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Pharma Gateway to Heroin

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Recently, the Chinese news network CGTN has been airing a documentary on the heroin epidemic in the US. The 30-minute documentary focuses on Huntington, West Virginia (linked below).

It is well done and provides insight into the nature of the problem. This Chinese-backed production did something that an American mainstream production are hesitant to do: tell the truth.

The truth is that many (most) new heroin addicts developed their opiate addiction with prescription drugs. These doctors’ prescriptions were then suddenly stopped and the newly-addicted patients turned to the street for alternatives. Heroin is a cheap alternative.

It turns out that marijuana is not really a gateway drug for heroin. Big Pharma drugs are.

If Gary Webb were still around, he could look into it.

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Marathon Debate

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France recently had a debate among the presidential candidates. It ran for more than three hours. I took the time to watch it in its entirely, and it was fascinating. (My spoken French, however, leaves much to be desired).

The debate was partially unstructured. Moderators posed questions, but there was a lot of fluidity in terms of who answered them and for how long. Interruptions by other candidates were common.

In the photo above, we have, from left to right:

François Fillon is of the Republican Party and has a certain gravitas about him. He looks like what the CEO of Air France should look like. He made some good points, but overall defended the Establishment.

Emmanuel Macron is of the En Marche! Party, which is somewhat comparable to the Democratic Party. Very mainstream. He is a telegenic candidate, and made some good points, but it is true as Marine Le Pen noted, that at one point Macron talked for about seven minutes and said absolutely nothing.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is of the party “Unsubmissive France.” (“Unsubmissive French” would be a good Craigslist handle for the adult section). He seemed reasonable but I had to struggle to understand his French for some reason. He looks like the principal of a French lycee.

Marine Le Pen is of the National Front Party, which might be said to combine some nationalist, populist and also some progressive ideas. She has strong convictions and argues forcefully. Overall, I think Le Pen actually won this debate, also because she defended herself effectively when the other candidates ganged up on her.

Benoît Hamon of the Socialist Party did reasonably well although sometimes seemed sidelined by the others. He starts haltingly, searching for words, but then accelerates and really gets into it.

 

Clever Parody

Chained to the Rhythm

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Katy Perry’s video, Chained to the Rhythm, is quite fascinating. Catchy music and a fun visual story.

Of course there is a lot more going on – hidden meanings, symbols and subliminal action.

There are two other sources that I know about that have done a good job analyzing this video, and these are linked here.

The first source, Vigilant Citizen, provides an interesting article with photos. The idea there is that Perry is selling – or being used to sell – an elite friendly revolution (linked below)

The second source is Texas Book Shrugged and analyzes the video scene by scene with insightful commentary. His video will be posted beneath the official Chained to the Rhythm video.

So, to rewind this all (and no, I’m not following the law of reversal…) I recommend people first watch the official video, then watch Texas Shrugged’s video, and then read the Vigilant Citizen article, if this topic is of interest. Which I think it is…

The only new idea I have to offer is that in a final scene, when Skip Marley appears, he is stepping out of a CERN portal of some kind, as if entering from a higher dimension. (CERN is not a real portal to or from a higher dimension, just a very expensive studio set that pretends to be). CERN is a symbol.

 

For more reading:

https://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/katy-perrys-chained-rhythm-sells-elite-friendly-revolution/

 

 

Double Standards

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In the end, any communication between the Russian government and the Trump campaign will be shown to be casual, incidental, and will not reveal any grand plot to undermine the election or to set an agenda.

There is simply not enough common ground between the two camps to suggest that this is even a possibility – no shared experience, no history, and worlds apart.

What is amusing to watch is all the fuss about the slim possibility of Russian meddling when, in fact, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been lobbying, manipulating, pressuring and even helping select candidates for public office. These two governments, represented by organized ethnic mafias in the States, cannot stop meddling in American political affairs.

A Saudi Arabian royal can waltz into the White House – no appointment needed, just show up all pissed off and demand entrance. American citizens would be shot for that.

And the Israel Lobby, represented by AIPAC, is the most heavily-funded and politically-weaponized lobby in the capital. No one dares criticize. Secretary of State Kerry came close, but that was on his way out. AIPAC has turned the American political class into its bitch.

Saudi and Israeli interference in American politics is actual and real. Russian interference is presumed and almost certainly fictitious.

No one sees the problem here?

New Food Market

A new supermarket opened in Chengdu. It caters to the growing number of wealthy Chinese who are quite adventuresome when it comes to food. They will try anything once. And while some products must be Chinese, local people here also like foreign products for certain things. Dairy from Australia, for example.

This market also caters to quite a few foreigners who live in neighborhoods north of the market, on the subway line.

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English is the main language for the market’s signage.

The entire store is laid out with with the idea of foreigner food for foreigner people – and for Chinese people who have foreigner thinking ways.

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The staff was super friendly except for this guy…

He looked at me like I was some kind of Neanderthal – a rare occurrence, but it happens.

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The french bread on the right was 12 RMB (2 dollars). This is fairly expensive compared to other markets, including Wal-Mart, where loaves can be had for 5 RMB (less than 1 dollar). I bought one anyway, and later made a sub stuffed with spicy tuna fish and roasted vegetables…

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Very clever. The “w” needs to be capitalized. Still very clever.

More Interns Needed?

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Of course it makes sense for US Immigration Services to conduct thorough background checks on people who apply to visit the United States, Of course people who are suspicious should not be accepted. Of course the US should be more careful than it has been in the past.

However, the new administration appears to be over-reacting, denying entry or visas to people who very obviously pose zero risk to the United States, and who are not at risk for violating their tourist or business visas.

I think 19-year old interns can do a better job of discernment than the bureacurats now making these calls:

“… a group of musicians from Morocco canceled a performance at a New Orleans music festival after their visas were denied. Days earlier, a group of children from Ghana was denied visas to perform West African dancing and drumming in Charleston, South Carolina. In late February, several members of the Tibet women’s soccer team were denied visas to attend a tournament in Dallas.”

It continues:

“The organizer of the African Global Economic & Development Summit, an annual three-day conference held at the University of Southern California, told VOA that every person single person was denied entry to the U.S.”

“Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come,” said Mary Flowers, the conference’s chair. “This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.”

Also recently, a American teenager, a US citizen who is Muslim, was stopped from boarding an international flight home.

What is going on? Like I said, I know college students who are capable of separating the wheat from the chaff.

The US needs to think of national security, but it should also position itself as the Grand Central Station of the world. If it loses this position, it loses its soft power and its superpower status.

The actual on-the-ground, real world, daily decisions being made by ICE and immigration are both stupid and cruel. Stupidity is excusable; even cruelty can be excusable. However, the combination of stupidity and cruelty is never excusable.

Hopefully the administration can retain its emphasis on national security while also providing better guidance for the relevant agencies.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/african-visas-denied_us_58d04590e4b0be71dcf74bd6?tq9&

Will Comey Follow Suit?

In the video above, we see James Clapper – former Director of DIA and of National Intelligence – out and out lying to Congress over the extent of mass surveillance. The content of his speech is false. We know it and he knows it. His body language and gestures also betray the lie.

Within hours, we might witness the Director of the FBI, James Comey, join the parade of serial liars that goes back to the beginning of the Iraq war and of course earlier as well. (But we already suspect that Comey had some major goods on Senator Clinton and refused to investigate further; and so yes, we know Comey omits the truth).

Comey will provide testimony to the House “Intelligence” Committee, which is an ongoing Broadway show to convince Americans that congressional oversight exists or is effective. It does not.

CNN is already betting that Monday’s meeting will represent a setback for the Trump administration:

“It’s a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw.”

Trump has been holding a trump card in this round of poker.

He knows full well that he, his family and his aids have been consistently wiretapped across the Bush administration and well into the Obama administration. NSA documents are now coming out that prove this, and some are being exposed by Infowars (credit where credit is due).

That this wiretapping ended in 2010 in bullshit, however. It never stopped… It was just rerouted and outsourced differently.

Also, Trump and his supporters often make the mistake of thinking that Obama personally ordered this wiretapping. No… Whatever his personal qualities, the only thing Obama ordered on a consistent basis were items on the lunch menu. The presidency, as an office, has been a joke for many years.

To a great extent, we see the continuation of the puppet show today.  The White House is advancing an elitist “divide and conquer strategy” that segments those with little or no power. There is no change to the Federal Reserve system. The military-industrial complex is gobbling up the budget. And in the Middle East, it is not America First but rather Israel First. And there has been zero rollback of the infringement on civil liberties witnessed under Bush and Obama. NDAA 2012 is still in place, for example.

In fact, just by personalizing this issue and highlight Obama, Trump is perpetuating the mythology that the presidency matters. To his credit, maybe Trump thinks it matters, or that it should matter. Well, good luck with that. I’m not being flippant… The presidency should matter.

But on this wiretapping issue, Trump is right. His critics are wrong.

Here, his opponents include almost all the mainstream media and their Talking Heads, the chattering class, the gliteratti, the Beltway Boyz… Trump should really hold up the file of documents and rub it in their faces…

That would be a nice moment.

 

links:

https://www.infowars.com/nsa-documents-prove-surveillance-on-donald-trump-and-alex-jones/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/19/politics/house-intelligence-committee-hearing-russia-wiretapping/index.html

 

 

 

Hoax with a Capital H?

It is worth questioning everything, I think, because so much of this world is false. So it is legitimate to entertain the thought – the hope – that nuclear weapons are a hoax.

This would mean, as the narrator of the video implies (and as others have argued), that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were firebombed with then newly-developed conventional bombs capable of producing mushroom clouds (as TNT has been shown to produce). And nuclear power is basically gussied-up steam power, the theory goes.

I’m not willing to believe – not yet – that nuclear weapons are a hoax. But I am certainly going to look into it.

The video above is narrated by MrE3000, a youtuber who has produced many videos claiming that many (if not most) A-list actors and actresses have undergone gender transformations. MrE3000 has no issues with people openly “transexual” but he is on a mission to expose celebrities who are part of a deception, who are Hollywood commodities, and who are products of an “Illuminati tranny factory.”

Some of those claims for specific personalities (not all) are very convincing. Either way, MrE3000 is thought provoking and his informal, stream of consciousness narration works very well. This is a thought-provoking youtube channel.

No Press Corps, No Diff

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When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to fly to Asia without the traditional gaggle of reporters, there was concern.

The State Department Correspondents Association was “… disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter.”

Vox ran this headline: “Why Rex Tillerson’s choice not to bring a press corps to Asia is unusual — and troubling.”

Troubling? Yes, for the press that counts on a glamorous junket once in a while.

The reality is that Tillerson’s trip is being extensively covered in the mainstream and alternative press. It turns out that Japan and Korea and China all have media, and there are no shortages of reporters, cameramen, the works.

Who would have thunk!

Meantime, we shall see if the Bush-Obama strategy of just waiting out the situation will change. Strategic patience. Probably not. All the options have always been on the table, in reality.

Once this administration finishes crunching the numbers, and once the honeymoon of foreign-policy invincibility wears off, it will realize that there is no such thing as a pre-emptive strike on North Korea that would not leave millions of South Koreans dead.

For decades, North Korea has deployed thousands of conventional rockets to pulverize Seoul. At the first instance of any attack – a bit like a non-nuclear Doomsday Machine.

It’s a Mexican standoff.

What new plan does anyone have in mind that does not lead to mass slaughter? None. That’s why the Chinese are rightly telling Tillerson to take a chill pill.

To me, Tillerson seems like a good type for this position, and even his last name connotes a steady hand on the tiller of a ship. Someone I’d want on my side. He certainly looks like a Secretary of State. But can-do Americanism is difficult to export, especially to East Asia, if the Korean and Vietnam wars are any indication.

The only real solution is to move from the current status of “armistice” between North and South Korea and towards a full peace “treaty.”

At present, neither North nor South recognize one another, and each entertains notions of “reunification,” so maybe that is a good place to start.