Friday, August 31, 2018

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: “It was all a Set-up”

We have essentially understood this for a long time already, but it was not obvious either.  The Russian collusion meme had only two options without a grey areas.  It was or it was not.  Right now the evidentuary trail has brought us up upon the reality that the FBI has been literally fabricating FISA warrants in order to surreptitiously wire tap anyone they please including political opponents.
This behavior is why Trump is now in power.  The people in their collective wisdom understood all this and attacks by the DEEP STATE is steadily producing more converts to collective of WE THE PEOPLE.  I think it is now almost half of the voting public.
The Democrats are in profound trouble and do not know it.  These voters are not soft in any way.  They have become hard supporters of Trump.  Nothing the DEMs can do will switch them ever.
It is telling that Blacks and Hispanics are also switching over and approaching the same numbers as Whites.  This movement is about Americans first and the Dems have forgotten all that and will now take years to be retooled as the loyal opposition..
Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: “It was all a Set-up”

By Sara Carter | August 27, 2018 | 6:16 PM EDT

Former DOD employee uncovered a long history of questionable behavior by FBI informant Key player in Russia probe appears to have significant ties to Russian government

Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russia collusion.

Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said. Before Lovinger’s clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy. He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped of his prestigious White House detail, and ordered to perform bureaucratic make-work in a Pentagon annex Bigley calls “the land of misfit toys.” His security clearance was eventually revoked in March 2018, despite the Pentagon “refusing to turn over a single page of its purported evidence of Lovinger’s wrongdoing,” Bigley stated. Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Defense Department to obtain the withheld records.

Lovinger also raised concerns about Halper’s role in conducting what appeared to be diplomatic meetings with foreigners on behalf of the U.S. government because his role as contractor forbids him from doing so, according to U.S. federal law.

An investigation by reveals that the documents and information Lovinger stumbled on and other documents obtained by this news site, raise troubling questions about Halper, who was believed to have worked with the CIA and part of the matrix of players in the bureau’s ‘CrossFire Hurricane’ investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Halper, who assisted the FBI in the Russia investigation, appears to also have significant ties to the Russian government, as well as sources connected directly to President Vladimir Putin.

Halper did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Lovinger simply did what all Americans should expect of our civil servants

“When Mr. Lovinger raised concerns about DoD’s misuse of Stefan Halper in 2016, he did so without any political designs or knowledge of Mr. Halper’s spying activities,” Bigley told “Instead, Mr. Lovinger simply did what all Americans should expect of our civil servants: he reported violations of law and a gross waste of public funds to his superiors.”

And for that, Bigley said, Lovinger has paid the ultimate price in his 12-year career as a strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment. According to Bigley, shortly after Lovinger began reporting and asking questions about suspicious contracts given to Halper and others, including one person closely associated Chelsea Clinton, his security clearance was suspended. Later, on April 3, 2018, the DoD’s Washington Headquarters Services Director Barbara Westgate sent a letter to Lovinger indefinitely suspending him from duty and pay status after his clearance was removed in March. The letter stated, “The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you that I am proposing to indefinitely suspend you from duty and pay status in your position as a Foreign Affairs Specialist.”

Lovinger, who is married with three children and is the family’s primary breadwinner, has been living off the generosity of family members since his pay was removed.

The retaliation for whistleblowing was something Bigley expected. “So, we weren’t surprised when DoD bureaucrats moved shortly thereafter to strip Mr. Lovinger of both his security clearance and his detail to the National Security Council, where he had been Senior Director for Strategy as a by-name request of the incoming Trump Administration,” said the attorney.

“Yet, we were puzzled by the unprecedented ferocity of efforts to discredit Mr. Lovinger, including leaks from DoD of false and defamatory information to the press,” he said. “Our assumption was that the other contractor about whom Mr. Lovinger explicitly raised concerns – a close confidante of Hillary Clinton – was the reason for the sustained assault on Mr. Lovinger, and that certainly may have played a role.”

Mr. Lovinger unwittingly shined a spotlight on the deep state’s secret weapon

Bigley suspects it was more than the Clinton-connected contracts adding, “Mr. Lovinger unwittingly shined a spotlight on the deep state’s secret weapon – Stefan Halper – and threatened to expose the truth about the Trump-Russia collusion narrative than being plotted: that it was all a set-up.”

Halper has had a long career and worked in government with several GOP administrations. At 73, the elusive professor spent a career developing top-level government connections–not just through academia but also through his work with members of the intelligence apparatus.

Those contacts and the information Halper collected along the way would eventually, through apparent circumstance, become utilized by the FBI against the Trump campaign. But, it was during his time hosting the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar at the University of Cambridge where Halper shifted from a professor and former government consultant to FBI informant on the Trump campaign.

In 2016, Halper was an integral part of the FBI’s investigation into short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page. Halper first made contact with Page at his seminar in July 2016. Page, who was already on the FBI’s radar, was accused of being sympathetic to Russia and sought better relations between the U.S. and Russian officials. Halper stayed in contact with Page until September 2017.

During that time, the FBI sought and obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on Page and used Halper to collect information on him, according to sources. The House Intelligence Committee Russia report and documents obtained by this outlet revealed that the bulk of the warrant against Page relied heavily on an unverified dossier compiled by Former British Spy Christopher Steele and the matter is still under congressional investigation. Steele, who was a former MI6 agent, also had ties to many of the same people, like former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, who were part of the seminar.

Stefan Halper

Halper, along with Dearlove, left the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar in December 2016, saying they were concerned about Russian influence. Halper had told reporters at the time that it was due to “unacceptable Russian influence.”

Ironically, documents obtained by suggest that Halper also had invited senior Russian intelligence officials to co-teach his course on several occasions and, according to news reports, also accepted money to finance the course from a top Russian oligarch with ties to Putin.

Several course syllabi from 2012 and 2015 obtained by this outlet reveal Hapler had invited and co-taught his course on intelligence with the former Director of Russian Intelligence Gen. Vladimir I. Trubnikov.

On May 4, 2012, the course syllabus states, “Ambassador Vladimir I. Trubnikov will comment on the challenges faced while directing the Foreign Intelligence Service, his tenure as Ambassador to India, President Putin and the likely course of Russia’s relations with Britain and the U.S.”

In May 2015, Trubnikov returned to teach with Halper at his seminar in Cambridge on “current relations between the Russian Federation and the West.” Other notable intelligence experts attended the event in 2015, including Major Gen.Peter Williams, a former British commander of the mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany.

Halper’s partner in the seminar, Cambridge Professor Neil Kent has also espoused better relations with Russia and Putin in his writings and told Russia Today in a 2014 interview that “everyone is attacking and demonizing Russia.” According to Kent’s biography, he was a professor from 2002 to 2012 at Russia’s St. Petersburg State Academic Institute.

Even more interesting are reports from the British Media outlet, The Financial Times, that state Halper received funds for the Cambridge seminar from Russian billionaire Andrey Cheglakov, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Cheglakov also funded Veruscript in 2016, which raised the suspicion of Dearlove and those connected to the seminar. Veruscript, a publisher for a Russian academic journal, was suspected by MI6 of being a front for Russian intelligence. Kent also happened to be the editor and chief of the journal. He published the inaugural article in the journal “The Journal of Intelligence and Terrorism” blaming the West for the Russian invasion into Crimea but the journal closed down due to their suspicions.

Dearlove was also concerned “that Russia may be seeking to use the seminar as an impeccably credentialed platform to covertly steer debate and opinion on high-level sensitive defense and security topics,” according to the Financial Times sources.

A former senior intelligence official told this news outlet, “It’s all smoke and mirrors. Halper was well aware when he was bringing in Trubnikov in 2012 that the Russian’s were already there at his invitation. The FBI uses Halper to get more information on Trump aides but it’s Halper who has the real connection to Russia.”

Lovinger raised concerns with top officials at the Pentagon in 2016 and noted that Halper went far beyond his work as a contractor after he discovered that the amount of money the professor was being paid for his research did not make sense. Lovinger stressed his concern that Halper was not just being utilized as a contractor, but that he was also conducting diplomatic work for the Pentagon “in violation of federal law,” according to Bigley.

In one email from Stephan Halper to Andrew May, the second highest ranking official in Lovinger’s office, Halper writes about a planned trip to conduct meetings in India.

“I am in Cambridge en route to India – arriving Saturday. So far 14 meetings have been scheduled with various parts of the political-military community. On Monday, a meeting is planned with the Delhi Policy Group where I will meet with Brigadier Seghal who is, apparently working with ONA (Office of Net Assessment) Can you tell me anything about him,” according to the document obtained by

Halper and George Papadopoulos

Halper was not only spying on Page for the FBI in 2016, but he had also made contact in September 2016 with another Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos. He invited Papadopoulos to London that September, luring him with a $3,000 paycheck to work on a research paper under contract. By this time the young Trump campaign volunteer had already been in contact London-based professor, Josef Mifsud, who had basically informed him that the Russians had damaging material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Misfud’s role has also come into question by Congress.

Eventually, Papadopoulos was swept into Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation and pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. His wife, Simona Papadopoulos, who’s been a vocal advocate for her husband, told that essentially he was forced to plead guilty because of threats from Mueller’s team and lack of financial resources.

After testifying behind closed doors last month to the House Intelligence Committee, Simona told this outlet that she testified to Congress “as far as George is concerned, he met with individuals following the same pattern of behavior….and all of a sudden (Halper) was asking if he was doing anything with Russians…. This is the case with Halper, who is now proven to be a spy, possibly with (Australian Ambassador) Alexander Downer” who her husband met with in London.

Before Page and Papadopolous, there was the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Flynn had been invited to Cambridge in February, 2014 for a a dinner hosted by both Dearlove and Halper.

The investigation into Trump didn’t start with Carter Page or George Papadapolous, but with Flynn

But during that time, Flynn was already walking a fine line with the Obama Administration and battling President Obama and the CIA over his deep disagreement with the administration’s narrative that al-Qaeda and extremists groups, had been defeated or were on the run. Several months later Flynn was forced to resign early and ended his tenure as the director of the DIA.

Stefan Halper

“Flynn was pushed out by Obama and then became a thorn in the side of Obama and the Clintons when he joined the Trump campaign,” said a former senior intelligence source with knowledge of what happened. “The investigation into Trump didn’t start with Carter Page or George Papadapolous, but with Flynn. Flynn was already on the CIA and Clinton target list. Those same people sure as hell didn’t want him in the White House and they sure as hell didn’t want Trump to win.”

Flynn’s career with Trump ended as quickly as it came. He was forced to resign as Trump’s National Security Advisor 27 days after taking the job. The highly classified conversation between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post in January 2017 and he was later questioned by the FBI on that conversation. According to former FBI Director James Comey, the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he was lying, but in the end, Flynn pled guilty to one count of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He had already spent more than $1 million in lawyers fees and sold his home to help with the debt. According to sources, Flynn’s family was being threatened by the Mueller team.

Halper’s involvement in the bureau’s investigation started much earlier than the FBI’s opening of its Crossfire investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016. He was already providing information on Page, Papadopolous, and Flynn earlier that year.

And it was in 2016 when Halper had told the FBI that he witnessed concerning interactions between Russian academic, Svetlana Lokhova, and Flynn at the February 2014 seminar dinner. This suspicion – without any proof – was then leaked to papers in London and eventually discussed in the U.S. media. Lokhova told the BBC in May 2017 that when she first saw the allegations raised in the media she thought it was a joke.

Numerous sources with knowledge of the allegations Halper made about Flynn, said that they were “absolutely” false and that Flynn and Lokhova only spoke for a short time at the dinner. Several email exchanges between Lokhova, Flynn and his assistant that took place after the dinner were generic in nature, as Flynn had asked her for a copy of a historical 1930s postcard she had brought to the seminar.

“But it didn’t matter that it wasn’t the truth,” said the former senior intelligence official. “It was already out there because of Halper’s allegations and the constant leaking and lying of false stories of those to the media.”

7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away

Read carefully.  the story is not a good one.  If you suffer from depression you will need to self heal through diet changes and fitness workups along with meditation.  Also experiment with CBDs as well.

What is out there is countra indicated at best and is no resolution.  Yet the problem is seaparate from your good health and has tio to be objectively controled.

Good item though and worth the effort.

7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away

August 16th, 2018

What you think you know about depression is probably a myth.

A silent tragedy in the history of modern health care is happening right now in America, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix — a prescription. More than 30 million of us take antidepressants, including one in seven women (one in four women of reproductive age). Millions more are tempted to try them to end chronic, unyielding distress, irritability, and emotional “offness” — trapped by an exhausting inner agitation they can’t shake.
It is time, even according to leaders in the field, to let go of this false narrative and take a fresh look at where science is leading us. The human body interacts in its environment with deep intelligence. Your body creates symptoms for a reason. Depression is a meaningful symptom of a mismatch, biologically, with lifestyle — we eat a poor diet, harbor too much stress, lack sufficient physical movement, deprive ourselves of natural sunlight, expose ourselves to environmental toxicants, and take too many drugs.[1Inflammation is the language that the body speaks, expressing imbalance, inviting change. We usually suppress these symptoms with medication but that is like turning off the smoke alarm when you have a fire going on. Let’s get the facts straight:

1. Depression is often an inflammatory condition

Depression is often a manifestation of irregularities in the body that often starts far away from the brain and is not associated with so-called “chemical imbalances.” The medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than twenty years (unfortunately, it takes an average of 17 years for the data that exposes inefficacy and/or a signal of harm, to trickle down into your doctor’s daily routine; a time lag problem that makes medicine’s standard of care “evidence-based” only in theory and not practice). Not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. That’s right: there has never been a human study that successfully links low serotonin levels and depression. Imaging studies, blood and urine tests, post-mortem suicide assessments, and even animal research have never validated the link between neurotransmitter levels and depression. In other words, the serotonin theory of depression is a total myth that has been unjustly supported by the manipulation of data. Much to the contrary, high serotonin levels have been linked to a range of problems, including schizophrenia and autism. So if you think a chemical pill can save, cure, or “correct” you, you’re dead wrong. That is about as misguided as putting a bandage over a nail stuck in your foot and taking aspirin. It’s absolutely missing an opportunity to “remove the splinter” and resolve the problem from the source.
2. Antidepressants have the potential to irreversibly disable the body’s natural healing mechanisms

Despite what you’ve been led to believe, antidepressants have repeatedly been shown in long-term scientific studies to worsen the course of mental illness — to say nothing of the risks of liver damage, bleeding, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and reduced cognitive function they entail. The dirtiest little secret of all is the fact that antidepressants are among the most difficult drugs to taper from, more so than alcohol and opiates. While you might call it “going through withdrawal,” we medical professionals have been instructed to call it “discontinuation syndrome,” which can be characterized by fiercely debilitating physical and psychological reactions. Moreover, antidepressants have a well-established history of causing violent side effects, including suicide and homicide. In fact, five of the top 10 most violence-inducing drugs have been found to be antidepressants.
3. The effect of antidepressants is not a cure

Even if we accepted the proposition that these drugs are helpful for some people (82% of which is due to the placebo effect, according to Dr. Irving Kirsch), extrapolating a medical cause from this observation would be akin to saying that shyness is caused by a deficiency of alcohol, or that headaches are caused by a lack of codeine. And what about a genetic vulnerability? Is there such thing as a depression gene? In 2003, a study published in Science suggested that those with genetic variation in their serotonin transporter were three times more likely to be depressed. But six years later this idea was wiped out by a meta-analysis of 14,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that denied such an association.
4. Most prescriptions for antidepressants are doled out by family doctors — not psychiatrists

Seven percent of all visits to a primary care doctor end with an antidepressan[2] and almost three-quarters of the prescriptions are written without a specific diagnosis[3]. What’s more, when the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health did its own examination into the prevalence of mental disorders, it found that most people who take antidepressants never meet the medical criteria for a bona fide diagnosis of major depression, and many who are given antidepressants for things like OCD, panic disorder, social phobia, and anxiety also don’t qualify as actually having these conditions.
5. Many physical conditions mimic psychiatric symptoms

Many different physical conditions create psychiatric symptoms but aren’t themselves “psychiatric.” Two prime examples: dysfunctioning thyroid and blood sugar chaos. We think (because our doctors think) that we need to “cure” the brain, but in reality we need to look at the whole body’s ecosystem: intestinal health, hormonal interactions, the immune system and autoimmune disorders, blood sugar balance, and toxicant exposure.
6. Basic lifestyle interventions can facilitate the body’s powerful self-healing mechanisms to end depression

Dietary modifications (more healthy fats and less sugar, dairy, and gluten); natural supplements like B vitamins and probiotics that don’t require a prescription and can even be delivered through certain foods; minimizing exposures to biology-disrupting toxicants like fluoride in tap water, chemicals in common drugs like Tylenol and statins, and fragrances in cosmetics; harnessing the power of sufficient sleep and physical movement; and behavioral techniques aimed at promoting the relaxation response.
7. Depression is a message and an opportunity

It’s a sign for us to stop and figure out what’s causing our imbalance rather than just masking, suppressing, or rerouting the symptoms. It’s a chance to choose a new story, to engage in radical transformation, to say yes to a different life experience.

Scientists Finally Crack Wheat’s Absurdly Complex Genome

This is an important breakthrough as evidenced by the rapid progress with other cultivars.

The promise is a form of safer wheat, which we certainly do not wish to give up.  After all leavened breads always beat out grain porridge. 

At the same time, this technology will also now be applied to many potential cultivars we have never particularly worked with.  Not least almost all of out tree species.  Acorns without tannins would be welcome and a little flavor even better.  Pine nuts need to also be adjusted for massive reforestation worldwide.

As i have been suggesting, we have hardly begun.  Perhaps someday a group of local farmers can work to optimize their local bio-me this way and we can spend our lives sampling bi-omes. 

Scientists Finally Crack Wheat’s Absurdly Complex Genome

Why Walruses May Be Responsible For The Vikings Baffling Demise In Greenland


The interpretation is nonsense of course but the end of the ivory trade made trips to Europe meaningless.

What this proves in spades though is that the Vikings were harvesting walrus for ivory in particular.  They also took the meat and oil as well and this sustained them.  Thus our understanding that the last of the Greenland colony actually crossed into Ungava bay to their camps there and then overland to Hudson Bay is very creditable.

I do think that they likely ran out of ivory and this made Greenland unnecessary.  It also cut off Vinland through Lancaster Sound as well and explains its draw down as access was still possible but too difficult then.

Retreating then to James Bay set them up for passage through to the black hills by way of the Churchill River. Their community was reported to the first French explores in the St Lawerence...

Why Walruses May Be Responsible For The Vikings Baffling Demise In Greenland

By Caroline Redmond

Published August 8, 2018
Updated August 14, 2018
Researchers studied walrus ivory from museums around Europe to help them reach their conclusion.

Musées Du MansThe upper jaw bone of a Walrus with tusks.

The debate surrounding the Norse’s decision to settle on icy and treacherous Greenland, as well as their prosperous existence on such rough terrain has raged for decades. But, a new report may hold some long awaited answers.
The Norse relied on farming, fishing, and trading to survive, but a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B confirmed a specific trade item that could have led to their prosperity and downfall: walrus ivory.

The researchers for the study visited museums across Europe and examined walrus tusks, bones, and objects constructed from their ivory to determine their origin. What they discovered shocked them.

Before the Norse settlement’s peak around mid-1100s-1400, most of Europe’s ivory came from the east. However, the report states that a “significant shift in trade from an early, predominantly eastern source towards a near exclusive representation of Greenland ivory” occurred.

According to the Associated Press, during the Norse’s heyday, at least 80 percent of the walrus ivory that was traded came from Greenland. Life in Greenland was extremely difficult for the Norse people so they had to rely on trade to get many of their necessities.

Josef Knecht/Wikimedia CommonsA fjord full of ice in Greenland.

“If they wanted to survive in Greenland, they actually had to trade, because there were items they just couldn’t get – like raw materials such as iron,” Jette Arneborg, an expert on Norse Greenlanders at the National Museum of Denmark who not involved in the study, told National Geographic. “So from day one they needed something to trade – and we of course suspect it was the walrus tusks that were their main trade items.”

Based on the evidence collected in the study, it is believed that the Norse Vikings relied heavily upon the walrus ivory trade to Europe to thrive. So when outside factors began to affect the demand for the ivory, they suffered greatly.

The Norse settlements became extinct sometime in the 1400s, which was a little bit after life in Europe had been decimated by the onset of the Black Death as well as the Little Ice Age. These huge events could have shifted the Europeans priorities away from walrus ivory, leaving the Norse with a trade gap that they were no longer able to fill.

Poul Holm, an environmental historian at Trinity College in Dublin who was not involved in the study, told the Associated Press that “the fading allure of the product locks society in decline.”

Other factors besides the decline of the walrus ivory trade are believed to have played a part in the Norse’s extinction. Factors such as climate change, the destruction of Norse farmland due to rising sea levels, and the loss of contact with Norway, who was an important trade partner, are all said to have contributed.

Bastiaan Star, an ancient DNA expert at the University of Oslo and lead author of the study, told National Geographic that this Norse example of reliance on another region was one of the first examples of what would later become a more common practice.

“It’s an early record, I think, of globalization,” Star said. “Whereby you have demand from Europe already having an impact in the remote Arctic region, thousands of kilometers away, hundreds or thousands of years ago.”

The mystery surrounding the Norse’s unprecedented rise and startling extinction is far from solved, but this latest discovery brings researchers one step closer to finally unlocking the truth.

Next, read about Erik the Red – the Viking who was banished for murder and then went on to find Greenland. Then, check out the story of Shieldmaidens, the Viking warrior women.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Child of the State, Man of War

John McCain has passed and not of his own choosing either.  Instead he was given Rommel's option.  That is why the terse announcement of discontinuing treatment was followed immediately by his death.  This is by way of Qanon et all

His questionable behavior even after the rise of Trump, when more sensible men might have gone for cover has ended badly.

This man received a blanket pardon on been repatriated from Vietnam, mostly because no one wanted to hear anything more about Vietnam.  Did anyone else need it?  And his immediate removal after the Forestall explosion prevented him from facing his peers in the pilot's mess. Even an obvious accident gets you a court martial in order to determine responsibility in the Navy.  Somehow none of that happened.

This is a career we have all watched and he was utterly unsuited and untrained as well for command yet he strived for it.  It is possibly a blessing for him and for us that he never did get it.  RIP .

Child of the State, Man of War

By Karen Kwiatkowski

August 28, 2018

And now, John Sidney McCain, III is a corpse in a morgue awaiting his state burial. It is as it should be, perhaps for the first time in his entire life.

McCain – the holy terror of teenager and Naval Academy cadet, mad pilot and poster child for the horrors of the towering enemy we faced for our very survival as a Republic in Vietnam, and political animal for much of his life – clearly was not at home in this world.

In a world filled with people who are all pretty much accountable on a daily basis for their decisions, choices, actions, and for the pain they have and are causing, John McCain was missing from his post.

Instead, as a son of a successful Naval commander, he path was not entirely his own, and yet he did, repeatedly, choose that path. His biggest tragedy may have been that he was the namesake of a distinguished military family. Certainly the life of his younger brother Joe Pinckney McCain is a testament to how being born into service of the state doesn’t have to result in the deaths of so many for so long. Against the State: An ... Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Best Price: $14.00 Buy New $9.95

Where failures and character flaws occur in all families, when they occur in the important chapter of the national narrative called “Military Heroism And Sacrifice In The Name Of National Greatness And Security,” something must be done.

And what was done? Props, propaganda and prose all came forth, and we aren’t done being propagandized and prosed to death just yet. The funeral is coming.

While much has been written about John McCain, it’s the stories we haven’t been told that bother most people. How he made it through the Academy on our dime with massive numbers of demerits and low academic performance, how he avoided courts martials and discharge from the Navy after the first two plane crashes and flying through the telephone lines in Spain, all before the interesting roles he played on the deck of the USS Forrestal before, during and after it burned.

The story of being shot down, likely by friendly fire, and his subsequent capture and torture by the “North” Vietnamese (a state construct in its own right) is rarely told in detail, but rather bundled in the official narrative under “courage.” His divorce of his first wife and disconnect from his first family – understandable because of what war, separation and the stress of a military society do to human beings – is not discussed. Nor are the personal, political and financial machinations that led to his first Congressional seat, and shortly thereafter, a secure Senate seat for Arizona, a seat he has held since this weekend.

From being a savior of the A-10 Warthog program, refusing to allow it a natural death — ironically the aircraft known for causing the most friendly fire and civilian deaths — to saving Obamacare from the breach, to reliably supporting projects to change governments overseas, all while waging low-level but steady combat against liberty and the Constitution at home, McCain was a busy man, and a well-connected, well-funded politician.

The actions of McCain as Senator are legion, and while no doubt people of various political stripes may find at least one or two things to laud in his progressive neoconservative warmongering and state-strengthening agenda in over three decades, in reality he earned no loyalty. This glowing yet strangely surreal obit by Jeff Goldberg of the leftward progressive and warmongering Atlantic says it all – and has it all wrong.

Goldberg links John McCain to Anne Frank – someone who cares about the underdog and has a deep moral compass. To study John McCain’s life and times would lead one to conclude many things, but that he cares about the underdog and was guided by a deep sustaining morality would not be among them.

A better way to understand John McCain is to see him for what he really was and what he never escaped, although in his wistful moments one wonders if he dreamed of it. He was a child of the state, the military state specifically. He was the namesake of men who fought for the state, sacrificed their principles and families for the state, he was schooled by the state, both in the many military base schools he attended as a child, then the Naval Academy, later the US Navy, even later a prison camp and in all of these places John McCain was treated and handled just a little bit different than the average Joe. In every way, he owed his very life and his very liberty to the fact that he was deeply connected to the elites who are the shining beneficiaries of the American empire.

Later, as long-serving Senator and presidential candidate he became one of those elites in his own right, and earned every drip of contempt by the thinking people — and every plaudit by state mouthpieces — on his own merit.

I’ll never forget a story I heard, where, in the privacy of an elevator (with some people who didn’t count as witnesses) McCain repeatedly jabbed a fellow Senator in the chest while making his point and/or intimidating his inferior. Even after he learned to box at the Academy, as Robert Timburg writes, he “would charge into the center of the ring and throw punches until someone went down.” For a national narrative that likes physical courage and loves the quick fighter, McCain was tailor-made.

Timburg, in writing about McCain’s Naval Academy days, was extraordinarily prescient. McCain was “…an unofficial trail boss for a lusty band of carousers and partygoers known as the Bad Bunch.” That lusty band of carousers and partygoers we have seen before in our lives. When that group persists for decades and rules an empire, it is because they are consistently protected from the consequences of their own decisions and actions.

Joe McCain, John’s younger brother, took a different path, where he would not become rich or powerful, where he would be accountable for his decisions and actions. He is not lauded in the media, and in fact was ridiculed when brother John was running for President in 2008 for calling 911 to find out what was happening in a traffic jam on the Wilson Bridge.

Both were children of the state. Joe called 911 innocently, because why not, it’s there to serve me! John rained hell on governments and populations around the planet, including his own, for similar reasons. It’s a kind of entitlement mentality, and it is as understandable as it is deeply immoral.

In John McCain’s lifetime, the US Government has nearly quadrupled in size and scope, while popular trust in government has collapsed. Solutions to local and global problems today however are far more accessible to far more people. Today, no one would call 911 for a traffic report when they have real time traffic mapping in their cars, and a full range of productive things to do while waiting. Technology and human nature both favor decentralization and individualism whenever they can get it, preferring liberty over lockstep marching in spitshined boots and buckles that young John resented so much at the USNA.

Perhaps he had an inkling about the future after all.

Trump’s Push to Cut Red Tape Leads to Billions in Regulatory Savings for First Time on Record

All of a sudden the internal economy of regulation creation is actually market driven.  That means the costs have to be found by offsetting eliminations.  Needless to say the low hanging fruit got clipped in a hurry.  
Before this a government employee would  prove his effectiveness and importance by creating a regulation however wise.  It is easy to get those same employees to toss the ones that are not so important.
The math is straight forward.  We will converge downward to a bedrock of regulations we must have and even these will be constantly stress tested.
Better yet it is all happening out of the public eye.
Trump’s Push to Cut Red Tape Leads to Billions in Regulatory Savings for First Time on Record

By Ivan Pentchoukov

August 15, 2018 Last Updated: August 15, 2018

President Donald Trump cuts red tape draped between two stacks of papers representing the government regulations of the 1960s and the regulations of today, on Dec. 14. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Costs related to new government regulations are on pace to decline for the first time on record as a result of President Donald Trump’s deregulation agenda.

New regulations finalized by the federal government so far this fiscal year will save American taxpayers $5.8 billion, according to federal data reviewed by the American Action Forum (AAF).

With two months to go in the fiscal year, federal agencies are expected to save even more, making 2018 the first year when new regulations resulted in net savings to taxpayers since AAF began to keep track of the data in 2005.

Trump signed an executive order shortly after taking office in 2017 that directed federal agencies to eliminate two old regulations for each new regulation they create. In addition, the order instructed government agencies to offset the costs generated by each new regulation with savings from cutting the old ones.

The Trump administration also issued a regulatory budget, which capped the total regulatory costs some executive agencies can accrue at net zero and set regulatory savings goals for others. In total, the federal agencies are on pace to double Trump’s savings goal this year.

“It’s pretty much in its entirety driven by the regulatory budget executive order,” Dan Bosch, the director of regulatory policy at AAF told The Epoch Times.

“That is something we’ve never seen before,” Bosch added. “There’s no doubt that these savings figures would not have been realized if there wasn’t a call from the president for agencies to find these savings.”

This year, a Medicare regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services tops the list of cost-cutting regulatory actions, saving taxpayers $1.5 billion. A revision to food-labeling regulations by the Food and Drug Administration is second on the list with $1 billion in savings.

The departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Transportation lead the rest of the government in regulatory savings. The four agencies’ regulatory actions will save taxpayers $3.4 billion.

Meanwhile, the departments of Interior, Energy, and Defense are the furthest behind on their savings targets. The Department of Interior does have a regulatory action on deck that would push it past the savings target if adopted by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 31.

This isn’t the case for the Energy and Defense departments, neither of which has proposed regulations resulting in savings. Those departments may be trailing because it can take them years to finalize regulations.

Bosch expects that the Trump administration will ask agencies to find savings again in next year’s budget, the details of which will become clear later in the fall.

According to Bosch, there are two benefits of the deregulation savings to the average American taxpayer.

“The agencies themselves aren’t spending money enforcing regulations that aren’t necessary,” Bosch said. “That’s a key driver.”

Meanwhile, fewer regulations result in less burden for businesses to comply with. Though no precise model exists for calculating the total cost for U.S. businesses to comply with government regulations, estimates range from $500 billion to $2 trillion.

“If the businesses that you’re purchasing products from are not spending money complying with unnecessary regulations, the cost of their product or service isn’t as great, so they can sell it for a lesser amount. So there should be savings realized for consumers on that end,” Bosch said.

The White House also has pushed for deregulation on other fronts. The administration has issued guidance to cut red tape in the approval process for infrastructure projects, and Trump allowed for the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines to move forward.

By December 2017, federal agencies were cutting 22 old regulations for each new regulation. At the time, Trump pushed the government to find even more savings.

“We have decades of excess regulation to remove to help launch the next phase of growth, prosperity, and freedom,” Trump said at the time. “I am challenging my Cabinet to find and remove every single outdated, unlawful, and excessive regulation currently on the books.”

Thoughts on the peopling of the Americas

We have been working around all this for a long time.  Most recently we came to understand that Europeans were clearly brown skinned until the advent of a successful agricultural cultrure that then produced large white populations that subsumed the original culture.  Just what has happened and is happening to the Indians of North America.  It all happened much sooner in Europe and for the same reasons.
We are shaping things up nicely though.  We have a serious penetration of the Abo lineage into South America long ago and the Polynesians along the west coast then leading to tribal movements as well into the East.   After that or simultaneously we had penetration in the north from both directions. 

I had long understood as much but now the weight of DNA work is cleaning this all up.  Scholarly foot dragging is actually collapsing as indicated in California.

Thoughts on the peopling of the Americas, while washing paint brushes, baking a pizza and chatting with Ric Edwards

Posted by Richard Thornton | Aug 16, 2018 | Archaeology, Ethnology, Language, Mysteries | 2 |

Geneticists are incessantly changing the facts, while anthropologists remained obsessed with creating simplistic models of the past.

Ric Edwards called early Sunday evening, while I was washing paint brushes and baking a pizza, bought at Dollar General. Fortunately, the fixer upper cottage I am in now, has multiple, working telephone receptacles (unlike the rat-infested cabin, that I formerly lived in.) The rat hovel had one working telephone at the extreme end of the structure. I was able to multi-task, while Ric updated me with the latest set of “genetic facts” about indigenous Americans.

For those of you, who don’t know him, Ric played a major role in the formation of the People of One Fire and even came up with its name. He and his wife live in the mountains of Texas. He devotes most of his research nowadays to genetics I don’t, so rely on him to tell the current version of truth on that particular date. His Creek heritage can be traced to the Lower Chattahoochee River Basin, but all those towns moved there in the early 1700s from locations to the east. Some of his ancestral families were definitely Uchee from the Lower Savannah River Basin.

When Ric and I first made contact around 14 years ago, he immediately discussed his theory that several indigenous ethnic groups reached the Americas by going directly from Scandinavia and Russia to Canada. The Algonquians, Uchee, Arawaks and Panonans have distinctly different blood types and DNA profiles that indigenous groups in the western half of North America, plus the western and southern parts of South America. Look at the latest satellite imagery from ERSI or Google Earth.
The North Atlantic is dotted with submerged islands that would have been above the surface of the water during the last Ice Age. Ric and Dr. Gordon Freeman of the University of Alberta believe that the same people once lived on both sides of the North Atlantic. Indeed, the oldest stonehenges are in Canada. The oldest Canadian stone circles predate the oldest Stonehenge in the British Isles (located in Wales) by 500 years. No one has attempted to date the stone circles in northern Georgia.

Ric believed that the ancestors of the Muskogeans came to the Americas very early and by water along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. He believed that Proto-Polynesians and Melanesian arrived in the Americas very early. Guess what? In recent years, the oldest skeletons in Mexico are Southeast Asian or Proto-Polynesian.

At the time, most of my knowledge base was focused on Mesoamerica, so I just listened and gave his theories serious consideration. After all, it only took the Inuit three centuries to populate the entire Arctic region from Alaska to Greenland. There is no reason to doubt that humans could have traversed the same region in earlier times. There is another bit of evidence. Most indigenous Americans have O+ blood. Only in the Algonquian regions does one see A and B blood types among “full blood” Natives.

The greatest concentration of R haplotype is among the Algonquians and Atlantic Coast of Europe.

My research during the past two years into the petroglyphs in northern Georgia and shared words among indigenous peoples in the North Atlantic Region is backing up Ric’s theories 100%. Most of the petroglyphs in northern Georgia are identical to those In either Ireland-Scotland or southern Scandinavian . . . depending on the river valley in Georgia. Irish Gaelic, Algonquian, Shawnee, Cherokee and Muskoge-Creek use the same word for “people or tribe” . . . gi ~ ki.

The archaic word for “living place” . . . bo . . . can be found in Anglish, Jutish, Swedish, Danish, Panoan (Peru) and Apalache-Creek. The root words of the Old English word borough . . . bo and reigh . . . can be found any many Native American tribal and geographical names in the Carolinas and Georgia. Keep in mind that the Angles and Jutes originated from the same region where there is a concentration of burial mounds and Bronze Age petroglyphs in Sweden.

Ric’s latest and most precise analysis of his family’s genetics revealed that he had about 30% Finno-Ugric (Sami and Finnish) DNA test markers. He also had significant southwest Asian DNA test markers That is a big change from past tests, reflecting the continually changing understanding of human genetics. Dr. Ray Burden is also finding a significant level Finno-u

Of course, all commercial labs do not consider those markers to be indicative of indigenous American ancestry, but Ric cannot find any Sami, Finnish or Swedish ancestors from the Colonial Period, so I strongly suspect that they came from his Uchee ancestors. They really should be considered “typical Native American” DNA markers in the Southeast. But alas, there are no DNA test markers for the Uchee, Miccosukee and Creeks.

Meanwhile, geneticists have found absolute proof that the aboriginal peoples of the southern tip of South America and a region in the heart of Amazonia were Australoids. They either sailed along the rim of the Pacific to get there or else directioly from Africa.

Geneticists have recently discovered that the aboriginal peoples of Northwest Europe during the Paleolithic and Neolithic Periods had dark hair and dark complexions. They were not terribly different in appearance from modern “full-blood” Native Americas.

It’s the same ole, same old thing with anthropology. The profession in the United States is divided up into cliques, each with its own simplistic explanation for the peopling of America. The groups are primarily interested in “their side winning” . . . not getting at the truth. I imagine that they call each other “ignorant peons” like the Georgia archaeologists labeled me in 2012. LOL

Look at the genetic and blood type maps of indigenous peoples the Americas. They provide a very complex picture of the New World’s past, not a snapshot of a single wave of people coming during a short period over a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska. As we said earlier, small extended family bands of pioneers could have both paddled and hiked from the Old World to the New World from many locations and at many time periods. The Inuit were certainly not the “Lone Rangers” in this endeavor. Once in the Americas, these small bands mingled and had babies, who ultimately evolved into distinct indigenous groups.

Long, long ago in a land far away . . . Mexican anthropologists told me that they thought Gringo anthropologists had grossly underestimated the length of time that mankind had been in the Americas. At the time, the official date was 10,000 BC. The Mexican scholars also were convinced that the earliest settlers in their region were Proto-Polynesians. They knew for a fact that the indigenous people of Baja California were Polynesians. European plagues had wiped out most of these people by the early 1800s.

When I got back to the States and started giving color slide lectures, the Gringo archaeologists laughed at me when I related what the Mexican archaeologists had told me. For the next four decades, the profession bitterly opposed the suggestion that Polynesians had arrived in North America prior to the “Clovis People” – even though no Clovis points have ever been found in Alaska or Siberia. Their greatest concentration is in the Southeastern United States.

Guess what? Last night I watched a National Geo special on the discovery of a very old skeleton on Catalina Island, California. She was a Polynesian, whose bones were unearthed in the 1950s, but not studied until 1999! They were 13,000 years old. This information was suppressed by the “Clovis People” in the profession until 2015, when more Polynesian skeletons were found in Channel Islands. 
Then in 2016, a chain of Polynesian fishing villages was discovered along the coast of southern California – containing Polynesian style artifacts. California archaeologists have now decided that most of the “American Indians” from Los Angeles southward to the Mexican border, were actually Polynesians. There is still no admission that the Baja California natives were Polynesians.

Back in 2005, I took a now-primitive DNA test. It said that I was about 3/4th Nordic (Scandinavian-Finnish), Scottish and Irish. The remainder was Asiatic, including Maya and Polynesian. Polynesian? I thought it was a fluke. Than last year, I figured out that the Wasali/Wassaw People of Wassaw Sound, GA and the Savannah River Basin were probably Polynesians. Their capital was in present day Elbert County, GA, where my mother grew up. They were also in South Carolina as indicated by the English place name, Waxhaw and the Spanish ethnic name, Guasule. Vasa is a Maori and little used Hawaiian word for ocean water.


Cousin Ray recently had some much more sophisticated testing done on his family. That test determined that the Polynesian component was most similar to the Maori in New Zealand. Maori? Now you figure that one out.

What is wrong with this Washington Post “anthropology” article?

What is wrong with this Washington Post “anthropology” article?

 The take home is that a version of TB came from pinnipads long before contact in 1492.  Actual transmission may well have been human consumption.  We do not prove anything here except that TB in some form was likely global but not a serious problem when compared to other similar agents.

More potent variations arose with the sudden rapid mixing brought on by contact which also massively disrupted communities through slaving.  Earlier contact was much more benign.

It is noted that the Tahitian move to Hawaii was contemporary to Viking exploration.  That is interesting but not likely connected.  Viking ship damage from fouling made warmer waters quite dangerous actually . 

What is wrong with this Washington Post “anthropology” article?

Ed Risse,  my boss at Richard P. Browne Associated, Inc. in Columbia, MD (when I was in my mid-20s) sent me this article.  It typified my complaints about the current state of anthropology in the United States and the blindly obedient journalists, who give them publicity.  The article was posted by the academicians as propaganda to refute those who believe people from the Old World reached the Americas between its initial settlement and the arrival of Columbus. The article states that discovery of an African strain of TB in Peruvian seals, proves that sea mammals, not humans visitors from the Old World, introduced TB to the Americas,  around 900-1000 AD.

What is wrong with this article?   Here is a map that will give you a hint.  Note the location of Peru.  Also, read an article on Southern Seal and Sea Lion migrations patterns.   In the summer, they migrate southward to colder waters near the Antarctic Ocean or even Antarctica itself. Also,  that time period of 900 AD to 1000 AD does sound a little fishy . . .  or should I say “sealy”?   It is when a second wave of settlers arrived on the Hawaiian Islands from Tahiti.  Well . . . it is also when people with names like Erik,  Urik, Ragmar, Heida and Brumhelda were sailing the oceans with their speedy långbåt’s. 

TB arrived at the New World before Europeans

New archeological evidence suggest that tuberculosis spread to the Americas from sea mammals before European explorers and settlers made contact with the New World, according to results of a study published in Nature.
Although modern strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the Americas closely match those from Europe — indicating that human TB was introduced after Columbus — the new findings show that seals and sea lions, or pinnipeds, acquired the disease from humans in Africa and then carried it to the Americas more than 1,000 years agoHm-m-m, now who was ranging the oceans in their långbåts  about this time?
“We found that the TB strains were most closely related to strains in pinnipeds… ” study researcher Anne Stone, PhD, of Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, said in a press release. “What we found was really surprising. The ancient strains are distinct from any known human-adapted TB strain.”
Photo of a seal.

New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America.
Source: Sara Marsteller/Arizona State University
Stone and colleagues tested genetic samples collected from ancient human remains for TB DNA. Of 76 samples discovered at pre- and post-contact sites in the Americas, the researchers focused on three from Peru dating from 750 to 1350 AD that tested positive for the pathogen. The samples were compared to a large dataset of modern genomes and TB strains found in animals, which revealed that human TB disease was acquired from pinnipeds.
“Our results show unequivocal evidence of human infection caused by pinnipeds in pre-Columbian South America,” Stone said. “Within the past 2,500 years, the marine animals likely contracted the disease from an African host species and carried it across the ocean to coastal people in South America.”
According to Stone, the mammalian-adapted pathogen was later supplanted by modern TB strains after Europeans made contact with indigenous populations.
“We hypothesize that when the more virulent strains came, they quickly replaced the pinniped strains,” she said.
The researchers said the findings implicate the role of animals in TB transmission, and that future research should focus on the relationship between ancient and modern strains.