Reality, Faeries, Parapsychology, Orthodox History, Forbidden History


This article is based primarily on the results of the recent census into faerie sightings by Simon Young and The Fairy Investigation Society. It includes c.500 reports from all over the world, although the majority are from Britain, Ireland and North America. In some ways this is a follow up survey to that carried out by Marjorie Johnson, and published as Seeing Fairies in 2014.

Johnson’s survey was restricted to mostly cases from the mid 20th century, but the new census (published as a free downloadable document in January 2018) contains encounters from the 1960s (with a few predating this) through to the present day, with the majority post-1980. In the introduction to the census, Simon Young explains how the publication takes a different tack to Johnson’s work: “Marjorie Johnson wanted to prove that fairies exist. I do not have this ambition. I, instead, want to get a better understanding of who sees fairies and under what circumstances by looking at the stories and the sightings.”

And while contributors to the census were given the opportunity to state what they thought their experiences represented, there is no editorial evaluation into the sightings.


But it is no longer just a question of Zimbardo’s word against theirs. This past April, a French academic and filmmaker named Thibault Le Texier published Histoire d’un Mensonge [History of a Lie], plumbing newly-released documents from Zimbardo’s archives at Stanford University to tell a dramatically different story of the experiment.

After Zimbardo told me that Korpi and Yacco’s accusations were baseless, I read him a transcript unearthed by Le Texier of a taped conversation between Zimbardo and his staff on day three of the simulation: “An interesting thing was that the guys who came in yesterday, the two guys who came in and said they wanted to leave, and I said no,” Zimbardo told his staff. “There are only two conditions under which you can leave, medical help or psychiatric… I think they really believed they can’t get out.”

“Now, okay,” Zimbardo corrected himself on the phone with me. He then acknowledged that the informed consent forms which subjects signed had included an explicit safe phrase: “I quit the experiment.” Only that precise phrase would trigger their release.


Is controversial research into telepathy and other seeming ‘super-powers’ of the mind starting to be more accepted by orthodox science? In its latest issue, American Psychologist – the official peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Psychological Association – has published a paper that reviews the research so far into parapsychological (‘psi’) abilities, and concludes that the “evidence provides cumulative support for the reality of psi, which cannot be readily explained away by the quality of the studies, fraud, selective reporting, experimental or analytical incompetence, or other frequent criticisms.”

The new paper – “The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: a review“, by Etzel Cardeña of Lund University – also discusses recent theories from physics and psychology “that present psi phenomena as at least plausible”, and concludes with recommendations for further progress in the field.

The paper begins by noting the reason for presenting an overview and discussion of the topic: “Most psychologists could reasonably be described as uninformed skeptics — a minority could reasonably be described as prejudiced bigots — where the paranormal is concerned”. Indeed, it quotes one cognitive scientist as stating that the acceptance of psi phenomena would “send all of science as we know it crashing to the ground”.


In the modern world, science has gifted (or is that cursed?) us with an awareness that what we once thought was ‘reality’ is actually just a highly filtered, tiny portion of what is actually ‘out there’. As Buckminster Fuller put it:

Up to the Twentieth Century, reality was everything humans could touch, smell, see and hear. Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality.

But scientists have also found that the thing we think of as ‘reality’ is not only a filtered fraction of a much greater whole, but is also extremely malleable, due to the fact that – for each of us – what we think of as reality is actually an approximation, a model we have built in our minds, built on information taken in from our environment. And one of the major filters affecting how that model is built is the language we think in.


The Cold War is long over, and along with it the greatest flourishing of mad-scientific thought since the Dark Ages. But there are still some, like Estonian-born technocrat Anton Vaino, who keep the flame alive. By day, Vaino is Vladimir Putin’s new chief of staff, in charge of the daily schedule of one of the world’s most powerful men. By night, Vaino is the co-inventor of the nooscope, “the first device of its kind that allows for the study of humanity’s collective mind”—a tool so powerful it can, by Vaino’s own admission, see into the future.1

Financial markets, like Selena and Bieber’s tumultuous, on-again, off-again romance, appear complicated, even chaotic to the casual observer. But beneath that apparent chaos lies a complex interplay of psychological, economic, and political forces. Gather enough data and feed it into a powerful enough predictive model and you can forecast how these forces will play out—at least that’s what advocates of big data and predictive analytics have been telling us for years.


The average human being can identify 430 corporate logos but can’t differentiate five different plants by looking at their leaves. Yet, there remains a simplicity and a beauty present in the natural world that we, as Marshmallow Laser Feast, try to re-interpret.

Did you know, for instance, that a mosquito can see carbon dioxide? Or that a dragonfly sees at 300 frames per second, which is a much higher frame-rate than our iPhone cameras? Or that owls can read a newspaper from the other side of a football pitch?

These incredible features evolved naturally, but we are so human-centric in our day-to-day lives that we don’t consider them.


Regular readers of the Daily Grail will know that we regularly explore the strange interactions between science and the occult through history, as well as the rewriting of that history by some in the modern ‘skeptical’ movement. If you’ve found those topics of interest, then I encourage you to check out Forbidden Histories, a website created by Dr. Andreas Sommer, a historian working on the interrelations of the sciences and magic.

Forbidden Histories‘ mission is to communicate some of this little-known history to the broader public, and explore how and why modern science seems to have disowned its own past (and present):

If you wish to be considered a scientific-minded person, you probably know that you really shouldn’t believe in the occurrence of events commonly referred to as ‘supernatural’. If there was something to that sort of thing, surely the greats of science such as Newton, Bacon, Boyle, the Curies and Einstein would have told us.

What may surprise you is that each of the scientific icons named above, and many others of similar standing, took reports of ‘marvellous’ phenomena quite seriously. In fact, the consensus in historical scholarship regarding the relationship between science and ‘magic’ has shifted notably during the past five decades. Even the most conservative historian of science will tell you today what previous generations ignored or denied:


DNA usually likes to follow rules. Strands of DNA are copied somewhat faithfully, and the copies are passed from parents to offspring, thus driving evolution as we know it. But, according to new estimates, fifty percent your genome is also composed of renegade DNA that likes to jump from species to species. This rogue DNA, researchers write in a Genome Biology article published Monday, has randomly inserted itself into almost every genome on this planet throughout the evolution of life. They are all that remain of a series of mysterious events from millions of years ago.

Atma Ivancevic, Ph.D., a post-doctoral neurogenetics and bioinformatics researcher and lead author of the paper, began his study by seeking to explain why the same rogue DNA can be found in animals as vastly different as sea urchins and humans. It’s established that most species on earth share a large amount of genetic material — you’ve probably heard the that humans share roughly 99 percent of our DNA with chimps — but these genes are different, says Ivancevic.


Biologists sometimes rely on predictive models based on the type of food that a particular species usually consumes, and there they are located, but here we see that not always a species is where it is believed to be its ideal habitat, but may even be in regions that were thought inadequate.

 According to the results of this last study, about 57 thousand square kilometers of forest that several predictive models estimated to be inhabited by chimpanzees, do not have one or more of our primate relatives. 

Primates are characterized by having been very adaptable throughout their evolutionary history, and chimpanzees are not the exception, they can adapt their lifestyle to various environmental conditions.

What do Neanderthals like best?

To know what habitat Neandertals prefer, scientists first map all known sites. Exactly this species of extinguished humans is on which more information has the paleoantropólogos. Everything that is known about these sites, that is, what the climate was like in that time, what kind of vegetation there was in the area, and what was its fauna, what would be the habitat. 

Obviously, in extinct hominid species about which we barely know a deposit, the information is very small, and speculation a lot. If there are many palaeanthropological sites, such as the Neanderthals, a larger picture can be painted about the preferences or tolerances of the species in question. With all this information, one can predict in which region the chosen hominid may or may not have lived.


Strasser argued that the tools may represent a sea-borne migration of Neandertals from the Near East to Europe. The team used a variety of techniques to date the soil around the tools to at least 130,000 years old, but they could not pinpoint a more exact date. And the stratigraphy at the site is unclear, raising questions about whether the artifacts are as old as the soil they were embedded in. So other archaeologists were skeptical.

But the surprise discovery prompted researchers to scour the region for additional  sites, an effort that is now bearing fruit. Possible Neandertal artifacts have turned up on a number of islands, including at Stelida on the island of Naxos. Naxos sits 250 kilometers north of Crete in the Aegean Sea; even during glacial times, when sea levels were lower, it was likely accessible only by watercraft. A Greek-Canadian team co-led by Tristan Carter of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, uncovered hundreds of tools embedded in the soil of a chert quarry. The hand axes and blades resemble the so-called Mousterian toolkit, which Neandertals and modern humans made from about 200,000 years ago until 50,000 years ago. These tools require a more sophisticated flaking method than Acheulean types do, including preparing a stone core before striking flakes off it.


If you trace back through human history, there have been a number of occasions where population diversity has taken a massive nosedive. One example is the ‘genetic bottleneck’ that occurred around 70,000 years ago when a number of possible environmental disasters reduced the world’s human population to somewhere between 3,000 and 10,000 people.

A more recent event that occurred 7,000 years ago – which has remained a mystery for decades – saw that over a period of 2,000 years, the diversity in Y chromosomes just collapsed.

So extreme was this collapse, research has shown, that it resembled a plot from post-apocalyptic fiction, with only one man left to mate for every 17 women.

Generations of war

Now, however, a team from Stanford University has published a theory in Nature Communications that seems to suggest something relatively straightforward: all the men killed each other.

The team’s argument is that the collapse was due to generations of war between extended kinship groups known as patrilineal clans, whose membership was dominated by male ancestors.

First put forward by sociology undergraduate students Tian Chen Zeng and Alan Aw, the pair later collaborated with Prof Marcus Feldman to pick apart the peculiar bottleneck.

What made it so strange was, not only was it not observed in women, but it is much more recent than other biologically similar events, hinting that its origins might have something to do with changing social structures.

Changing social structures

At that time, human social structures were changing due to the onset of farming around 12,000 years ago and the emergence of patrilineal clans, which could have had significant biological consequences.

While women may have married into a clan, men in such clans are all related through male ancestors and therefore tend to have the same Y chromosomes, making it seem that everyone in a clan had the same father.

To explain how even between-clan variation might have declined during the bottleneck, the research team hypothesised that repeated wars between clans would also wipe out a good many male lineages and their unique Y chromosomes in the process.


Well, my dear readers, I think this post is going to be very brief, because this time I have much else which must be attended to, and little to say….

Here are a few more videos that I found interesting, if you have some time to fill..

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  1. ulvfugl says:

    About 7,000 years ago, the bodies of nine brutally murdered people were dumped into a mass grave on the edge of an ancient farming settlement. While their identities will never be known, one thing is certain: These nine individuals were interlopers — possibly failed raiders or POWs — who met violent ends, a new study finds.

    These people aren’t the only early Neolithic victims whose lives ended in violence. But several factors set this newfound burial — found during a construction project in Halberstadt, Germany, in 2013 — apart from other mass graves dating to the same period, the researchers said.

    For starters, these victims weren’t local, but “outsiders with currently unknown origins,” said study lead researcher Christian Meyer, an archeologist who researched the burial while working at the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology of Saxony-Anhalt, in Germany.

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    After centuries of whaling, the right whale currently occurs as a very threatened population off eastern North America and the gray whale has completely disappeared from the North Atlantic and is now restricted to the North Pacific.

    Co-author of the study Dr Camilla Speller, from the University of York, said: “These new molecular methods are opening whole new windows into past ecosystems. Whales are often neglected in Archaeological studies, because their bones are frequently too fragmented to be identifiable by their shape.

    “Our study shows that these two species were once part of the Mediterranean marine ecosystem and probably used the sheltered basin as a calving ground. The findings contribute to the debate on whether, alongside catching large fish such as tuna, the Romans had a form of whaling industry or if perhaps the bones are evidence of opportunistic scavenging from beached whales along the coast line.”

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    But even with my mistrust of geological age estimates, I have to say that the evidence now points against the traditional view that the original out-of-Africa dispersal was by stone tool-making Homo erectus within the last 2 million years. Too many archaeologists still accept this idea uncritically, despite the failure of the model to account for the data. It is too soon to say what the real explanation might be, and it may be pretty surprising.

    There’s a big story brewing here, and it’s really surprising to me that journalists haven’t found scientists who know this record to comment on it!

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    Update: President Trump has gone on record criticizing the Sun interview as “fake news” and said that a bilateral trade deal between the US and UK is still very much on the table.

    More headlines from the press conference are rolling in.


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    Archaeologists are preparing to open a large black granite sarcophagus unearthed in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

    At almost two metres high and three metres in length, the sarcophagus is the largest of its kind to be discovered intact in the ancient city. It was found alongside a large alabaster head believed to represent the inhabitant of the tomb, which had remained untouched for thousands of years.

    The sarcophagus, discovered during construction work, has become a source of excitement for archaeologists because a layer of mortar between the body and the lid indicates its contents have lain undisturbed since it was buried.

    It is believed to be from the early Ptolemaic period, which began after the death of Alexander the Great in 323BC.

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    Layers of meaning of the Pömmelte enclosure as deduced from the archaeological record (design by André Spatzier).

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    For more details see: The ring sanctuary of Pömmelte, Germany: a monumental, multi-layered metaphor of the late third millennium BC

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    Serbian customs and rituals related to the St George’s day are mostly remnants of the old pagan religion which was replaced by Christianity. And in the old pagan religion, St George was known as Jarilo, the bright, burning, scorching one. Interestingly the Celtic counterpart of Jarilo’s day, Beltane means “the day of the bright fire”…

    These rituals start on the day before St George’s day.

    The day starts early in the morning when young men and women go to the meadows and forests to pick medicinal herbs and flowers. The girls would then take the medicinal herbs and flowers to the nearest flowing water where they would make wreaths.

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    The raiders struck at the mansion in the Cotswolds village of Bibury. The mother-of-four said the property’s CCTV pictures picked up the raiders scaling a wall before gaining access through the conservatory.

    Without the family’s five dogs and two parrots hearing a sound, they rifled through drawers to take valuable items from the master bedroom, including Chanel and Gucci handbags.

    Carrying everything they could find in at least half an hour, including a Boodle, Dunthorne pear-shaped diamond ring and a pair of Wedgwood Fairyland vases, they dumped the baskets over the wall and fled in the getaway vehicle.

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    People are thoroughly creeped out:

    But no, this guy’s seething hatred of Donald Trump didn’t seep into his investiagtion…

    lester1 Fri, 07/13/2018 – 10:38 Permalink
    Strozk and Comey are both Reptilian shapeshifters.

    Im not joking.

    Son of Loki Earl of Chiswick Fri, 07/13/2018 – 11:04 Permalink
    He is proof the Devil still walks the earth.

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    Consuelo Looney Fri, 07/13/2018 – 11:07 Permalink
    That is actually a great point and should be seriously considered.

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    chunga Dilluminati Fri, 07/13/2018 – 10:47 Permalink
    It isn’t a good look.

    Especially for the FBI that has really taken a bruising and earned every bit of it.

    I’ve just got a hunch something will happen today. Something will happen to Rosenstein and Wray. Nobody with half a brain will stick up for these traitors anymore.

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    e_goldstein chunga Fri, 07/13/2018 – 10:52 Permalink
    Look closely at his forehead. Dude looks like he has horns.

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    HisBoyElroy Dilluminati Fri, 07/13/2018 – 11:17 Permalink
    I usually don’t buy into this spiritual/demonic stuff, but watch this video of Ted Bundy. Pretty creepy and similar to ole Peter.

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    And last of all: Assad is winning in Syria and the entire mess created by NATO in order to remove one of the more liberal Muslim leaders, has failed. There is this iron rule here: the more liberal and the more civil rights women have from Muslim leaders, the more likely the CIA and NATO will destroy that country and cause it to reverse and become more like Saudi Arabia.

    For example, that hideous dictatorship in Saudi Arabia recently allowed some women to drive cars there. But they have to pay a huge price for the license unlike men! So only very rich women get this boon there. In Syria, women have been driving cars all my long life! NATO has been responsible for eliminating women’s rights all over the Muslim world. Far from bringing modern society to these slave states, it is the exact opposite.

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    On Wednesday we reported that Martin Tripp – the former Tesla engineer who on June 20 was sued by Tesla for allegedly trying to “sabotage” the company – accused Tesla of several egregious violations that, if proven, could crush the credibility of the automaker, and its CEO, Elon Musk.

    As a reminder, in an email sent by Meissner Associates, the law firm which has represented whistleblowers to the SEC and which was retained by the Tripp, the whistleblower alleged that Tesla had

    Placed batteries containing dangerous puncture holes in vehicles which proceeded to the end of the assembly line in a process known internally at Tesla as “Containment AR622” and which input into vehicles was tracked until the end of the assembly line process;
    Overstated to investors the number of Model 3 vehicles being produced each week by as much as 44%. The whistelblower alleges that the famed factory board which reflects a daily Model 3 production count and often referred to by Tesla is inflated;
    Lowered vehicle specifications impacting upon safety such as placing battery cells too close to one another and which were not properly affixed, risking future combustion; and
    Systematically reused parts already deemed scrap/waste in vehicles without regard to safety.

    He also accused Tesla of placing battery cells too close together and not properly securing them, raising the risk of future combustion, as well as “systematically” reusing parts that had been deemed to be scrap or waste.

    Then on Friday morning, in a surprising public address on Twitter, Stuart Meissner, who was retained as Tripp’s counsel to defend Tesla’s federal law suit against him and to countersue if he wants, tweeted in response to a Forbes article “Will Tesla Be ‘Tripp’ed’ Up By A Whistleblower”, that it was “time for the @SEC_Enforcement to act. Not an accident @elonmusk has been silent on the allegations. Let sunshine be the cleanser for $TSLA”

    He then provided another tantalizing tidbit: saying that when compared to the 6-year-old Monsanto litigation, which led to a $80 million fine and a whistleblower award, he said “the allegations here are much more serious”

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    Vern Unsworth was one of the rescuers that helped pull off the miraculous rescue of 12 children and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand after it flooded. The rescue has been passed around international media for the last couple of days as a fantastic “feel good“ story that everybody could get behind.

    The only person that didn’t seem to get behind the rescue after it was completed was Elon Musk, whose proposed kid size submarine that he shipped to Thailand to help with the rescue was ultimately not used. We reported days ago that Musk instead lashed out at the commander of the rescue operation after he didn’t use Musk’s idea.

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    Linus2011 grunk Fri, 07/13/2018 – 19:08 Permalink
    Musk – another typical american hypocrisy hero. not everyone outside cali is as stoopid as you think. get f***ing lost they say.

    if you are really someone and have some dignity and money earned by yourself – go save your fellow countrymen in south africa. they would actually need it. oh i forgot – unfortunately not a profitable and politically opportune racket.

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    JuliaS Linus2011 Fri, 07/13/2018 – 19:25 Permalink
    Musk’s sub is designed to operate underwater, just like his company.

  19. ulvfugl says:

    When multiple op-ed pieces appear in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, and the CFR-owned Foreign Affairs authored by neocons simultaneously pleading with Trump Don’t Get Out of Syria(!) all within the same week, this is typically an indicator that the president is about to do something good.

    Trump is set to meet with Putin one-on-one this coming Monday in Helsinki after a contentious NATO summit and a sufficiently awkward visit with Theresa May, and mainstream pundits’ heads are exploding.

    The Post’s Josh Rogin warns, Trump and Putin may be about to make a terrible deal on Syria, and Susan Rice suddenly emerges from obscurity and irrelevance to say in the Times that Trump Must Not Capitulate to Putin while urging the administration not to “prematurely withdraw United States forces [from Syria], thus thus ceding total victory to Russia, Mr. Assad and Iran.” From North Korea to Afghanistan to Syria to Ukraine, Rice advises the typical regime change script of “harsh additional sanctions” anywhere the dictates of Washington are not strictly adhered to.

    Netanyahu now says, fresh off his Moscow visit, that Putin agreed to restrain Iran in Syria, but that ultimately Assad will take back all of Syria. The New York Times reports this hugely significant acknowledgement and surprising change of tune from the Israeli PM:

    Israel, he said, did not object to President Bashar al-Assad’s regaining control over all of Syria, a vital Russian objective, and Russia had pushed Iranian and allied Shiite forces “tens of kilometers” away from the Israeli border.

    The NYT continues:

    But a commitment to keep Iranian forces tens of kilometers from Israel was a far cry from ejecting them completely from Syria, which Mr. Netanyahu has been lobbying Mr. Putin to do. And even that commitment was not confirmed by Russian officials.

    …So a willingness to accept Mr. Assad’s resumption of control over all of Syria is no small concession, said Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

    “Nobody can these days destabilize the Assad regime,” he said. “The only one who can do it is Israel. And the Russians know that very well. So to get a commitment from Israel not to destabilize Syria is something that Russia will value very much.”

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    infotechsailor ebworthen Fri, 07/13/2018 – 21:49 Permalink
    How was his meeting with May awkward? It wasnt awkward at all. Media spin on the left is as bad as spin from neocons. Commies and Fascists both of them. Fake gas attacks, fake poisoning, fake News at home, fake stories about Crimea (they voted to join Russia), fake Russia investigation, fake indictments for hacking a server that was destroyed before it could be examined, fake democratic primary rigged against Bernie Sanders (Seth Rich?). Living in a world of make believe but Trump is kicking their ass at every turn. If GOP keeps control of Congress I look forward to Trump pardoning Mike Flynn and Paul manafort, and putting comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, and strzok and page in an ICE prison. If only Sessions had some balls.

    inosent helltothenah Fri, 07/13/2018 – 22:45 Permalink
    Although I have no idea of what is going on, assuming the headlines, all I can say is Go Trump!

    The trump-jew thing is weird, but anybody looking for perfect will never find it. Trump, as far as I can tell, has never taken an action that is inconsistent with anything he said prior to 11/2016*. And that is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself.

    All things being equal, warts and all, so far I’d say #bestpresidentever excepting Andrew Jackson and George Washington

    (*I was pretty outraged about lobbing bombs into Syria, but it seems like that is no longer an issue (?) – but this might be an exception to diverging from pre-election rhetoric; as far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem, that is a very nasty business for many reasons, but Trump was clear about his intention to do that, and said as much, prior to the election – it would have been great if he changed his mind with respect to that issue, but it is hard to fault someone for doing exactly as they said they would; besides, anybody up to their eyeballs in debt, living in New York, are going to see the ‘jew’ issue in an entirely different light – nbot saying that is good, but the reality is someone in Trump’s position will never see the ‘light’ with respect to the wholesale juden fraud perpetrated on the world and America; however, he does get credit for putting up 2 SCJs that are not apparently part of the (((luciferian cult))); and I agree with other posters it is a strange thing at least one of his kids ‘converted’ to the juden philosophy, but the guy Ivanka married was a son of a big business partner – what was Trump supposed to do, forbid it? Anyway, to unload the (((luciferian))) curse of America and the world is going to take someone else. For those annoyed by it, I recommend to keep the faith, and keep posting away and telling the truth; pretty soon more ppl than you think will get wise to the scam, elect an entirely different sort of leader, and things will change)

    max2205 Billy the Poet Fri, 07/13/2018 – 22:23 Permalink
    What’s a Graham?

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    Billy the Poet max2205 Fri, 07/13/2018 – 22:26 Permalink
    A Graham is better than a damn. Or so I’ve been told.

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    A pastor in West Baltimore spoke with USA Today about the rise in violence. He described a city where residents are becoming afraid to leave their homes. Criminals have taken over, and crews are setting up drug-dealing operations on corners across the city.

    At least 41 people have been shot near his church. He described how a new drug corner recently set up shop on the corner across the street, and nearly got into a gun battle with another crew working nearby.

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    In February Mueller indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency, a clickbait farm run for commercial purpose, of influencing the U.S. election. The expectation then like now was that there would never be trial. In a surprise move one of the accused Russian companies, Concord Management, took up the challenge and demanded discovery. Mueller then tried to delay the hand over of evidence (which he probably does not have.) A judge rejected the attempt. The case is pending.

    Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who announced the indictment, also made three points that will likely get little coverage. He said (video) that there are no allegations in the indictment that:

    any American knew that they were in contact with Russians or with a Russian operation,
    any American committed a crime in relation to this,
    that the operation changed or influenced the election.
    The indictment, which may well be made up and is unlikely to ever be tested in court, will reinforce the “Russia is an enemy” campaign which was launched way before the 2016 election. It will reinforce the believe of some Democrats that Russia, and not the selection of a disgusting candidate, cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.

    The detente with Russia which U.S. president Donald Trump tries to achieve will now be more difficult to implement and to sustain.

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    I was shocked to discover, thanks to the indictment, how inept Crowdstrike was in this entire process. Not only did more than 30 days lapse before they attempted to shutdown the Russian hacking by installing new software and issuing new email passwords, but their so-called security fix left the Russians running an operation until October 2016. How can you be considered a credible cyber security company yet fail to shutdown the alleged Russian intrusion? It does not make sense.

    The most glaring deficit in the indictment is the lack of supporting evidence to back up the charges levied in the indictment. How do we know that computer files were erased if the FBI did not have access to the computers and the servers? How do we know the names of the 12 Russian GRU officers? The Russians do not publish directories of secret organizations. Where did this information come from?

    It would appear that the release of the indictment today was a deliberate political act designed to detract and distract from the Trump visit to the UK and to put pressure on him to confront Vladimir Putin. I have heard from many of my former colleagues who are hoping that Putin calls the Rosenstein bluff. If forced to reveal the “evidence” behind this indictment because of a challenge from a defendant, the results will be a disaster for the prosecution.

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    The announced meeting between Trump and Putin has already produced a good result by revealing the hypocrisy of the media and politicians. The meeting has been branded as the greatest danger to humanity, according to the Western globalist elite, because of the danger that “peace could break out between Russia and the United States”.

    Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. The following so stretches credulity that sources will have to be cited and an exact quotations given to be believed.

    A case in point is the following title:

    “Fears growing over the prospect of Trump ‘peace deal’ with Putin”.

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    A dolmen of the Kozhokh group of megaliths on the Belaya River, Russia. In this area there used to be a lot of dolmens, now just a few specimens have survived. Some were reconstructed and restored by archaeologists a few years ago.

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