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Since 1949

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949, a mere 3 years after Syria became an independent country. Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes: Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,” Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55] *** Instant Access to Current Spot Prices & Interactive Charts As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging … Continue reading

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Property and Income Tax Theft

The latest report on property tax comparisons within the USA has been released. A report from Attom Data shows just how nuts things are becoming with regard to taxes. Property taxes have become really insane in the North. The average annual property tax bill in Alabama in 2016 was $776 compared to the highest average is New Jersey where it stands at $8,477. Instant Access to Current Spot Prices & Interactive Charts Now filter in the State Income Taxes and what emerges is human nature. For all the people who complain about multinational companies moving offshore and then deny that it is tax … Continue reading

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Re-Accommodation in the Friendly Skies

The passenger who was dragged from a United Airlines flight is 69-year-old grandfather Dr. David Dao. Footage of the Vietnamese-American being hauled off the overbooked flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday caused outrage on Monday. Dr. Dao was heard in videos captured of his shocking eviction saying he needed to get home to Louisville so he could see patients. can reveal Dr. Dao is a father of five and a grandfather, who specializes in internal medicine. Four of his five children are doctors. Current Prices on popular forms of Silver Bullion His wife Teresa, 69, is a … Continue reading

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Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils are the oil-based aromatic extracts derived from the leaves, stems, fruit, bark, flowers, roots, or seeds of plants. They are a highly concentrated form of volatile oils—another name for essential oils—and have many beneficial properties.[1] Historians estimate that humans have been using essential oils for 5,000 to 6,000 years for medicinal, cosmetic, and hygienic purposes. The earliest methods and technology did not produce the essential oils we are familiar with today. Whereas many of today’s essential oil producers focus on purity, the ancient versions were likely adulterated with stray plant materials, debris, and other oils. As time passed, … Continue reading

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Purge the Generals

President Trump: Last time we discussed your refusal to abide by the Constitution’s hard-and-fast war-making provision, a decision that merits — as it did for most of your post-1945 predecessors — impeachment proceedings. Waging war in the manner you did in Syria is the work of an absolute monarch or a dictator, not that of a popularly elected president of this republic. Today, we must discuss a topic that has been covered in this space on multiple occasions; namely, the need for you to immediately purge — via forced retirement — scores of your general officers. The American fetish for … Continue reading

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1983 CIA Doc Reveals Plot

Prophetically foreshadowing the current crisis (and apparent action plan), leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad’s father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State plan coalescing to “bring real muscle to bear against Syria,” toppling its leader (in favor of one amenable to US demands) , severing ties with Russia (its primary arms dealer), and paving the way for an oil and gas pipeline of Washington’s choosing. Current Prices on popular forms of Gold Bullion As’s Brandon Turbeville detailed (just a day before Trump unleashed his Tomahawks), as the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the … Continue reading

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Who’s Playing the Long Game?

Take a moment to consider the Neocon camp’s over-reaction to the inchoate challenge to its dominance posed by the Trump administration. When we speak of The Long Game, we speak of national/alliance policies that continue on regardless of what political party or individual is in office. The Long Game is always about the basics of national survival: control of and access to resources, and jockeying to diminish the power and influence of potential adversaries while strengthening one’s own power and influence. As I have been discussing for years, there are inevitable conflicts within the inner circle that executes The Long … Continue reading

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Build Your Own Self-Defense Shotgun

With most of us watching our pennies, buying a long gun for personal defense is not as cheap and easy as it once was. Recently I decided to try to find a true budget shotgun for personal defense but my tight budget had me doing mostly window shopping. That is until I took a different route and brought home a great deal, one that can be repeated by anyone if they try hard enough. Beforehand, I decided it would have to be a 12 gauge pump shotgun — but since my budget was so tight that even a new Mossberg … Continue reading

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Earth’s Magnetic Poles

I’m sure that many of you have heard the ‘concept’ that the Earths magnetic poles (North and South) are shifting, or that some kind of a rapid pole shift is going to occur. A pole shift is when the Earth’s magnetic fields switch places so that the North Pole is now in the South, and vice versa. This is no longer a concept, but an actual fact. Some of us may have been led to believe that the poles would rapidly shift on December 21st, 2012. Obviously, this theory was untrue. However, the poles are shifting and have done so … Continue reading

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Murderous Frauds

The real Donald Trump has been exposed. The man who promised a sensible and non-interventionist Middle Eastern policy and a reset with Moscow has now reneged on both pledges. His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused. The unconscionable attack on Syria based on the usual unsubstantiated allegations has shifted the playing field dramatically, with the “new sheriff in town” apparently intent on proving he is a real man who can play hardball with the rest of them. Last week Syria … Continue reading

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Stupid Asset Protection Tricks

I almost feel sorry from Navinder Singh Sarao. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll probably remember what he did. He’s the UK-based trader accused of causing the “flash crash” in 2010 that temporarily erased almost $1 trillion from US stock values. Last November, Sarao pleaded guilty in US federal court to wire fraud and illegal market manipulation. (Incidentally, it’s quite likely that he’s innocent of the charges he pled to, although that’s an entirely different story.) Sarao was a master trader who in a good week could clear £500,000, at the time equal to more than $700,000. Yet, he … Continue reading

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The Storm That Obliterated a City

Book Review by Fleurette Pierre THESE ARE THE THINGS I WAS MOST IMPRESSED WITH: Where the hurricane went when it left Galveston and its seriousness showing how wrong the weather bureau was. The muzzling of the Cubans: How selfish bureaucrats put personal prejudices and ambitions before public safety and how some were manipulated by them. How the Cubans must have felt the 24-36 hours after the hurricane left Cuba being unable to warn those in Galveston. All the while the hurricane was intensifying. At that point, Cubans were the only ones who could have helped them because of their knowledge of … Continue reading

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Desperate Solutions to Made-up Problems

Desperation brings out the worst in people – including engineers. But then, you can’t really fault them. The government issues its fatwas – which aren’t suggestions – and it is the job of the engineers to figure out ways to comply with the fatwas. Hence, the becoming commonplace use of turbochargers and direct injection. Neither makes much sense except as measures to achieve compliance with federal fatwas, chiefly the one ululating that every new car must average at least 35.5 MPG and if not, its manufacturer will be caned in the public square. Well, financially caned – via deliberately punitive … Continue reading

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They Took Your Clothes and Gave You a Barrel

Noah Smith, writing in Bloomberg, says that middle-class America has indeed been fleeced by our national economic policies. We agree. But which policies have been responsible? Smith mentions and immediately dismisses trade, immigration, economic regulation, and welfare policies. The real villain in his view is an alleged turn toward managing the economy on free market lines: “Your prosperity was taken by the very people who promised to ensure and enhance it. The decades from 1980 through 2008 were the age of neoliberalism — the ideology of the free market.” This is a story that we hear more and more. Neoliberals, the … Continue reading

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