Friday, 24 March 2017

Gary Null pushes Chris Hedges on abrupt climate change

If you go to about 29' you will find both Guy McPherson and Kevin Hester get a mention. Chris Hedges sounds uncomfortable being asked about abrupt climate change
Chris Hedges interviewed by Gary Null

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Israel Tries to Kill Assad in Damascus

Israel Tries to Kill Assad in Damascus Air Raid (Updated)
Netanyahu claims Assad raid cleared by Russia

Veterans Today,

23 March, 2017

White House sources say Israel never asked, never checked in and expects to be bailed out if Russia comes after them….good luck with that, they’re on their own.

On Tuesday evening, Israeli F 15 fighter/bombers attacked the air defenses surrounding the Palace of the Lion, residence of Syrian President Assad and his family.  Israeli sources say the raid was authorized by President’s Trump and Putin.

If the American and Russian government’s have “green lighted” Israel’s efforts to decapitate the Syrian government, which is the only explanation for tonight’s action, it is a significant departure from stated objectives.

On Tuesday evening, after midnight, powerful explosions rocked the area around Damascus, resulting from Israeli raids targeting an important and sensitive location for the Syrian government’s air defense battalion, which is responsible for protecting Assad’s presidential palaces in Damascus.

Some sources from inside the city confirmed that the Israeli F15 Eagles bombed the strongest air defense battalion of the system in Mount Qassion, the fortified fortress of the presidential Palace of the Lion. All the radars and military systems in the military facility were cleared and settled on the ground.

Renewed Israeli raids on the sites of the regime reveals false allegations made by “Bashar Jaafari” a few days ago, Moscow sent a strong message to the Israeli side against the backdrop of raids on the city of Palmyra last Friday, on the order of President Putin to the Russian Foreign Ministry to recall the Israeli ambassador in Moscow the day after his return to Russia .

Russia’s policy on Israeli strikes inside Syria has not changed,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying during a news conference. “Russia has not restricted our activities in Syria and I have made it clear to Putin that we will continue our strikes as long as we need them.

Trump 'Puts Pro-Russian Agenda on Hold' as Concession to American Elites

Cold War Heating Up

Trump 'Puts Pro-Russian Agenda on Hold' as Concession to American Elites


23 March, 2017

Donald Trump appears to have decided to make concessions to the establishment, having encountered fierce resistance from the US Congress, political analyst Georgy Engelgardt asserted, citing Washington's readjusted stance on the North Atlantic Alliance and Russia as a case in point.

"During the election campaign, Trump championed the idea of limiting America's expansionism. Among other things he was advocating for a more calculated approach toward NATO and urging other member states to assume more responsibilities as part of the bloc," the analysttold

Earlier this year, Trump caused a stir when he called the North Atlantic Alliance "obsolete," adding that the bloc has been unable to efficiently respond to terrorism. He was also critical of NATO members who were allocating less than 2 percent of their GDP on defense. In 2015, only five countries in the 28-member bloc met the threshold. On March 17, Trump described the current spending imbalance as "very unfair" to the United States.
However, high-ranking US officials, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have repeatedly reaffirmed that Washington remains committed to NATO in recent months. In February, Mattis called the military bloc "a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the trans-Atlantic community."

Engelgardt, a research fellow at the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, further said that Trump's initiatives at home and abroad have been met with resistance from the US Congress, prompting the White House to backtrack on some of its pledges.
"Trump's decision to put the pro-Russian agenda on hold is the most obvious step backwards," he explained, adding that ties between Washington and Moscow have become a "politically toxic" issue for the current US administration.
Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that Washington should improve its strained relationship with Russia, suggesting that both countries could work together on tackling Daesh and other terrorist groups. However, he has not unveiled any specific proposals yet. Meanwhile, some members of his team have been increasingly tough on Russia, much to Moscow's discontent.

According to recent rumors, Trump has become less willing to pursue a deal with Russia due to mounting domestic pressure on his administration with regard to supposed illicit dealings with Moscow. Both, Trump and Russian officials have denied any wrongdoing.

"Hit and Run": Update

NZ lawyers to represent Afghan raid families

24 March, 2017

New Zealand lawyers are taking on the case of Afghan villagers after it was claimed their relatives were killed in a raid led by New Zealand SAS troops.

Human rights lawyer Deborah Manning, who previously represented Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, said she, along with Rodney Harrison QC and Richard McLeod, were representing the residents of the two villages that were raided.

Journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson released the book Hit & Run on Tuesday. It alleges elite SAS troops planned and helped execute a raid on two small villages in Afghanistan, killing six civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, Fatima. Fifteen were also injured, the authors said.

Ms Manning has not been to Afghanistan but she had spoken with the villagers "very recently", she said.

"The villagers first of all would like to convey their thanks to the [New Zealand] public in terms of talking about what has happened.

"They are very touched in particular that little Fatima is being acknowledged, because she was a very beloved child of the village."

The lawyers wrote to the relevant ministers this morning seeking a Commission of Inquiry, or a Royal Commission, that has full powers to summons witnesses.

"The issues raised very squarely are issues (of) international human rights law, namely the right to life and also international humanitarian law which includes war crimes."

Hager and Stephenson said they had sourced information for Hit & Run from more than three dozen people, including members of the New Zealand military and Afghan security forces.

They are calling for Prime Minister Bill English to launch a full inquiry.

- "The villagers, of course, have been greatly affected by raids that occurred" - Deborah Manning

Mr English, speaking before the lawyers made their announcement, reiterated today that the statement of allegations was not enough to call an inquiry.

"You need to make sure there's some substance to the allegations and that there is some point to having an inquiry."

Mr English has said the SAS abided by the rules of engagement during the raid. He will meet Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of the Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating on Sunday to discuss the claims made in the book.

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has said she was not disturbed by information she had seen about the book, that the SAS was highly regarded and she had faith in the Defence Force.

Deborah Manning represented Ahmed Zaoui in his high-profile case to have a security risk certificate overturned after he was imprisoned following his arrival in New Zealand in 2002 seeking refugee status.

Exclusive interview: NZSAS says civilians were killed in fatal raid, including two by Kiwi sniper fire

Kiwi Team One on patrol in North East Bamyian. Photo / NZ Defence Force
24 March, 2017

A NZ Special Air Service soldier has confirmed civilians were killed in a 2010 raid carried out by the unit and says the truth is widely known among the elite military group.

The soldier told the Herald the two people found shot dead were killed by NZSAS marksmen who believed they were acting under "Rules of Engagement" governing their actions on the battlefield.

"They have taken out two," he said.

He said the other four people killed died in a barrage of fire from United States aircraft called in by a New Zealander operating as the joint terminal air controller - the person responsible for directing air support.

The soldier said it emerged no combatants were identified on the battlefield.

But he said the lack of an obvious opposing force contradicted the soldiers' expectation based on the United States-sourced intelligence used to frame the Rules of Engagement and the raid itself.

The controversy over the NZSAS and civilian casualties has been sparked by the release of a book, Hit & Run, written by author Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson.

It alleged six civilians were killed and 15 injured in a "revenge" raid after the death of New Zealand soldier Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell on August 4, 2010.

A NZ Special Air Service soldier has confirmed civilians were killed in a 2010 raid carried out by the unit and says the truth is widely known among the elite military group.

The soldier told the Herald the two people found shot dead were killed by NZSAS marksmen who believed they were acting under "Rules of Engagement" governing their actions on the battlefield.

"They have taken out two," he said.

He said the other four people killed died in a barrage of fire from United States aircraft called in by a New Zealander operating as the joint terminal air controller - the person responsible for directing air support.

The soldier said it emerged no combatants were identified on the battlefield.

But he said the lack of an obvious opposing force contradicted the soldiers' expectation based on the United States-sourced intelligence used to frame the Rules of Engagement and the raid itself.

The controversy over the NZSAS and civilian casualties has been sparked by the release of a book, Hit & Run, written by author Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson.

It alleged six civilians were killed and 15 injured in a "revenge" raid after the death of New Zealand soldier Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell on August 4, 2010.

It alleged New Zealand was responsible for the deaths and injuries - including those killed by air support - because NZSAS troops sourced intelligence as to who was responsible for O'Donnell's death, then planned the raid and carried it out, relying on United States' resources at all stages.

Hit & Run stated the raid was unsuccessful and none of those implicated in O'Donnell's death were killed.

The soldier's account of the raid largely supported one of the main contentions in the book, which is that civilians were killed during the August 2010 raid.

The claim remains in direct conflict with the NZ Defence Force's position since 2011 "that the allegations of civilian casualties were unfounded". The position was attributed to an investigation led by the International Security Assistance Force, which has never been made public.

But the soldier's account also conflicted with claims in the book that the NZSAS were motivated by "revenge" over the death of O'Donnell.

He said the NZSAS soldiers would have been "angry" over the death but "revenge" had no part to play in how they did their jobs.

The soldier said: "SAS boys are a different breed. Everything is a lot more calculated."

Rather than "revenge", the Herald was told by the former Governor of the neighbouring province, the raid was to target insurgents who threatened the New Zealand base at Bamyan.

Although not personally involved in the raid, the soldier - who has served in Afghanistan - told the Herald he learned details of the raid as part of his role in the military, which required detailed information on what happened.

The soldier said the raid saw the NZSAS and soldiers from the Afghan Crisis Response Unit use the New Zealand base in Bamyan as a staging post for the raid. The Bamyan base was an important communications conduit for those on the ground in Baghlan province, he said.

After having dinner at the base, the soldiers set off for the Tirgiran Valley with a plan based on US intelligence reports.

The plan saw a marksman and another NZSAS trooper dropped off by Blackhawk helicopter to provide cover for the soldiers who were to be dropped off by the much larger Chinook transports. As with most Chinook movements, Apache helicopters were in support.

The marksmen were dropped into the general area and walked into a position above the villages. Once there, they "came into contact with potential insurgents on the high ground".

"One of our guys killed one of theirs."

The book stated that one of the Chinooks dropped the first contingent of soldiers near the village of Khak Khuday Dad while the other deposited its group near the larger village of Naik.

The Herald source said the soldiers, having taken up position, saw movement in the area.

"It was people moving to cover. When you see a whole bunch of people moving into high ground, into a threatening position, you need eyes on that position."

One of the soldiers acting as a joint terminal air controller (JTAC) - the liaison between the soldiers and air support - was able to see movement that matched intelligence reports of what to expect from an armed opposing force.

"If your intelligence tells you everyone is armed, then you assume everyone moving from that [area] is armed. If they move into [a position of] advantage, then you assume they are moving into firing position."

He said there were people in one of the villages "running around, dodging, all over the place". It fit the profile of what to expect from the armed group, which intelligence reports had said they were facing.

The JTAC then called fire on to the areas of concern, he said.

In a detail not present in Hit & Run, the soldier said the air support called on was a AC130 Spectre gunship - one of the most fearsome airborne elements available to support infantry.

The Spectre gunship is the same basic airframe as the Royal NZ Air Force Hercules but with armaments, including a 105mm howitzer, which is normally a field artillery piece but in the aircraft's case it is mounted in the side of the aircraft.

The soldier said: "It was the first time since the Vietnam War a 105[mm[ howitzer has been used to support [New Zealand] troops on the ground."

The account expands on details in Hit & Run, which said stated air support came from the Apache helicopter gunships - a match with one of the few details later released by ISAF that said a gunship with faulty sights led to rounds of ammunition hitting buildings in one of the villages.

The soldier said the Apache was "a bit inaccurate". "They can't shoot a big vehicle on the side of a hill let alone anything at night."

The Herald source said the bombardment was followed by a ground assault that saw NZSAS soldiers going from house-to-house to clear buildings of any combatants.

As part of the normal assault, flash-bang grenades - sometimes called stun grenades - were thrown into the houses before the soldiers entered.

He said it was a flash-bang grenade, which sparked fires. This contrasts with Hit & Run's claim that the fires were deliberately sparked, apparently by soldiers firing bullets into cotton mattresses and curtains.

The soldier said the fire that consumed homes was not - and could not - be caused in such a way.

As the soldiers moved through the village, it became clear there was no opposing force.

"The info that the boys had been fed was that everyone was a combatant. They were indeed civilians."

The soldier also detailed the serious injuries suffered by one of the NZSAS when a wall, weakened by the aerial barrage, collapsed. The trooper broke numerous bones, including both legs, shoulder blade and jaw, he said.

The soldier, who was one of the leaders, was later awarded the NZ Gallantry Medal for continuing to lead his soldiers despite his serious injuries, he said. He had since recovered and returned to active service.

The soldier said it was not the only situation in which there had been civilian casualties from a NZSAS operation and which the soldiers blamed on faulty US-sourced intelligence.

The soldier said a number of those involved in the raid had received medals for their roles, which sat uncomfortably when the civilian casualties emerged.

Among those who received a medal was the JTAC soldier who called in the airstrike, he said.

In the months that followed the raid the discovery civilians had been killed troubled the NZSAS greatly, he said.

"Once the civilian casualties came out of it, obviously you started questioning each other."

He said it became a topic of conversation among the troops with soldiers questioning each other's actions and decision-making.

Within the group, there was a hard-edged banter about the medals some soldiers received for their actions during the raid. The JTAC had received the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration and was told by others - not entirely seriously - "you've got to give that back".

He said it was discomfort over the civilian deaths that drove the NZSAS troopers to question their actions.

He said he did not know why the civilians casualties had not been made public. "Whatever decision was made to suppress that was made higher."

Making sense of Vault 7

Debbie, Sane Progressive helps to make sense of the technical language connected with Wikileaks’ Vault 7.

Wikileaks Vault 7 Sane Progressive Discussion Series with Tatsu Ikea

Part 1

Sane Progresive

Wikileaks Vault 7 explosively revealed that the CIA has unleashed the majority of their hacking tools and cyber weapons onto the globe. The technical nature of this release compiled with corporate media and political establishment manipulations around the content leave many of us confused over the real implications and the actual threats. I have brought in Tatsu as a reference source for viewers questions and to clarify the content. This series is for the lay person who wants to be able to be able to better comprehends some of the technical implications. Please feel free to share you knowledge, your research, your questions, and your concerns in the comments below. Thanks guys!

Wikileaks Vault 7 Summary Release:

Zero Days (HOMEWORK):

Iran Cyberattacks by CIA:

US Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site

Resolution introduced by Hastings for Iran Per

emptive War (BY A DEMOCRAT):

On Michael Hastings and concerns that his crash was a Government Targeted Assassination:
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Last Remnant of North American Ice Sheet Set to Vanish

Arctic Entering Its Hottest Period in 2.5 Million Years as Last Remnants of Laurentide Melt Away

23 March, 2017
There are many ways to tell the Earth’s temperature. One is by measuring how warm the atmosphere is near the surface. Another is to track the heat content of the world’s oceans. Still another is by taking account of melting glaciers and comparing thaw lines with times in the geological past.
And according to new research, the present state of the Barnes Ice Cap — which is the last tiny remnant of the once vast Laurentide Ice Sheet — tells a tale of heat not seen in 2.5 million years.

(NASA satellite shot of the last melting remnant of the Laurentide Ice sheet on August 30 of 2016. Want to see a time lapse of Barnes Ice Cap melt from 1984 to 2015? Take a look at this GoogleEarth time lapse, zoom in on Baffin Island, find the ice cap, and watch the edge lines retreat. It’s a bit uncanny..)

Over the past 2.5 million years, the Laurentide Ice Sheet has swelled and shrunken as cold ice ages were followed by warm interglacials. During the height of each ice age, the glaciers of Laurentide expanded to cover most of present day Canada and parts of the Northern United States. And during warmer interglacials, the ice sheet retreated to its final stronghold of the Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island.
But now, scientists have found that the Barnes Ice Cap, and with it the last remains of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, is about to disappear. Projections indicate that the considerable warming the Arctic is now experiencing, due primarily to fossil fuel burning, will completely melt this half-a-kilometer tall mountain of ice in just 200 to 500 years.

(Recent decline of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the end of the last ice age to 1,000 years before present. Soon, this once great mass of ice will be completely lost. Yet one more casualty of human fossil fuel burning.)
Once that happens, the Laurentide Ice Sheet will be gone. And this will be the first time such a thing has happened in 2.5 million years. The study authors further note that even if fossil fuel burning were to stop now, that the total loss of this ice would still occur. What this means is that some parts of the Arctic are now likely as hot or hotter than they were at any time in the last 2.5 million years. And, as the World Meteorological Organization noted so cogently this week, it also means that we’re heading deeper and deeper into uncharted territory when it comes to climate.


Hat tip to Colorado Bob
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Hat tip to Kevin

"The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic."

The latest from Dahr Jamail

Release of Arctic Methane "May Be Apocalyptic," Study Warns

On a lake, plumes of gas, most likely methane from the breakdown of carbon in sediments below the lake, keep the water from freezing in spots, outside Fairbanks, Alaska, October 21, 2011. As the Arctic warms, the threat of abrupt methane releases is rising, too.  (Photo: Josh Haner / The New York Times)
23 March, 2017

scientific study published in the prestigious journal Palaeoworld in December issued a dire -- and possibly prophetic -- warning, though it garnered little attention in the media.

"Global warming triggered by the massive release of carbon dioxide may be catastrophic," reads the study's abstract. "But the release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic."
The study, titled "Methane Hydrate: Killer Cause of Earth's Greatest Mass Extinction," highlights the fact that the most significant variable in the Permian Mass Extinction event, which occurred 250 million years ago and annihilated 90 percent of all the species on the planet, was methane hydrate.

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CIA infects Apple


iSpy: Wikileaks New CIA “Dark Matter” #Vault7 Release Shows Agency Infected Apple

23 March, 2017


March 23rd, 2017  – Wikileaks has released CIA Vault7 “Dark Matter,” and the newest leak contains several documents of CIA projects that infect Apple Mac computer firmware. Developed by the CIA’s embedded Development Branch (EDB), these documents explain the techniques used by the CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices and iPhones. This means that the infection persists even if the operating system is reinstalled.


Included in these documents are projects such as “Sonic Screwdriver“, among others. Explained by the CIA, this project is a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a mac laptop or desktop is booting” allowing an attacker to boot its attack software, as an example, from a USB stick, “even when a firmware password is enabled”. The Sonic Screwdriver infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.


DarkSeaSkies” is “an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer” and consists of “DarkMatter”, “SeaPea” and “NightSkies”, respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.


Documents included on the “Triton” MacOSX malware, it’s infector “Dark mallet” and it’s EFI-persistent version “DerStake” can also be found in this release. DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents display that as of 2016 the CIA is continuing to rely on and update these systems. The production of DerStake2.0 is currently taking place.


The release also contains the manual for the CIA’s “NightSkies 1.2” a “beacon/loader/implant tool”, for the Apple iPhone. Note that NightSkies reached 1.2 by 2008 and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory restored phones.  The iPhone supply chain is targeted and has been infected by the CIA since 2008.

While in the custody of a target, CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems. It is very likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain by interdicting mail orders and other shipments. Meaning to open, infect and resend which then leaves the United States or otherwise.