress-may-not-only-affect-the-brains-the-stressed

    Hmm. But perhaps the mouse left behind got stressed by having its partner taken away ?

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    Some cutting-edge systems exist but are not yet operational. A few are already part of the Russian arsenal, although in rather small numbers. But that’s just a start. Many achievements have flown under the media’s radar and deserve more exposure. The information available from public sources is worth discussing to get an idea of where things seem to be headed.

    The military added Kh-32 air-to-surface missiles in 2016 to advance the operational capabilities of the Tu-22M3 Backfire. The weapon was created on the basis of radical updates to the Kh-22. After being launched, the Kh-32 climbs up to the stratosphere, reaching an altitude of 40 km (130,000 ft) for the midcourse phase of its flight. As it nears its target, it goes into a steep dive. The attack is too fast and the missile too maneuverable for the enemy to mount an air defense.

    The approach can be flown at an altitude as low as five m, going undetected by a ship’s defense systems until a distance of about 10 km. This leaves a reaction window of roughly 10 seconds before this extremely agile target is hit. It doesn’t have a chance. This deadly weapon is a threat to any ground target.

    The weapon boasts an inertial navigation system and a seeker head. It needs no navigation satellites for guidance and is impossible to jam. Its primary mission is to knock out aircraft carriers and large surface ships, as well as ground-based assets.

    The Kh-32 has a range of roughly 1,000 km (620 mi) and a speed of over 5,400 kilometers per hour (1,500 meters per second). Its 500-kilogram (1,102 lb.) warhead can be either nuclear or conventional.

    The US doesn’t have anything comparable to the Kh-32, nor does it have an effective system to protect its assets from it. Even the speed and altitude of the famous Aegis (SM-6) are useless against this new weapon. The Kh-32 does not breach the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, as its trajectory does not envisage going into orbit. And this is not the only breakthrough worth talking about.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-30/russias-game-changing-weapons-were-not-mentioned-putins-speech

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    Over 1,500 Central Americans are on a crusade across Mexico in the hopes of being granted asylum at the U.S. border – a move which is set to pose an enormous challenge to the Trump administration’s much campaigned about immigration policies, while reminding Trump’s base that they still don’t have the wall they elected him to build 14 months into his presidency.

    “We want to become one, supporting us shoulder to shoulder and show that together we can break down borders,” say the caravan’s organizers.

    Setting out six days ago and marching under the slogan “Migrantes en la lucha” (“Migrants in the Fight”) during holy week, the caravan comprised mostly of Hondurans was organized roughly a month ago by the mysterious group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) – which solicited donations via Facebook and encouraged volunteers to contact them.

    ”Our mission is to provide shelter and safety to migrants and refugees in transit, accompany them in their journey, and together demand respect for our human rights,” reads the group’s mission statement.

    The Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans and Guatemalans, flee their countries because of insecurity and because they are threatened by gang members, also because of the economic and political situation in the region. -proceso.hn (translated)

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-31/huge-caravan-central-americans-headed-us-border-hopes-asylum

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    Russia’s embassy in London has sent a list of questions, 14 to be specific, to the British Foreign Ministry on the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal – which include a demand to clarify whether samples of the nerve agent “Novichok” have ever been developed in the UK.

    The Russian embassy’s statement calls the incident that started the recent diplomatic row a “fabricated case against Russia.”

    The questions published by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official website have been translated below:

    Why has Russia been denied the right of consular access to the two Russian citizens, who came to harm on British territory?
    What specific antidotes and in what form were the victims injected with? How did such antidotes come into the possession of British doctors at the scene of the incident?
    On what grounds was France involved in technical cooperation in the investigation of the incident, in which Russian citizens were injured?
    Did the UK notify the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) of France’s involvement in the investigation of the Salisbury incident?
    What does France have to do with the incident, involving two Russian citizens in the UK?
    What rules of UK procedural legislation allow for the involvement of a foreign state in an internal investigation?
    What evidence was handed over to France to be studied and for the investigation to be conducted?
    Were the French experts present during the sampling of biomaterial from Sergey and Yulia Skripal?
    Was the study of biomaterials from Sergey and Yulia Skripal conducted by the French experts and, if so, in which specific laboratories?
    Does the UK have the materials involved in the investigation carried out by France?
    Have the results of the French investigation been presented to the OPCW Technical Secretariat?
    Based on what attributes was the alleged “Russian origin” of the substance used in Salisbury established?
    Does the UK have control samples of the chemical warfare agent, which British representatives refer to as “Novichok”?
    Have the samples of a chemical warfare agent of the same type as “Novichok” (in accordance to British terminology) or its analogues been developed in the UK?

    The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris added some necessary points to the growing mystery and confusion of the Skripal poisoning:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-31/russia-has-14-questions-fabricated-skripal-case

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    Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress ‘Novichok’ Discussions

    While the last act of the ‘Novichok’ drama, the seasonally appropriate resurrection of the Skripals, proceeds, some additional details of the history of ‘Novichok’ nerve agents come to light.

    Details on ‘Novichok’ nerve agents were published in a 2007 book by Vil Mirzayanaov, a Soviet scientist offered asylum in the United States.

    After the publication the U.S. and the UK actively suppressed international discussions about the book and the ‘Novichok’ chemical weapon agents. Documents from the U.S. State Department published by Wikileaks show that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed her diplomats to not talk about Novichok and to play down the matter should it arise in chemical weapon control talks.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/clinton-state-department-discouraged-novichok-discussion.html#more

  11. ulvfugl says:

    The overall story given us is that Julia Skripal journeys to her father — a convicted and released British agent– from Russia to Salisbury. The following morning they visit her mother’s grave north of town, drive to an Italian eatery in downtown Salisbury (all caught on security cameras) and walk past more security cameras through a public passageway to a downtown, riverside park. They sit down on a park bench and 15 – 20 minutes later pass out. A patrolling policeman tries to rouse them, calls Emergency Services and has them transported to hospital. Another policeman, a detective, is sent to the Skripal house and immediately falls ill. (So the mystery poison takes 4 hours to affect the Skripals and 15-30 minutes to affect the detective.)

    Before any blood tests are done, the UK Prime Minister denounces Russia for using a Soviet researched, but never manufactured nerve agent, with a name invented by a BBC TV thriller-series 5 month earlier. The following day, the chief medical doctor of the Salisbury hospital denies that the Skripals and the detective were treated for any nerve agent. Meanwhile the Russians demanded that the British abide by a signed anti-chemical weapon convention and turn over whatever blood or other evidence backing the claim to an international agency. The Russians also demand Consular access to Julia Skripal, still a Russian citizen.

    A month later, the British grant permission for the relevant International chemical watchdog to search for evidence. By now whatever evidence lay around the Skripals in their house, car, cemetery, restaurant and in their blood is long-gone history. (Since the Skripals have been heavily sedated for the period, we and they don’t know what else has been injected into them since they passed out.)

    My personal theory is that Skripal, a British double-agent, agreed to ingest poison, something like Valium, after he and his daughter had lunch. They moved to the park bench and waited for the material to render them unconscious, as the Skripal house was somehow poisoned, awaiting the detective’s arrival.

    What Prime Minister May et al did not know about was the existence of a Chemical Weapons Treaty, an agency in Belgium to enforce the Treaty and a protocol to follow. Russia invoking the Treaty caught them flat-footed, hence the hysterical behavior and statements by the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and a month-long delay before the international agency was allowed access to the still comatose Skripals.

    Posted by: Petrel | 30 March 2018 at 03:34 PM
    catherine

    Said May:

    “Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analyzed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent or closely related agent”

    Or a “related compound” or “related agent”? I imagine there are quite a few countries that have related agents.
    I think if the Kremlin poisoned Skripal they would have made sure he died from it and didn’t recover.
    Sounds like a set up to me.
    Posted by: catherine | 30 March 2018 at 04:02 PM
    turcopolier
    patrick armstrong

    I don’t want “james” postimg on SST ad have removed his comments. Pls don’t post any. pl

    Posted by: turcopolier | 30 March 2018 at 05:15 PM

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/03/skripalmania.html?cid=6a00d8341c72e153ef01b8d2e6ea50970c#comment-6a00d8341c72e153ef01b8d2e6ea50970c

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    The mcr-1 gene, which helps bacteria resist colistin – one of the few remaining antibiotic drugs of last resort that still work – has now reached hospitals all across the world.

    And thanks to new research, we now have more evidence of where it came from – pig farms in China.

    While experts had previously thought the gene developed on Chinese pig farms, due to their extensive use of colistin on the animals, the latest study offers more evidence to back this idea up.

    It pinpoints the start of the spread to sometime in 2005.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/antibiotic-resistant-mcr-1-gene-spreads-worldwide-from-chinese-pig-farms

  16. ulvfugl says:

    Police have revealed an elderly man from North Wales lost nearly £300,000 of his life-savings after being targeted by “cruel” scammers.

    The man fell victim to a ploy used by the scammers who ring potential targets warning they were at risk of losing their life-savings because a dishonest bank employee was stealing from their bank account.
    They are told only way of safeguarding their money was to temporarily transfer their money into another “safe account.”

    Scammers contacted the pensioner on the phone, he received a series of phone calls spread over a couple of weeks.
    The victim was told the two banks that he banked with were involved with fraud and the scammer gave him bank account numbers to transfer money to.

    The man went to the bank and transferred about £270,000, the scammer promised the money would be returned to his account once the spoof investigation was completed but it never was.

    http://www.wrexham.com/news/cruel-fraudsters-con-north-wales-pensioner-out-of-300000-in-phone-scam-146996.html

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    When the Christian message developed from its eastern Mediterranean origin it incorporated older local gods and fables to convert the multi-theistic societies to the new monotheistic* believe. The gods of the pre-Christian religions were not completely discarded but their tales transformed to support the new uniting message the Christian preachers were spreading.

    Whatever. It’s spring, the darkness has vanished and this is my favored holiday.

    Happy Easter

    The greatest work of German literature is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust. In part one Dr. Faust and his famulus Wagner take an ‘Easter Walk’ (Charles T. Brooks’ translation, original version). Each Easter Sunday my dad recited this poem for us. I continue that tradition.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/the-easter-walk.html#more

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    It’s taken more than 700 years, but the medieval villagers of Houghton in Cambridgeshire have had the last laugh: the foundations of their houses and workshops have been exposed again, as roadworks carve up the landscape they were forced to abandon when their woodlands were walled off into a royal hunting forest.

    Their lost village has been rediscovered in an epic excavation employing more than 200 archaeologists, working across scores of sites on a 21-mile stretch of flat Cambridgeshire countryside, the route of the upgraded A14 and the Huntingdon bypass.

    Much of it is now flat and rather featureless farmland, but the excavations have revealed how densely populated it was in the past, with scores of village sites, burial mounds, henges, trackways, industrial sites including pottery kilns and a Roman distribution centre. The archaeologists also found an Anglo-Saxon tribal boundary site with huge ditches, a gated entrance and a beacon on a hill that still overlooks the whole region.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/anglo-saxon-settlement-and-roman-army-camp-found-in-a14-bypass-dig

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    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-01/russia-claims-skripal-poisoning-was-staged-uk-intelligence

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    Mr_Potatohead Slack Jack Sun, 04/01/2018 – 20:17 Permalink
    I’ve been around a long time and have followed this kind of stuff for most of my career. When something works as a chemical or biological agent or a drug, any good chemist can reasonably predict a very large number of other things that can be made and tested. In all likelihood, many of these predictions would be accurate to some degree- some to an extent that would surprise you. That’s how chemistry works, and good chemists get paid a lot of money to do exactly that better than most people. It would be extremely naive to think that this is all a bunch of crap. I’ll guarantee you that these compounds can be made and that they’d be nasty. Which one is nastier? I wouldn’t want to find out the hard way, but pretty much anything made from this combo of chemicals should do bad things to people.

    FWIW, I worked in a research lab as an undergraduate with an MS Chem Student who was an army ROTC. His summer job was to work in the chemical weapons facility making nerve agents during the early 1980’s. He told us a lot about what he learned from his two summers in the army lab. Very interesting and scary stuff!

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    eclectic syncretist Mr_Potatohead Sun, 04/01/2018 – 21:10 Permalink
    One presumes the UK forensics team determined the compound using mass spec., which should have also told them exactly what Novichok it was. From there it is (in theory) a simple matter to compare the spectrum to those of batches of the chemical made in the UK and Russia, and thereby determine where it came from.

    But as we all know, that will never happen. Neither country will even admit ever making them, although they curiously do seem to know a lot about them.

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    Mr_Potatohead eclectic syncretist Sun, 04/01/2018 – 21:19 Permalink
    No way. The UK forensics team probably was hand selected to reach the determination they we charged to reach. There is absolutely no way to pin this on the Russians, and it’s downright ludicrous to think they were this stupid. From a post above, it appears that Dave Collum has provided sufficient explanation already on his Twitter site. Although there are some very clever ways to trace the origins of a material, and mass spec indeed can be used for this purpose, it would be impossible for the UK to do what you suggest unless they actually had a confirmed sample of the material from the same lot as that purportedly used as the poison. How could that be?

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    wafm Mr_Potatohead Sun, 04/01/2018 – 19:38 Permalink
    “the chemical structures” ROFL, as if you knew them…

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    Mr_Potatohead wafm Sun, 04/01/2018 – 19:42 Permalink
    I’m the one rolling on the floor laughing because you have no idea who I am, what I know, and what I do for a living.

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    Slack Jack Mr_Potatohead Sun, 04/01/2018 – 20:07 Permalink
    And not only that, we don’t care who you are, or what you do.

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    eclectic syncretist Slack Jack Sun, 04/01/2018 – 21:12 Permalink
    Nerve agents are just strong pesticides, typically organophosphates. Spray yourself in the face with Raid if you want a feel for it.

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    Simpson Slack Jack Sun, 04/01/2018 – 20:48 Permalink
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/clinton-state-department-discourag…

    Hillary and the Brits tried to suppress any talk of Novichok after the book was released and as Wikileaks revealed they actively tried to keep it off the books of the OPCW. It was only after the Iranians re-created the stuff and published their work that it was finally recognized in 2016.

    Three questions come to mind which the U.S. and British government should be pressed to answer:

    Why did the Clinton State Department and the British government suppress international talks about the ‘Novichok’ agents?
    Why did they try, successfully it seems, to keep the issue out of the OPCW’s Scientific Advisory Board?
    Why were the substances kept out of the OPCW database until independent Iranian scientists finally re-created them?
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    greenskeeper carl EuroPox Sun, 04/01/2018 – 19:12 Permalink
    That accusation makes much more sense than the one coming from the west- That Putin, after turning this guy over in a spy exchange, letting him live in Britain, in the general public under his own name for 8 years, during which time he would have given up every bit of useful information he had, suddenly decided to kill him for no apparent reason at a time when geopolitical tensions are higher than ever in many ways, knowing that they would be blamed, even though killing him would accomplish nothing and was essentially all risk/no reward, and would ensure that future spy exchanges would be impossible if Russia started killing them post exchange.

    There are so many people and entities that benefit from this that it would entail a lengthy article examining just a few. Various western governments, the MIC, the entire western banking system, Ukraine’s puppet government, Putin’s own domestic opposition seeking to undermine him, on and on. In no way would killing him benefit Russia or Putin. Its absurd on its face.

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    Trump’s proclamation that the U.S. military will leave Syria ‘very soon’ is likely not serious. It is a bargaining strategy to get the Saudis to pay for the occupation they want. The Zionists, Saudis and the dimwits at the Washington Post editorial board argue that the U.S. must stay in Syria to prevent an Iranian role in that country. But the only reason why Iran is playing a security role in Syria at all is the attack on and occupation of that country by foreign forces. When the attacks stop and the occupiers leave Iran will no longer have such a role. The real intent of those who argue otherwise is ‘regime change’ in Syria and in Iran.
    Use the comments as open thread …

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/the-moa-week-in-review-and-open-thread-2018-14.html#comments

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    As the sample sizes for ancient DNA have increased it seems rather clear that demographic dynamics that we see in later historical expansions of Inner Asian polities extends back to the Bronze Age. With expanding populations across the ecologically friendly landscape, the ancient proto-Indo-Europeans seem to have mixed with the local substrate wherever they went, just as Turks did later. As they moved west, they mixed with late Neolithic Europeans, as they went east, they mixed with Siberian populations, and as they conquered south they mixed with descendants of West Asian farmers.

    One of the primary aspects that I think one needs to keep in mind is that one can’t just imagine that this was defined by simple diffusion dynamics. Historically the boundary between pastoralists and peasants could be fluid, but when political resistance collapses pastoralists have been able to use their military prowess to swarm across the lands of agriculturalists. In other words, centuries of gradual inter-demic gene flow might be interrupted by a rapid “pulse” admixture. There’s no reason that pre-literate polities couldn’t exist. The Inca were one such example, the homogeneity of the Uruk civilization in the 4th millennium BC is strongly suggestive of an imperial hegemony or paramountcy.

    Another dynamic is that pastoralists are highly mobile, and so may leapfrog over territory which is unsuitable. Or, they may move so rapidly that there isn’t much mixing with populations in between point A and point B.

    https://www.gnxp.com/WordPress/2018/03/31/the-maturation-of-the-south-asian-genetic-landscape/

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    It has been nearly two weeks since the City of Atlanta’s municipal government was hit with a crippling ransomware attack that wiped millions of government files and left the city’s police and first responders relying on paper record-keeping.

    So far, the city has made almost no progress in recovering its files. Police still don’t have access to vital databases and investigative files. The town’s auditor says the city’s books have been destroyed, aside from whatever’s left in the paper record. And top city officials are scrambling through a holiday weekend to piece together bits of city projects from personal computers and email addresses that weren’t affected by the hack. Almost every government department was affected by the hack – though fortunately 10 of the 18 machines in the city auditor’s office somehow avoided the hack.

    “Our data management teams are working diligently to restore normal operations and functionalities to these systems and hope to be back online in the very near future,” said Carlos Campos, a spokesman for the Atlanta PD. Campos said that some officers have returned to filing digital reports.

    City officials (with an assist from the FBI) are trying to work through the hack. But if they don’t find a way to recover at least some of the corrupted files soon, officials might be forced to pay the $51,000 ransom that the hackers are demanding (the FBI typically discourages the victims of these attacks from paying the fine).

    The version of the ransomware virus affecting Atlanta (it’s a virus called SamSam) inserted cheeky messages into the corrupted files, with the corrupted documents displaying filenames like “imsorry” and “weapologize”.

    The city’s courts and its water department have been hobbled by the hack, Reuters said.

    In recent years, ransomware attacks have become exponentially more sophisticated. Whereas once they would target individual computers, hackers have in recent years staged global attacks like “WannaCry” and “Petya” a year ago. They’ve rendered hospitals incapable of accepting patients and forced first responders to operate without access to computers.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-01/longer-it-goes-worse-it-gets-nearly-2-weeks-later-atlanta-still-reeling-crippling

    gregga777 NoDebt Sun, 04/01/2018 – 23:23 Permalink
    Mayor Kissya Lance Bottoms. Seriously? And why are there never any photographs of Mayor Kissya Lance Bottoms? Hmmm?

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    FireBrander gregga777 Sun, 04/01/2018 – 23:28 Permalink
    Because here name is Keisha Lance Bottoms:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Mayor%20Kissya%C2%A0Lance%20Bottoms

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    YourAverageJoe NoDebt Sun, 04/01/2018 – 23:42 Permalink
    Why doesnt the NSA fix this shit?

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    YourAverageJoe YourAverageJoe Sun, 04/01/2018 – 23:50 Permalink
    Oh, maybe they formed an opinion of Atlanta based on this:

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    JustPastPeacefield Sun, 04/01/2018 – 22:24 Permalink
    Will it wipe out the property tax bills, and if so, when will it hit my town?

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    rwe2late JustPastPeacefield Sun, 04/01/2018 – 22:38 Permalink
    unfortunately,

    NSA will have backup for your tax bills.

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    yarpos rwe2late Sun, 04/01/2018 – 23:23 Permalink
    and Google and Facebook

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    Regime change advocates, neocon beltway hawks, and all the usual armchair warrior zero-skin-in-the-game think tank interventionistas are in continued meltdown mode after Trump confirmed plans to withdraw American forces – some 2000+ troops and personnel – from Syria. On Friday the president told senior White House aides that US forces will be exiting Syria after public comments made earlier.

    In statements carried by Reuters, Trump said, “Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out. We’re going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.” As we noted last week, the timing of Trump’s dramatic Syria turn corresponded with news of an American soldier killed in Manbij in northern Syria (killed likely by an IED alongside a British coalition soldier overnight last Thursday).

    Perhaps to be expected, the weekend editorials and cable news pundit shows reacted in disbelief and horror – with charges of “chaos” at the Trump White House over Syria policy, and claims that “ISIS will come back” if America leaves. Nevermind the fact that Trump himself while on the campaign trail in 2016 stated in public speeches and in a tweet (and linking to a declassified intelligence memo) that US support to jihadists in Syria under President Obama is precisely what fueled the rise of ISIS in the first place.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-01/interventionistas-outraged-over-trumps-syria-withdrawal-we-took-oil-weve-got-keep

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    “With young people in London, you have no idea if and when you may be the victim of a violent crime — that’s why they feel the need to carry weapons.”

    The latest victim was stabbed to death after leaving an Earlsfield bar in south West London early Saturday morning. Police responded to a call around 1:10 a.m. that a man had been found injured on Ellerton Road, only to find a 20-year-old man suffering from a stab wound. Despite efforts to save his life, the man was declared dead at the scene just before 2 a.m.

    A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of his murder, and is currently in custody at a west London police station.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-01/london-murder-rate-overtakes-new-york-amid-spike-stabbings-shootings

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    boostedhorse Mon, 04/02/2018 – 02:49 Permalink
    No better time for a russian boogieman distraction, lol.

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    philipat boostedhorse Mon, 04/02/2018 – 03:00 Permalink
    Nice the way Londonistan is going under the present Mayor?

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    Four chan philipat Mon, 04/02/2018 – 03:28 Permalink
    it would be great if all these zombies had their own countries to go back to. oh wait they do.

    why are the jews destroying europeans and europe with diversity or multiculturalism

    or whatever war on white euphemism they are using today in all their lying media?

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    COSMOS boostedhorse Mon, 04/02/2018 – 03:00 Permalink
    Isnt DIVERSITY grand lol. What a shithole Londonistan has become

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    Everybody’s heard about global warming. It is one of the most advertised existential events of all time. Who isn’t aware? However, there’s a new kid on the block. An alarming loss of insects will likely take down humanity before global warming hits maximum velocity. For the immediate future, the Paris Accord is riding the wrong horse, as global warming is a long-term project compared to the insect catastrophe happening right now! Where else is found 40% to 90% species devastation?

    The worldwide loss of insects is simply staggering with some reports of 75% up to 90%, happening much faster than the paleoclimate record rate of the past five major extinction events.

    http://www.farmlandbirds.net/node/5882

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    The only things that really matter here are that after four years of constant repetition of the “Carn Goedog quarrying myth” by both the archaeologists and the geologists,

    1. There is not a single field report or excavation report which lays out the features of the Carn Goedog dig over two seasons and which presents the “evidence” in a systematic way.

    2. No paper has been published in a peer-reviewed journal which might give us some confidence that the “evidence” assembled does stand up to academic scrutiny by experts.

    3. No other material has been put into the public domain which will allow independent scrutiny of the findings from the dig — a pity, since the excavation pits have of course been filled in again.

    I have said it before, and I say it again — this is an extraordinary and quite disgraceful state of affairs for which all of those involved in the research at Carn Goedog must bear joint responsibility. Let’s name those involved: Richard Bevins, Rob Ixer, Nick Pearce, Mike Parker Pearson, Josh Pollard, Colin Richards, Duncan Schlee, and Kate Welham. This group has apparently abandoned academic convention (and archaeological good practice) and has rushed into print — not once, but many times — on “evidence” which does not stand up to a moment’s scrutiny. Their guiding principle seems to have been “Tell, don’t show” — and that is not how science should be conducted. These are quite senior academics with established reputations — which makes the whole situation even more reprehensible.

    https://brian-mountainman.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/carn-goedog-no-excavation-reports-no.html#links

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    These particular type of lopars was used in this way: the dough would be placed on the pattern side, and pressed down using the palm of one’s hand to impress the pattern on the surface of the bread. Then the dough would be left to prove (rise) on the board. Once the was risen, it would be flipped over onto the hot hearth floor. The bread would then, as I already said, be covered with a metal or ceramic lid and the charcoal was piled on top.

    And here is the final product. This picture is from Bosnia and was taken in 1970:

    http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/solar-breads-from-croatia.html#comment-form

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    Psalm 53 Sung in Aramaic for Pope Francis by Georgians, Stunning
    There is an incredible sense of inner peace and spirituality when you listen to this incredible music. You will notice that there are not using microphones or any other type of sound enhancement, just the natural acoustics of the church.

    https://www.chonday.com/25879/palaramic5/

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    A background check would have also revealed that The Awans operated a used car dealership known as “CIA” in court filings, which has all the markings of a money laundering operation:

    On its Facebook page, CIA’s “staff” were fake personalities such as “James Falls O’Brien,” whose photo was taken from a hairstyle model catalog, and “Jade Julia,” whose image came from a web page called “Beautiful Girls Wallpaper.”

    If a customer showed up looking to buy a car from Cars International A, often referred to as CIA, Abid Awan – who was managing partner of the dealership while also earning $160,000 handling IT for House Democrats – would frequently simply go across the street to longstanding dealership called AAA Motors and get one. -Daily Caller

    The Awans allegedly borrowed, laundered and never repaid a $100,000 from a shady Iraqi expat physician linked to Hezbollah (and who oddly advised the Bush administration on rebuilding Iraq). When the Awans stopped paying vendors of their ‘CIA’ dealership, a U.S. Congressman from Florida, Theo Deutch, began paying a monthly salary to a man who had threatened to sue the Awans.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-02/44-democrats-exempted-awans-background-checks-granting-access-classified-intelhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-02/44-democrats-exempted-awans-background-checks-granting-access-classified-intel

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    Chupacabra-322 Thought Processor Mon, 04/02/2018 – 18:18 Permalink
    Debbie is not going to say one word. Her brother Steve Wasserman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, will keep her informed of every step of the investigation, and if it looks like its getting to hot, she’ll be on the next flight to Tel-Aviv. This whole thing will get buried, as it most likely involves the blackmail of, and breach of US National Security by several dozen Idiotic democratic members of Congress. No doubt these pakistani spies are somehow tied to israeli intelligence.

    *Attention – The Awans & Pakistani ISI are only “sub contractors” for Hillary (CIA since young/operative/ratline field commander) & Israeli Mossad (Debbie Wasserman, Weiner, Shumer & any other affiliated Zionist Jews). Both the CIA (Rockefeller>Kissinger down the line to CIA-op Hillary/all presidents except Trump) + Israel (Rosthchild) & Mossad (Rothschild private intel/military army) have compromised and co-opted the White House/US Presidency, US Congress, US Senate and much of state government.

    Both CIA & Mossad farm out dirty work ops to other international Intelligence agencies & military, as well as criminal organizations in order to created a spider web of hard to prove 3rd, 4th, 5th party connections to their illegal operations in order limit their exposure to being outed by real journalists like the dead Michael Hastings.

    Pakistan ISI, the Muslim Brotherhood or any other seemingly bad actors have ‘not’ infiltrated and taken over Congress nor anything else. The Awans and the Pakistani ISI were ‘invited’ & brought here by Mossad-Anthony Weiner & Mossad-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz here to run operations for CIA-international-crime-boss-Hillary Clinton.

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    The Tesla saga continued on Monday afternoon, and it now appears that an increasingly frazzled Elon Musk will be putting his Mars colonization plans on hold.

    Just before the close, the Information’s Amir Efrati reported that amid the ongoing Model 3 production woes, Tesla is shuffling its leadership after once again missing Model 3 production targets, which Jalopnik earlier reported would be just above 2,000, well below both the original and revised production estimates of 5,000 and 2,500 respectively.

    As a result, Tesla CEO Elon Musk – perhaps bored of tweeting April fool’s jokes or dressing up as Ironman – has taken charge of production of the company’s flagship electric sedan, pushing aside former Apple executive Doug Field. Field, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, will instead focus on “vehicle engineering” in what appears to be a demotion, while Musk focuses on Model 3 production.

    “Model 3 production is the highest priority at Tesla, so Elon is focusing his time there while Doug focuses on vehicle engineering,” a Tesla spokesperson told the Information.

    And this is where it turned bizarre, because moments after the report, Musk tweeted at Efrati “Can’t believe you’re even writing about this. My job as CEO is to focus on what’s most critical, which is currently Model 3 production.”

    In fairness, with his recent behavior, Musk – who has been far more focused in recent days on the occasional SpaceX launch and colonizing Mars – could have fooled anyone. The CEO continued: “Doug, who I regard as one of the world’s most talented engineering execs, is focused on vehicle engineering.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-02/musk-gets-twitter-fight-says-i-am-back-sleeping-factory

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